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Studio Session: TINO find the beauty in sadness on new album Midwest Sorrow


Rapper TINO returned to Kaleidoscope to perform songs from his latest album, Midwest Sorrow, and for a live interview with host Juliet Fromholt. TINO told Juliet that recording Midwest Sorrow took him out of his musical comfort zone.

“I wanted to try something darker,” he said.

TINO drew inspiration for the project from other Ohio artists, especially Moira. Working with them, he said, helped him incorporate less literal language into his lyrics about sorrow.

“They taught me how to tap into the beauty in sadness,” he told Juliet. TINO doesn’t just turn to darker subject matter on the new album; he also pushes his expressive boundaries by singing on several of the songs—a first for the rapper.

Midwest Sorrow is available for purchase now on Bandcamp. TINO also has a forthcoming EP with French Dj Marrrtin, La Pie Bavarde EP. Custom 12” vinyl records of the EP are available for pre-order now through label Stereophonk. More information about TINO’s music can be found on his website or on social media.

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Juliet Fromholt is proud to be music director at 91.3FM WYSO. Juliet began volunteering at WYSO while working at WWSU, the student station at her alma mater, Wright State University. After joining WYSO's staff in 2009, Juliet developed WYSO’s digital and social media strategy until moving into the music director role in 2021. An avid music fan and former record store employee, Juliet continues to host her two music shows, Alpha Rhythms and Kaleidoscope, which features studio performances from local musicians every week. She also co-hosts Attack of the Final Girls, a horror film review podcast.
Peter Day writes and produces stories for WYSO’s music department. His works include a feature about Dayton's premiere Silent Disco and a profile of British rapper Little Simz. He also assists with station operations and serves as fill-in host for Behind the Groove. Peter began interning at WYSO in 2019 and, in his spare time while earning his anthropology degree, he served as program director for Yale University’s student radio station, WYBC.