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Album Review: Treesreach — Some Night You Will Hear Me Crowing

Some Night You Will Hear Me Crowing, the debut album from Cedar Rapids trio treesreach, uses the story of Peter Pan as a thread joining the musical squares in a...

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Dan Tedesco chases the lightning to Cedar Rapids

Dan Tedesco will be at CSPS Hall in Cedar Rapids on Thursday, Dec. 14. He’ll show the film, then hold a Q&A which will be followed by a short solo...

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Album Review: Gloom Balloon — Drying the Eyes of the Goddess of Gloom, Underneath the Stars and the Moon

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...

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Colleen and treesreach bring new music to Groundswell

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...

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Album Review: Har-di-Har — we will will you

'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...

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Chicago’s The Right Now return to Iowa City

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...

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Album Review: Ryne Doughty — Date Night

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,...

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Album Review: House of Large Sizes — Idiots Out Wandering Around (Reissue)

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,...

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World premiere video: Mark Olson’s Cedar Rapids ode “Seminole Valley Tea Sippers”

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...

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Dick’s Tap and Shake celebrates one year in Cedar Rapids

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...

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Album Review: Crystal City — Bartenderly

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...

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Album Review: The Dawn — Wooly

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...

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Album Review: NAOMI — Good Riddance to Bad Rubbish

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...

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Interview: Pieta Brown on ‘Postcards,’ pen pals and Flat Black

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....