St. Louis’ Foxing heads to Iowa City

St. Louis' Foxing

Foxing Gabe’s — Saturday, Mar. 5 at 6:30 p.m. “Foxing is a band,” the bio on the St. Louis-based group’s Bandcamp page asserts. “Someday Foxing won’t be a band.” This graceful impermanence permeates the band’s ethos — from their name (taken from a term for the way that brown spots appear on, and eventually obfuscate, […]

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‘Last of the Good Straight Girls’ tour stops at CSPS

Susan Werner CSPS — Saturday, Nov. 14 at 8 p.m. Longtime fans of Susan Werner rejoice! The Iowa-native folk musician stops through CSPS in Cedar Rapids this Saturday, Nov. 14 while on a 20th anniversary tour for her album, Last of the Good Straight Girls. This album — produced by long-time Lou Reed collaborator Fernando […]

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Lineup: Landfall Festival of World Music returns to Cedar Rapids, adds a few Des Moines shows

Musicians from around the world will descend upon Iowa for the eighth annual Landfall Festival of World Music Sept. 15 – 19 at various venues in Cedar Rapids and even a few in Des Moines (a new expansion for the festival). This year’s event will feature music from Poland, Republic of Georgia, Morocco, Ethiopia, Israel, […]

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Mumford and Sons bring music festival to Waverly, IA

Gentlemen of the Road Music Festival Wartburg College, Waverley, Iowa — Friday, June 19 through Saturday, June 20 With the help of three-time Grammy award winners Mumford and Sons, the small town of Waverly, Iowa, is expected to triple in size this weekend: Saturday, June 20, the five piece, folk-rock band will be headlining the […]

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Rory Block to visit CSPS Hall Saturday

Rory Block

Rory Block did not start out playing the blues. Growing up in New York City’s Greenwich Village during the rise of folk in the 1960s, Block started out by playing classical guitar. Her path changed when, at age 14, she met guitarist Stefan Grossman who introduced her to Mississippi Delta blues. Block quickly grew fond of the style and focused her life on the music. She left home to find the major players of the style — legends like Mississippi John Hurt, Reverend Gary Davis and Son House — and further hone her craft. […]

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Interview: Christopher the Conquered talks current projects and upcoming Eastern Iowa shows

Chris the Conquered

Central Iowa staple Chris Ford (a.k.a. Christopher the Conquered) has a couple of shows scheduled for Eastern Iowa in the next week, one this Sunday at The Mill… […]

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Maximum Ames Music Fest announces lineup details

Maximum Ames Music Festival

The Maximum Ames Music Festival (MAMF) is returning this fall for its third year, and festival organizers have just announced the first lineup details. Ames isn’t exactly local, but just take a look at that lineup! MAMF is not only bringing in a number of excellent national talents like Murder by Death, Meat Puppets and […]

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Supersonic Piss says goodbye: Two shows remaining

Supersonic Piss -- Photo by Adrianne Behning

Supersonic Piss lead singer Paige Harwell has updated the SSP blog with the details of the band’s decision to throw in the sweat-drenched towel and, I guess, call it a … whiz? Sorry. “Read it,” the vocalist/IC DIY tastemaker says on Facebook, “Have a cry, and come to our show.” […]

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Listening at Night: An Interview with Brandon Summers of The Helio Sequence

On November 7, The Helio Sequence, a Portland-based indie pop band, will be playing at The Mill. The duo of Brandon Summers and Benjamin Weikel recently released their fifth album Negotiations on Sub Pop. I got an opportunity to catch up with Summers before The Helio Sequence starts their fall tour to discuss various music […]

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