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Posted by Kent Williams | Aug 15, 2017

Some of the best musicians in Iowa City and environs are not chasing a career in music. Keith Reins, for example, is a player and collector of folk songs who...

Posted by Michael Roeder | Aug 1, 2017

Iowa City band Crystal City’s newest record Bartenderly molds midwestern milieu into 17 tracks of honest-to-goodness barroom rockers and ballads — the kind not heard from perhaps since the Replacements...

Posted by Nate Logsdon | Aug 1, 2017

One of the joys of the podcast format is that it opens up the role of producer to anyone with a recording device and the internet, allowing for extremely specific...

Posted by Michael Roeder | Jul 11, 2017

As we look on the landscape of music generally described as “jam band” 50 years after the Summer of Love, it is dotted with pretty much every musical subgenre one...

Posted by Paul Osgerby | Jul 11, 2017

The ’90s, in its sentimentalities and aesthetics, holds a certain hankering for its glossy, bouncy pop music. From Oasis to Weezer, there’s an implicit innocence at odds with an ever-corrupting...

Posted by Paul Osgerby | Jun 20, 2017

Des Moines’ Druids has drastically brought their influences to the forefront on their latest album. 'Cycles of Mobeum' (2016) — a 43-minute odyssey charting the journey of the character Warpia...

Posted by Kent Williams | Jun 20, 2017

The Fuss — a Des Moines-based rock band who have released a couple of EPs in recent years — make the kind of catchy pop rock music that reminds one...

Posted by Genevieve Trainor | Jun 6, 2017

The self-titled EP from Des Moines punk rockers Broken Ones, which dropped June 3 from Sump Pump records, is a fun, frenzied attack on the senses. The four tracks on...

Posted by Paul Osgerby | Jun 6, 2017

Iowa City’s rotating ensemble of veiled space cadets, Thuh Chocolate Hogboys, have given to the world their 30-track, eight-hour freak-of-nature The Penaissance (phallic, indeed), due to drop as a 12-sided...

Posted by Genevieve Trainor | May 16, 2017

“Let’s go back to Maggie Valley,” lopes Brian Johannesen’s precision drawl at the outset of the opening track to his just-released Northern Town. Track two, “Cascade Mountain Nights,” embraces the...

Posted by Paul Osgerby | May 16, 2017

Thomas Kamholz, a.k.a. Attentat, has been a part of the underground electronic scene for two decades; he’s DJed and performed at raves from the New Mexico desert to the Colorado...

Posted by Nate Logsdon | May 2, 2017

The debut self-titled album from the Fairfield synth-pop trio Cubits is an entrancing, haunting listen that you’ll want to hide inside of for a few days — like the blanket...

Posted by Paul Osgerby | May 2, 2017

On her sophomore output, That’s All I Wanted, Elizabeth Moen ditches the acoustic guitar for a full ensemble of electric guitars, bass and percussion (and one piano ballad). Her record...

Posted by Michael Roeder | Apr 18, 2017

In Cedar Rapids we appear to have a new trend of band names that are, um, a name: DICKIE, Colleen and the latest of these: NAOMI, which is named after...

Posted by Nate Logsdon | Apr 18, 2017

Come for the harmony; stay for the melancholy. The soul-stirring Ames/Des Moines pop unit Jordan Mayland & the Thermal Detonators delivers a tantalizingly dark treat with its generous new record...

Posted by Kent Williams | Apr 4, 2017

Bridget Kearney Won’t Let You Down bridgetkearney.bandcamp.com MCF: Bridget Kearney with Elizabeth Moen, Paul Cary The Mill — Wednesday, April 5 at 10 p.m., $12-15 Won't Let You Down by...