Arch City Radio Hour

  • Hosted by Nick Garcia

Arch City Radio Hour is a program about music artists, bands, and events in the St. Louis region. Host Nick Garcia — of Archcityradio.fm — highlights notable St. Louis musicians and songs. The show also features in-depth interviews and live performances. Past episodes of Arch City Radio Hour can be heard here on our site. Playlists and additional information from each episode are also detailed below. The show is not currently airing on any of our broadcast channels.

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Cree Rider Family Band St. Louisan Cree Rider left St. Louis to travel a bit but came back to St. Louis. He and vocalist Cheryl Wilson (his fiance, the "family" in "Family Band") formed the Cree Rider Family Band, a group who evokes the sound of country music and the backdrop of bars, booze and bent-but-not-broken relationships. Cree and Cheryl talk to Nick Garcia about how they came to find their sound, about getting your songs on a cable TV show and why St. Louis is such a good place for a...

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Ransom Note http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YUZnEI683nY Vocalist Merv Shrock and keyboardist Jon Parsons met and wrote what would be their first album of songs in a short period of time. Since then, they've been met with good reviews and appreciative audiences with their blend of rock and soul. They sit down with Nick Garcia to talk about the band and to play a few songs, too. Songs performed: "Russian Blue" "Are You Waiting?" "Baby Blue" "Georgia" "Feelin' Great" Ransom Note on Reverbnation...

(Courtesy of Abby Gillardi)

Sleepy Kitty Guitarist Paige Brubeck and Drummer Evan Sult comprise the band (and graphic art studio) Sleepy Kitty. The duo has a new full-length album out, "Projection Room" on the Euclid Records label. If you listen to Arch City Radio, you've heard Sleepy Kitty's "Ridin' With St. Louis" as our theme song. On this show, the band graciously does the theme live. Sult once played in the band Harvey Danger, whose "Flagpole Sitta" was a hit in 1998, and then played in the quintet Bound Stems....

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Charflies Nick Garcia talks to the members of Charflies, a self-described "junk folk" group whose auspicious start was borne in fire in a couple of ways. Suffice to say the name of the band has to do with a house fire which happened after their first rehearsal. They've got a new EP out, Blowfish Rodeo, and they'll play some of those new songs live for us. Charflies website Charflies on Facebook Charflies on Twitter Songs performed: "If I Had A Quarter" "My Baby Cries When I Don't Come Home" ...

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Kim Massie and Peter Martin in Concert On December 6th , 2013, Arch City Radio Hour held our first concert in the community room at UMSL at Grand Center, home of St. Louis Public Radio. We wanted to see what would happen when two St. Louis-based musical luminaries met and performed together for the very first time ever. Pianist Peter Martin and vocalist Kim Massie agreed to take part in this live musical experiement , and the results are amazing. Kim Massie also sat down with Nick Garcia to...

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Arch City Radio Hour debuted on January 7th, 2013 and since that first show, we've heard from just a small portion of the vast wealth of artistic talent that resides, plays and thrives in our region. We're looking forward to another year of great interviews, insights, and performances, but we thought that during this holiday season, we take a moment to look back and hear some of our favorite performances since the show's inception. It was hard to keep it at an hour and we had to leave out at...

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John Maxfield Nick Garcia talks to singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer John Maxfield about coming back from an early nearly fatal injury to becoming a full-time musician, and how he used a video to reach a wider audience and parlay that into expanding his music career. He'll play a few new tunes from his forthcoming album. Songs performed: Four Shots Silver River Not That Kind (bonus cut on extended interview) EXTENDED INTERVIEW: John Maxfield on Twitter John Maxfield on...

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Nick Garcia talks to Kiersten Rose (piano, vocals) and Brian Vacarro (guitar) of the band Adonis Blue , whose first album, Bloom, comes out November 23rd. The band, which also features Mark Wallace (bass) and Kyle Honeycutt (drums), mixes jazz and pop with a light feel. They'll talk about wine, musical influences and their upcoming album release party, which is Saturday, November 23rd, 2013 at The Chapel. Songs performed: "Want the Change" "Bloom" "Looped"

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Dennis Owsley and St. Louis Jazz History Dennis Owsley's love and passion for Jazz has been unabated for decades. He's been the host of "Jazz Unlimted" on St. Louis Public Radio for over 30 years now. He sits down with Nick Garcia to talk about the history of Jazz in St. Louis, Miles Davis, and Dennis' Jazz Concert photography, among other subjects.

