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The Best Releases of June: Music Staff Picks

Spellling – The Turning Wheel The Turning Wheel, Chrystia Cabral’s third album under the project Spellling, offers bewitchingly captivating progressive folk and neo-soul songs. A shift towards natural instrumentation marks a stark change from 2019’s synth-heavy Mazy Fly, giving these songs a new liveliness, and pushing Cabral’s songwriting towards the theatrical. The sonic palette on its own can be bewildering at first–veering off without warning into performances of soul, hard rock, classical, folk, and of course, synthwave. It’s no surprise that the personnel list reveals more than thirty performers–all of whom sound great. The songs are left with an enchanting … Continued

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The Best Releases of May: Music Staff Picks

Squid – Bright Green Field Long before the release of their debut LP, Squid has been making waves in the post-punk community with their own brand of angular and uniquely provocative songwriting that has set them apart from peers in the genre. With the often deranged and purposely erratic vocal delivery of singer Ollie Judge and the driving pseudo-punk melodies conducted by the rest of the band, there is no doubt the group has emotional, musical, and lyrical potency. In their most recent works, including the two singles they released in 2020 and their latest LP, Squid has begun to incorporate … Continued

News
Vaccines in Iowa: How are we doing?

As of April 5th, all Iowans are eligible to receive vaccinations. Previously, state guidelines restricted vaccines to high-risk groups such as essential workers, adults aged 65 and up, or people with pre-existing medical conditions. Now that eligibility has expanded, securing an appointment may be a difficult task. (image via Global Gazette)

Sports
Iowa Spring Practice: QB’s duel, youth arrives, and defense shines

Not since Iowa beat Illinois 19-10 on Senior Day in 2019 had the Hawkeyes played in front of home fans outside of friends and family. That streak ended Saturday morning as Iowa held it’s first of two open practices this spring with fans in attendance. Fans arrived as early as before 7 AM to get the first chance to see their Hawkeyes in person since November of 2019. Many were pleased with the results, but it would’ve taken a natural disaster to ruin the moods of the black and gold this weekend. “Certainly is great to be back in Kinnick … Continued

Abbie Eastman

General Manager

Major: BS International Relations and BA Ethics and Public Policy

Year: Junior

Hometown: Ames, IA

Favorite part about working at KRUI: Getting to meet so many people and talk nonsense on air!

The song I want to hear on an infinite loop: NICE OUT by Kilo Kish

The musician/newscaster/sports broadcaster I would fistfight given the chance: The entirety of Mumford and Sons. I would easily win and maybe they would return to creating angry banjo music.

Email: aleastman@krui.fm

Ella Heckman

Editor-in-Chief

Major: Environmental Policy and Planning

Year: Junior

Hometown: Golden, CO

Favorite part about working at KRUI: I love working with people who are passionate about cultivating their unique interests regarding music and culture!

The song I want to hear on an infinite loop: Chateau Lobby #4 (In C for Two Virgins) by Father John Misty

The musician/newscaster/sports broadcaster I would fistfight given the chance: Any and every overhyped all-male indie bands

Email: eheckman@krui.fm

Luke Bonner

Programming Director

Major: English and Cinema

Year: Senior

Hometown: West Des Moines, IA

Favorite part about working at KRUI: It’s a chance to be creative and do some amazing work with some amazing people who care about music and radio itself. Last year as editor in chief I had the best time and worked with some amazing people who I still make fun of on twitter to this day.

The song I want to listen to on an infinite loop: Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God) by Kate Bush, truly the only valid answer to this question and everyone who doesn’t pick this is insulting Kate herself.

The musician/newscaster/sports broadcaster I would fistfight given the chance: Tucker Carlson can catch these hands.

Email: lbonner@krui.fm

Zoe Heimendinger

Underwriting Director

Major: Finance and Economics

Year: Senior

Hometown: Lake Mills, IA

Favorite part about working at KRUI: Engaging with the small businesses of Iowa City and Coralville to give them a platform for their services and learning more about the community of which I am a member.

