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Music Staff Picks: The Best Releases of April

billy woods – Aethiopes On Aethiopes, billy woods reestablishes his strengths as a storyteller, with help from producer Preservation’s experimentally jazzy beats. By now, woods has cemented himself as one of hip hop’s greatest writers, and his brooding yet clever introspection sounds especially powerful over Preservation’s musical backdropping. Samples of pianos will twinkle across some tracks, and pound discordantly on others, while electric guitars ring and horns blow. By the time the harmonica enters the equation, the beats here are unparalleled. It is an enveloping atmosphere completed by excellent percussion, which moves between hand drums, full kits, and shuffling jangles … Continued

Daniela Rybarczyk (she/her)

General Manager

Majors: BA Viola Performance and BBA Management

Year: Senior

Hometown: Bettendorf, IA

This year, in KRUI… I’m most excited to work with so many new directors and see our broadcast schedule grow!

In 2021, my top 5 artists were… The Neighbourhood, girl in red, George Michael, Coldplay, and Halsey.

The song I wish I could hear for the first time again: Everything She Wants by Wham!

Email: drybarczyk@krui.fm

Daniela hosts “ExAlt,” a music and talk show, every Wednesday at 6 p.m. Each week, Daniela spotlights an artist, genre, or mood to play and discuss.

Lauren Asman (she/her)

Editor-in-Chief

Majors: Journalism and English with a minor in Spanish

Year: Senior

Hometown: Grimes, IA

This year, in KRUI… I am most excited to collaborate with my fellow directors and meet new staffers!

In 2021, my top 5 artists were… Duran Duran, Taylor Swift, The Strokes, Blur, and Gorillaz.

The song I wish I could hear for the first time again: One Way Trigger by The Strokes

Email: lasman@krui.fm

Lauren hosts “Pep Talk” every Monday at 6 p.m. Tune in and let Lauren help you fight off the Monday blues with an energetic music lineup.

Annie Klein (she/her)

Programming

Major: Printmaking

Year: 2nd-year graduate student

Hometown: Chicago, IL

This year, in KRUI… I’m stoked to workshop shows with any and everyone interested in radio to curate a more diverse sound at KRUI.

In 2021, my top 5 artists were… Townes Van Zandt, Unwound, DEVO, Pile, and Loretta Lynn.

The song I wish I could hear for the first time again: Diamond Sea by Sonic Youth

Email: aklein@krui.fm

Annie hosts “Primordial Ooze” every Friday at 4 p.m. Tune in for a show of garage, psych, sludge, prog, and proto metal. Guaranteed face melters only.

Kara Stallings (she/they)

Underwriting

Majors: Sculpture/Intermedia and Printmaking

Year: 2nd-year graduate student

Hometown: Vanleer, TN

This year, in KRUI… I am eager to rejuvenate and continue cultivating purposeful and lasting relationships both in our local community in Iowa City and within our incredible listeners at the university.

In 2021, my top 5 artists were… Dead Sara, Fleetwood Mac, Kings of Leon, Brittany Howard, and Cake.

The song I wish I could hear for the first time again: Blackbird by Tash Sultana

Email: kstallings@krui.fm

Kara hosts two shows. Tune in Sundays at noon for “South in your Mouth,” where Kara, aka KB, plays the sweetest little diddies from her home state of Tennessee. Also listen Fridays at 11 a.m. for “KB and the Pig,” where KB and their on-air companion piglet showcase local artsy event opportunities within the community while folding in a flavorful range of experimental music along the way. Expect surprise local interviews and lots of excited pig squeals!

Case Fenner (he/him)

News

Majors: Education and Creative Writing

Year: Junior

Hometown: Grinnell, Iowa

This year, in KRUI… I’m jazzed to be able to bring quality reporting on local and state politics to the people!

In 2021, my top 5 artists were… The Mountain Goats, Destroy Boys, Solange, Haley Heynderickx, and Leon Bridges.

The song I wish I could hear for the first time again: Summertime by My Chemical Romance

Email: cfenner@krui.fm

Case hosts “Making the Case” every Sunday at 11 a.m. Join him in understanding this week’s news, from Pennsylvania Avenue to North Clinton Street, and all the places in between!

Elisabeth Oster (she/her)

Marketing

Major: Journalism and Mass Communication with certificates in Entrepreneurial Management and Writing

Year: Senior

Hometown: Plymouth, MN

This year, in KRUI… I’m most excited about upping our merch and social media game! Also, being able to blast music on-air again.

In 2021, my top 5 artists were… Beach Boys, Neil Young, Richard Goldman, Elvis Costello & the Attractions, and The Staves.

