Nick Brunner grew up in rural Illinois with his sister, parents and a vast expanse of corn. He discovered NPR in college when he was hired to work at WGLT-FM in Normal, Illinois (the real name of a real town). That’s where he came to appreciate the colors public radio painted amid a drab and predictable broadcast landscape. Nick's delusions of sophistication often don't match his modest lifestyle and 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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Cutting edge bands local, national and worldwide. Whether you’re looking to start your record collection or touch up the fringes, Nick Brunner leads you through two hours of Modern Music Discovery.
February 3, 2023
Stream June Swoon's new song "Passover" and hear Juli Lydell speak about how surrendering control and wrangling her OCD influenced her upcoming sophomore record.
May 5, 2022
From bedrooms to studios, concert spaces to cliff walls, musicians from around Northern California shared their original songs in NPR's Tiny Desk Contest. CapRadio’s 2022 panel rounds up (some) of our very favorites.
December 3, 2021
How Shintoism, learning (almost) totally new instruments and Swedish abstractionist painting led to one of Sacramento’s most exciting new bands.
November 30, 2021
Matt Walsh and former Bay Area musician Majel Connery, the duo behind New York band Sky Creature, are debuting the music video ‘No One’ here on CapRadio. We connected with them about the video, touring and why they embrace being hard to categorize.
September 10, 2021
La Luz is finally able to perform live again and the psyche rock band’s first show is the annual Red Museum fundraiser this Saturday.
August 30, 2021
In anticipation for the winner of NPR’s annual contest, CapRadio contributors round up their favorite entries from Northern California.
August 20, 2021
Modern Music Director Nick Brunner connected with Basi Vibe to talk about repping Sacramento, staying motivated, and his new music video "Wallflower," which Nick called “Everything good about the moment, the groove feels like summer.”
July 30, 2021
Sacramento songwriter and vocalist Camilla Covington knocked us out with their 2019 Tiny Desk entry. Their debut EP released earlier this summer and she lets us in on what inspired this new collection of songs.
June 4, 2021
Modern Music Director Nick Brunner spoke with I Am Strikes (aka Kelly Rosenthal) to talk about her musical inclinations as a child learning songs on a one-string ukulele, and why being yourself as an artist and a person is so important.
May 21, 2021
Best Move just recently released their new five-song EP Mirror Image Twins on May 7. Back in February, Modern Music Director Nick Brunner sat down with two-thirds of the Sacramento-based trio, Kris Anaya and Joseph Davancens.