Jedd Beaudoin


Jedd Beaudoin is an award-winning writer and broadcaster who has been with KMUW since 2007. He is the host and producer of Strange Currency, a two-hour music show, which airs Monday-Saturday from 8 to 10 p.m. He is also the producer of the bi-weekly trends commentary “A Musical Life,” as well as “Musical Space.” He received his MFA in creative writing (fiction) from Wichita State University in 2001 (where he was a Creative Writing Fellow) and holds a B.A. in English (with an emphasis in writing) from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.

Beaudoin hosts Wichita Sessions on KPTS Channel 8. The show, which features local and regional music acts in performance, is now in its third season. Since 1999 he has worked as a freelance journalist. He served as music critic and editor for two Wichita alternative newspapers, F5 (2003-06) and Wichita City Paper (of which he was also managing editor, 2006-07). He currently contributes music, film, and book reviews to, where he also pens (alternating with two other writers) commentary on country music for the site’s “Kickin’ Up Dust” column.

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Tuesday, April 24

Listen for selections from the new effort from Finer Spirit, Well As You Pretend plus selections from the latest by Me Like Bees.

Wednesday, April 25

Released at the end of 1977, Jackson Browne’s Running On Empty was an unusual recording: It featured brand-new material recorded in the live arena plus a smattering of coverings tracked either on Browne’s tour bus or in hotel rooms. The rough, experimental approach led to one of the singer-songwriter’s most beloved albums. We’ll hear music from it as well as selections from Silk Degrees, the 1976 effort from Boz Scaggs.

Thursday, April 26

We’ll hear music from The Cure’s 1989 album Disintegration plus music from The Church’s 1988 release, Starfish.

Friday, April 27

Resistance Is Futile is the latest album from Welsh band Manic Street Preachers. We’ll hear music from that recording as well as selections from Second Coming, the 1994 release by The Stone Roses.

Saturday, April 28

Locate S,1 is the new project from singer-songwriter Christina Schneider. Recorded with help from members of the Athens, Georgia band, Of Montreal, the project appeals to a broad range of musical sensibilities while losing none of Schneider’s sense of adventure. Listen to music from that recording as well as selections from Of Montreal’s 2007 disc, Hissing Fauna, Are You The Destroyer?

Monday, April 30

Listen for music from Exitmusic’s The Recognitions and the latest by Eels, The Deconstruction.

Kevin Wildt

Spirit of the Stairs releases its new EP, Sagas, at the Shamrock Lounge on Friday, April 20, marking its 16th anniversary.

Jeff Tuttle

One Stop is the latest release from guitarist/vocalist/songwriter Shane Marler. This new collection of songs finds him joined by some players from his past (Ryan Heinlein, Mark Foley) as well as some he'd never met before (Steve Hatfield). The record is also a return in a way to the work he did with the band Ophil as it carries influence from the ska and reggae music that is deeply intertwined with Marler's love of jazz and rock.

Marler releases the album this Friday, April 20.

When Steve Barton moved to Portland, Oregon a few years ago, he found himself removed from the California music scene which he’d been part of decades. That didn’t bother him. Instead, he set about making one of his most ambitious records, Tall Tales And Alibis. It’s a three-album set that sets three distinct moods. In some instances it would be appropriate to call such a work “sprawling” but, despite its length and sheer volume of material, Tall Tales And Alibis is tightly woven and, in its way, succinct collection that speaks to Barton’s emotional and musical range.

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Tuesday, April 17

Listen for music from The J. Geils Band’s Live: Blow Your Face Out plus David Bowie’s The Man Who Sold The World.

Wednesday, April 18

Juliana Hatfield returns with a tribute to Olivia Newton-John, titled Julianna Hatfield Sings Olivia Newton-John. We’ll hear selections from this collection as well as Hatfield’s collaboration with former Replacements’ guitarist/vocalist Paul Westerberg, The I Don’t Cares and the album Wild Stab.

Thursday, April 19

Sagas is the latest release from Spirit of the Stairs. Listen for music from this recording as well as selections from Team Tremolo’s 2017 debut.

Friday, April 20

One Stop is the latest release from Kansas singer-songwriter Shane Marler. We’ll hear music from it as well as from Bob Marley and The Wailers’ Uprising.

Saturday, April 21

We celebrate the birthday of The Cure’s Robert Smith with selections from his work with that band plus Siouxsie and The Banshees, The Glove, Earl Slick and more. Plus: Music from Manic Street Preachers, Mogwai, Placebo, The Twilight Sad and David Bowie.

Monday, April 23

We celebrate the birthday of William Shakespeare with selections from Dire Straits, The Smiths and others. 

Aaron Rogers

Billy Bloomquist performs under the name William Bloom. His most recent recording is Keys With No Teeth.

Courtesy of José Francisco Salgado and KV 265/Torin Andersen

The Wichita Symphony performs Saturday, April 14, at 8 p.m. and Sunday, April 15, at 3 p.m. with a program that includes a performance of Gustav Holst's The Planets.

The performance features cosmic images projected on a screen above the orchestra. Maestro Daniel Hege stopped by the KMUW studios recently to discuss his own preparations for the weekend concerts.

Saul Marsh

Brad Norman didn't intend to make a documentary about the favorite rock venue of his youth. But a conversation with a friend and some quick thinking led him on a five-year odyssey culminating in The Outhouse: The Film (1985-1997). The picture will screen Saturday, April 14, at The Orpheum Theatre. The Outhouse hosted a wide range of acts in its history including All, D.R.I., 7 Seconds, White Zombie, Fugazi and many other now-legendary bands.

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Wednesday, April 11

We’ll hear selections from Heathen, the 2002 release from David Bowie. The album reunited the late musician with longtime producer Tony Visconti, who oversaw many of his classic recordings. Also listen for music from Terminal Jive, the 1980 release by Sparks.

Thursday, April 12

We celebrate Day of Human Space Flight with selections from Devo, William Shatner, David Bowie, Muse and Hawkwind.

Friday, April 13

We mark Friday The 13th with selections from the Jeff Beck Group, Albert King, The Cure and more.

Saturday, April 14

Volunteer is the latest release from Old Crow Medicine Show. We’ll hear music from that as well as selections from Richmond Fontaine’s Don’t Skip Out On Me.

Monday, April 16

After the breakup of the Stray Cats, the band’s rhythm section, Slim Jim Phantom and Lee Rocker recruited former David Bowie guitarist Earl Slick for a new project. Named Phantom, Rocker & Slick, the trio recorded two full-length albums between 1985 and 1986 before disbanding. We’ll hear from the first of those, 1985’s self-titled which features Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones on one track. Also listen for music from Adrian Belew’s 1983 effort, Twang Bar King.

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KMUW Music is celebrating International Day of Human Space Flight, marking the first human flight in outer space by Yuri Gagarin in 1961. Tune in to Global Village, Strange Currency and Night Train from 7:00 p.m. to midnight on Thursday, April 12 for five hours of space-inspired music.