Picture yourself meandering down the Madison Beltline at 5 p.m. on a Monday, aimlessly letting the scan button of your car radio navigate workout songs from Z104 and smart-ass smirks from Charlie.
But wait - what's this? The Arctic Monkeys? Belle and Sebastian? Morningwood? The Eagles of Death Metal? Thank you, Stephen Dierks, host of WSUM's "Electric Lounge." You colored my traffic jam like a broadcast buddy should. With its high-energy blend of alt-pop varieties such as power and glam, "Electric Lounge" is a place you want to be.
Dierks, a UW-Madison student who describes himself as "an aspiring goat farmer with an intended double major in medieval architecture and abnormal psychology," is a worthy host. He gently befriends us once we're inside, sharing his playlist and not stealing its thunder with lame jokes.