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Bryan and Lola Nick Garcia talks to Bryan Toben and Lola Hennicke, known as the musical duo Bryan and Lola. They'll talk about their quiet, informal beginnings and how they came to their mix of rock, pop and jazz, inspirations for music and their songwriting process. Before they head back to teaching music, they'll show us a little of their musical abilities with some original tunes. "Darlin' Dear" "Let's Talk Instead" "I'm Doing the Best I Can" "Dancing Girl"

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Kentucky Knife Fight - Interview and Acoustic Set Kentucky Knife Fight (or most of them, anyway) joins us to play an acoustic set and talk to Nick Garcia about how they got their name, playing LouFest and a seredipitous meeting there that led to the making of the new video for their song Bad Blood, and about their upcoming show on Friday, October 11th at Plush. Gunsmoke Love The Lonely http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qcVKYThPYxw Always a Bribe, Never a Bride No Fault of My Own Letter To...

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Brothers Lazaroff : Hope Fear Youth Block Party Interview and Performance Jeff and David Lazaroff stop by the studio to talk about the Block Party on Saturday September 28th outside of Vintage Vinyl in celebration of their new album, Hope Fear Youth. Some songs on the new album are Brothers Lazaroff staples that are finally seeing an official release, and others are older songs from their youth re-imagined with the current members of Brothers Lazaroff. Jeff and David also play acoustic...

(Courtesy of Abby Gillardi)

Ian Fisher and The Present Nick Garcia talks about stories from the road with Missouri native Ian Fisher. We'll also hear Fisher perform a few songs as well. Tef Poe Revisited In April 2013, St. Louis Public Radio's Erin Williams profiled St. Louis rapper Tef Poe . A lot had changed for Tef Poe between that profile story and his appearance at LouFest 2013. Williams sat down with Tef Poe once again to catch up with where he's been and where he's going. Following The Water Live at Grand Opera...

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Bob Reuter was a man who lived by no rules, a man who called it like he saw it. He was a beloved St. Louis musician, writer, photographer, radio personality, and friend who was taken from us in a freak accident on August 3rd, 2013. In the wake of us his death, many of his past works of art have surfaced from places far and wide. This art includes unreleased recordings from many of Bob's bands as well as numerous black and white film prints of St. Louis people, places, and culture. And now the...

Jordan Kylie Acoustic singer/songwriter Jordan Kylie talks about her style of music and the literary influences on her music. She also performs a few songs as well. Boxing Clever St. Louis Public Radio's Erin Williams takes a closer look at a downtown St. Louis advertising agency whose new record label deals only with vinyl releases.

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Geoff Koch Nick Garcia sits down for a talk and performance with local singer-songwriter Geoff Koch , who talks about his songwriting process, how he got into playing music and about winning the Chevy Music Showcase (and a nice shiny tour van to boot!) and about recording his new as-yet-unreleased album in St. Louis. Songs performed: "Gold Dust" "Pro-War" "Burn it Down" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZCxcBorqiZQ Sheldon STL 250 Songwriting Contest Nick Garcia talks to Sheldon Marketing...

This Arch City Radio Hour is dedicated to the Whiskey War Festival , a grass roots music festival in St. Charles that bridges the musical gap between the City and the County. We'll talk to the founders of the festival the Maness Brothers, and to country artist Jack Grelle. We'll also hear from a couple of the bands slated for the festival on Saturday June 29th, 2013 at VFW Post 2866 in Saint Charles. The Maness Brothers Festival founders Jake and David Maness talk about their musical garage...

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Miss Jubilee St. Louis Public Radio's Erin Williams talks to Dan Conner and Valerie Kirchoff of the jump blues / retro swing band Miss Jubilee. They tell Erin about how the band first started as a passionate hobby and has now turned into a successful full-time band. We'll also hear "I Found A New Baby" and "Some of These Days" from their self-titled album. Ted, Bella and Lily Ibur Being part of a musical family is an experience not many people get to have. Not so with the Ibur family. Ted's...

