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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...

Posted by Kent Williams | Nov 5, 2008

Musée Mecanique Hold This Ghost Frog Stand Records myspace.com/museemecanique [audio:http://www.false45th.net/Audio/Two%20Friends%20Like%20Us.mp3] Musée Mecanique is one of those bands who puts way more into their songs — both the writing and performance...

Posted by Kent Williams | Nov 5, 2008

Brighton MA Amateur Lovers Loose Tooth Records www.brightonma.net [audio:http://files.for-robots.com/daveb/sunblinded.mp3] Brighton MA is a Chicago Band with some ties to Iowa City. They have my sympathies — Chicago is a rough...

Posted by John Schlotfelt | Nov 5, 2008

Nethervoid Sirens of the Blistering Light Beyond the Pyres Records myspace.com/absolutefuckingevil [audio:http://missionfreak.com/audio/Nethervoid_Wyrm_of_Worlds_End.mp3] There is a song on a Nethervoid demo tape called “Torch the Temple,” and if there is an...

Posted by Kent Williams | Oct 9, 2008

Jugs Across America Jugs Across America: A Modern Jug Band Compilation Self released Kellie Everette, Banjo Kellie from Escape The Floodwater Jug Band, has taken things up a notch with...

Posted by Kent Williams | Oct 9, 2008

Lord Green Lord Green Self released Lord Green is a reviewer’s dream—this EP is about five and a half minutes long, which means I can sit through the whole thing...

Posted by Craig Eley | Oct 9, 2008

Samuel Locke-Ward Sacrilege, Treason, Treachery & Thyme Self released If there is a party at the end of the world (and there will be, right?) then count on Samuel Locke-Ward...

Posted by Kent Williams | Sep 3, 2008

Unknown Component In Direct Communication Self Released [audio:unknown_component_its_a_fine_line.mp3] Unknown Component - Its a Fine Line (mp3) Keith Lynch is a local singer-songwriter that has never done things the usual way,...

Posted by Kent Williams | Sep 3, 2008

The Coast Expatriate Aporia We normally don't run reviews of out of town bands, but this is an interesting and attractive CD, and it happens that they'll be playing at...