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The Astronomers: Guess it’s Just Life/Sinking Ships and Story Tales

Tonight on The Sound, we dive into the alternative pop sounds of The Astronomers. This duo band, based out of Oshkosh WI, released their newest album “Guess it’s Just Life” in April 2021 after their previous album “Sinking Ships and Story Tales”. Their track “Bad Type” focuses on a toxic relationship filled with lies. Alternatively, their track “All in” speaks about how they would go All In for their partners. So get ready to move and groove with a new style of pop music, my name is Maxwell Ackman, and up next is KQAL’s Bill Stoneberg who dives into the electronic sounds of “Guess it’s Just Life” and “Sinking Ships and Story Tales” by The Astronomers, tonight on The Sound. Original air date: 06/01/22. The Sound is written and produced by KQAL 89.5FM on the campus of Winona State University. The Sound is made possible by a grant from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

The Federales: Honkytonks and Hangovers

Tonight on The Sound, we dive into Honkytonks & Hangovers released in 2020. The Federales, based out of Minneapolis are an Americana band with it's roots firmly planted in old school country. Tonight we'll figure out how 18 wheelers, Brad Paisley and The Ryman Auditorium all tie together with The Federales. So get your ears on and buckle up for a wild ride through Honkytonks and Hangovers. I'm Max Ackman and here's KQAL's Bill Stoneberg with The Federales, tonight on The Sound. Original Air Date: 5/25/22. The Sound is produced by KQAL FM, on the campus of Winona State University. The Sound is made possible by a grant from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Gregg Hall: Echoes From The Treetops

Today on The Sound we check out the latest album from Gregg Hall titled Echoes From The Treetops. Gregg, a staple in the regional music scene has played in numerous bands over the years from The Smokin’ Bandits, The White Iron Band and his own band Gregg Hall and the Wrecking Ball just to name a few. Echoes From The Treetops was recorded at the legendary Pachyderm Studios in Cannon Falls and was produced by Chad Staehly who plays keys in Great American Taxi and High Hawks and has worked with the likes of Todd Snider. With Echoes From The Treetops we hear Gregg continue to evolve, this time with a more classic rock sound that’ll get you movin’. I caught up with Gregg with a phone call as he was driving to Minneapolis to pick up his bass player for a gig. Typical right? Hmmm, did I just make a bass player joke? Who knows, I’m Bill Stoneberg, get ready for some old school rock n roll with Echoes From The Treetops, the latest album by Gregg Hall, Tonight on The sound. Original air date: 05/18/22. The Sound is written and produced by KQAL 89.5FM on the campus of Winona State University. The Sound is made possible by a grant from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

New Rocket Union: Twin Cities Breakdown

Tonight on The Sound we turn it up with Twin Cities Breakdown, the latest album from Minneapolis punk rock duo New Rocket Union. New Rocket Union is John Ensley banging out guitar riffs and singing with Bruce Gustafson banging out the beat and backing vocals. The band describes themselves as garage punk and their straight ahead no frills style on this album grabs ahold of you and doesn’t let go until the end. So, crank it up, I’m Bill Stoneberg, get ready for some high energy rock without the high falutin’ fluff, with Twin Cities Breakdown from New Rocket Union, tonight on The Sound. Original air date: 04/20/22. The Sound is written and produced by KQAL 89.5FM on the campus of Winona State University. The Sound is made possible by a grant from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Early Eyes: Look Alive!

Tonight on The Sound we get down to the smooth pop sounds of Early Eyes. Early Eyes is a five piece indie pop group from Minneapolis. Their latest album titled, Look Alive! Was released in Feb 2022 on Epitaph Records. The album was written during the pandemic and social justice uprisings in Minneapolis and takes you on a journey through a myriad of emotions and relatable themes. So put your headphones on and relax, I’m Bill Stoneberg, get ready for a delightful romp through the unique sonic textures that is Look Alive!, the latest from Early Eyes, tonight on The Sound. Original air date: 05/11/22. The Sound is written and produced by KQAL 89.5FM on the campus of Winona State University. The Sound is made possible by a grant from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Swashbuckler: Auditory Pleasure Pods To Satisfy Your Lust For Nihilism

