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Nick Brunner

Host: Blue Dog Jam / Producer

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.

    Stories by Nick Brunner

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    Del The Funky Homosapien: Symphony And Dystopia From The Year 3030

    Wednesday, November 12, 2014

    From Gorillaz to the year 3030, Del Tha Funky Homosapien balances creativity with compromise and innovation with performance.

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    Studio 7055: With Warm Electronics And Chill Vocals, Love Inks Creates The Perfect Storm

    Friday, November 07, 2014

    Austin band Love Inks visits CapRadio's Studio 7055 to play tracks from their latest record, Exi. Host Nick Brunner talks with the band about their career and what it takes to thrive in a music saturated city.

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    Studio 7055: S

    Friday, October 24, 2014

    Jenn Ghetto just released an intense and intimate pop record as the un-Google-able band S. She plays songs live in our studio, talks with Nick Brunner about the personal struggles that informs her art and why she (for a time) quit music altogether.

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    TBD In Review: Discover La Sera

    Friday, October 10, 2014

    Katy Goodman speaks with Nick Brunner about how she (nearly) wills herself into forgetting her own music on stage. Plus a look back on La Sera's TBD performance.

  • Interludes: October - December

    Wednesday, October 08, 2014

    All of CapRadio's break music in one place.

  • Studio 7055: TASK1ne

    Saturday, August 30, 2014

    With comic book culture dominating movies and TV, the time is nigh for Sacramento's reference-a-minute rapper to emerge. Harken, True Believers, to the secret origin (and in-studio performance) of the villain they call TASK1ne.

  • Studio 7055: Be Calm Honcho

    Thursday, August 21, 2014

    The San Francisco band Be Calm Honcho was in the 7055 Studio to talk about its debut record Honcho Dreams and getting all their oysters eaten by My Morning Jacket.

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    Future Islands: Live At Harlow's

    Monday, August 18, 2014

    Future Islands sold out its Sacramento show months ago. Check out a crop of photos taken at Harlow's in midtown Sacramento last night.

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    Studio 7055: Two Sheds

    Tuesday, August 05, 2014

    Two Sheds may have left town for L.A. but it seems Sacramento keeps following them. Hear a new track from the band recorded live in our studio.

  • Punk's Permutations: John Doe, X And The Next Gen

    Tuesday, July 22, 2014

    In 1977 John Doe and the band X established punk on the West Coast. 34 years later, two Sacramento girls draw from the band's foundation.