In an age where self-curated playlists are the norm, why not spend a little time surrendering your ears to someone else’s tastes? On Monday nights from 5 to 7 p.m., Yvonne Dollheart hosts The Yvonne Hours on 88.9 WMXM—the independent radio station at Lake Forest College. Dollheart, 21, is currently a senior majoring in psychology and minoring in studio art. She just completed an internship with the Ragdale Foundation’s artist residency program, and in January she had her first solo student gallery show, “The Avant Off-Guard.” Her eclectic interests and pursuits are reflected in her musical tastes: tuning into her time slot can take you on a sonic journey from classic Prince tunes to the latest track by FKA twigs. “I tend to be very intuitive in terms of the music I choose to air,” she says. “Guiding music is a careful art, and I feel humbled, honored, and deeply grateful to get to contribute to the legacy of WMXM.” Here are a few of the polymath’s favorite lasts:
The last great album you downloaded?
An album that recently resonated with me was Natural Affair by The Growlers. I have been enthusiastically listening to their work for the past few years, feeling charmed by the grit and sincerity of their music. This album preserves the ruggedness and spirit of their earlier music, but with a further clarified sound, energized and vamped instrumentals, and a bit of polish. It’s most definitely an album to let lull you on loop.
The last mind-blowing live performance you attended?
Without a doubt the Anderson .Paak concert in June 2019 at Huntington Bank Pavilion. This show was legendary. The concert began in the early evening on a heavenly day. I remember that my wig matched the pink and lilac in the sky. The venue looks out over the lake, and from the opposite direction, the sun was descending beneath the cityscape. That pastel palette from the sunset seemed to illuminate the stage, and Anderson .Paak and The Free Nationals swooned show-goers with a dreamy array of songs. It was exhilarating and all so gorgeous, I danced the night away. It was an otherworldly experience.
The last piece of advice someone gave you before you left the nest?
During my junior year of high school, I regularly looked after my chemistry teacher’s two golden retrievers. One night, my teacher and I were chatting about my future, and I said I didn’t feel strongly enough about college to go. She challenged that statement and suggested that it might be an important experience. But I’m still of the opinion that the decision to pursue college should come from a place of personal certainty within oneself rather than external influences.
The last great spot you ate at in town?
I’ve been vegan for almost four years, but I would encourage anyone (even meat eaters) to try out the vegan food at Fresh Cafe in Mundelein. I first made my way to this haven with a close friend, and we’ve been planning our return ever since. Without a doubt, this is the place for unforgettable comfort food like the mac-n-“cheez”—one bite and you will realize that it is worth the bit of travel.
The last vacation you took?
I visited a close friend in Memphis during the earlier and colder part of last spring. Traveling always feels so magical to me, especially since it involves leaving the bitter bite of a Milwaukee winter for respite in warmer places. Visiting was a very healing experience—vibrant and so adventurous. At any given moment, there are usually a few songs I am really into; around the time of this trip, I was just beginning to sink into the music of Unknown Mortal Orchestra. So my memory of these events—like long walks on warm Memphis pavement with viney green growth all around, and the windstorm that nearly blew us through the streets—are all entangled in this dreamy backdrop music. “How Many Zeros” and “Bicycle” by UMO have especially lensed these memories for me.