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Posted by Kent Williams | Jul 11, 2017

Aseethe, the Iowa City band made up of Brian Barr and Eric Dierks, has been kicking around the Midwest heavy music scene for a few years now, with an evolving...

Posted by Genevieve Trainor | Feb 2, 2017

The music site Bandcamp announced this week that on Friday, Feb. 3, it would be donating its share of all proceeds to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). In a...

Younger
Posted by Kembrew McLeod | May 21, 2015

The self-titled debut by Iowa City trio Younger nicely balances intricate arrangements with more hooks than a box full of fishing tackle. Many of their songs contain verse-chorus-verse-defying breakdowns and...

Mirror Coat - Whispers
Posted by Michael Roeder | Apr 24, 2015

“Shoegaze” was the genre of a group of late ‘80s and early ‘90s bands primarily from the U.K. who shared a common musical esthetic. Part Phil Spector’s “Wall of Sound”...

Posted by Little Village | Mar 26, 2015

Iowa City rock band Younger, featuring local indie veterans Amanda Crosby, Rachel Sauter and Sarah Mannix (from Emperors Club, The Wandering Bears and others) are preparing for the release of...

Posted by Kent Williams | Mar 17, 2015

KFMH (99 Plus!) out of Muscatine was the default radio station for a lot of Iowa blue-collar rockers back in the day; it was hippy-dippy enough for Deadheads, hard enough...

Familia
Posted by Justin LeDuc | Mar 2, 2015

Latin jazz collective Ritmocano is an all-star lineup of the Iowa jazz community, headed by percussionist and one of my former UI instructors, James Dreier. On Familia, Ritmocano’s most recent...

Volcano Boys
Posted by Michael Roeder | Feb 25, 2015

On paper, Volcano Boys looks like another project from the prolific Jordan Mayland (Jordan Mayland and the Thermal Detonators, Keepers of the Carpet, Nuclear Rodeo, Electronidoll and Tires), who is...

Cuticle
Posted by Kent Williams | Feb 3, 2015

Techno originated in Belleville, Mich., and was invented by middle-class black teenagers with ties to Detroit. Techno brought together the influences of disco, James Brown and Parliament-Funkadelic and combined them...

Peas and Carrots
Posted by Michael Roeder | Jan 19, 2015

When Iowa Public Radio asked Peas and Carrot lead singer and guitarist Audrey Robinson who her vocal influences were during a recent in-studio interview, she snapped back, “NOT Janis Joplin!”...

Posted by Kent Williams | Dec 15, 2014

Keith Lynch (a.k.a. Unknown Component) doesn’t have a band—he produces his music at home and plays all the parts. He uses a group name, though it’s just him. And while...

Sam Locke Ward's The Great American Cattle Barons
Posted by Kent Williams | Nov 28, 2014

The Great American Cattle Barons is actually yet another ‘band’ instigated by Iowa City’s profligate purveyor of bummer rock, Samuel Locke Ward, this time...

Foul Tip
Posted by John Schlotfelt | Apr 25, 2013

Reviewing the latest EP from Foul Tip is, well, sort of a challenge. The duo’s second release, Heaven Now, has a bit of an identity crisis. Four of the cuts...

Posted by Tim Gavin | Oct 2, 2011

Three Iowa groups performed Saturday, October 1, at the Blue Moose Tap House: River Glen (River Breitbach) of Iowa City, Songbird Bethann (Bethann Gavin) and Zaplin Vermie of Iowa City,...

Posted by Tim Gavin | Sep 21, 2011

The Wandering Bears will play this Saturday, Sept. 24, at the Mill, sharing a fantastic bill with Iowa City's Datagun and opening for Caroline Smith & the Goodnight Sleeps. The...

Posted by Tim Gavin | Sep 14, 2011

I attended the Fez's breakout debut in April, and have rarely been so blown away, so surprised and impressed by a musical experience. Steely Dan's music is epic, and The...