Public Radio Music Month 2013


April is Public Radio Music Month! Help us celebrate Classical, Jazz, Opera, Blues, Rock and more.


CapRadio Love Story 2013

Jenny and Charlie met in high school but their life together really started later, with a shared love of Capital Public Radio. Here they are in their own words.

"Liu Yang River" Chu-Fang Huang

From the "Insight Studio Sessions series

"Going Home Parkton" Julian Lage and Jorge Roeder

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Local Labels: Lefse,  Test Pattern & Crossbill Records

When it comes to local record labels Sacramento is home to those that One hyper local, the other produces album by artists almost exclusively outside town.

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Since founding in 2009, Lefse Records has released records by Youth Lagoon, Neon Indian, Teen Daze, How To Dress Well, Mister Lies and Psychic Twin.  Lefse's roster is an embarrassment of rapidly rising bands.  Some of the hipper set may tell you many are already well established names.  Let's not forget NPR placed Youth Lagoon on their SXSW showcase this year.


Matt Kilbourne has the enviable job of helping sign artists to the label.  He often uses NPR's All Songs Considered podcast to vet potential bands.

Test Pattern Records

Describing it as a "micro label" Test Pattern Records is the project of brothers Matt and Ross Levine.  A champion of local bands TPR has released albums by Soft Science, Forever Goldrush and helped produce the CD editions for records by Knock Knock and Flowerss.

Soft Science spent time at Capital Public Radio in 2011.  Here's a link to their interview and performance.


Michael Leahy & Crossbill Records

For years Michael Leahy has been quietly running a record label featuring artists that make a huge noise. Crossbill Records in Davis, CA has been in operation since 2005 releasing records by Appetite, Matt Bauer, Dana Falconberry, Jake Mann and The Loom.

Listen as Leahy describes the first CapRadio appearance by Sea of Bees which happened in our shop back in 2010.


Robin Hilton (NPR Music) named Songs for the Ravens one of his favorite albums of 2010.  Many other outlets have since showered praise on Crossbill albums from Dana Falconberry, Jason Lytle and Brass Bed.

Steve Roach

April is not only Public Radio Music Month but Jazz Appreciation Month too. Who better than CSUS Director of Jazz Studies Steve Roach to tell us why America's art form remains vibrant?

Drop by The CSUS Department of Music site for jazz performance dates and more.

Greg Sabin of The Freebadge Serenaders

Genial and jolly Greg Sabin is a local powerhouse in the realms of music and financial planning (plus he writes for Mental Floss Magazine so you know he's a bright guy). He's the banjo half of the banjo/washboard duo The Freebadge Serneaders (the washboard half being Patrick Skiffington).

Greg's been listening to the jazz on Capital Public Radio for quite a while: Serenaders joined Nick in the CapRadio Studio back in 2010 for a little Discount Jazz.  Check out their performance here and find out how Cap Radio has helped spread the word about the band.

And DO check out photographer Kiny McCarrick's swell photos of The Freebadge fellas while you're listening


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More from CapRadio Music

  • Celebrate International Jazz Day with a Live Concert from Istanbul

    Tuesday, April 30, 2013

    Celebrate jazz as the universal language of freedom with a live concert from Istanbul, Turkey. More than 80 events in 30 countries are part of the festivities. Watch a replay of the concert any time, on-demand.

  • Acid Jazz On-Demand: Eddie Palmieri

    Don’t miss this soulful chapter of the Acid Jazz Experience. Eddie Palmieri is featured in a great salsa set with Ray Barretto & The Blackout Allstars, Luisito Quintero, Pete Escovedo (remixed), and La India.

  • Sales Of Vinyl Records And Turntables On The Rise

    Thursday, April 18, 2013

    This Saturday is "Record Store Day". Several stores are still standing seven years after Sacramento-based retail giant Tower Records went out-of-business. And they're seeing a bump up in business as a new generation rediscovers vinyl albums.

  • Sound Advice: Gary Vercelli on Jazz Appreciation Month

    Thursday, April 18, 2013

    Capital Public Radio's Gary Vercelli talks about Jazz Appreciation and Public Radio Music Month, and the latest Jazz releases.

  • An Hour With John Pizzarelli

    Wednesday, January 30, 2013

    In talking with Capital Public Radio’s Gary Vercelli, John Pizzarelli reflects back on 32 years of work as a professional musician, recounting the influences of Nat King Cole, Rosemary Clooney, George Shearing, Benny Goodman, and his prolific father.

  • Sound Advice: Upcoming Classical Concerts

    Thursday, April 4, 2013

    Arts and Theater critic Jeff Hudson talks about upcoming classical acts visiting the region in the coming weeks, including violinist Anne Akiko Meyers at the Reno Philharmonic.

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