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Marian HillSee link to playlist below. DJ Andy Bargerstock delivers Part 2 of his favorite music discoveries over the past 50 weeks from off-the-beaten path.  In the first hour, you will hear tracks from male singer-songwriters including Mike Posner, Chris Joss, Steve Mason, Greg Laswell, James Vincent McMorrow and Henry Jamison and then the ladies take the stage including Ruelle (with Zayde Wolf), Marian Hill (duo photo left), and Diane Birch (photo right). Diane Birch

In the second-Chill Session, get prepared for longer endorphin-producing sets that feature international world music and electro-acoustic artists including Shy Girls, Peer Kusiv (Germany), Parov Stelar (Austria), Daniel Spaleniak (Poland), and AURAH (Switzerland).

Mark your calendar and spread the word to join the live stream anywhere in the world at and click on the phrase "LISTEN LIVE". It is the best music you never hear unless you are tuned to KRUU-FM.  Click for playlist.



Alexi MurdochIt's time for DJ Andy Bargerstock's 11th Annual Best of FT Music programs on October 11 and Oct 18. Discover what has been kicking around in DJ Andy's head for the past 50 weeks. You will hear some of the best tracks of music from off the beaten path that deserve you attend. For example, Fringe Toast song of the year is "Breathe" by Alexi Murdoch (photo left). On Alice Phoebe LouOctober 11m the program highlights singer songwriters including River Whyless, Elephant Stone, Angel Snow, Io Trio, Aurora, and Alana Yorke

In the second hour, your ears will tingle with endorphin-enriching tracks from artists that include Alice Phoebe Lou (photo right), Kaleo, Sohn and Ayla Nereo. Mark your calendar and spread the word.

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For more background on these artists, read the October Iowa Source article on these Fringe Toast music events.

Margo Timmons(See link to playlist below). This week's program features Margo Timmons (photo left) and her band, Cowboy Junkies. But the program starts with a stab from the past with circa 1970 era tracks from UK progressive band King Crimson including the epic "In the Court of the Crimson King."  In the first hour, more good tracks from recently introduced artist Elizabeth Moen from Iowa City.  Listen closely for Fringe Toast first-timers Howard Ivans, Cut Copy, El Michels Affair, and The Trailblazers.

The second-hour Chill Session is anchored by Rocket Empire, Natural Calamity, Ronald Jenkees, The Sneaker Pimps, and Perpetual Groove.  FT offers the best music you never hear.... unless you are tuned to DJ Andy Bargerstock's weekly Fringe Toast show on Wednesday evening with replays on Saturday at 8am CT.

Click here for playlist! Spread the word to friends everywhere to join the live stream through Just click on the phrase LISTEN LIVE. Enjoy!

11th Annual Best of Fringe Toast shows on October 11 and 18 at 8PM with replays the following Saturday mornings at 8am CT. Watch for the Iowa Source article with the playlist of the October 11 program.

Sylvan EssoDJ Andy Bargerstock offers up new EP Echo Mountain Sessions from North Carolina's Sylvan Esso (photo left) male/female duo who share the first-hour spotlight with former UK Porcupine Tree leadman Steven Wilson (photo right).  Bluesmaster Justin Johnson leads off the program with cover of Screaming Jay Hawkins song, "I Put A Spell On You" from his Drivin' It Down CD. Throughout the program, you will enjoy more fine tunes from recently spotlighted artists including Stick Figure, Air, Blanco White, Ayla Nereo, London Grammar and Steven WilsonAlexi Murdoch.

In the second-hour Chill Session, prepare for the exotic sounds of obscure Japanese guitarist Toshio Nakanishi, a.k.a., Natural Calamity. Toshio passed away in February 2017 but lives on through his albums. Listen for tracks from 1992 album Peach HeadPaul McCartney and collaborators playing under the name Fireman shine with beautifully arranged instrumental called "Watercolour Guitars" from the 1998 album Rushes.  Marvelous obscure McCartney treasure!

Click here for playlist.  Invite friends to join the live stream on every Wednesday at 8pm CT and replays on Saturday at 8am CT.

The BEST MUSIC YOU NEVER HEAR .... unless you are tuned to KRUU-FM at 100.1 in Fairfield, Iowa.

Mt TheloniousThe opening spotlight shines on Mt Thelonious (St. Louis trio photo left) who will perform live at Cafe Paradiso on Saturday, Aug. 19 at 8pm.  Reviewer Roy Kasten of describes Mt. T as "led by singer and guitarist Ian Lubar and featuring violin and bass from Alissa Avery and Mark Wallace, who combine boot-slapping rhythmic drive and old-time melodies with more than a little spirited and well-honed musicianship."  Fairfield's own Mirabai Britton shares "Diamond in the Frost." Twin-spins from UK's Dido and Ayla NereoNorthwest's Ayla Nereo (photo right) who was introduced last program.

The second-hour Chill Session brings forward tracks from Fringe Toast first-timers Passion Pit, Yvon Mounier, Monte la Rue as well as Death Cab for Cutie, John Gorka, and Daniel SpaleniakCLICK HERE FOR PLAYLIST.

Mark your calendar to hear live shows on Wednesday at 8PM CT with replays on Saturday at 8AM.  Fringe Toast Music offers the best music you never hear ... unless you are tuned to KRUU-FM at 100.1 and streaming at

Read DJ Andy Bargerstock's review of the new compilation CD Cafe Del Mar Vol. 23 that was published in August issue of Iowa Source Magazine. Live link provided.