(Courtesy of Abbi Gillardi)

Arch City Radio presents a live exclusive concert with Pokey LaFarge and his band. Pokey LaFarge and his band gave stopped by St. Louis Public Radio for a private concert before they headed out on an international tour supporting Pokey's new self-titled album which comes out June 4 on Third Man Records . They played a some songs from the new album and a few songs that come from the rich music history upon which Pokey draws his style. He also took a few minutes to talk to host Nick Garcia...

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Arch City Radio Hour 010 Interview and performance with guitarist / vocalist / songwriter Tommy Halloran (accompanied by Alyssa Avery ). Songs performed: "Gardenias For Rita" "When I Take My Sugar To Tea" "Under the Catalpa Trees" "In the Cool of the Pines" Cityscape interview and performance with The 442's Songs performed: "Shibuya" "Hestons" "Chelsea"

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Arch City Radio Hour - Grace Basement: Interview and live performance with Grace Basement's Kevin Buckley, accompanied by Ian Walsh Songs performed: "We're Gonna Rock This Town" "The Almoner" " Brampton Drive" "An Apple Will Do"

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Dots Not Feathers Performance and Interview from Arch City Radio Hour Interview and performance with Dots Not Feathers
Nick Garcia talks to Dots Not Feathers about their major personnel change, their undefinable sound and their upcoming album "The Readiness is All". The band also played 5 songs from the new album as well, showing off their mix of synthesizers, rollicking guitar, powerful and on-the-mark rhythm section and strong vocal harmonies.

Songs performed:

"There's...

(Courtesy of Abby Gillardi)

Arch City Radio Hour: Jump Starts Interview Arch City Radio visited the duo Jump Starts at their rehearsal space. Guitarist Justin Johnson and drummer Sarah Ross played a few tunes (including two from their new album What Hides Inside ) and talked about their songwriting, influences and their particular brand of music, as well as other projects like Justin's other band, Pretty Little Empire. Songs performed: "Long Way Home" "Written on the Water" "Stop Guessing"

(Courtesy of Abby Gillardi)

Interview and performance with Water Liars at Off Broadway . This interview features live performances of three songs from their album, "Wyoming" . Songs performed: "Fake Heat" "Sucker" "Linens" Thanks to Off Broadway for letting us record this interview and performance in their venue. You can find out about upcoming shows at Off Broadway here.

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Interview and performance with Brothers Lazaroff and Thelonius Kryptonite , a.k.a Lewis Dubbs and the Missouri Flyguys. The band talks about recording their new album, "Hope Fear Youth" (out in May 2013), and their new collaboration with rapper Thelonius Kryptonite, who also obliges with some freestyle. Songs Performed:

"Ready"

"Science Won (Remix)"

"Row of Trees"

"Dance While You Can"

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Interview with Steve St. Cyr , producer of Songbird Cafe , a St. Louis-based concert series with singer-songwriters performing their material in a stripped-down, intimate, in-the-round performance space. Host Nick Garcia and St. Cyr discuss how a business trip to Nashville inspired the creation of Songbird Cafe. We'll also play a few examples of some performances from the Songbird Cafe which took place at St. Louis Public Radio's home in Grand Center this past December. Performances: "Worn...

(Courtesy of Mike Schrand)

Interview with Fred Friction and Jason Hutto Nick Garcia talks to musician, songwriter, Stag beer promoter, former club owner, and "Fishin' With Dynamite" DJ Fred Friction about working on his new album "Murder Balladeer". Friction is joined by "Murder Balladeer" producer and guitarist Jason Hutto, and they play some old and new tunes. Songs performed:

"By the Lake"

"Longhardroad"

"I Gave it to My Neighbor"

Mike Schrand

Interview and performance with Marc Chechik of Melody Den : Songs performed: "Storylines" "Lovely Lie" "Reservoir Tower"

Mike Schrand

Interview and performance with Beth Bombara and her band: Songs performed: "Don't You Know" "Can't Win" "All Along" "Mountain Sun"