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Posted by John Schlotfelt | Jul 19, 2011

If you find yourself marking the calender just waiting for the big regional and national acts to pass through (or near), you may be missing all the wonderful music right...

Posted by Kent Williams | Jun 7, 2011

Ed Gray Old Bending River It’s impossible for me to be objective about Ed Gray. I’ve seen him play more shows than I can count and I still don’t know...

Posted by Kent Williams | Jun 6, 2011

Dream Thieves Ocean Spell While Americans were going nuts for Blondie, The Cars and a plethora of other skinny tie bands in the New Wave ‘80s, an underground scene sprang...

Posted by John Schlotfelt | Jun 6, 2011

Wet Hair In Vogue Spirit On Wet Hair’s third full-length LP (11th release overall), In Vogue Spirit, the band has embraced many of the same sun-baked sounds of their peers....

Posted by A.C. Hawley | Jun 6, 2011

The River Monks Jovials The River Monks take their name from a literal translation of “Des Moines,” their home town. At first, their music seems as straightforward as their name...

Posted by John Schlotfelt | May 2, 2011

Alex Body Cutting Down Camelot self-released Since emerging in January 2010, from Twelve Canons’ indefinite hiatus with a self-released CD-r called Just Say Yes, Alex Body has quickly carved out...

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...

Posted by Michael Roeder | Apr 11, 2011

"Let the truth spring free Like a jack-in-the-box Like a hundred thousand cuckoo clocks From the Oregon corners to the Iowa corn To the rooms with heat lamps Where the...

Posted by Tim Gavin | Apr 11, 2011

Do you remember that great band from high school? Those guys who played in basements, who knew how to have fun and knew the girls who wanted to party? The...

Posted by Kent Williams | Mar 6, 2011

JTrey have been around since 1999 on the Iowa hip-hop scene, but this new CD represents a big step up. Their sound has been enlarged with the addition of female...

Posted by Kent Williams | Mar 6, 2011

When bands strip it down to guitar, bass and drums, I get unstuck in time. People have been exploring that musical space since at least 1967. Mad Monks are definitely...

Posted by Kent Williams | Mar 6, 2011

Once more into the breech with West Branch’s finest blue collar shit-kicking band. They don’t play a single lick I’ve never heard before and yet I want to hear them...

Posted by Kent Williams | Feb 4, 2011

This CD came our way when someone left it in the Little Village distribution box in front of New Pioneer Co-op, so never let it be said we’re not on...