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Michael Roeder

Pieta Brown -- Paradise Outlaw
Posted by Michael Roeder | Oct 6, 2014

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
Posted by Michael Roeder | Sep 9, 2014

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...

The Sapwoods
Posted by Michael Roeder | Aug 28, 2014

Iowa City band The Sapwoods are back with their second album titled Peaks and Valleys. While the lineup in the band has changed since their 2012 release Electric Glow, the...

Euforquestra's Fire
Posted by Michael Roeder | Jun 6, 2014

The jam band genre is often less focused on the style of music played by the band and more focused on the community the band has with its audience. These...

Cocaine Love Letter
Posted by Michael Roeder | May 22, 2014

Cocaine Love Letter was born while the band was taking some downtime. Rohr and bandmate Ron Coleman both ended up writing a bunch of acoustic demos during this time and...

Item 9 & the Mad Hatters
Posted by Michael Roeder | May 15, 2014

Item 9 & The Mad Hatters was originally a cover band called Old Style, but in 2010 they added lead vocalist Adam Maxwell to the mix and made the transition...

Tomboys on Parade
Posted by Michael Roeder | Apr 24, 2014

My passion for music started to deepen when I discovered The Beatles in sixth grade. For the first time, I wanted to know everything about a band. This love of...

Bedroom Shine
Posted by Michael Roeder | Apr 7, 2014

If you are a follower of the music website daytrotter.com, you have already been exposed to Johnnie Cluney’s illustrations, which give the site its signature pen-and-ink look. What you might...

Posted by Michael Roeder | Mar 19, 2014

Recently, buzz has been building around the band Lake Street Dive. It started with an unexpected appearance on the Colbert Report on Feb. 5, where Stephen Colbert asked the band...

The Surf Zombies
Posted by Michael Roeder | Mar 12, 2014

The Surf Zombies are back with their fourth album, It’s A… THING!, which marks the second album featuring their current band lineup: Founding member Brook Hoover is on guitar along...

Posted by Michael Roeder | Feb 27, 2014

In interviews with R.E.M. around the time of their ‘92 album Automatic For The People, the band commented that it was difficult to write good uptempo...

Greg Brown - Iowa Waltz, 30th anniversary edition
Posted by Michael Roeder | Dec 12, 2013

It is apropos that I’m writing this while sitting in a quiet corner of a warm house during the holidays, revisiting Greg Brown’s 1981 album The Iowa Waltz with...

The Pines and then some!
Posted by Michael Roeder | Nov 22, 2013

It was Glen Campbell who first approached Johnny Cash, Kris Kristofferson, Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson about recording a version of the Jimmy...

Har-di-Har
Posted by Michael Roeder | Nov 8, 2013

In the laundry, shorts and t-shirts remind me that summer is over. After a brief mourning for the lost season, I banish them to wash not to be seen again...

Love Over Gold
Posted by Michael Roeder | Oct 18, 2013

Love Over Gold is the name of a new collaboration between Pieta Brown and Australian singer-songwriter Lucie Thorne, who met during a tour of the land down under a couple...

Album Reviews
Posted by Michael Roeder | Oct 10, 2013

The White Elephant  The White Elephant (“Fly”) www.thewhiteelephantband.com The history of distortion effects on guitars dates back to what is usually considered the first rock and roll song, “Rocket 88.”...