Left of the Dial

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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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This week we've got new music from Christine and the Queens, the project of French musician Héloïse Letissier. She adopted that moniker from the local drag queen musicians who formed her backing band in the early days. Her latest album is titled Chris and this song is called "Girlfriend."

This week we've got new music from Punch Brothers. They brilliantly merge the sounds of bluegrass with that of modern classical. Listeners of Live from Here will recognize the deft mandolin playing and vocal stylings of Chris Thile. Their latest album is titled All Ashore.

This week we've got new music from a St. Louis band, Lightrider, and it's a fine example of well-executed post rock. Their debut EP is self-titled, and they're holding a release event on Friday, August 3rd at the Firebird in St. Louis. You can also check it out on Bandcamp

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