Tonight on The Sound we bring you the debut album, Auditory Pleasure Pods To Satisfy Your Lust For Nihilism from Swashbuckler. The Winona band is comprised of four members who would describe this album as a reflection of their own personal growth. They want listeners to experience a dimension like never before and immerse themselves in an auditory exploration of pleasure. I'm Brylee Harris, stick around to hear more about Swashbuckler's debut album tonight on The Sound. Original air date: 04/27/22. The Sound is written and produced by KQAL 89.5FM on the campus of Winona State University. The Sound is made possible by a grant from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Becky Kapell: In It To Win It

Tonight on The Sound we bring you the latest album from Becky Kapell titled, In It To Win It. Becky is a country and americana musician out of St. Paul, MN whose path to the Minnesota music scene has been a unique and interesting journey. In fact, the Minneapolis Star Tribune called Becky a “late-bloomer country crooner” because of her unique path and what some might call her late arrival, but we’re glad she’s here now. In It To Win It is Becky’s 3rd album since the release of her debut titled “For Now” was released in 2012. Produced by Paul Bergen and featuring Erik Koskinen, Jeremy Johnson, Nate Gamb, In It To Win It takes us on a delightful journey through some true blue Minnesota country music. Or as Ms. Kapell’s bio says, “Groovy, swampy, honky-tonky, heart-breaky, sassy, kick-assy original music from America's midwest.” Well, I think that pretty much sums it up. Better than I can anyway, so I’m gonna stop talkin, kick back, and check out some great Minnesota music and I encourage you to join me and do the same. Here’s Becky Kapell with In It To Win It, tonight on The Sound. Original air date: 04/13/22. The Sound is written and produced by KQAL 89.5FM on the campus of Winona State University. The Sound is made possible by a grant from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Amateur: Every Little Thing

A conversation with Rochester based band Amateur about their latest album, titled Every Little Thing. Rochester, MN based Alternative/Indie Rock band. 
 Amateur is: Chris Tauzell (Vocals/Guitar) Brody Heinzel (Guitar) Alex Ortberg (Bass) Justin Tauzell (Drums/Vocals) Jonathan Tauzell (Keys) Original Air Date: 05/04/22. The Sound is produced by KQAL FM, on the campus of Winona State University. The Sound is made possible by a grant from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Luke Hendrickson: A Place To Call Our Own

Tonight on The Sound we bring you the second full length album from Luke Hendrickson titled, A Place To Call Our Own. Luke is a country musician out of Rochester, MN whose unique take on classic country sounds evolves more with each release. A Place To Call Our Own is something of a concept album in that all the songs combine to paint a picture and tell a story, and just like his previous releases, Luke isn’t afraid to tackle intensely personal subjects on this album while keeping things relatable for the listener. Tonight, Luke fills us in on what he’s been up to since his last album, including awards shows, UK tour plans and getting played on podcasts in Italy and beyond. And As always, we’ll hear some great stories from behind the tunes. I’m Bill Stoneberg, put your worries down and your feet up as we take you through Luke Hendrickson’s album, A Place To Call Our Own, tonight on The Sound. Original air date: 03/16/22. The Sound is written and produced by KQAL 89.5FM on the campus of Winona State University. The Sound is made possible by a grant from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Oof: self-titled

Tonight on The Sound we bring you Oof and their self-titled debut, out now on Winona’s own Ouids Records. Oof is Tyler Steinley, founder of Ouids Records and drummer extraordinaire for Sleeping Jesus, Afflatus and Swashbuckler. A staple and a force in the Winona music scene, Tyler’s or Oof’s story is a familiar one as of late. When Covid 19 quarantines hit other music projects slowed down and Oof was born. Oof is made up of six tracks that take you on a delightful romp through some cool grooves, elctro-pop and low-fi indie sounds. Ufda, I’m Bill Stoneberg and this is no goof, stick around for some great tunes and conversation from Oof, tonight on The Sound. Original air date: 03/09/22. The Sound is written and produced by KQAL 89.5FM on the campus of Winona State University. The Sound is made possible by a grant from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Robot Slide: EXTEND

Tonight on The Sound we bring you the debut album EXTEND, from Aura Vortex recording artists Robot Slide. This Minneapolis based band is comprised of three brothers, Matt, Jake, and Todd along with their good friend Liam. Aura Vortex describes their artists as “sort-of-pop” and I think it’s safe to say that Robot Slide most definitely sort-of fits into that category. This guitarless quartet uses vintage keyboards, synths, and samplers to weave in and around lo-fi hip-hop and 8-bit video game music to create the unique and delightful collection of songs that make up their debut album EXTEND. I’m Bill Stoneberg, and if you’re still with me after that long run-on sentence, get ready for a playful romp through EXTEND, the debut album from Robot Slide, tonight on The Sound. Original air date: 02/23/22. The Sound is written and produced by KQAL 89.5FM on the campus of Winona State University. The Sound is made possible by a grant from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Durry: Loser's Club

