Abbie Sawyer (formerly of the Diplomats of Solid Sound) is the lead singer of Iowa City band Bermuda Report. Abbie left the Diplomats in 2008 to pursue a Master’s program in New Zealand. She came back home and in May of this year started working with the band that would become Bermuda Report. Supporting Sawyer in Bermuda Report are Paul Kresowik (from the Diplomats and his own band Local Clamor) on drums, Billy LeGrand (in Local Clamor with Kresowik) on guitars, Jeremiah Murphy (OSG Band, Public Property) on bass and Nick Leo (Brooks Strause & the Gory Details, Salsa Vibe) on Hammond B5 and Rhodes. […]
Natalie Brown is an Eastern Iowa music staple–playing violin/fiddle in a number of notable bands in the area including The Trollies, with Nikki Lunden, The Mayflies and with local guitar legend Craig Erickson in their latest jamband Planet Pluto. She is classically-trained and holds a degree in violin performance, a master’s in music education and […]
You might be familiar with Katharine Ruestow as one of the Diplomettes–the female vocal duo that fronts the Iowa City Soul and R&B group The Diplomats of Solid Sound–or as part of Iowa City band New Beat Society, which gigged around town in 2005 and 2006 and released one EP, Bare Essentials. Ruestow’s self-titled solo […]
85 Decibel Monks is the production team of Iowa City hip-hip producers Tack-Fu, The Chaircrusher and drumk. Reel-to-Real is their latest release and the third under this name since 2000. To make the album, Tack sorted through a sizable archive of work amassed over fourteen years. Still, consumed in one sitting, the collection of tracks is surprisingly even.
The Iowa City purveyors of retro rhythm and blues are back with a new slab of wax–their fifth since 2001 and their second since they added those sassy sirens of soul, The Diplomettes (lead vocalists Sarah Cram and Katharine Ruestow).
Iowa City musician Keith Lynch has released seven albums and two collections of unreleased songs since 2002 as Unknown Component. His latest effort, The Infinite Definitive (releases 10/12) continues the one-man-band approach Lynch has been perfecting since the beginning.