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Maniac

KAFM Grand Junction, 9pm - 12am

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Kim Fahy / The Mabuses Kim Fahy / The Mabuses

Some bands are obscure, others are sporadic, but The Mabuses are downright enigmatic. Their music is hard to describe, and while the word “psychedelic” has become a commonplace and devalued label to put on something these days, in this case it would apply as a feeling of existing in a disjointed but entirely fascinating musical reality rather than a genre.

Beso

KAFM Grand Junction, 9pm - 12am

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Atom™ Atom™

Uwe Schmidt has had an extensive career, recording under many names as electronic musicians do, but it’s his work as Señor Coconut (and now as Atom™), where he deconstructs familiar songs into something Kraftwerk would play if hired to play a quinceañera, that brings me this very particular weird glee.

Crimson and Clover

KAFM Grand Junction, 9pm - 12am

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Pom Pom Squad Pom Pom Squad

The original “Crimson and Clover” was Tommy James and the Shondells’ biggest hit, but it was also one of the first songs to be recorded on 16 track equipment, and is a textbook example on the use (or overuse) of rhythmic tremolo. Pom Pom Squad does a good job of channeling the song’s sweet yet feral vibe.

Divine Hammer

KAFM Grand Junction, 9pm - 12am

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Ben Lee Ben Lee

Australian Ben Lee broke through as the singer for the teen outfit Noise Addict, but has since made quite a solo career for himself. He kicks off this edition of Version Control — all covers, all night long.

Mexican Radio

KAFM Grand Junction, 9pm - 12am

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Polvo Polvo

If you are of a certain age and exposure to the MTV, you would think that people in Tijuana eat barbecued iguana, but that was just Stan Ridgway and Wall of Voodoo reaching for a cheap rhyme. Polvo takes the song’s nervous energy and turns it up a few notches.

Delirious

KAFM Grand Junction, 9pm - 12am

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The Rare Occasions The Rare Occasions

You know I have a weakness for pitch-perfect harmonies and razor-sharp hooks, and The Rare Occasions deliver both in voluminous quantities. Also noteworthy tonight is back to back tracks from The Who Sell Out, only one of which is performed by The Who!

No One Knows

KAFM Grand Junction, 9pm - 12am

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Josh Caterer Josh Caterer

There are voices so distinctive that their timbre is an instrument onto itself. This is the case with Josh Caterer, who was first heard singing for a band called The Smoking Popes. He has a wildly diverse solo career now, but tonight we play his reworked version of a Popes song.

Banana Splits

KAFM Grand Junction, 9pm - 12am

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The Soft Boys The Soft Boys

Tonight, we have Fruit Salsa! A fresh variety of fruits, from the ordinary to the exotic, is selected and cut up into an hour’s worth of delectable desert. Somewhere in there, The Soft Boys give us a live version of a Tin Pan Alley classic.

Dub Night I

KAFM Grand Junction, 9pm - 12am

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It’s Member Drive time, and nothing says “support your community radio station” louder than three hours of Dub Night. Not a whole lot of funding was raised, but no matter! Three hours of heavy bass rhythms were played.