The song I wish I could hear for the first time again: Just Like Heaven by The Cure

Email: eoster@krui.fm

Elisabeth hosts two shows. Tune in Mondays at 11 a.m. for “Subgenre Hour,” an hour-long deep-dive tackling one sub-genre of music at a time, ranging from yacht rock to 2 Tone. Also check out “in music years” on Fridays at noon, where Elisabeth provides a time capsule of a single year in music, including the political and pop culture climate of the time, and its effect on the music. 

Michael Merrick (he/him)

Sports

Majors: Journalism and Sports Studies

Year: Junior

Hometown: East Moline, IL

This year, in KRUI… I’m most excited to be able to commentate play by play for the Hawkeyes and to launch my own show The Hawkeye Hour!

In 2021, my top 5 artists were… J Cole, Kanye West, Kid Cudi, Mac Miller, and Khalid.

The song I wish I could hear for the first time again: I Wonder by Kanye West

Email: mmerrick@krui.fm

Michael hosts “The Hawkeye Hour” every Monday and Friday at 8 p.m. Tune in for details on every Hawkeye team ranging from field hockey and soccer to football and basketball.

Julianne Roberts (she/her)

Communications and Community Engagement

Major: Journalism with a certificate in Writing

Year: Sophomore

Hometown: Hinsdale, IL

This year, in KRUI… I’m most excited to meet more people and develop my on-air show!

In 2021, my top 5 artists were… ASAP Mob, The Beatles, The Weeknd, Pharrell Williams, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

The song I wish I could hear for the first time again: Seabird by Innovations

Email: jroberts@krui.fm

Julianne hosts “Jamming with Juju” every Tuesday at 4 p.m. It’s a place for music lovers to come together and enjoy new music or hear music they haven’t heard in a while.

Max Radl (he/they)

Music

Major: Library & Information Science

Year: 2nd-year graduate student

Hometown: Iowa City, IA

This year, in KRUI… I’m excited to bring in as much new music as possible!

In 2021, my top 5 artists were… Amber Mark, Mayer Hawthorne, Organized Konfusion, Marvin Gaye, and SZA.

The song I wish I could hear for the first time again: What It Is by Amber Mark

Email: mradl@krui.fm

Max, aka “DJ Samlive,” hosts “The Archives” every Friday night, from 9-11 p.m. The Archives plumbs the depths of the KRUI catalogue as well as Samlive’s personal collection, bringing you an eclectic mix of booty shaking vibes to encourage and enhance your Friday Night!

Alex Lenaers (he/they)

Production

Major: BM in Music Composition and BA in Computer Science

Year: Junior

Hometown: Dubuque, IA

This year, in KRUI… I’m really pumped to work with the team and being able to connect to our listeners!

In 2021, my top 5 artists were… Lawrence, Sungazer, Kendrick Lamar, Jacob Collier, and Panic! at the Disco.

The song I wish I could hear for the first time again: Georgia on My Mind by Ray Charles

Email: alenaers@krui.fm

Alex hosts “Exploring Music” every Wednesday at 9 p.m. The show takes a look at different musical niches and explores what makes them great or interesting.

Tiger Slowinski (he/him)

Operations

Major: Computer Science Engineering

Year: Junior

Hometown: Chippewa Falls, WI

This year, in KRUI… I’d like to help make the path to progress at KRUI as smooth as possible.

In 2021, my top 5 artists were… Radiohead, David Bowie, Björk, Cocteau Twins, and Car Seat Headrest.

The song I wish I could hear for the first time again: Star Fruits Surf Rider by Cornelius

Email: tslowinski@krui.fm

Tiger hosts “Sounds from the Rising Sunevery Tuesday at 11 a.m. Tiger’s show explores contemporary Japanese music. Listen for a variety of artists and genres, as well as dialogue on contemporary Japanese music’s rich history, culture, and influences from both within Japan and from the rest of the world.

Hector Ortega (he/they)

Finance

Major: Economics

Year: Senior

Hometown: Chicago, IL

This year, in KRUI: I am excited to see the station active again.

In 2021, my top 5 artists were… Cage the Elephant, PUP, ROSALÍA, Dorian Electra, and COBRAH.

The song I wish I could hear for the first time again: Charmander by Aminé

Email: hortega@krui.fm

Brendan Budge (he/him)

Training

Major: Communications with a minor in Sports & Recreation Management

Year: Senior

Hometown: Deerfield, IL

This year, in KRUI… I am most excited for my sports talk show!

In 2021, my top 5 artists were… Hardy, Koe Wetzel, Morgan Wallen, Nickelback, and Riley Green.

The song I wish I could hear for the first time again: A Rock by Hardy

Email: bbudge@krui.fm