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Nick Brunner

Host: Hey Listen!

Nick Brunner grew up in rural Illinois with his sister, parents and a vast amount of corn. His first run-in with radio came when he and other cast members of the yearly musical would perform scenes on 1240-AM, WSDR in Sterling, Illinois.

He discovered NPR in college when he was hired to work, part time, on the air at WGLT-FM. Over that five year period Brunner came to appreciate the alternative that NPR and its affiliates provide to a drab and predictable commercial radio landscape.

These days Nick is experiencing his first taste of what he considers adulthood. He holds delusions of sophistication that often don't match his modest lifestyle. As a result, he spends time trying to find just the right wine to accompany Tuna Helper . . . a Shiraz works well.

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  • Hey, Listen!

    Weekly playlists and interviews featuring cutting edge bands and their influential roots. Whether you’re looking to start your record collection or touch up the fringes, Nick Brunner leads you through two hours of CapRadio’s curated new music mix.

    Stories by Nick Brunner

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    Lillian Frances Crafts Synth Pop Collages On 'Timeism' EP

    April 27, 2018

    Lillian Frances burst onto Hey, Listen! host Nick Brunner's radar with her Tiny Desk Contest entry this year and he had to learn more. Get to know the woman behind the synthesizer and how root vegetables robbed her of the ability to play guitar.

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    The Not-So-Tiny List Of Our Favorite Tiny Desk Contestants

    April 13, 2018

    With more than 700 entries from California alone, NPR Music's Tiny Desk Contest continues to grow. Hey, Listen! host Nick Brunner has a round-up of Northern California artists that caught his eye (and ear).

  • Sound Advice: Hey, Listen!

    February 22, 2018

    Plenty of covers this week as an indie rock staple turns 16 and William Shatner gets Cramps. Hey, Listen! host Nick Brunner has new music releases.

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    Sacramento Band Screature Is Like Watching An ’80s Horror Film — With A Post-Punk Twist

    February 9, 2018

    'Old Hand New Wave,' the group’s 11-track third record dropped in January. Our reporter hung out at their album release show earlier this month.

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    Hey Listen's Nick Brunner Reviews Bru Lei's 'Selfie'

    January 26, 2018

    CapRadio's Hey Listen! host Nick Brunner reviews "Selfie," the new album by Bru Lei.

  • Sound Advice: Hey Listen!

    January 11, 2018

    Hey, Listen! host Nick Brunner brings twangy indie artists, two of the biggest names in hip hop and a selection of not-to-miss sounds from the first few weeks of 2018.

  • Sound Advice: Hey Listen!

    November 30, 2017

    For this week's Sound Advice, Hey Listen! host Nick Brunner revisits a conversation with comedian Hari Kondabolu, an R.E.M. classic, and a new project from Reggie Watts.

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    Jolie Holland And Samantha Parton Reunite For 'Wildflower Blues'

    November 24, 2017

    Two car crashes, brain surgery and the challenges of toxic masculinity haven't slowed the founders of The Be Good Tanyas. Hey, Listen! host Nick Brunner talks with Jolie Holland and Samantha Parton.

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    Live At CapRadio: Jolie Holland And Samantha Parton

    November 17, 2017

    Two car crashes, brain surgery and the challenges of toxic masculinity haven't slowed the founders of The Be Good Tanyas. Hey, Listen! host Nick Brunner talks with Jolie Holland and Samantha Parton.

  • Sound Advice: Hey Listen!

    October 5, 2017

    Hey Listen! host Nick Brunner shares Sound Advice picks from NorCal Noisefest, the late Tom Petty, Kurt Vile & Courtney Barnett, Mount Kimbie with King Krule, and Dirty Projectors.