Friday, August 28, 2015

Jezebel Jones and Friends Get Up Close, Personal, and Instrumentally Innovative in Studio 5



After 3 long years spent in the Lone Star State, Jezebel Jones finally returned to the Twin Cities last Wednesday to share her serendipitously solemn vibes with the Studio 5 crew. Joined by her singer-songwriter friends Bruce Springsteen look-alike, Jeff Crandall of Swallows and Phillip Westfall aka Blood Brother (Phillip alongside his own homemade instrument, no less), Jezebel emitted tales concerning her travels, the enigma of death, a romance with whiskey (who can’t relate to that?), and a hell of a lot more. She displayed a vivacious versatility by sifting between bright, upbeat rhythms and melodies to creeping, emotion-stuffed ballads, the story beneath each number as captivating as the last. 



The entire set was a series of dynamics in itself. Between three different singers and their distinguished styles taking their turn at the mic’s helm, Phillip displayed his personal instrumental creation, an electric banjo-esque guitar complete with drum triggers and some intricate inputs, which made for serious one-man band action. 







Jezebel released her first full-length album, Queen Of The Devil’s Rodeo, back in November of 2011, and it’s available on her website. She has since made the move from Austin, Texas to Seattle, Washington, so, unfortunately, it won’t be often that you’ll see her strolling the streets of Minneapolis. However, when she does return, this writer strongly urges you to catch a glimpse of her musical prowess the soonest instant that you can. 

Links are provided below to Jezebel Jones’ website and Facebook page:



Be sure to support your local “Fresh Air” Radio Station, KFAI! We are a non-profit organization, so we need your help as the listener to keep this amazing radio station alive and running, so as to deliver a wide-array of music for years to come! 

If you would like to make a donation, simply call us at 612-341-3144, or donate online! 

Online donation: http://kfai.org/node/46434

If you missed the original broadcast you can still listen at ANY time from ANYWHERE on the planet on our FOREVER archives just by clicking here:  


(Archive also contains interview with Live From Studio 5!’s blogger, Seth Hynes-Marquette)

Check out the video on our You Tube page here: https://www.youtube.com/user/KFAIRocks 

You can see the Flickr pix from that show here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/kfai-fm/sets/72157657880409861


-Article by Seth Hynes-Marquette

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Dred I Dread Drops The Beat In Studio 5



After the second successive band cancellation on Live From Studio 5!, it seemed like our beloved studio and its hosts may very well be on the verge of entering crisis mode. However, Minneapolis-based reggae band Dred I Dread swooped in just in the nick of time to simultaneously save the show and kick out an unstoppable torrent of pumped-up island grooves. Unraveling their innovated interpretation of the traditional reggae style, Dred I Dread successfully ended the Twin Cities rain-'n’-cold streak this week by reminding us that even we are worthy of an authentic slice of ocean-esque reggae jam. 




In studio, Alex Cole tapped the keys with veteran prominence, guitarist Serdar Guvenc and bassist Paul Kammeyer provided some ultra-chill fretwork, drummer Rawle G provided an incessantly laid-back snare beat, and singer Pee Wee Dred demonstrated his soul-infused melodic chops. 




The band has received a handful of awards within its existence, including “Best Local Reggae Band” by City Pages in 1999, and “Best Reggae Band in Minnesota” by members of the Minnesota Music Academy in both 2000 and 2001. Check out their website and an upcoming live performance, and prepare to feel a new sensation of relaxation overcome your delicate little collection of nerve endings, a feeling you might not've known since your roommate threw out that badass bean bag chair.

Links are provided below to Dred I Dread’s website and Facebook page:



Be sure to support your local “Fresh Air” Radio Station, KFAI! We are a non-profit organization, so we need your help as the listener to keep this amazing radio station alive and running, so as to deliver a wide-array of music for years to come! 

If you would like to make a donation, simply call us at 612-341-3144, or donate online! 

Online donation: http://kfai.org/node/46434

If you missed the original broadcast you can still listen at ANY time from ANYWHERE on the planet on our FOREVER archives just by clicking here:  


(Archive also contains interview with Live From Studio 5!’s blogger, Seth Hynes-Marquette)

Check out the video on our You Tube page here: https://www.youtube.com/user/KFAIRocks 

You can see the Flickr pix from that show here: Flickr Pix


-Article by Seth Hynes-Marquette


Friday, August 7, 2015

Maria Isa Provides Studio 5 With Some Earth Shattering Grooves


Maria Isa graced Studio 5 this weekend with her Latina-soulful-Bomba style, which embodied diligently smooth melodies, syncopated rap segments, and an armada of percussion and synth-y sounds. Having shared the mighty stage with giants like Atmosphere, Slick Rick, The Roots, Ghostface Killah, Brother Ali, Semisonic, and more, it’s no secret that Maria is no secret to the music scene that is rapidly developing around us. Maria’s voice is one of hinted intensity; a voice that commands the attention but, once commanded, caresses it with the gentle hand of both sincerity and poetic integrity.






