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Sarah Jarosz Trio(See playlist link below).  DJ Andy Bargerstock spotlights rising singer-songwriter Sarah Jarosz (photo left) whose trio will be playing Englert Theater on July 14th in Iowa City, IA. You will hear the first single "House of Mercy" from her new CD Undercurrent to be released in May.  Our second spotlight will warm up the creative collaboration of electronic music master William Orbit and UK folk-indie singer-songwriter Beth Orton (photo right).  New music from The Rides, the supergroup consisting of Stephen Stills, Kenny Wayne Beth OrtonShephard, and Barry Goldberg. Will sample a few of the more mellow songs from Santana's new album too.

The second-hour Chill Session brings more electro-acoustic choice cuts including the Human Experience & Lila Rose, Azure Ray, Bethia Mitchell, This Mortal Coil, and Little People.  

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Sneaker PimpsLast week's Fringe Toast Retrospective Part 1 show created quite a stir. One listener characterized the experience as “hypnotic” and another said it was "other worldly in a really good way."  This week's Retrospective Part 2 entails yet another trance-inducing installment from brother Charlie’s favorites list. Spotlight shines on Kelli Ali lead singer for the Sneaker Pimps (photo left). Click here for complete playlist.

We start off with Roy Buchanan’s blues guitar "Sweet Dreams", followed by "Shut Your Eyes" by Snow Patrol (photo right) and "Low Times" by the School for Seven Bells. Then, comes the TV theme music from thesnow patrol BBC crime drama Luther which is Massive Attack's song "Paradise Circus".  And Greg Laswell offers his "Undone" used as a theme song for Friday Night Lights.   

We revisit "Wonderful Life" by DJ producer Carl Craig, and a marvelous  church organ-baritone sax piece "Good Places" with Beaver & Krause and jazz great Gerry Mulligan. In the Chill Zone second hour, prepare for the works of Brian Eno, Zero 7, the Egg and Magic Sound Fabric.  Many of these are destined to become classics in your music library.


zero 7 with sia(Note: see link to playlist below). In the past ten years, DJ Andy Bargerstock has introduced the listeners of Fringe Toast to thousands of new tunes from many genres and artists around the world.  We make yearly Crispy Awards for best new releases from off-the-beaten path. And, of course there are the epic early fall Best of Fringe Toast editions. This program's playlist was selected by DJ Andy’s brother, Charlie, with his favorite tracks from the past. Next week, prepare to listen to Part 2.  Both Charlie and DJ Andy will be hosting live on these dates.

Start with Ryan Bingham’s cut "Until I’m cat powerOne with You" which was theme music for the TV series The Bridge. We bring back an old favorite "Had a Dream" by actress and sometimes singer Bird York and "Willie" by Cat Power (photo right). We feature electronic composer and DJ Emancipator’s "When I Go" and two pieces by Blue Tofu--"Wild Blue" and "Spiritual". Throw in some Mark Isham, Zero 7 (photo upper left), Dido and join the second hour swoon of Chill Zone classics. Be assured, this music never grows old.

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Fringe Toast - ANDREW BIRD & SAVOIR ADORE on Wed., 4/6 at 8pm CT

Savoir AdoreDJ Andy Bargerstock continues with part 2 of his reveal of incredible new tracks from around the world.  Hear more fine tracks from acoustic guitar blues wizard Justin Johnson, electro-dubstep reggae band Stick Figure, the electronic composer The Human Experience, and exotic French psychedelic band Wall of Death. Andrew Bird (photo right) shares the spotlight too.Andrew Bird

First-time performers include Brooklyn-based Savoir Adore (photo left), Dylan LeBlanc (Louisiana singer-songwriter), and Lord Huron (LA indie folk band).

Click here for playlist (linked soon).  Spread the word to friends and family worldwide to join the live stream on every Wednesday from 8-10pm Central US time.

Random Rab(See link to playlist below). DJ Andy Bargerstock returns with another program of incredible new tracks from international artists including featured spotlight on chill electronic band named Random Rab (album cover) and the acoustic guitar virtuoso Justin Johnson (photo right, yes he plays bass too).   First-timers on Fringe Toast include Dr. Dog, David Wiffen,  Wall of Death, Atlas Bound, and The Human Experience.   The second-hour chill session is beautifully crafted to stimulate serenity and calm.   Mark your calendar Justin Johnsonand encourage friends worldwide to join the live stream at every Wednesday at 8pm CT.  