Justin JohnsonDaughter Camie Bargerstock joins DJ Andy B on this original program with 100% tracks never played before on Fringe Toast; see playlist link below. Acoustic and electric blues master, Justin Johnson (photo left) leads off this week's internet radio broadcast with tracks from his new album Drivin' It Down (2017). Later in the first hour, the spotlight shines on Alexi Murdoch (photo right), the UK Alexi Murdochsinger-songwriter who sounds eerily and wonderfully like the troubled UK songwriter Nick Drake who passed away at 26 in 1974 ("Pink Moon" song was used earlier in VW commercials. Spiritually-attuned Ayla Nereo offers her first tracks ever for Fringe Toast.

In the second-hour Chill Session, listen closely for new track from alt-J ("3WW), a twin-spin from Scott Woodruff's Stick Figure band, and delightful first-time contributors Nahko and Medicine from the People, Moon Boots, Don Peyote, Daniel Spaleniak, and (Sandy) Alex GClick here for playlist.

Fringe Toast Music offers the best music your never hear...unless you are tuned to on Wednesday at 8pm CT with replays on Saturday at 8am CT.  Mark your calendar and spread the word!

Rebekah Del RioDJ Andy Bargerstock offers a full course of exotic music from off-the-beaten path including first-hour spotlight on Rebekah Del Rio (photo left; who sings on David Lynch's Twin Peaks show) and the rising young Serbian DJ producers Calavera & Manyu (photo right) with their blend of World House music.  Other first-hour contributors include Sarah Jarosz's new female trio called I'm With Her, Pieta Brown (with tracks from new CD), and John Mayer with track "In the Blood."

The second-hour Chill Session helps unwind the day with soothing, enticing tracks in a music set that includes these artists: Human Bell, The Human Experience, and Human. Other contributors include Blanco White, AURAH, and Jon Kennedy.Calavera & Manyu

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Watch for DJ Andy's article on the new collection Cafe Del Mar Vol. 23 in the August issue of Iowa Source Magazine that describes artists who visit the famed nightclub on the island of Ibiza east of Spain in the Mediterranean Sea. 

FRINGE TOAST offers the best music you never hear... unless you are tuned to KRUU-FM.Rebroadcasts now play on Saturdays at 8am CT.


Au revoir SimoneDUE TO TECHINICAL DIFFICULTIES LAST WEEK, this program will be an original LIVE program this week with DJ Andy Bargerstock.

Hot off their performances on David Lynch's Twin Peaks TV show, the female keyboard and vocal trio Au Revoir Simone (photo left) shares the Fringe Toast spotlight with rootsy Wooden Birds (CD cover below right).  In the first hour singer-songwriter Frally shares a three tracks from her library. The program begins with new blues track from Taj Mahal and Keb Mo.

The second-hour Chill Session pivots around 13-minute back-to-back tracks from French group Air ("La Femme D'Argent")Wooden Birds and UK electonica/blues duo Zero 7 ("Salt Water Sound"). Super toe-tapping, endorphine simmering Groove!

Click here for playlist.  Encourage friends to join the live stream at on Wednesday at 8pm CT with replay on Saturday at 8am CT.

Look for DJ Andy Bargerstock's music reviews every month in Iowa Source Magazine.

RuelleDJ Andy Bargerstock lays down another 100% new playlist program. This week, we celebrate the release of Cafe Del Mar #23, one of the longest running compilation series of music inspired by the nightclub of same name on the island of Ibiza off the east coast of Spain in the Mediterranean Sea.  Listen for 5-song set late in first hour that will include tracks from White Elephant, Brian Eno, Zero 7, Biblio, and Télépopmusik (with Angela McCluskey photo right on vocals on "Just Angela McCluskeyBreathe" remix). Also, in first hour a twin-spin from the rising Alternative singer-songwriter Ruelle (photo left).  Click here for playlist.

In the epic second-hour Chill Zone, get ready for a fabulous journey into the ether led by international chill-out electronica and ambient tunes from Achillea, Deep & Wide, Perfume Genius, Special EFX, The Mellow, and Sex Mob.  It's the best music you never hear ... unless you are tuned to KRUU-FM on Wednesday evenings at 8pm CT with replays on Saturday at 8am CT.  Spread the word and mark your calendar.

LORDEPLAYING LIVE THIS WEEK. Scheduled originally last week. DJ Andy Bargerstock offers 100% new playlist, tracks never played before on Fringe Toast!   The spotlight shines on LORDE's newly released CD and singer-songwriter (photo left), Julia Michaels (photo right).   Dawn & Hawkes lead off the program with Beatles cover song, "I've Just Seen a Face" that they introduced on "The Voice" TV singing competition. Other first-hour contributors include Amy MacDonald, Margaret Glaspy, Jake Bugg, and the rising talent Henry Jamison. Listen carefully for David LynchJulia Michaels "Twin Peaks" performers, the female trio Au Revoir Simone, an electro-pop dream band from Brooklyn, NY.

The second-hour Chill Session is where you will hear Julia Michaels, Swiss husband-wife duo AURAH, Peer Kusiv (Germany), London Grammar (UK), Alana Yorke (Canada), Velours Perfect (Denmark), and Chet Faker

Click here for playlist.  Spread the word to friends worldwide to join the live stream every Wednesday at 8pm Central Time and replays on Saturday at 8am.  Fringe Toast Music radiates the best music you never hear.... unless you are tuned to KRUU-FM.

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