Music

We speak with Margaret Robison, author of The Long Journey Home: A Memoir. She is a poet and the mother of memoirist Augusten Burroughs. More information about her is available on her website, www.MargaretRobison.com:http://www.margaretrobison.com.

We also talk with Dean Bakopoulos, author of My American Unhappiness. A winner of both NEA and Guggenheim fellowships, he is also the author of Please Don’t Come Back from the Moon. My American Unhappiness is his second novel.

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I had the day off and KFAI’s Jackson Buck filled in for me. He made some fine choices.

Check out Jackson’s playlist for Rollin’ Tumblin’ below.

You can catch Jackson on Freewheelin’ Wednesdays from 2pm to 4pm

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Featured artist Vanessa Lively stops by we debut the new album from Gillian Welch!

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The Knotwells performed live on Spin with Cyn! They played songs from their new album being released on July 1 at the Hexagon Bar, and July 2!

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DJ Izzy’s in charge and has filled the music bag with random faves. Gary Walker & the Rain, Wayne Fontana & the Mindbenders, Liquor Giants and Peter Sellers. Peter Sellers? Yep! He performs the “(under) cover of the night.”

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An evening with Teenage Boatpeople: Jeff Johnson, Milo Fine Tim Mauseth

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Stories from KFAI’s 10,000 Fresh Voices series:

1. Mixed Blood Theatre’s Radical Hospitality
Produced by Dale Connelly
Beginning in September, Minneapolis’ Mixed Blood Theatre is taking an unusual approach to ticket pricing by offering free admission to patrons on a first-come, first-served basis. Reserved tickets will cost $15 dollars, but those willing to take a chance and show up without a reservation will have a good chance of seeing the production for free. Calling this approach “Radical Hospitality,” staff say erasing economic barriers is part of Mixed Blood’s mission to build an inclusive, global audience.

2. Riot Act Reading Series
Produced by Cyn Collins
Riot Act Reading Series is a monthly literary event that takes place at various Minneapolis and St. Paul bars. Co-hosted by punk poet Paul D. Dickinson and writer/poet Laura Brandenburg, the series has been going since 1998.

3. Amias Project & Another Land
Produced by Dan Greenwood
Nicole Smagleck has traveled extensively to Tanzania and East Africa. During one trip, she met an elder tribal woman who suggested she bring Tanzanian handicrafts and jewelry back to Minnesota. Nicole did just that, founding the Amias Project and Another Land—two companies that promote Fair Trade and help support the Barabaig tribe. KFAI producer Dan Greenwood visited Nicole at the Northrup King Building, where the Amias Project and Another Land are located. For more information, visit amias.org.

4. Once Upon a Crime Bookstore
Produced by Britt Aamodt
For 25 years, Once Upon a Crime has been home to cold-blooded killers, con men and unsavory characters. That is, it’s been the literary haunt for crime and mystery novels, and one of only 30-odd bookstores in the country devoted to these genres. KFAI’s Britt Aamodt talked to owner Gary Schultz and St. Paul mystery novelist Susan Runholt about the bookstore and it’s big day at the Edgar Awards.

5. Zeitgeist Music Group
Produced by Dixie Treichel
Since 1977, Zeitgeist has been creating and performing new music by living composers, and has been commissioned for more than 150 new works. Operating out of Studio Z in downtown St. Paul, the quartet includes Heather Barringer, percussionist and artistic co-director; Pat O’Keefe, woodwind player and artistic co-director; Patti Cudd, percussionist; and Shannon Wettstein, pianist. The group tours outside Minnesota and collaborates with artists of all types and genres to create new work that challenges the boundaries of traditional chamber music.

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