The song I want to listen to on an infinite loop: Born to Die by Lana Del Rey

The musician/newscaster/sports broadcaster I would fistfight given the chance: Probably Cardi B but I think we would become friends after

Email: zheimendinger@krui.fm

Annemarie Elser

News Director

Major: Biomedical Engineering with a minor in Global Health Studies

Year: Junior

Hometown: Downers Grove, IA

Favorite part about working at KRUI: Learning new things and connecting the community with the news

The song I want to hear on an infinite loop: Amour Plastique by Videoclub

The musician/newscaster/sports broadcaster I would fistfight given the chance: K*itlyn Bennet

Email: aelser@krui.fm

Elisabeth Oster

Marketing Director

Major: Journalism and Mass Communication

Year: Sophomore

Hometown: Plymouth, MN

Favorite part about working at KRUI: Having amazing creative freedom and the private jam sessions I have when I’m playing music on air!

The song I want to listen to on an infinite loop: Just Like Heaven by The Cure

The musician/newscaster/sports broadcaster I would fistfight given the chance: Stevie Nicks, hands down. She would throw some punches, but also totally cast a spell on you.

Email: eoster@krui.fm

Quinn Douglas

Sports Director

Major: Journalism/Mass Communication and Sports & Recreational Management

Year: Senior

Hometown: Madrid, IA

Favorite part about working at KRUI: The unbelievable opportunities I have to travel to some of the most historic venues in college sports and calling games at the venues

The song I want to listen to on an infinite loop: Take it Easy by Eagles (Hell Freezes Over version)

The musician/newscaster/sports broadcaster I would fistfight given the chance: Justin Bieber, a disgrace to musicians and a punk as well

Emailqdouglas@krui.fm

Jake Jones

Production Director

Major: Intermedia 

Hometown: Oklahoma City, OK

Year: 3rd Year Graduate Student

Favorite part about working at KRUI: I love that KRUI supports community and experimental radio!

The song I want to listen to on an infinite loop: Tony Conrad and Faust

The musician/newscaster/sports broadcaster I would fistfight given the chance: I wanna fight andrew bird – no whistling allowed.

Email: jjones@krui.fmjacob-h-jones@uiowa.edu

Jack Roche

Communications and Community Engagement

Major: Cinematic Arts and Communications

Year: Senior

Hometown: La Grange Park, IL

Favorite part about working at KRUI: Everyday trying to give the best possible voice of Iowa City’s arts scene.

The song I want to listen to on infinite loop: Can I Kick It? by A Tribe Called Quest

The musician/newscaster/sports broadcaster I would fistfight given the chance: Bob Boilen except I would give him a hug because he is an angel.

Email: jroche@krui.fm

Jaden Amjadi

Music Director

Major: English and Journalism

Year: Junior

Hometown: Cedar Falls, IA

Favorite part about working at KRUI: Creating community and making the main music rotation very diverse sonically and genre-wise.

The song I want to listen to on an infinite loop: Festival Song by Jeff Rosenstock

The musician/newscaster/sports broadcaster I would fistfight given the chance: I would fight the entire New York Times board of opinion columnists in order of increasingly weak writing. The better writers at the start will receive soft and gentle beatdowns, and each will get more intense until the final battle, where I completely decimate David Brooks.

Email: jamjadi@krui.fm

Sam Berry

Operations Director

Major: Mechanical Engineering with minors in Computer Science, Military Science, and Mathematics

Year: Senior

Hometown: West Des Moines, IA

Favorite part about working at KRUI: Every day is not the same

The song I want to listen to on an infinite loop: Bach Cello Suite No.1 in G

The musician/newscaster/sports broadcaster I would fistfight given the chance: Joe Rogan

Emailsberry@krui.fm

Ethan Good

Finance Director

Major: Finance and Trumpet Performance

Year: Junior

Hometown: La Claire, IA

Favorite part about working at KRUI: I love that KRUI gives a voice to all members of the community! It is also awesome to participate in an entirely student-run production process.

The song I want to listen to on infinite loop: O.P. Jebediah by The Dip

The musician/newscaster/sports broadcaster I would fistfight given the chance: KURE 88.5 fm’s team. Iowa State’s radio station, nothing personal. I am sure they understand.

Email: egood@krui.fm