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Posted by Genevieve Trainor | May 16, 2017

“Let’s go back to Maggie Valley,” lopes Brian Johannesen’s precision drawl at the outset of the opening track to his just-released Northern Town. Track two, “Cascade Mountain Nights,” embraces the...

Posted by Paul Osgerby | May 16, 2017

Thomas Kamholz, a.k.a. Attentat, has been a part of the underground electronic scene for two decades; he’s DJed and performed at raves from the New Mexico desert to the Colorado...

Posted by Nate Logsdon | May 2, 2017

The debut self-titled album from the Fairfield synth-pop trio Cubits is an entrancing, haunting listen that you’ll want to hide inside of for a few days — like the blanket...

Posted by Paul Osgerby | May 2, 2017

On her sophomore output, That’s All I Wanted, Elizabeth Moen ditches the acoustic guitar for a full ensemble of electric guitars, bass and percussion (and one piano ballad). Her record...

Posted by Michael Roeder | Apr 18, 2017

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...

Posted by Nate Logsdon | Apr 18, 2017

Come for the harmony; stay for the melancholy. The soul-stirring Ames/Des Moines pop unit Jordan Mayland & the Thermal Detonators delivers a tantalizingly dark treat with its generous new record...

Posted by Kent Williams | Apr 4, 2017

Bridget Kearney Won’t Let You Down bridgetkearney.bandcamp.com MCF: Bridget Kearney with Elizabeth Moen, Paul Cary The Mill — Wednesday, April 5 at 10 p.m., $12-15 Won't Let You Down by...

Posted by Liv Carrow | Apr 4, 2017

Iowa City experimental electronic musicians Ian MacMillan and Brendan Spengler joined forces in 2012 to create the sound of bees for an Iowa City installation. The duo has collaborated on...

Posted by Paul Osgerby | Mar 14, 2017

Once labeled freaks, David Bowie and Lou Reed broke down the confines of masculinity found in the prototypical rock star persona of their time, while reimagining the vivacity and delicacy...

Posted by Genevieve Trainor | Mar 14, 2017

Occasionally, a recording reaches out of the speakers and grabs you -- shakes you -- doesn’t invite but demands that you trip with it along whatever imagined pathways it produces....

Posted by Kent Williams | Feb 28, 2017

Beyond Peace Beyond Peace beyondpeacehc.bandcamp.com Beyond Peace by Beyond PeaceIt’s not original to compare metal and punk music. Both use loudness as their primary gesture, both use distortion pedals, both...

Posted by Michael Roeder | Feb 28, 2017

Colleen Vol. 1 soundcloud.com/colleenband/sets/vol-1 Colleen is a Cedar Rapids-based husband and wife duo that delivers a beautiful, often soaring mix of bombastic live percussion and electronics buoying silvery vocals. Heather...

Posted by Genevieve Trainor | Feb 14, 2017

Aseethe Hopes of Failure aseethe.bandcamp.com/album/hopes-of-failure Iowa City trio Aseethe -- Brian Barr, Danny Barr and Eric Diercks -- broke last summer when they signed to Chicago’s Thrill Jockey Records (Future...

Posted by Nate Logsdon | Feb 14, 2017

Night Pits Last Night Forever nightpits.bandcamp.com Last Night Forever by Night Pits Writing a punk anthem is a fundamentally communitarian act. The idea is that anyone -- whether they think...

Posted by Michael Roeder | Jan 31, 2017

TIRES LP1 tires.bandcamp.com LP1 by TiresThe big, anthemic sound of Phil Young’s (the Wheelers) new instrumental project TIRES was inspired by the recent passing of his grandfather. “He was kinda...

Posted by Kent Williams | Jan 31, 2017

Belly Belt Stay True EP bellybelt.bandcamp.com Stay True by Belly Belt Iowa City West High alum Kate Feldmann’s Belly Belt isn’t miles away from her day job dressing as a...