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Michael Roeder

The Men from...BEYOND!
Posted by Michael Roeder | Mar 25, 2013

My first exposure to the L.A. punk scene was through the soundtrack to the 1984 movie Repo Man. This scene would be documented much more extensively in the movie The...

Iris DeMent
Posted by Michael Roeder | Mar 15, 2013

In October of 2012, Iris DeMent released her first new album of original songs after 16 years. The album—Sing the Delta, which DeMent maintained complete creative control over by releasing...

Blendours - Level 99
Posted by Michael Roeder | Feb 28, 2013

The continuing influence of The Ramones’ music on the face of rock years after their breakup is a testament to the idea that simple and direct is the most effective...

Posted by Michael Roeder | Jan 31, 2013

Blizzard at Sea Individuation blizzardatsea.com “All that I see are the photons, vibrating strings propagating down through the geometry of the higher dimensions. There’s a world that I’m unaware of...

Posted by Michael Roeder | Jan 18, 2013

Har-di-Har Word(s) of Whim Feudal Kind (EPs) Hardihar.com Few things excite me as much as stumbling upon a new band. The discovery of unexplored territory is a time consuming, but...

Posted by Michael Roeder | Dec 18, 2012

Iris DeMent Sing the Delta irisdement.com Iris DeMent put 16 years between her new album, Sing the Delta, and her previous album of original music. She quickly gained critical acclaim...

Posted by Michael Roeder | Nov 15, 2012

Greg Brown Hymns to What is Left gregbrownmusic.org Following a nearly-aborted album in 2011 (Freak Flag, which I reviewed in LV issue #103) Greg Brown was quoted as saying, “I...

Posted by Michael Roeder | Oct 23, 2012

The White Elephant Self Titled thewhiteelephantband.com Brothers Ron and Tim Coleman and Chris Rohr of The White Elephant grew up in Wapello, IA (pop 2,067) in the Southeast corner of...

Posted by Michael Roeder | Oct 23, 2012

Iowa City Song Project maximumamesrecords.com   As a teenager hungry for a scene larger than the veritable cultural island of Bellevue, IA, at night I would arrange and rearrange my...

Posted by Michael Roeder | Oct 13, 2012

Samuel Locke Ward Double Nightmare samuellockeward.bandcamp.com I was introduced to the insanity of “Big Lizard In My Backyard” by The Dead Milkmen sometime in the 80’s. The irreverent, usually scatological...

Posted by Michael Roeder | Sep 26, 2012

Dave Olson No October daveolsonmusic.com “What’s that place that she came from? A little town a couple miles from where the plane of Buddy Holly went down.” - Dave Olson,...

Posted by Michael Roeder | Sep 7, 2012

Bermuda Report Bittersweet facebook.com/bermudareport When I reviewed their debut EP last year, I said that Bermuda Report easily evoked a vacation in the tropics with their jazzy tropicalia-influenced pop. For...

Posted by Michael Roeder | Sep 6, 2012

Dynoride What You Wanted facebook.com/dynoride Dynoride is a Quad Cities band that was started in 2008 by a pair of old high school friends with the intent of producing—according to...

Posted by Michael Roeder | Aug 16, 2012

Dawes are playing the Englert August 19, 2012 at 8 p.m. $16 Advance, $18 Day of the Show In October of 2009, California band Dawes was invited to be part...

Posted by Michael Roeder | Jun 26, 2012

Fun Machine EP lakestreetdive.com Lake Street Dive is a four-piece birthed from Boston’s New England Conservatory Jazz program, mixologists of the perfect martini of soul, folk and jazz, shaken not...

Posted by Michael Roeder | May 15, 2012

  Surf Zombies Lust For Rust facebook.com/surfzombiesband My dad tells a story about seeing the seminal surf-rock band The Ventures at the Melody Mill Ballroom outside of Dubuque in the...