Left of the Dial

Fridays at 9 p.m. and Saturdays at noon

Credit Jason Brown / KRCU

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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Jason Brown / KRCU

I often delight in the results of what happens when one plays with music, and I found myself rather delighted to happen upon TRONICBOX. The producer somehow takes newish songs and makes them sound like they come off a VHS copy of a workout video you'd find in a thrift store. 

Jason Brown / KRCU

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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