Afternoon Freeform

A diverse music showcase uncovering common roots in music from different places and times.

Sweet Roll

Feb 13, 2020

Albuquerque neo-soul band Sweet Roll is appearing this Friday - Valentine's Day - at Meow Wolf to play some romantic, Frontier-cinnamon-roll-inspired tunes. They discuss their unique sound in an interview with Marty Adamsmith.  Appearing on the Studio A session are: 

Rayna Torres - Vocals

Zach Leyba - Drums

Josh Prigge - Bass

Bryce Fletcher (Reighnbeau) - Dual Keyboards

Lis Linder PHotography

Wed. 1/29, 1:30p: Newpoli is taking Albuquerque and Santa Fe by storm this week.  They are Italy's newest inspiring interpreter of southern Italy's music tradition. Their mesmerizing sound melds traditional Italian folk music, Greek and Turkish grooves. 


 This "Afternoon Freeform" performance finds the Alt-Latino/Andean  powerhouse group in a downsized, acoustic line-up, playing songs intended for their next album "Volver Atras." Recorded in Studio A on November 21, 2019 by Chip Borton & John Strader, Baracutanga Acoustica are: Jackie Zamora: vocalsCarlos Noboa: bass, vocals, quenaKilko Paz: vocals, charango, cajonJoseph Altamirano: guitar, pan fluteMicah Hood: trombone, pan flute Follow Baracutanga & the progress of "Volver Atras" at www.baracutanga.com

Gregory Kramer

Wed. 11/6, 1:30pm. Afternoon Freeform:  Carol Boss talks with post-punk, psychedelic, glam-rock singer-songwriter and guitarist Viva DeConcini about her new 10-episode podcast, "I Love Olivia", a narrative-driven "queer musical tragicomedy."


Wed 8/28, 1:30p on Freeform, Carol Boss speaks with sister filmmakers Julie Simone and Vicki Vlasic. The two return to their roots to film in the Appalachian Mountains at the world's oldest Fiddler's Convention where some of the best off-the-charts pickin' and fiddlin' are keeping old-time and bluegrass music alive with multiple generations jamming together.




Women Of Woodstock

Aug 12, 2019
Mark Goff

Wed 8/14, 1:30p: This week marks the 50th anniversary of 1969's Woodstock Music and Art Festival at Max Yasgur's Farm in Bethel, NY.  Carol Boss will feature some music from the women of Woodstock (including, of course, Grace, Janis, and Joan!).

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Wed. 7/3, 1:30p On Afternoon Freeform: The day before the 4th, Carol Boss will share lots of music reflecting the immigrant and refugee experience,  Songs from Springsteen to Sting to U2, K'Naan and Pete Seeger; from Coco Tea to Los Tigres del Norte, Gaby Moreno and La Santa Cecelia, Oxomatli and so much more....


Cheap Shots stopped by Afternoon Freeform to play some tunes and talk about the upcoming Albuquerque Folk Fest. More information on the band here.

William P. Gottlieb

Wed. 2/13, 1:30p: On Freeform Wednesday, Carol Boss features music of some of the many African-American performers whose careers were launched at Harlem's illustrious Apollo Theater spanning over 80 years.


Zach Gould

Thurs. 2/14 1:30p:  Brandon Kennedy welcomes a number of musicians and guest DJs to explore how love and sexuality express our humanity from a variety of perspectives. Hunter Riley is a sex educator and director of education, outreach and classes at Self Serve Sexuality Resource Center, which is a sex-positive, health- and education focused adult shop and resource center. Hunter and the Self Serve staff will cook up some music sets that will launch some interesting conversation.  

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Wed. 12/19, 1:30p: Carol Boss has been listening to lots of music from this past year and has selected a few dozen of "the best"  of 2018 to play on Freeform.
Some obvious, some surprises, and some songs you may never have heard before! 

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Fri. 11/23 3:00p: Join your afternoon Freeform host Peggy Hessing this Friday! We’ll have a snapshot interview with world-reknowned composer and virtuoso accordionist Guy Klucevsek, to prepare us for his upcoming rare performance Sunday, Dec. 2 with Chatter. Listen In!

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Wed 11/21, 1:30p:  Will you be cooking on Wednesday?  If so, Freeform host Carol Boss invites herself into your kitchen to spin lots of tunes to enliven your preparation for Thanksgiving.  If you're not cooking, tune in anyway for a fun afternoon!

Wed. 11/14 1:30p: Afternoon Free Form host Tanya Cole will speak with Sas Bator Colonnas and Diego Pani. They are from Sardinia, Italy and are visiting New Mexico in honor of the Society for Ethnomusicology conference taking place this week in Albuquerque. Sas Bator Colonnas will make their debut performance in the United States right here in Albuquerque at the Outpost Performance Space on Friday, November 16th.

Sas Bator Colonnas is a multipart singing group from the Scano di Montiferro, a mountainous region in central Sardinia, Italy who started singing together in 2002. They carry on the vernacular multipart singing practice— one of the most representative cultural forms of their village—which is performed by four male singers and is called ‘cuncordu.’ Diego Pani is the manager of the musical patrimony of the Istituto Superiore Regionale Etnografico (ISRE) and a Ph.D. Student in Ethnomusicology at Memorial University of Newfoundland. His research focuses on the dynamics of music performance of young generations of musicians.

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