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Elizabeth Moen
Posted by Kent Williams | Feb 17, 2016

Elizabeth Moen Elizabeth Moen www.elizabethmoen.bandcamp.com On “Songbird,” the first track from her eponymous debut album, Elizabeth Moen sings, “Singing at the top of my lungs trying to get through.” It...

The Multiple Cat
Posted by Michael Roeder | Feb 5, 2016

Quad Cities producer and engineer Patrick Stolley has been releasing albums as The Multiple Cat since 1994 with a rotating cast of sidemen. Stolley is one of the founding members...

The Pines
Posted by Matthew Steele | Feb 4, 2016

On Dec. 8, 2015, a great hero for social justice in the United States passed away. John Trudell was a Santee Dakota-American poet, musician, actor and activist associated with the...

Posted by Michael Roeder | Jan 22, 2016

Listening to the Roots of Rhythm album from the trio of Lynne Hart, Pat Smith and Rich Wagor, I am transported to a Woody Allen film in my mind. Allen’s...

Jim Viner’s Incredible B3 Band
Posted by Kent Williams | Jan 21, 2016

Jim Viner’s Iowa City music resumé goes back a ways, at least to the 1990s, in the bands Head Candy, Bent Scepters and Brother Trucker. Jim Viner’s Incredible B3 Band...

Posted by Michael Roeder | Jan 7, 2016

Pieta Brown Drifters www.pietabrown.com Listen to the album online. Pieta Brown and her band had a very productive four and a half days at Justin Vernon’s April Base Studios recording...

LOBAS
Posted by Genevieve Trainor | Jan 6, 2016

Land of Blood and Sunshine Lady and the Trance www.cartoucherecords.com Lady and the Trance, the upcoming release from Marshalltown’s Land of Blood and Sunshine, is the kind of record that...

Cedar County Cobras
Posted by Kent Williams | Dec 11, 2015

Cedar County, Iowa is home of West Branch, Springdale, Clarence, Lowden and the Cedar County Cobras. Their debut album’s title, Delta Avenue Juke Joint, is an inside joke: Delta Ave....

Holy White Hounds
Posted by Michael Roeder | Dec 4, 2015

The guys in Holy White Hounds have been kicking around the Des Moines/Ankeny area for a few years in other bands, but it was the 2013 reunion of high school...

Hailey Whitters
Posted by Genevieve Trainor | Nov 20, 2015

Hailey Whitters Black Sheep www.haileywhitters.com I hesitated, at first, to review this album. I’m not generally a fan of country music, and I didn’t know if I could pull off...

Dana T - tiny mind MASSIVE soul
Posted by Kent Williams | Nov 2, 2015

Popular music is a tug of war between artistic and commercial concerns, and at the center of it all lays genre. For an artist, genres have stylistic signifiers and limits....

Posted by Michael Roeder | Oct 23, 2015

Danny Dysentery My Fangs Are Wet dannydysentery.bandcamp.com For every rabid fanbase there is a genre of music, it seems. For example, there is a crossing of horror fan culture with...

The Ills
Posted by Kent Williams | Oct 8, 2015

Erika Ebola, Danny Dysentery, Molly Marburg, Tommy Tinnitus, Stella Salmonella; I think I’m sensing a theme here. This is definitely punk rock/hardocre straight out of the 1980s, reminiscent of the...

Posted by Kent Williams | Sep 17, 2015

image via Brooks Strause Iowa City attracts songwriters; you might even say it creates them. The “Class of 1970,” which includes Dave Moore, Greg Brown and Bo Ramsey, set the...

Posted by Landon Bates | Sep 9, 2015

Although Shawn Reed no longer lives in Iowa City, his label — Night People — has its heart here, at least partly-so. In an interview for Art of Iowa, Reed...

Posted by Landon Bates | Sep 1, 2015

Creeping Pink Mirror Woods (Castle Face Records) www.facebook.com/creepingpink Mirror Woods is the first full-length effort from Creeping Pink, the newest band on the Castle Face Records roster.  Neither the slow...