Jedd Beaudoin

Host/Producer

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 “Into It,” as well as “Musical Space” and he produces and writes KMUW’s bi-weekly theatre roundup “At Play.” 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 PopMatters.com, 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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Commentary
12:30 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

A Musical Life: Kendall Wohaska

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Kendall Wohaska is a local musician, composer, and teacher in Wichita where he has performed with his own band, The Luna Copii Trio, as well as The Bodo Ensemble, The Small Container Ensemble, and Allison Miller. Primarily interested in noise rock and avant-garde music in his teens, Wohaska continues to pursue aural textures as an essential part of composition and improvisation. Wohaska recently graduated from Wichita State University with a degree in Music Performance.

“My name is Kendall Wohaska and I play guitar in the band the Luna Copii Trio.

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Music
5:00 am
Fri September 19, 2014

The Picturebooks Prepare Take To Road With ‘Imaginary Horse’

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When it came time for The Picturebooks to record a new album, the band decided to retreat to a place that was familiar—guitarist and vocalist Finn Grabke’s garage. Filled with motorcycle parts, tools and other familiar trappings, the room also offered Grabke and drummer Philipp Mirtschink plenty room to stretch out. That allowed them the chance to capture the sound of the room, which made for a much airier sound on the record.

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Music
5:00 am
Thu September 18, 2014

Rose’s Pawn Shop Rises With 'Gravity Well'

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When the members of California’s Rose’s Pawn Shop sat down to make their new album, Gravity Well, they decided to work, for the second time in their career, with an outside producer. This time it was Ted Hutt, a man who had worked in the past with bands such as Gaslight Anthem.

Rose’s Pawn Shop guitarist Paul Givant says he couldn’t be happier with that decision.

“He was really hands on and had a long of strong opinions," he says. "We actually appreciated that. It helped us sculpt the record in a way that we weren’t really able to in the past.”

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Music
10:36 am
Tue September 16, 2014

Ryan Adams, Justin Townes Earle Return; Plus: A Visit To Earth

Hiss Golden Messenger's Lateness of Dancers
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Tuesday, September 16: Lateness of Dancers is the latest release from musicians M.C. Taylor and Scott Hirsch who perform under the name Hiss Golden Messenger. The music is acoustic-based and intimate with songs that touch on hard times and the hopes and fears of raising a family, among many other topics. We’ll hear from that recording as well as from lullaby and…the Ceaseless Roar, the latest release from September featured artist Robert Plant.

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Music
5:00 am
Thu September 11, 2014

Cherokee Maidens Swing With Debut Recording

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Cherokee Maidens is a trio focused on the pristine harmonies of Western swing music but band co-founder Robin Macy says the trio’s debut album is about so much more.

“The three harmony vocals kind of drive the record but the music has a bit of a variety to it.”

It’s all swing music—well, mostly—and most of the songs are standards culled from the songbooks of Bob Wills, Jimmie Rodgers, and Merle Travis. But there’s even an exception to that via Darrell Scott’s “Head South.”

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Music
8:53 am
Mon September 8, 2014

Half Japanese, Blonde Redhead Return And Spirits Hover

Overjoyed, the latest album from Half Japanese
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Tuesday, September 9: North Carolina’s Holy Ghost Tent Revival has been praised for its blend of music from the 1960s (especially The Band) and contemporary sounds (think: Dr. Dog). The group’s debut album, The Right State of Mind is out now and we’ll hear from that release on this episode of Strange Currency as well as from Adult Roommates the latest from Somebody’s Darling, a release that appeals to fans of Bonnie Raitt and The Heartless Bastards.

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Commentary
1:06 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

A Musical Life: Rachel Phares

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Rachel Phares is a cellist, viola da gambist, and teacher in the Wichita area. She graduated with a degree in cello performance from Wichita State University in 2012. Though still an active gigging cellist, her current musical focus is with an early music group called the Ad Astra Consort, who dedicates its creative focus to spreading sweet Renaissance-style grooves around the area. She is interested in music and how it relates to human connection, books, and her dog.

My name is Rachel Phares. I play the cello and the viola da gamba in the Wichita area.

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Music
11:20 am
Fri September 5, 2014

Dead Rider Gets Rhythm With 'Chills On Glass'

Dead Rider will perform Saturday night at ICT Fest located on 622 S. Commerce St.
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Listen to Dead Rider’s latest album Chills on Glass and you’re bound to be struck by the emphasis on rhythm in each of the songs. The band’s guitarist and founding member Todd Rittmann says that rhythm is an old obsession for him. It dates back to his childhood, when his bed was near the family laundry room.

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Books
5:00 am
Mon September 1, 2014

‘No Slam Dancing, No Stage Diving, No Spikes’ Recalls Legendary New Jersey Club

No Slam Dancing, No Stage Diving, No Spikes by Amy Yates Wuelfing and Steven DiLodovico is out now.
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In the 1980s as popular music diversified and independent bands began touring, a network of clubs sprang up across the country. One of the most visible was City Gardens in Trenton, New Jersey. Sinead O’ Connor reportedly made her U.S. debut there. Legendary punk act The Ramones graced the stage over 20 times. Comedian Henny Youngman, best known for “Take my wife… please” performed there as did REM, The Replacements and Rollins Band.

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Music
1:49 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Strange Currency Slips Into September With Labor Songs

Rock legends the Rolling Stones

Monday, September 1: We celebrate Labor Day with songs about work and the working life with selections from the Rolling Stones, R.E.M., Devo, and Hard Working Americans featuring Todd Snider.

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