Tonight on The Sound we follow some rising stars through their explosive musical journey over the past year. During the quarantine times of the COVID-19 pandemic, siblings Austin and Taryn Durry came together to write some of the hookiest hooks we’ve heard in a while, seemingly cranking out tunes on the fly as their fan base grows and clammers for more. The band is Durry, they hail from Burnsville, MN and if you don’t know them by now, you soon will. Some may already know Austin as the lead singer for Coyote Kid. Now, Austin has teamed up with his sister Taryn, his wife Ashley, and a handful of other super talented musicians to create the music you are about to hear. From a social media explosion, to being on the bill of First Avenues Best New Bands of 2021, to having Fred Durst as a superfan… stick around because you don’t want to miss this, I’m Bill Stoneberg with Durry tonight on The Sound. Original air date: 01/05/22. The Sound is written and produced by KQAL 89.5FM on the campus of Winona State University. The Sound is made possible by a grant from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Mike Munson: Let Some Light In

Tonight on The Sound we check out Mike Munson's latest album, Let Some Light In. Mike's music style encompasses a variety of blues traditions that he adds his own personal flare to. His website would describe tunes as ranging from sad and somber to swampy stompers with various creative twists. Mike joined me in the studio to talk about his new album, his creative process, and where you can find him playing next. I'm Brylee Harris with Mike Munson, tonight on The Sound. Original Air Date: 11/24/21 The Sound is produced by KQAL FM on the campus of Winona State University and is made possible by a grant from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

The High Hawks: self-titled

Tonight on The Sound we have a great collection of songs from the self-titled debut album by bluegrass super group The High Hawks. The High Hawks consist of six different members who all met while touring across the country and their latest album perfectly exemplifies everyone’s unique attributes that help the group work together in harmony. Adam Greuel joined me in the studio to talk about their debut album, his thoughts on creating and performing live music, and when they plan to start playing again. I'm Brylee Harris with Adam Greuel, tonight on The Sound. Original air date: 06/30/21. The Sound is written and produced by KQAL 89.5FM on the campus of Winona State University. The Sound is made possible by a grant from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Erik Shicotte: Miss’ry Pacific

Tonight, on The Sound we have an exclusive debut by midwestern artist Erik Shicotte titled Miss’ry Pacific. Miss’ry Pacific is Erik’s debut EP and is being released on Shooter Jennings’ Black Country Rock Records this Friday, July 16th. Tonight, we get to hear all six tracks from the EP, along with stories of how the songs and the EP came together to create what Erik calls a manifestation of midwestern guilt. The EP moves from track to track like the transcontinental railroad rolling across the countryside, touching on themes of wanderlust, love, and of course… trains! Erik, a Milwaukee native, joins us on the phone tonight to help us dig into each track telling story after story along the way. From the EP’s connections to Colter Wall to the record ending up on Shooter Jennings’ Black Country Rock Records, Erik has been on a wild ride and tonight he shares it all with us. So climb aboard and hold on tight, I’m Bill Stoneberg with Erik Shicotte and his debut EP Miss’ry Pacific, tonight on The Sound. Original air date: 07/14/21. The Sound is written and produced by KQAL 89.5FM on the campus of Winona State University. The Sound is made possible by a grant from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Musically Inclined: self-titled

Tonight on The Sound we check out the latest from a Winona artist called Musically Inclined. Chad Cagle, the creative force behind Musically Inclined, is a local singer/songwriter that explores a wide variety of genres to create the diverse, eclectic sound that is, Musically Inclined. KQAL’s Isaac Yanta sat down with Chad, to talk about the music, the man behind the music and the future of the project. I’m Bill Stoneberg, asking you to stick around as KQAL’s Isaac Yanta brings us Chad Cagle and the music of Musically Inclined, tonight on The Sound. Original air date: 06/23/21. The Sound is written and produced by KQAL 89.5FM on the campus of Winona State University. The Sound is made possible by a grant from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Rich Lyga: Speechless

