Going Public


Phil Helfrich has always had a knack for sharing offbeat stories. As a Community Outreach Specialist for the Missouri Department of Conservation he educated people on Missouri wildlife through many outlets, including a radio segment he produced for KRCU called A Face Of Conservation. Now retired, Helfrich has acted on another passion of his: songwriting. He’s recorded an album of stranger-than-fiction locales, double entendres, and Steely Dan references.

Cape CVB

Two master storytellers will once again visit Cape Girardeau as "Tunes  and Tales" comes to Southeast Missouri State University's River Campus on Friday, September 6 at 7:00 p.m.

Moshi Moshi Records

Anna Meredith pushes sound to exciting places. The Scottish composer has written music for opera, collaborated with a beatboxer, and wrote a piece titled Handsfree in which she directed the talented musicians of Great Britain’s National Youth Orchestra to perform with their instruments resting at their sides. She also makes electronic music, taking her imaginative sounds from the concert hall to your headphones. KRCU’s Jason Brown has this review of her latest EP, titled Jet Black Raider.

Patrick Sweany

Patrick Sweany began his musical journey in acoustic blues, but quickly stepped over to electric sounds and was never shy about incorporating soul and R&B. His latest record is titled Close To The Floor and the bluesman explores various dark themes including the gut-wrenching topic of premature death.

Rhymesayers Entertainment

Kimya Dawson is a quirky lo-fi folk singer and Aesop Rock is a dexterous and dense rapper. The two have collaborated before, but Hokey Fright is their first full length album together.

This pairing makes sense because these two artists each have a conversational wisdom in their work. There’s a positivity to what they do: despite the heaviness of topics such as death, and not just the concept of death, but specific and personal examples involving someone one’s own age.