Left of the Dial

Fridays at 9 p.m. and Saturdays at noon

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Left of the Dial takes its name from the Replacements song of the same name, and is a reference to the position of the radio dial on which non-commercial radio stations are typically located. In the era of college radio these stations were reliable sources of independent, unsigned, and otherwise “underground” artists.

Left of the Dial is a radio program molded in that tradition, with a strong focus on new music but with a flexibility to allow a variety of genres, themes, and eras to be explored.

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If you can guess where Vanessa Peters' song "Last Night Bus" is going before it hits the 48-second mark, I'll give you a Marvel-style "No-Prize." 

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10.) Freakwater - Scheherazade

Americana with a punk sensibility is no longer reason enough to pay attention, but Freakwater have been doing it since the late ‘80s, playing open-mic gigs in strip clubs in their hometown of Louisville, KY. The urgent harmonies of Janet Bean and Catherine Irwin coupled with the dark and turbulent psych-country music form into what is truly a rebellious soundtrack for rural America. 

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A Tribe Called Quest just released their first album in 18 years. It unfortunately comes in the wake of Phife Dawg's death last March, though he is on it, and the group says the blueprint for the record was established before his passing.