Tonight on The Sound we dive into a home brewed instrumental album by Rich Lyga of Hallowed Ground. Rich has been part of the Winona area music scene for over 30 years and is most known in the area for fronting local metal band Hallowed Ground. Rich’s 3rd and latest album, titled Speechless, is a collection of instrumental tracks that show off his songwriting and his prowess on the guitar. Rich joined KQAL’s Bill Stoneberg in the studio to talk about the making of the new album, his thoughts on writing instrumental music versus music with vocals and plans for Hallowed Ground to start playing live again. Now, here’s KQAL’s Bill Stoneberg with Rich Lyga, tonight on The Sound. Original air date: 06/09/21. The Sound is written and produced by KQAL 89.5FM on the campus of Winona State University. The Sound is made possible by a grant from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Afflatus: Is Called to Try

Tonight on The Sound we check out the latest album by Winona band Afflatus. Their new album titled, Is Called To Try, consists of 5 new tracks that the band laid down all in one take. Tonight, KQAL’s Paige Romanowski sits down with Afflatus drummer Tyler Steinley to talk about the new album, their process and what the future holds for the band. So stick around for some jangly, loose jams from a band that calls the island city of Winona their home. This is Afflatus with Is Called To Try, tonight on The Sound. Original air date: 06/16/21. The Sound is written and produced by KQAL 89.5FM on the campus of Winona State University. The Sound is made possible by a grant from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

New Rocket Union: self-titled, Hypnotized/Out of Mind, Waiting For You

Tonight on The Sound we check out some new tunes from Minneapolis punk duo New Rocket Union. NRU has a stripped down no frills in your face sound with hooks reminiscent of The Ramones and an energy that makes you feel like your at a Vans Warped Tour show. The band has released three new singles and they took some time out to chat with us on the phone about the new tunes, some old tunes and ripping off Little Richard. Stick around, I’m Bill Stoneberg with KQAL’s Brylee Harris and New Rocket Union, on The Sound. Original air date: 05/26/21. The Sound is written and produced by KQAL 89.5FM on the campus of Winona State University. The Sound is made possible by a grant from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Kiss The Tiger: Vicious Kid

Tonight on The Sound we have a preview of the brand new album from the Minneapolis, rock 'n' roll band, Kiss the Tiger. Kiss the Tiger has a sound drawing influences like Patti Smith, Tom Petty, The Rolling Stones, and Iggy Pop. Their new album, Vicious Kid, comes out tomorrow, June 3rd, and lead vocalist, Meghan Kreidler, took some time to chat with us on the phone about the new music featured on Vicious Kid. Stick around, I’m Bill Stoneberg with Meghan Kreidler of Kiss the Tiger, on The Sound. Original air date: 06/02/21. The Sound is written and produced by KQAL 89.5FM on the campus of Winona State University. The Sound is made possible by a grant from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Karate Chop Silence: Lightninging

Tonight on The Sound we have Winona’s own Karate Chop Silence with us to talk about their brand new album titled Lightninging. Lightninging is the bands first full length album since releasing No MSG in 2018. After 2 years of hard work and road testing the tunes on various local stages, the album is finally here, so tonight you’re in for a treat. because these masters of silent karate and loud music/rock n roll are astute students of modern radio and for about the next hour they’re gonna own the airwaves. Kick back, as KQAL’s Isaac Yanta waxes on and off, with Karate Chop Silence with their brand new album Lightninging, tonight on The Sound. Original air date: 05/05/21. The Sound is written and produced by KQAL 89.5FM on the campus of Winona State University. The Sound is made possible by a grant from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Bad Acid Cult: Ryukenden - Hikiari & Ryukenden - Kage

Tonight on The Sound we check out the latest release from Bad Acid Cult. I sat down with Jason Robertson, the creative force behind Bad Acid Cult to talk about electronic music and his new double album release, Ryukenden: Hikiari and Ryukenden: Kage. Inspired by the music in the NES video games Ninja Gaiden 1 and 2, this release has special meaning to Robertson and we dive into the themes of Friendship, loss and paying it forward. I’m Bill Stoneberg, stick around for Bad Acid Cult, tonight on The Sound. Original air date: 04/28/21 Art Beat is written and produced by KQAL on the campus of Winona State University and is made possible by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

The Victims: Silent Dreams

Hold on, because tonight on The Sound we’re gonna hit 88mph as we take you back to the mid 80s for The Victims album Silent Dreams. Originally released on vinyl in 1986, Silent Dreams is now being re-released in digital form, a whole 35 years after it’s original release. We caught up with Victims vocalist and keyboardist, Steve Harm to find out what it was like to start a band, make a record and book tours all without the aid of the internet. Imagine, 3 teenagers in rural wi in the early 80s creating a buzz across the country, capturing the attention of college radio, record labels and even billboard magazine. I’m Bill Stoneberg, stick around as we take you back to 1986 for The Victims album, Silent Dreams, tonight on The Sound. Original air date: 04/21/21. The Sound is written and produced by KQAL 89.5FM on the campus of Winona State University. The Sound is made possible by a grant from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Bright-Eyed & Blind: Life Trip

