A Very Late Recap: KWUR/ KSLU KICKBALL 2012

December 12th, 2012 by laurelmo

Kickball Champions Everyone!

Back in October, the KWUR Kickball All-stars played the KSLUzers in the annual kickball showdown.  While our athletic skills may not have led us to victory, we surely had the most fun and a valiant effort was made by all!

Exclusive interview with Polly Ferman this Sat. 10/6/12, ~12PM

October 4th, 2012 by George Y.

The pianist Polly Ferman, a specialist in tango and South American music, is performing a solo recital at UMSL's Touhill Performing Arts Center this Saturday night, 10/6/12, at 8 PM.  I will be interviewing her this coming Saturday on my show, around 12 noon.  She'll be bringing her recordings.  This is her only radio interview in St. Louis before her concert.  Some videos of her performances are here, here, and here

(PS: Yes, there is a certain irony that Wash. U.'s radio station is featuring an interview with an artist performing at UMSL.)


September 9th, 2012 by laurelmo

The Spits live show

Recommended shows in the coming months, mostly of the rock and roll variety.  GET YOUR MOSH ON

Sat 9/15 – Two Gallants @ Plush – Sometimes rockin' folk music

Wed 9/26 – White Mystery, Sleepy and the Bedtimes, The Brainstems @ CBGB – AWESOME loud, fast garage rock brother/sister duo from Chicago with KWUR DJs present and past's band The Brainstems, presented by Acid Kat Zine. GO!

Thurs 9/27 – Moon Duo @ The Firebird – Drone-y, noisy psych rock 

Fri 9/28 – Pokey LaFarge an the South City Three @ Off Broadway – Local, old-timey folk that is loved by all.  If you haven't seen Pokey's live show it is not to be missed!

Sat 9/29 – Guided By Voices @ Plush – Late 80s – 90s lo-fi rock and a KWUR favorite. Robert Pollard's still got it! 

Sun 9/30 – R. Stevie Moore (with KWUR local faves Little Big Bangs) @ Off Broadway

Sat 10/6 – Bunnygrunt @ Schlafly Tap Room – '90s twee, good and local

Tue 10/23 – Swans @ The Firebird – Abrasive, noisy, industrial post-punkers from the '80s/'90s just released a new album that rocks.

Sun 10/28 – Primus @ Peabody Opera House – IS THIS REAL?! Weirdo 80s rockers at the Opera House? 

Mon 10/29 – AC Newman @ The Duck Room at Blueberry Hill – Solo project of The New Pornographers frontman which is way more rockin and piano-heavy.

Thu 11/1 – OFF! and The Spits @ Fubar – New band of Keith Morris (Black Flag, Circle Jerks) with Lo-fi garage punk vets the Spits. Mosh your brains out!

Fri 11/2 – The Fresh and Onlys @ The Firebird – More garage rock if you can't get enough

Mon 11/5 – Why? @ The Luminary

Fri 11/16 – Future Islands @ Off Broadway – I LOVE THIS BAND! Electronic, new wavey band from Dan Deacon's Wham City cast of characters known for awesome, intense live shows. 

Tue 11/20 – Japandroids @ Firebird – Rock duo with a great live show

see you there, twerps.



Summer of Fuzz

August 16th, 2012 by laurelmo

Summer of FuzzSt. Louis zine Acid Kat  just collaborated with Fuzz City Records on the Summer of Fuzz cassette, a garage rock comp with some RAD bands including Part Time, White Mystery, and Chain & the Gang. There's a stream and more deetz up at Impose Magazine, and while you're at it, check out the Acid Kat Zine blog and see what people are doing to keep garage rock alive in the local community!

KWUR Saturday Opera Broadcasts, August 2012 Encore

August 4th, 2012 by George Y.

One last gasp for this summer of broadcasts of opera recordings from KWUR, for the next 4 weeks, as follows:

a) Sat. Aug. 11: Verdi: Rigoletto. Robert Merrill (Rigoletto), Roberta Peters (Gilda), Richard Tucker (The Duke of Mantua), Mignon Dunn (Maddalena), Bonaldo Giaiotti (Sparafucile).  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra & Chorus; Fausto Cleva, conductor (Sony 8697-91005-2).

b) Sat. Aug. 18: Handel: Il pastor fido. Lucy Crowe (Amarilli), Anna Dennis (Mirtillo), Katherine Manley (Eurilla), Madeleine Shaw (Dorinda), Clint van der Linde (Silvio), Lisandro Abadie (Tirenio).  La Nuova Musica; David Bates, direction (harmonia mundi 907585.86).

c) Sat. Aug. 25: Michael Berkeley: Baa Baa Black Sheep (libretto by David Malouf).  Malcolm Lorimer (Punch / Mowgli as a child), William Dazeley (Mowgli as a young man), Ann Taylor-Morley (Judy / Grey Wolf), George Mosley (Father / Father Wolf / Messua's husband), Eileen Hulse (Mother / Mother Wolf / Messua), Henry Newman (The Captain / Akela), Fiona Kimm (Auntirosa / Baldeo), Philip Sheffield (Harry / Sheer Khan), Mark Holland (Bhini-in-the-garden / Baloo), Clive Bayley (Meeta / Bagheera), Paul McCann (Captain Sahib snake-man / Ka), Brian Cookson (Priest).  English Northern Philharmonia; Chorus of Opera North; Paul Daniel, conductor (Collins Classics 70362).

d) Sat. Sept. 1: Hugo Weisgall: Six Characters in Search of an Author (libretto by Denis Johnston, after Pirandello). Elizabeth Futral, Nancy Maultsby, Gary Lehman, singers from the Lyric Opera Center for American Artists.  Members of the Lyric Opera of Chicago Orchestra; Lee Schaenen, conductor (New World Records 80454-2.

Hope you can listen in.  Feel free to drop a line here, and thanks for reading.