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Neon HitchDJ Andy Bargerstock delivers another near 100% new track edition of Fringe Toast featuring UK electro-pop singer Neon Hitch (photo left) to launch the first hour and guitar instrumental band, The Perfect Circle (photo right) to spotlight the second hour Chill Session.  Singer-songwriter talents abound in the first half including FT first-timers Blue-Eyed Son, Grace, and Disclosure (featuring Hannah Reid's outstanding vocals).

In the Chill Zone second-half, you will experience a swirling swoon with internationnal contributors including Laya Project, Balanescu Quartet, Human Bell, Chris Zippel, and of course The Perfect CirclePerfect Circle whose mellow electro-acoustic guitarwork reminds us of the softer side of Wishbone Ash with their twin harmony guitars in the 1970s.

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buddy guy(See link to playlist below). DJ Andy Bargerstock brings another LIVE 100% new tracks playlist to Fringe Toast Music.   Blues legend Buddy Guy (photo left) performs "Whiskey Ghost" as a preview to his live performance forthcoming in September 2016 at Fairfest in Fairfield, Iowa.  Summer Twins (photo right) takes the stage for the first time on FT with their retro 50s-60s stylized twin harmonies. Summer TwinsVividly lyrical US singer-songwriter Richard Shindell and Irish-Scottish band Snow Patrol offer twin-spins of their own during the first hour.

During the second-hour Chill Session, your ears will be thrilled by electro-acoustic tracks from Astronomyy, Justin Johnson, Claptone, Black Square, Radiohead, Psychic Ills and Digitonal.  The summer swoon continues with Fringe Toast Music offering the best tracks you never hear unless you are tuned to KRUU-FM.  Invite friends to join the live stream at  Click on LISTEN LIVE to connect through your music software.  

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broken bells(See playlist link below). 100% new tracks never played before on Fringe Toast with DJ Andy Bargerstock! In the opening set, we lead off with Des Moines band MAIDS with single "Bandits," followed by Barzek with "The Shore" and then Broken Bells (photo left) featuring Danger Mouse and James Mercer.  Stay tuned to hear a few tracks from Sarah Jarosz's Undercurrent CD; yes, she plays Iowa City's Englert Theater this week on July 14th.  Elephant Revival and Justin Johnson contribute strong performances in the first hour.  Fringe Toast first-timers: Sky Barbarick, Nick Vallee, Evangelist, July Talk (photo right), Sam Roberts Band, and Manchester Orchestra.July Talk

In the second hour Chill Zone session, you will hear more excellent tracks from last week's debut groups including Astronomyy, Sarah Guthrie & Johnny Irion, Psychic Ills, and France's Christine and the Queens.  It's the best music you never hear unless you are tuned to Fringe Toast.  Click here for playlist. Invite friends to join the live stream at

Christine and the QueensFairfield's own Eli Lieb leads off the program with "Stay". Rising young French singer-songwriter Héloïse Letissier (photo left) known by her stage name Christine and the Queens takes the Fringe Toast spotlight in the first hour with her minimalistic synth-pop twin-spin.

Arlo Guthrie's daughter named Sarah Lee with duo member Johnny Irion (photo right) share tracks from 2013 Sarah Lee Guthre and Johnny Irionsalbum Wassiac Way

More new tracks from Sarah Jarosz who will play The Englert on July 14 in Iowa City, IA.

The second-hour Chill Session offers electro-acoustic marvels from FT first-timers Psychic Ills, Evan Romans, Kaleo, Astronomyy, Rhodes, and  Young Romans.  The final set of etheral pieces provides the perfect salute to the evening. 

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    Jun 29
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Fringe Toast - SARAH JAROSZ TRIO on Wed., 6/29 at 8pm CT

Sarah Jarosz TrioMore choice tracks from DJ Andy Bargerstock. Northeast Jam-band Assembly of Dust leads off with two live tracks. Then, leading up to the July 14, 2016 concert at the Englert Theater in Iowa City, IA, rising young singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Sarah Jarosz & Trio (photo left), will perform her unique blend of new grass and ethereal realms with spotlight on tracks from the new CD Undercurrent. Also, in the first hour, listen closely for harmonies from the debut self-titled album of Case/Lang/Veirs.  Twin-spins each from on Jon Shain & Joe Newberry and Band of Horses.

The eagerly anticipated second-hour Chill Session includes sonic gems from Red Hot Chili Peppers made-over by electronic producer DangerMouse putting them unexpectedly and delightful into Fringe Toast spotlight second-hour gig.  Justin Johnson returns with more vintage acoustic guitar blues on cigar-box guitars from early 1900s. Other contributors include Sheila Chandra, Cass McCombs, Andi Starr, Cry Wolf, and Digitonal.  Ah, yes, more Above & Beyond too!

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Above & Beyond(See link to playlist below). This week marks the release of Acoustic II CD from UK's Above & Beyond (photo left) which is normally considered an electronic trance band.  But, this second accoustic CD breathes new life and context into their vast catalog of music featuring vocals from their long-time lead vocalist Zoe Johnston and other contributors.  Early in the second hour, you will hear a Above & Beyond on stagefew soothing tracks from this epic new album. The program begins with new tracks from Paul Simon, and also from Sweet Talk Radio, N*Grandjean, and The Rescues

The second-hour Chill begins with Above & Beyond, Society of Broken Souls, Rising Appalachia, Rhye and Rezonate.  The last 30 minutes of electro-acoustiic instrumentals features Richard Bone, The Peaking Goddess Collective, and a special 7-minute track from N*Grandjean called "The First Picture (RocknRolla Soundsystem Mix)."  

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Zoë Johnston

Society of Broken SoulsThe program leads with Cyndi Lauper's amazing new release cover of Patsy Cline's "I Fall to Pieces."  Also, you will hear three exceptional cover tracks for Grateful Dead songs from the newly released compilation, Day of the Dead (CD art below).

The spotlight shines especially bright on Fairfield's own Society of Broken Souls (Dennis James and Lauryn Shapter photo left) formerly with Truckstop Souvenir.  This songwriting duo was featured in Iowa Source Magazine's May 2016 issue in Fringe Toast music review written by DJ Andy Bargerstock.

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In the second hour Chill Zone, your brain will be soothed with beautiful Day of the Deadexperimental music from Paul McCartney, another visitation from Shook Twins, ethereal and enlightened reggae from Stick Figure, electronic instrumental from Pentatonik, and UK's marvelous electronic trance band gone acoustic, Above & Beyond.  Mark your calendar and invite friends to join the live stream on 

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It's the best music you never hear unless you are dialed to Fringe Toast.

Elephant RevivalDJ Andy Bargerstock steps up with another LIVE program of quality tracks from off-the-beaten path.  This week's spotlight shines on the four-sister band SHEL (photo right) and Fairfest band ELEPHANT REVIVAL (photo left) and their friends Shook Twins who also impressed the Fairfest crowd with a candlelight concert in FACC when the power went down with a storm. Music from Eric Clapton's new CD and Sawyer Fredricks (Voice winner).  Sarah Jarosz who will play Englert on July 14 offers tracks from her upcoming CD release Undercurrent.

And, then, the second hour.....

The second-hour Chill Zone highlights SHELetherically beautiful music from UK's electronic DJ duo, Above & Beyond, along with female vocals from Acoustic II the CD coming soon with preview tracks especially for you.  Acoustic guitar blues virtuoso Justin Johnson shapes notes on two tracks from Smoke and Mirrors.

Click here for playlist. Discover again why people say Fringe Toast offers the best music you never hear... unless you are tuned to KRUU.

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.


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