Twirl Radio #792: Twirl Radio Pop Fest ’17

Twirl Radio #792: Twirl Radio Pop Fest ’17

After ten years at a National Public Radio station in Chicago, Mike Lidskin returned to California in 1997 and created Twirl Radio, a weekly two hour radio program which features the finest independent music and artists from the rock era. Mike’s on a mission to not “just spin rock music, but to educate listeners about this vital art form.” Indeed, he doesn’t just announce the songs, but gives histories about some of the artists, the albums, and the songs themselves.

You can catch Twirl live each Saturday afternoon, from 4:00 to 6:00 PM PST on Sacramento’s Voice, KUBU 96.5 FM, and archived right here, as well as at If you haven’t headed into your Saturday night with an earful of Twirl, you’re doing it wrong!

Artist | Track | Album
Felsen | Poor In A Wealthy City | Blood Orange Moon
Sunshine Boys | Schoolyard Bully | Single release
B. J. Thomas | Raindrops Keep Fallin On My Head | Single release
Supersmall | A Better Life | Silent Moon
Bud Rogers | Pictures Of A Modern World (Acoustic) | Single release
Maxi Dunn | Rescue Me | Single release
Hannah Judson | Here We Are | I Wanna Know
Twirl Radio Pop Fest ’17 Preview
The Bobbleheads | Turn The Radio On (The Perfect Song) | Make Yourself Happy
Blake Jones & The Trike Shop | At Every Train Stop (Big Stir Mix) | Big Stir
Ron Morse of The Trike Shop interview
Blake Jones & The Trike Shop | Here Comes The Bus | The Underground Garden
Bellygunner | Negative Kid | Machine Gun Built For Two
Grub Dog & The Amazing Sweethearts | Forever Goldrush | Amazing Sweethearts
Natalie Cortez & The Ultraviolets | You Dear | Stupid Fresh Or Stupid Bad
Natalie Cortez & The Ultraviolets | She’s Better | Stupid Fresh Or Stupid Bad
The Armoires | Alesandra 619 | Big Stir
Rex Broome/Christina Bulbenko of The Armoires interview
The Armoires | Norma Corona | Incidental Light Show
Duncan Faure | Man Of A Thousand Dreams | Pronounced “Four-Uh”
Plasticsoul | In Her Raincoat | Therapy
The Great Sadness | Enough | Weep
The Welcome Matt | My Town | More Empire Days
Richard X. Heyman | Her Garden Path | Incognito
R. Stevie Moore & Jason Falkner | I Hate People | Make It Be
My Little Hum | Rise Over Run | Remembering Houses
Lannie Flowers | Find Her Way Back Home | Home Demos
Allyson Seconds | Little World | Little World


August 20, 1997 was, literally, the day I moved to Sacramento. One of the single biggest and best decisions of my life. Little did I know, that 20 years later, to the day, I would get the opportunity to host a music festival–bringing together great musical minds from not only my new hometown, but from all over California.

That festival happened on Sunday, August 20, 2017: Twirl Radio Pop Fest ’17, at the wonderful Blue Note Brewing Company in Woodland, CA (just outside Sacramento).

On today’s show, we heard music from the six bands that were on the bill:

From L.A.: The Armoires. From Fresno: Blake Jones & the Trike Shop. From San Francisco: The Bobbleheads. From Sacramento: Gabe Nelson from Bellygunner and Cake, The Natalie Cortez Band, and Loose Engines. I interviewed Ron “Doc” Morse, from Blake Jones & The Trike Shop, and Rex Broome, Christina Bulbenko, and Miranda Broome of The Armoires.

This is an amazing collection of musical talent from all over the great state of California. The live show turned out wonderfully, and it was a stellar collision of quirk-pop, psych-pop, and Americana-pop! We had great brews and some tasty treats from the food truck that came out to the event. New fans were earned, and new friendships were forged. Next time we do this in the Sacramento area, you need to be there too!


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