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Posted by John Schlotfelt | Feb 1, 2010

CD Reviews: February 2010 - Mountains recorded it's third release, Choral, in front of a live audience with minimal overdubs added later for effect or layering. And despite the trappings...

Posted by John Schlotfelt | Oct 2, 2009

Porch Builder Tall Tales and Misadventures http://www.myspace.com/porchbuilder When an album begins with a country song about getting arrested for growing marijuana, you know you're dealing with some Iowa boys who've...

Posted by John Schlotfelt | Oct 2, 2009

Petit Mal Bless Your Little Heart Public Schools Records www.myspace.com/petitmal Petit Mal's latest, Bless Your Little Heart, is a collection of 10 scrappy tunes following in the footsteps of fellow...

Posted by John Schlotfelt | Oct 2, 2009

The Avett Brothers I and Love and You Sony Records http://www.theavettbrothers.com/ North Carolina's The Avett Brothers have always had a few too many ideas for their own good. The band's...

Posted by Jason Phelps | Jul 9, 2009

Recorded in the famed Anchor Studios in Kingston, Jamaica, Public Property's new album features some big-name contemporary reggae musicians like Toots Hibbert from Toots and the Maytals--who is playing with...

Posted by Kent Williams | Jul 9, 2009

Joe McNertney Colloquialisms Mr. McNerty is one of Eric Rohm's collaborators in The Noble Octopus, and like his label mate on the enigmatically named Pelletier Comes Alive! label, McNerty is...

Posted by Kent Williams | Jul 9, 2009

The Noble Octopus The Noble Octopus The Noble Octopus was started by Eric Rohn and friends at Grinnell College before moving to Iowa City. With the emphasis on clean guitar...

Posted by Kent Williams | Jul 9, 2009

Testifyi 2 The World www.myspace.com/testifyi There's a lot of recording artists now that give credit to God for their success, but their music has nothing to do with religious themes....

Posted by John Schlotfelt | Jul 9, 2009

Bowerbirds Upper Air Dead Ocean www.myspace.com/bowerbirds The sophomore release from North Carolina's Bowerbirds opens simply and unassumingly with an acoustic guitar and the voice of lead singer Phil Moore. Upper Air...

Posted by Jason Phelps | Jul 9, 2009

Public Property work to do www.publicprop.com Recorded in the famed Anchor Studios in Kingston, Jamaica, Public Property's new album features some big-name contemporary reggae musicians like Toots Hibbert from Toots...

Posted by John Schlotfelt | May 8, 2009

Miracles of God O' What a Wonderful Day/No Refunds www.myspace.com/miraclesofgod Iowa City's Miracles of God have waited long enough in obscurity. After years of playing dusty power-pop, the indie underground...

Posted by Kent Williams | May 8, 2009

Scheusch Scheusch www.myspace.com/scheusch Consider now, the guitar-drum duo, of which persuasion is Scheusch. If you leave out the bass player, you only split the door two ways. You don't have...

Posted by Kent Williams | May 8, 2009

The White Tornado Seek Shelter www.white2rnado.com The White Tornado is keyboardist Bill Peterson, who's been playing shows around Iowa City for some time. Seek Shelter, his debut record, showcases his facility...

Posted by Jason Phelps | Apr 8, 2009

Before Metallica and Napster ever butted heads, people used to venture out and by their music on something called compact discs. Then, came the era of the download. Now, artists...

Posted by Jason Phelps | Apr 8, 2009

In the late 1990s, a new phenomena proliferated through commercial hip hop. Deejays began releasing albums overloaded with guest vocals and uninspired tunes. If you were a fan of rap...

Posted by Kent Williams | Apr 8, 2009

Kaspar Hauser The Sons www.kasparhausermusic.net Kaspar Hauser started in Iowa City and then moved to Chicago, but they're back once or twice a year for shows at the Mill.  They...