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Dead Wax for Wednesday, May 27 @ 5pm: Chris Stapleton!

Tonight we're going to feature 3 tracks from the brand new album from the wordsmith Chris Stapleton. Although Traveller is his debut album, he's been hanging out in Nashville for over 15 years, writing hit songs for many mainstream country artists. Normally we tend to steer clear of mainstream country music, but tonight we're going to make an exception, this album is just too good to let some arbitrary standard of independent artist get in the way. This guy writes songs like Guy Clark and Townes Van Zandt. He sings with the power and soul of Mike Farris and Otis Redding. Traveller is 14 tracks but sprawls from stripped-down acoustic country tracks, like Whiskey and You, to alt-country rockers like Parachute, to pure soul like Tennessee Whiskey. I have a feeling we're going to hear a lot about this album and Chris over the next year. We'll open the show with a four song tribute to our Veterans in recognition of Memorial Day, with tracks from The Black Lillies, Guy Clark, The Drive-By Truckers and Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit. We're also going to hear another track from Lucinda Williams' newest album.

Davisville, 5/18/15: UC Davis’ Yiyun Li, a luminary of the short story

Yiyun Li grew up in China and earned a degree in biomedical science in Beijing. Then she moved to the United States and became a fiction writer, applying enough skill and insight in her work to earn her several significant awards. The latest is the Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award, which praised her story “A Sheltered Woman” for its “exquisite crafting, brilliant observations and modest but powerful voice.” On today’s program, Prof. Li—who teaches writing at UC Davis—talks about the story, writing, subjects that interest her, and more.

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KDRT is high-powered low-power grassroots radio located in Davis, California, airing an eclectic mix of music and public affairs programming, and building community by promoting dialogue, encouraging artistic expression, and acting as a forum for people who typically lack media access. Our mission reflects our values: localism, social equality, public participation, media literacy, diversity, and, of course, community media. Read more...

Viola Da Gamba Trio
05/28/2015 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Wine'd Down Thursday
05/28/2015 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm
Samba School of UC Davis
05/28/2015 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm
Piano Bar w/ Charles Lang
05/28/2015 - 5:30pm to 8:30pm
Eco-Class: Protecting Our Creeks and Rivers
05/28/2015 - 6:30pm


A Constant Grin

Live Friday 2-2:30pm
Replays Monday 9-9:30pm, Tuesday 10-10:30am, Friday 6-6:30pm


A 30-minute sampling of indie rock derived from the 1990s and 2000s, fancy subgenres include (but are not limited to): shoegaze, space rock, lo-fi, math rock, dream pop, post-rock, experimental, psychedelic, indie folk, and alternative country. Don't worry--I don't understand what any of those names mean either.

The Awesome Patrol Show

Live Friday 5-6pm
Replays Wednesday 9-10pm


Happy Hour Friday jams with The Awesome Patrol Show (TAPS). Hosts Danny and Sara drone on about bands they like, think everyone should hear, or are performing in a venue nearby, perhaps, maybe if you're lucky or something. Cheers!

Dead Wax

Live Wednesday 5-6pm
Replays Monday 7:30-8:30am, Thursday 11pm-Friday 12am


A compression-free zone! Dust-off your tubes and fire up your loudspeakers or plug in your DAC and favorite cans for a little audiophile sound. The lava lamp will be flowing during this vinyl-centric show as we feature a mix of vintage vinyl, audiophile-approved reissues and modern artists. Everything from Blues and Jazz to Classic Rock and Americana! We'll discuss local concerts and celebrate analog sound as we squeeze every drop from our favorite artists. Stream recorded shows from our website or sync-up our RSS in your podcast player so you never miss a beat.

Electric Compost Heap

Live Wednesday 7-9pm
Replays Wednesday 7:30-8:30am, Friday 10pm-Saturday 12am, Saturday 2-4pm


Dug Deep hosts a dig through many sound forms--the obscure detritus of blues, soul, country, rock, reggae, jazz, funk, punk, psych, and more--mixing a rich and fertile musical humus. Tune in to KDRT every Wednesday from 7 to 9 pm. Dig it, Heapsters!