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Album Review: Colleen — Vol. 1

Colleen Vol. 1 soundcloud.com/colleenband/sets/vol-1 Colleen is a Cedar Rapids-based husband and wife duo that delivers a beautiful, often soaring mix of bombastic live percussion and electronics buoying silvery vocals. Heather and Tyler Stück built excitement over the past months by releasing two of the tracks as singles in the lead-up to their new 4-track EP, […]

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Album Review: TIRES — LP1

TIRES LP1 tires.bandcamp.com LP1 by TiresThe big, anthemic sound of Phil Young’s (the Wheelers) new instrumental project TIRES was inspired by the recent passing of his grandfather. “He was kinda a cranky old guy to me most of my life,” Young told me in online chat. “We were one of the only families that didn’t […]

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Album Review: The Pines — Pasture II

The Pines Pasture II thepinesmusic.com During live shows the Pines will drop in traditional and cover songs, seemingly as much for their entertainment as for the audience. In 2015, they released an EP of some of these songs titled Pasture: Folk Songs, which included songs from Joe Price, Mance Lipscomb, Iris Dement and Greg Brown. […]

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Album Review: King of the Tramps — Cumplir con el Diablo

King of the Tramps Cumplir con el Diablo kingofthetramps.com Cumplir con el Diablo by King Of The Tramps Amidst the storm of internet reaction the day after the elections last month, I received an email from Todd Partridge, frontman for Auburn, Iowa band King of the Tramps, with the download for their latest album. He […]

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Cedar Rapids welcomes a new record store to New Bo

Cedar Rapids recently got its first new independent record store since CD Warehouse closed in 2007. Named Analog Vault, it’s in a former bank located in the heart of the thriving New Bohemia area. In the weeks leading up to its Oct. 28 grand opening, word-of-mouth spread the news among the vinyl record addicts in […]

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Album Review: SIRES — Soul For Sale

SIRES Soul For Sale dsandn.com Dylan Sires is a sellout. Or, at least that is what he wants you to believe. After a few years slugging it out as Dylan Sires and Neighbors, the Waterloo three-piece with a penchant for ’50s and ’60s rock and pop is laying all their cards on the table with […]

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New Video: Chrash premieres ‘Didn’t We Have History Together?’

Quad Cities trio Chrash premieres a video today with the tune that wrapped up its latest album of songs about things frontman Chris Bernat’s friends say: the catchy, chugging, uptempo “Didn’t We Have History Together?” “It was picked for its ambiguous title,” Bernat says. “‘Didn’t we have history together,’ it asks, as if to say, […]

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Album Review: Chrash — Things My Friends Say

Chrash Things My Friends Say www.cartoucherecords.com/chrash Chrash is a Quad Cities trio made up of Kim Murray and Paul Bloomquist from the Winter Blanket, and Chris Bernat from ’90s alternative rock band Tripmaster Monkey (who enjoyed a brief moment in the sun when they were signed to Sire Records). Chrash (pronounced “Crash”) had four releases […]

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Interview: Ray Wylie Hubbard on storytelling and second chances

Ray Wylie Hubbard The Mill — Sunday, Sept. 18 at 7 p.m. Ray Wylie Hubbard is a Texas singer and songwriter probably best known for penning the song “Up Against The Wall Redneck Mother,” made famous by Jerry Jeff Walker. That song represents a different time for Hubbard — one before he reclaimed his music, […]

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Exploring music venue Codfish Hollow Barnstormers ahead of its first festival

GARP Codfish Hollow Barnstormers — Friday, Sept. 9-11 In 2009, Sean Moeller of Daytrotter had the idea of bringing his favorite up-and-coming bands to barns in the Midwest (initially) as a kind of a road show, similar to the “Caravan of Stars” tours of the early 1960s. The Daytrotter Barnstormers brought notable bands like Dawes, […]

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Album Review: Bo Ramsey — Wildwood Calling

Bo Ramsey Wildwood Calling www.boramsey.com There is an adage in guitar circles that says, “Tone is in the hands.” In other words, the unique sound of a guitarist comes from how they play and not the gear they use. Nowhere is this more evident than with Bo Ramsey’s very distinctive guitar tone and sound — […]

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Album Review: Devin Frank — The Vanishing Blues

Devin Frank The Vanishing Blues www.facebook.com/thevanishingblues Poison Control Center’s hiatus in 2011 gave Devin Frank time to explore new projects. He formed Mantis Pincers with Jordan Mayland and Eric Moffitt of Volcano Boys and released one cassette. He moved to Columbia, MO in 2012 and, while writing a bunch of songs and demos, he joined […]

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