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Michael Roeder

Posted by Michael Roeder | Nov 14, 2017

The songs on Des Moines band/project Gloom Balloon’s sophomore album were inspired by life-changing events of falling in love and the birth of Patrick Tape Fleming’s son Nilsson (who makes...

Posted by Michael Roeder | Nov 10, 2017

Two Cedar Rapids-based bands I’ve been following for over a year -- treesreach and husband and wife duo Heather and Tyler Stück, who perform as Colleen -- will be at...

Posted by Michael Roeder | Oct 17, 2017

'we will will you' isn’t about Julie and Andrew Thoreen's separation as couple and band but rather the subtly uncharted part where they consider coming back from it. The band...

Posted by Michael Roeder | Sep 27, 2017

Chicago Soul and R&B band The Right Now celebrates nine years together in 2017. Over those years they have logged countless miles bringing their polished and passionate performances to stages...

Posted by Michael Roeder | Sep 19, 2017

Des Moines-native singer-songwriter Ryne Doughty approached the production of his latest album, Date Night, with the desire to step away from the more stripped-down folk sound of his 2013 album,...

Posted by Michael Roeder | Sep 5, 2017

It’s impossible to talk about the history of Iowa modern rock without talking about Cedar Falls band House of Large Sizes. During their 17-year run (1986-2003) they released eight albums,...

Posted by Michael Roeder | Aug 25, 2017

Little Village is pleased to debut the video for “Seminole Valley Tea Sipper Society” — a song with its genesis in eastern Iowa. The song, by Mark Olson, one of...

Posted by Michael Roeder | Aug 16, 2017

Looking back over the past year since Dick Prall took over the former Mahoney’s bar in Cedar Rapids, the event calendar of live acts shows how special the re-christened Dick’s...

Posted by Michael Roeder | Aug 1, 2017

Iowa City band Crystal City’s newest record Bartenderly molds midwestern milieu into 17 tracks of honest-to-goodness barroom rockers and ballads — the kind not heard from perhaps since the Replacements...

Posted by Michael Roeder | Jul 11, 2017

As we look on the landscape of music generally described as “jam band” 50 years after the Summer of Love, it is dotted with pretty much every musical subgenre one...

Posted by Michael Roeder | Apr 18, 2017

In Cedar Rapids we appear to have a new trend of band names that are, um, a name: DICKIE, Colleen and the latest of these: NAOMI, which is named after...

Posted by Michael Roeder | Apr 4, 2017

The songs for Pieta Brown’s latest album, Postcards, were written while she was on a solo tour. The isolation and distance and the challenge to stay connected inspired the songs....

Posted by Michael Roeder | Feb 28, 2017

Last year was a landmark year for Daytrotter.com. It was the 10th anniversary of the website -- an almost impossible feat for any website, let alone a music site that...

Posted by Michael Roeder | Feb 28, 2017

Colleen Vol. 1 soundcloud.com/colleenband/sets/vol-1 Colleen is a Cedar Rapids-based husband and wife duo that delivers a beautiful, often soaring mix of bombastic live percussion and electronics buoying silvery vocals. Heather...