Kickoff to the Fort Smith Symphony's 90th Season

The Fort Smith Symphony kicks off its 90th anniversary season with a bang with a performance of Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 3 and Rachmaninov's Symphony No. 2, plus a composition debut from Charles Booker. Titled "Borderline," the work is a celebration of the symphony and the city it's called home for ninety years. The symphony welcomes guest pianist Alan Chow back to Arkansas.

KUAF Audio Advance: The Trashcan Bandits' "The Righteous and the Wicked"

-by Katy Henriksen

The raucous sounds of the Trashcan Bandits, a Fayetteville-based four-piece, transport the listener to a frigate at sea led by pirate-approved vocal stylings from Dane "Gumbo" Gamble. Their darkly upbeat sailor songs have an old-time feel thanks to three-part harmonies as well as prominent clarinet, mandolin, muted trumpet and banjo.

KUAF on Morning Edition

-By Katy Henriksen

Did you catch our own Jacqueline Froelich's piece on Morning Edition about Walmart's decision to expand health benefits to domestic and legally married same-sex partners? If not, here's a link to the piece. 

Soundcheck @ Smoke & Barrel #1: Fossils of Ancient Robots

-By Katy Henriksen

Eureka Springs may be best known for its hills full of Victorian and Queen Anne charm, but it's also the home to a synth-driven electronica band called Fossils of Ancient Robots. When I caught up with the three-piece for our debut Soundcheck @ Smoke & Barrel they had five synthesizers on stage. Check out our video from the session, filmed and edited by Sophie Bauer, which includes a conversation with the band and a few of their original tunes.

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