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Michael Roeder

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Album Review: Pieta Brown – Drifters

Pieta Brown Drifters www.pietabrown.com Listen to the album online. Pieta Brown and her band had a very productive four and a half days at Justin Vernon’s April Base Studios recording...

Holy White Hounds
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Album Review: Holy White Hounds’ ‘Sparkle Sparkle’

The guys in Holy White Hounds have been kicking around the Des Moines/Ankeny area for a few years in other bands, but it was the 2013 reunion of high school...

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Album Review: Danny Dysentery—’My Fangs Are Wet’

Danny Dysentery My Fangs Are Wet dannydysentery.bandcamp.com For every rabid fanbase there is a genre of music, it seems. For example, there is a crossing of horror fan culture with...

Tom Jessen - Hunting Season
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Album Review: Tom Jessen – Hunting Season

Tom Jessen Hunting Season www.tomjessen.bandcamp.com At the bottom of the back cover of Hunting Season—Tom Jessen’s first album since 2002’s Night—is a dedication to the late frontman for The Clash,...

Dickie
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Album reviews: Dick Prall – Dickie

Since 1998 Dick Prall has been spinning his particular flavor of “sad bastard” pop music (to quote Barry from the film High Fidelity). A couple of brilliant power pop releases,...

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Album Review: Dagmar – Afterlight

Gemma Rose and Miranda Lee are Dagmar—a band born from the eight-year groundwork laid by their previous trio Rock Paper Scissors, which created music of an acoustic jazz and vocal...

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Something More Than Free: Jason Isbell to perform at Englert Theatre on July 7

In the American South you will find the keys to our chief musical exports in blues, jazz, bluegrass and rock and roll, the keys to our national literary ...

Mad Monks
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Album Review: Mad Monks – The Dark Retreat

Mad Monks The Dark Retreat facebook.com/MadMonks Mention “concept album” and many will picture the recorded excess of bands like The Who, Rush, Styx, Pink Floyd, Yes, ELP -- the list...

Mirror Coat - Whispers
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Album Review: Mirror Coat – Whispers

“Shoegaze” was the genre of a group of late ‘80s and early ‘90s bands primarily from the U.K. who shared a common musical esthetic. Part Phil Spector’s “Wall of Sound”...

Volcano Boys
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Album Review: Volcano Boys – Self-titled

On paper, Volcano Boys looks like another project from the prolific Jordan Mayland (Jordan Mayland and the Thermal Detonators, Keepers of the Carpet, Nuclear Rodeo, Electronidoll and Tires), who is...

Peas and Carrots
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Album Review: Peas and Carrot – Big Girl Shoes

When Iowa Public Radio asked Peas and Carrot lead singer and guitarist Audrey Robinson who her vocal influences were during a recent in-studio interview, she snapped back, “NOT Janis Joplin!”...

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Album Review: Kelly Pardekooper – Milk in Sunshine

The musician credits of Kelly Pardekooper’s new album Milk in Sunshine is a who’s who of Eastern Iowa country, folk and blues legends including Bo Ramsey, Dave Zollo, Dave Moore,...

Pieta Brown -- Paradise Outlaw
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Album Review: Pieta Brown – Paradise Outlaw

During her show at CSPS in October 2013, Pieta Brown mentioned that she was working on her next album at Justin Vernon’s April Base studios in Fall Creek, Wis. As...

Jack Lion -- JAC EP
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Album Review: Jack Lion — JAC EP

It seemed that after Slip Silo vocalist and guitarist Matt Logan split the Midwest and his band to take an opportunity on the West Coast, the remainder of the band...