Accompanying her in the studio last Wednesday, her band dubbed “The Fellas”, included DJ Tony Trouble, rappers Mike the Martyr and Muja Messiah, Charlie Keys on the keys themselves, and Truth Mays, applying some serious sound to a pair of congas. 


As if being an ultra-cool Latin vocalist weren’t enough, Maria is also involved in film, acting, songwriting, amongst other things, like having organized several walk-a-thons and fundraisers to help raise awareness for juvenile diabetes. Her shortened musical description is as follows: “Mix beat street with drops of Purple Rain”. The way things look now, it seems like Maria Isa may very well have the Purple Rain influence bearing down on the Twin Cities, and beyond, for quite some time. 





Links are provided below to Maria Isa’s website and Facebook page:



Be sure to support your local “Fresh Air” Radio Station, KFAI! We are a non-profit organization, so we need your help as the listener to keep this amazing radio station alive and running, so as to deliver a wide-array of music for years to come! 

If you would like to make a donation, simply call us at 612-341-3144, or donate online! 

Online donation: http://kfai.org/node/46434

You can see the Flickr pix from that show here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/kfai-fm/sets/72157656884817135

If you missed the original broadcast you can still listen at ANY time from ANYWHERE on the planet on our FOREVER archives just by clicking here:  
https://archive.org/details/267MariaIsa
(Archive also contains interview with Live From Studio 5!’s blogger, Seth Hynes-Marquette)

Check out the video on our You Tube page here: https://www.youtube.com/user/KFAIRocks 

-Article by Seth Hynes-Marquette

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Elena Brings Her Magic to "Live From Studio 5!"


Greetings, Fans, Followers, and Even Detractors

     Even if you hate us, at least you’re paying attention.  This Blog is late, since our Blogster Supreme, Seth Hynes-Marquette is on vacation and therefore this task is left with lesser beings.  Now we could have axted him to Blog anyway since the program can be heard at ANY time from ANYWHERE on the planet on our FOREVER archives but then we wouldn’t want to ruin his vacation.
     So now our crack team, or should I say cracked team of Doug and Dewglass will forge ahead:

     Elena is a singer, songwriter and aerialist.  (You will have to see her LIVE in order to experience that.)  Her first EP, "The Girl I Know", is a soulful pop compilation about self-reclamation and is now available.   Her live performance delivers a soothing intimacy perfect for easy listening.  Oh, those harmonies!   Elena brought her A game with her jazzy pop rendition of her music, tickling our ears with melodies and ivory keys and setting the stage for an evening that left us wishing for more.

     Elena just released a new CD, her first EP, "The Girl I Know", a soulful pop compilation about self-reclamation.  She hopes to continue expanding as an artist, reaching audiences around the globe, touring and producing new music.  You can start sampling her music by checking out the forever archives of this show.
Here are links to give you more information about Elena than we have time to impart:
Don’t forget to support “Live From Studio 5!” with your likes, comments and your treasure.  We can’t do this without you, so c’mon, join us on line, offline, in studio, or any way you want.
You can hear us every Wednesday night on KFAI FM, 90.3 in Minneapolis or 106.7 in St. Paul or live streaming on the Internet at KFAI.org.  If you miss the live show you can listen at ANY time from ANYWHERE on the planet on our FOREVER archives just by clicking here:  Elena on our FOREVER Archives
The video is available by clicking here:  Elena's Video
Each night we post Flickr pix here: Elena's Pix
However you get your “Live From Studio 5!”, SHARE, SHARE, SHARE.
If you can help out on a limited basis with blogs, and other social media we would be forever in your debt.
Contact Doug :  doug@dougthethug.com, or Dewglass at dewglassproductions@gmail.com

Friday, July 31, 2015

Chirch & The Dirty Thought

"LIVE FROM STUDIO 5!" GOES TO "CHIRCH"
Our Blogger Seth Hynes-Marquette is taking a needed break somewhere on the other side of the earth and to fill his shoes it will take the combined efforts of Doug the Thug and Dewglass to produce this blog.
If you would like to help out with blogging and social media, marketing etc,
please contact Doug The thug  or Dewglass.
Fill in a little or a lot, and help keep "Live From Studio 5!" humming along.
That’s my sermon, now on to Chirch.
​The band consists of Mr. Chirch himself, bassist Colin Elliston, vocalists Jay Nolen, Jesse Holly, and Dezaray Lane.
The drummer is Brandon Johnson, the keyboard player is Corey Stampley and tonight the lead guitar
was played by Trevor Wiest who normally plays for Danami.

