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Posted by Kent Williams | Apr 8, 2009

This Machine Lemming Nation You have to admire Marv Hain, for being true to his ideals, and his devotion to a musical form that's been moribund for nearly 50 years,...

Posted by Brittany Jade Hogendorn | Apr 8, 2009

Laura Gibson Beasts of Seasons Hush Records www.myspace.com/lauragibson Midwesterners need few words to describe the seasonal bitterness laid upon them this time of year. Luckily, locals have a Garden of...

Posted by Jason Phelps | Apr 8, 2009

N.A.S.A. Spirit of Apollo ANTI- www.myspace.com/nasa In the late 1990s, a new phenomena proliferated through commercial hip hop. Deejays began releasing albums overloaded with guest vocals and uninspired tunes. If...

Posted by Jason Phelps | Apr 8, 2009

Porno Galactica MixTape Vol. 1 Mission Freak Before Metallica and Napster ever butted heads, people used to venture out and by their music on something called compact discs. Then, came...

Posted by John Schlotfelt | Mar 13, 2009

William Elliott Whitmore Animals in the Dark www.williamelliottwhitmore.com William Elliott Whitmore's fourth album (and major label debut), Animals in the Dark kicks off with what will likely be the most...

Posted by Kent Williams | Mar 13, 2009

Po' Girl Deer in the Night www.pogirl.net [audio:http://www.pogirl.net/deer/deer.mp3] Canada is, like, this whole other country. They apparently are secretly responsible for about half of the music we think of as...

Posted by Kent Williams | Mar 13, 2009

JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound Beat of Our Own Drum www.myspace.com/theuptownsound JC Brooks comes from Chicago, but recently played at the Yacht Club, and from all reports, burned the...

Posted by Kent Williams | Mar 13, 2009

Bonne Finken Soul on Display www.bonnefinken.com It takes some gut for a white girl from Knoxville, Iowa, to use "Soul" in her debut CD's title. But Finken can, as they...

Posted by Kent Williams | Jan 14, 2009

The Lonelyhearts Disaster Footage At Night Scenester Credentials www.thelonelyhearts.net Lonelyheart John Lindenbaum lives in Oakland, while Andre Perry lives in Iowa City; so the band is not quite bi-coastal --...

Posted by John Schlotfelt | Jan 14, 2009

Pieta Brown Flight Time self-released www.pietabrown.com Pieta Brown's latest EP Flight Time is written in a world occupied by Cadillacs and run away lovers, and in which a gallon of...

Posted by Kent Williams | Jan 14, 2009

Raw Mojo Veins www.rawmojo.net Raw Mojo is a 3 piece rock band you may have seen at shows around Iowa City.  Their M.O. is to deliver short, concise stabs of...

Posted by Kent Williams | Jan 13, 2009

The Sullivan Gang Self-titled www.thesullivangang.com I'm not sure I've ever heard a CD in recent years that more overtly identifies itself as roots music.  From Michelle Wiegand's acoustic cover of...

Posted by Kent Williams | Dec 5, 2008

Scenester Credentials Vinyl Shores of the Tundra Heart of the Beckoning 12-inch Shores of the Tundra's 12-inch is an impressive artifact before you even drop the needle. It's a single-sided...

Posted by Kent Williams | Dec 5, 2008

She Swings She Sways Wasted Love Songs www.sheswingsshesways.com A common sophomoric "insight" into music is that we only have 12 notes, and that this imposes some upper limit on the...

Posted by John Schlotfelt | Dec 5, 2008

The Tanks Keep Breaking Down Scenester Credentials www.myspace.com/thetanks When Keep Breaking Down opener, "Command Divide" begins in earnest, after a groan of wheezy feedback, it feels like the two years...

Posted by Erik Peterson | Nov 20, 2008

Captain Beefheart Trout Mask Replica (1969) A year or two ago, I sifted through my music collection and realized that I was sick of every single song I owned. I...