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On this week's True Brit! our mercurial host Simon Husbands will embrace another part of Europe – Sweden! Swedish person Patrik Tanner, born and raised in Sweden, celebrates his first Swedish album release in 30 years with a special performance at the American Swedish Institute – and will give True Brit! listeners a tatse of that event! Tanner will perform songs in Swedish from his new album, På Svenska. Throughout the evening, he will be sharing the stories behind the songs in English during this intimate evening in the Turnblad Mansion Ballroom.

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This week sees True Brit! welcome into the studio for some live conversation and music, the UK recording artist PETER BRUNTNELL. Join the event live on Friday at midnight!

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This Friday night at midnight, True Brit! will welcome emerging rock band, WAR POETS – this Minneapolis based band will talk about their debut album and share some Brit based influences with us all…….as well as some live music from them! Join your host, Simon Husbands, and War Poets on Friday night at midnight!

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Minneapolis-based alternative rock band Vaudeville has generously donated one pair of tickets for their upcoming Masquerade Party/CD Release Show at First Avenue on Saturday, May 17, 2014, as well as four signed copies of their new CD, Part 1: The Masquerade, to KFAI’s Spring Pledge Drive. All of this can be yours with a contribution of $35 to our drive, while also assisting KFAI in reaching its $91,000 goal. However, Friday is the last day of the drive, so take advantage of this opportunity while it’s still around!

Vaudeville combines rock, electronic, and experimental elements to create a driving, addictive, and unarguably distinct sound that has catapulted them into the spotlight in recent years. Current members Christopher Gummeson (vocals/keyboards), Chris Schara (lead guitar/vocals), A.J. Sugar (rhythm guitar), Timmy Kosel (bass/vocals), and John “Jimbo” Olson (drums), together create a unique sound that has earned them an ever-increasing name in the Midwest’s music industry.

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Tune in to Versed Radio’s February 20th episode to hear an interview with Chicago rapper, Psalm One, about her new album, Hug Life, Rhymeschool – the youth mentoring program she runs in Chicago – hip hop, struggling with being different and challenging musical genres.

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Versed Radio hosts DJ Kary and DJ Lady Em welcomed local singer, musician, producer & songwriter, Mayda, to the studio for their March 6th, 2014 Celebration of Women in Music episode, to talk about her new album, Busy Signals, the process of connecting with her birth parents, being a multi-instrumentalist and crossing musical genres.

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Tune in to Versed Radio’s January 9th episode to hear an interview with local singer, DJ, photographer & mother, Sarah White, about her upcoming show at the Dakota Jazz Club with her band, Shiro Dame, hip hop, being an artist of color in Minneapolis, and pushing beyond musical genres.

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Womenfolk will feature the top women's folk/acoustic CDs of 2013 on Tuesday, January 14th as voted by you! To cast your vote for your top picks of the past year, email womenfolkradio@gmail.com by Sunday, January 12th at 6 pm. Then tune in on Tuesday from 2-4 pm Central to hear your favorite albums and picks from DJs, critics and your favorite Womenfolk artists!

It’s not cold where we are going tonight on Jet Set Planet. That’s all you need to know. Join host Glen Leslie, and his co-host for the evening Steve Kyle, for 90 minutes of the best in Exotica to celebrate the middle of the coldest months we’ve seen in a long time around these parts. Steve brings in a pile of LPs from his personal collection as we do our best to keep the tiki torches burning bright, keeping us warm in the face of Old Man Winter and his damn sno-cone machine. You’ll hear from the famous Exotica practitioners as well as from the unknowns — with a handful of hacks thrown in for good measure. So bust out the rum for a night of summer, in the middle of winter – on Jet Set Planet, Friday Nights at 9 on KFAI.

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