     On a breezy Wednesday night in August, Chirch and the Dirty Thought showed us all how it's done.  Passion, harmony and well-blended music rang from Studio 5.  Imagine an eclectic sound, mixing the smoothness of R&B, the edge of Rock and Roll, the lyrical respect of the spoken word, and the passion of Soul.  Call it Jazz, or R 'n' B or anything you want.  There were too many elements coming together to do them justice with a single label.
     The right mix and blending of voices and instruments took me back to old school.  There were enough surprises to excite today’s listeners with the craft that is missing in pop music. Love and loss were the theme, however even the darker tunes seemed to lift us and make you want to sing along, or even dance.
     Chirch and the Dirty Thought are best experienced live, so don’t miss their next show.  While you are waiting, you can listen to this show at ANY time from ANYWHERE on the planet on our FOREVER archives by clicking here:  https://archive.org/details/266Chirch 
The Flickr pix from that night are posted here:  Chirch pix
The video from this night will soon be posted here: You Tube  You Tube

Visit Chirch on Facebook and support them there.

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Woodshop Induces Some Serious Wood In Studio 5!


Woodshop got good and hard in Studio 5 this week, busting out some serious countrified punky rock in the name of good times and good jams. Consisting of Mike Lynch on the kit, Jeff Schwarz on vocals, guitar, professional whistles, and brother Eric Schwarz on vocals, harp, washboard, and one seriously badass kazoo, this threesome delivers a crunchy wall of sound that encapsulates a tongue-in-cheek good times vibe and shot of lyrical sobriety simultaneously. The rhythms are deceptively transparent, the guitars deliver a down-home, life-is-good vibe that backs up an aggressively honest armada of vocals. The entire thing sounds like it just might bring you to tears, or make you smile with ecstasy, or smile with ecstasy while being brought to tears and also grabbing the second of a six pack of your favorite domestic beer.
Catch these ultra-bad dudes playing around the Minneapolis / Saint Paul scene as soon as you possibly can.




Links are provided below to Woodshop’s Facebook page:


Be sure to support your local “Fresh Air” Radio Station, KFAI! We are a non-profit organization, so we need your help as the listener to keep this amazing radio station alive and running, so as to deliver a wide-array of music for years to come! 

If you would like to make a donation, simply call us at 612-341-3144, or donate online! 

Online donation: http://kfai.org/node/46434

If you missed the original broadcast you can still listen at ANY time from ANYWHERE on the planet on our FOREVER archives just by clicking here:  


(Archive also contains interview with Live From Studio 5!’s blogger, Seth Hynes-Marquette)

Check out the video on our You Tube page here: https://www.youtube.com/user/KFAIRocks 

You can see the Flickr pix from that show here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/kfai-fm/sets/72157653639928624


-Article by Seth Hynes-Marquette

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Dead Larry Brings Life To Music



Larry might be deceased, but it’s probably a safe bet that his corpse is trying to exhume itself in order to get the f**k down to this band’s relentless groove. Comprised of vocalist and guitarist Mark McGuiness, Josh “Shua” Felling on drums, lead string-snapper Ned Barclay and “Bass Man” Joe Scarpellino, Iowa natives Dead Larry broke into the music scene in the mid 2000’s and haven’t had a reason to look back yet. The instrumentals are powerful; the guitars transition from hard-driving riffs to blanketing cosmic wails so smooth they may as well be sponsored by Neutrogena. The rhythm section packs powerful punches like a Mike Tyson knock off, sporting touches like ultra-clean hi-hat funk and crunchy half-time kicks to super snappy bass solos. Mark’s vocals present a peppy and melodic story-song style, emitting catchy hooks that induce dancing, euphoria, and drug-like bursts of energy. 




When it comes to funky rock bands, one can’t go wrong with Dead Larry. Each member brings their own style to the table to create something collectively powerful, while also earning their individual time to show off just a taste of what they’re capable of on their own. It’s obvious that there is a creative and personal chemistry between these guys, and if that doesn’t make for the stems of huge success, I really don’t know what does. 


Dead Larry has a new album in the works. Missing out on that would be like missing out on your friends’ May Day barbecue that David Bowie showed up to for some reason. 

Links are provided below to Dead Larry’s website and Facebook page.



Be sure to support your local “Fresh Air” Radio Station, KFAI! We are a non-profit organization, so we need your help as the listener to keep this amazing radio station alive and running, so as to deliver a wide-array of music for years to come! 

If you would like to make a donation, simply call us at 612-341-3144, or donate online! 

Online donation: http://kfai.org/node/46434

If you missed the original broadcast you can still listen at ANY time from ANYWHERE on the planet on our FOREVER archives just by clicking here:  

(Archive also contains interview with Live From Studio 5!’s blogger, Seth Hynes-Marquette)

Check out the video on our You Tube page here: https://www.youtube.com/user/KFAIRocks 

You can see the Flickr pix from that show here:

-Article by Seth Hynes-Marquette