Tonight on The Sound we check out Life Trip, an album by the band Bright-Eyed and Blind. Life Trip is full of good hooks and guitar driven pop-rock tunes. The 5 piece group joins us tonight to discuss the making of the album, a year without shows including a long overdue release party, and plans for another album. I’m Bill Stoneberg, stick around for Life Trip with Bright-Eyed and Blind, tonight on The Sound. Original air date: 04/07/21. The Sound is written and produced by KQAL 89.5FM on the campus of Winona State University. The Sound is made possible by a grant from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Sweet & Lonely

Tonight on The Sound we check out Sweet and Lonely, the latest release from Sleeping Jesus frontman Nick Elstad. Sweet and Lonely is a lo-fi bedroom pop project that Nick has been working on over the past year. With four singles and a potential EP in the works, Sweet and Lonely delivers a brand of pop that is well, both sweet and lonely. The good hooks and good vibes of Sweet and Lonely will leave you feeling like relaxing in a hammock on a breezy summer day. I’m Bill Stoneberg, stick around for some cool tunes and cool conversation with Nick Elstad of Sweet and Lonely, tonight on The Sound. Original air date: 03/24/21. The Sound is written and produced by KQAL 89.5FM on the campus of Winona State University. The Sound is made possible by a grant from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

The Shackletons: Second Attempt

Tonight on The Sound we check out Second Attempt by The Shackletons. The Shackletons are an energetic punk rock band from Minneapolis. I caught up with the band when they played Ed’s no name Bar for the 2019 Mid Wes Music Fest. The band discusses the possibility of a new album, a summer show with The Posies at The Turf Club and of course we discuss bigfoot and even the Loch Ness Monster. Stick around, I’m Bill Stoneberg and this is The Shackletons with their EP Second Attempt, on The Sound. Original air date: 02/10/21. The Sound is written and produced by KQAL FM on the campus of Winona State University and is made possible by a grant from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

The Gentlemen’s Anti-Temperance League: Masquerade

Tonight on The Sound we check out The Gentlemen’s Anti-Temperance Leagues album Masquerade. The band hails from Minneapolis but their music is straight out of the speakeasies of prohibition. So get ready to swing to some old-time jazz and Latin rhythms. I’m Bill Stoneberg, with The Gentlemen’s Anti-Temperance League, Tonight on The Sound. Original air date: 02/10/21. The Sound is written and produced by KQAL FM on the campus of Winona State University and is made possible by a grant from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Nicky Nieling: Somehow Now

Tonight on The Sound we sit down with folk artist Nicky Nieling from Rochester, MN. We check out Nicky’s latest EP, Somehow Now along with a couple tunes from previous albums. Sparse and drenched in reverb with heartfelt lyrics, Somehow Now is a reflection on life over the past year in the midst of a pandemic. So sit back as we talk to Nicky Nieling and check out his latest album, Somehow Now, tonight on The Sound. Original air date: 01/20/21. The Sound is written and produced by KQAL FM on the campus of Winona State University and is made possible by a grant from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Matt Browne: Northern Nights

Tonight on The Sound, Minnesota musician Matt Browne visits us in studio. Browne, a Winona native, stopped by as he was celebrating the holidays in his hometown. We spoke with Matt about his single, "Northern Nights," his organic blend of folk genres and what he loves most about being a musician. I'm Bill Stoneberg, with Matt Browne, tonight on the Sound. Original air date: 12/16/20. The Sound is written and produced by KQAL 89.5FM on the campus of Winona State University. The Sound is made possible by a grant from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Kind Country: Hard Times/Mountains

Tonight on The Sound, we hear from the Minneapolis jamgrass group, Kind Country. We'll get a chance to hear some tunes from their Hard Times album and the Mountians EP. We also speak with them about their inspiration, creative process and much more. So stick around as KQAL’s Willard Hyuck gets down with Kind County, tonight on The Sound. Original air date: 12/02/20. The Sound is written and produced by KQAL 89.5FM on the campus of Winona State University. The Sound is made possible by a grant from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

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