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Watch for the upcoming Fringe Toast music review on the sparkling new English female duo Kaleida in the April issue of Iowa Source magazine.  Fringe Toast, the best music you never hear.... unless your tuned to KRUU-FM on Wednesday evenings!

Enjoy the Wednesday experience.

Brittney BouchardSpotlight shines brilliantly on the band Aust featuring Brittney Bouchard (left) and Alex Clare (right).   DJ Andy Bargerstock shares more tracks from new female duo from England known as Kaleida introduced last week.   New artists to Fringe Toast include Hothouse Flowers, Julien Baker, Darlingside, Sierra Hull, Kate Rusby, and BrahjAlex Clare

Listen closely in second hour for track "Sun is Shining" by The Fireman (a.k.a., Paul McCartney and DJ Youth), an experimental electro acoustic piece.  Speaking of the Beatles, the lead song for this program is "P2 Vatican Blues" by George Harrison.

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KaleidaBased on a text message from my daughter in Hawaii, I was alerted last week to the rising young English female duo named KALEIDA (photo left). This week we feature several tracks released in the past year across two EPs. The ladies are vocalist Christina Wood in pink shirt and Cicely Goulder who plays synthesizer, electro-beats, and produces the tracks.  

In the second-hour Chill Session, your ears will be soothed by the electro-acoustic performances of Yppah, Sohn, Cosmo's Midnight, Purity Ring, Vallis Alps, The Egg... and additional tracks from Kaleida.

Invite friends to join the live stream on every Wednesday at 8pm Central US Time.

Click here for playlist.  Enjoy! The Best Music you never hear... unless you are tuned to Fringe Toast!

first aid kitRising Fairfield-based vocalist Tara DeSantis (photo below) garners the early spotlight with her debut tracks in collaboration with electronic dance composer Saxton. Watch for article about her in March issue of Iowa Source Magazine. The Swedish sister duo First Aid Kit (photo left) joins the first set with their haunting vocals on "My Silver Lining." Building on introduction last week, DJ Andy shares more tracks from UK actor/singer Johnny Flynn reflecting his Nick Drake style.  Twin spins on this program come from Laura Veirs, Cary Brothers, Chris Thile, Peter Bradley tara desantisAdams, and School of the Seven Bells.  

Second-hour Chill Session will lead to healthy brain chemistry due to endorphin boost stimulated by soothing electro-acoustic tracks from The Soul's Release, Alex Rich, Foals, and Rosi Golan.

Invite friends to join the live stream every Wednesday from 8-10pm CT on  Click here for playlist.  

"... The best music you never hear, unless you're tuned to Fringe Toast."

SiaWith spotlight this week on Australian singer Sia Furler (former lead for Zero 7 shown left) and UK's actor/musician Johnny Flynn (right) who starred with Anne Hathaway in the movie Song One, DJ Andy Bargerstock unveils another playlist of cool tunes never played on Fringe Toast.... except for the final set of choice sublime electro-acoustic tracks from UK's Younger Brother and the extremely rare music from Witchcraft.  AnJohnny Flynn outstandingly beautiful final 15 minutes!

Listen for multiple tracks from Brian Jonestown Massacre, Chris Smither, Johnny Flynn and Lucinda Williams. Invite friends anywhere worldwide to join the live stream at every Wednesday at 8pm CENTRAL US TIME.  Click here for playlist

The best music you never hear ... unless you are tuned to Fringe Toast.

Great Lake Swimmers(See link to playlist below). DJ Andy Bargerstock offers a splendid sonic journey of 30 newly discovered tracks never played before on Fringe Toast with spotlight on classical violinist turned composer/multi-instrumentalist Andrew Bird (photo right) and melodic Canadian folk band Great Lake Swimmers (photo left).  New groups to this series include King Gizzard aAndrew Birdnd the Lizard Wizard, Ethan Johns & The Black Eyed Dogs, and Sonny Smith

The second-hour Chill Session is packed with endorphin-stimulating delights with your mind in miind.  

Spread the word to invite friends to join the Fringe Toast resource.  It's the best music you never hear unless your tuned to Fringe Toast. Click here for playlist.

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