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Michael Roeder

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...

Posted by Michael Roeder | Apr 14, 2012

Jason T. Lewis The Fourteenth Colony http://www.sadironpress.com/ A common problem fiction writers have with musician characters is that if the author isn’t a skilled songwriter, then the character is much...

Posted by Michael Roeder | Mar 14, 2012

Death Ships Circumstantial Chemistry deathships.bandcamp.com Death Ships w/ Mike Doughty, Caroline Smith and the Goodnight Sleeps // The Mill // Thurs, Mar. 29 Back in 2006 Dan Maloney and his...

Posted by Michael Roeder | Feb 23, 2012

An oft-quoted rule-of-thumb for writers is "write what you know." Great written works are usually imbued with a strong sense of place derived from the writer's ability to pull that...

The Pines: Dark So Gold
Posted by Michael Roeder | Feb 23, 2012

I’ve been a dedicated follower of former-Iowa City band The Pines since their first album came out on Dave Zollo’s late record label, Trailer Records, in 2004. Benson Ramsey and...

Posted by Michael Roeder | Jan 17, 2012

Mike Doughty is a resurrection man. From 1992 to 2000 he fronted the MTV 120 Minutes-darlings band Soul Coughing. After kicking a heroin habit he took his intersection of folky...

Posted by Michael Roeder | Oct 17, 2011

The Wheelers are a pan-Iowan band with members scattered between Iowa City and Ames. Other joint efforts between these two cities often result in heavy drinking, name calling and injuries...

Posted by Michael Roeder | Sep 4, 2011

The monochrome photo of Pieta Brown on the cover of her album Mercury (out Sept. 27 on Red House Records) carries a certain “Mona Lisa” inscrutability. The unusual lighting from...

Posted by Michael Roeder | Jul 29, 2011

It’s tempting to classify Finnders and Youngberg as a bluegrass band based on the mastery of the fiddle, banjo and mandolin on display in FY5. But those aren’t the only...

Posted by Michael Roeder | May 3, 2011

The Pines just wrapped up an April East Coast tour run in support of Jeffery Foucault and are coming back to Iowa for a run of shows in May as...

Posted by Michael Roeder | May 2, 2011

Kerosene Circuit EP The romance of the long-haul trucker is born in the dust and roar of the engine and the kerosene smell of diesel fuel. The bleary hypnosis from...

Posted by Michael Roeder | May 2, 2011

Greg Brown Freak Flag My first time in a bar, underage, was for a Bo Ramsey and the Sliders show at Potter’s Mill in Bellevue, IA. From then on, I...