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Back in August, we previewed several albums that would be headed our way in the coming months that we were especially looking forward to. Of course, it's impossible to list everything, and something always comes along that wasn't on our radar immediately, but catches our ears in a big way. This happened several times last month, and nothing makes us happier! Here's a few of our favorite albums from September. Angel Olsen - My Woman Angel Olsen has collaborated in the past with Bonnie "Prince"...

In this episode of IPR Studio One's "Java Blend," Iowa City singer-songwriter Elizabeth Moen shows off her dynamic vocals and heartfelt songwriting at The Java House in downtown Iowa City. Download the podcast below to hear Java Blend host Ben Kieffer chat with Liz about her writing process, the family she has found in the Iowa City music scene, and the new tracks Liz is working on.

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Schmilco ​ is the tenth studio album from the Chicago-based band Wilco. Wilco began in 1994, rising from the ashes of the alternative country band, Uncle Tupelo. There have been several personnel changes along the way, with frontman Jeff Tweedy and bassist John Stirratt the only original members still in the lineup. Alt-country remains a part of Wilco's sound, but they have ventured far beyond that description over the course of their career, with a definite adventurous and experimental side...

On Friday, September 30th, Midwestern bluegrass group The Matchsellers will perform on IPR Studio One's "Java Blend." Stop by The Java House in downtown Iowa City at 2 P.M. to hear Java Blend host Ben Kieffer chat with the duo and listen to tunes off the group's new album, Songs We Made Up.

In this episode of IPR Studio One's Java Blend, host Ben Kieffer chats with Des Moines singer-songwriter Christopher the Conquered. Tune in to the downloadable podcast below for a taste of Christopher's catchy melodies, soulful vocals and tasteful piano playing, showcased in tunes off his new record, I'm Giving Up on Rock 'n' Roll .

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Angel Olsen was born in St. Louis, lived for a time in Chicago, and currently resides in Asheville, North Carolina. She has recorded and toured with Bonnie "Prince" Billy as a backing singer, and has been releasing her own music since 2010. Olsen's first two albums were put out as cassette tapes, a format she is fond of, and still uses herself since her car has only a cassette player (and a radio, one assumes.) Her new album MY WOMAN is her second for the respected indie label Jagjaguwar, and...

On this special taping of IPR Studio One's Java Blend, David Zollo and William Elliott Whitmore, both fixtures of Iowa's music scene, will perform at Terry Trueblood Recreational Center as part of IPR's Great Iowa Potluck, on Wednesday, September 21. At 7 P.M., Zollo and Whitmore will join Java Blend host Ben Kieffer for a sunset performance. Stop by to hear the music that has put the artists on the map, as well as news on the pair's new joint project, Middle Western .

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Innocence Reaches is the 14th album from Of Montreal, the band founded by songwriter and frontman Kevin Barnes twenty years ago in Athens, Georgia. It doesn't seem like Of Montreal has been around for two whole decades, and that's due in part to the fact that there is no other band quite like this one. Barnes named his group after a woman he had been in a releationship with who was "of Montreal." Many players have come and gone through the ranks of the band over the years, but the psychedelic...

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Ryan Stier performed a solo Extravision set for Studio One Tracks on Sept. 11, opening for Margaret Glaspy at Octopus on College Hill in Cedar Falls. The Des Moines-based songwriter, vocalist and guitarist played songs from Extravison's two recent EPs. Stier's songs have been accurately described as "psychfolk." You can listen to Extravision's set right here!

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Brooklyn-based Sharon Jones and her longtime backing group The Dap-Kings (along with other artists on their Brooklyn label, Daptone Records) have a lot to do with the soul revival of recent years. Miss Sharon Jones! is a new documentary film, telling the story of the singer's 2013 battle with cancer, and her triumphant return to the stage around the time of the 2014 release of the Grammy-nominated album Give The People What They Want. The soundtrack album of the film is our Featured...

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On Sunday, Sept. 11, Margaret Glaspy is making a stop in Cedar Falls at Octopus College Hill, and we’ll be broadcasting the show live on Studio One Tracks. Margaret Glaspy is a 27-year-old indie folk-rock singer-songwriter based out of Brooklyn, New York. Her debut critically-acclaimed album, Emotions and Math, was just released in early June after previously releasing a few EPs, and since she has been featured on NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert and in magazines like The New Yorker . She is best...

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Freetown Sound , the new album from Blood Orange, is named after Freetown, Sierra Leone. The talented songwriter, producer, multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Devonte Hynes records and performs as Blood Orange, and Freetown is where his father was born. Hynes himself was born in London, where he began his music career as a part of the edgy punk-dance group Test Icicles. He moved to New York City in 2007, and began releasing music as Lightspeed Champion. By late 2009, he was Blood Orange....

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Singer-songwriter Liz Moen played two generous sets for Studio One Tracks on Sept. 1. We were broadcasting live from the Des Moines Social Club, and the audience was treated to Moen's impressive voice and solid guitar playing. As a songwriter, she draws on her experiences living and working in Iowa City to inform many of her songs. In addition to songs from her self-titled debut release, Moen also played some new songs she's written, plus some well-chosen covers. Enjoy these sets from Liz Moen!

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It's easy to see why Portland, Oregon could be regarded as the epicenter of indie rock. The list of noteworthy bands that have come out of that town is a long one, and the quality of the music released continues to be strong. Ages And Ages formed in 2009, with members drawn from the Portland music community. They released their first album in 2011, and many (including the band) were surprised to find that President Barack Obama had included their song "No Nostalgia" on his 2012 reelection...

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IPR's Studio One team returns to the Des Moines Social Club on September 1st to resume our series of live broadcasts. We've got a great slate of artists scheduled to perform over the next several months, beginning in September with Elizabeth Moen ! Based in Iowa City, Elizabeth Moen has joined us before at the Social Club, performing with Annalibera during IPR's collaboration with the Iowa Music Project. Her music has also been heard on both Studio One Tracks and Gas Money, Studio One's local...

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The Canadian band Hot Hot Heat's new album is self-titled, seemingly as a way to underline the fact that this is their final release, and perhaps a summing up of their career. The group formed in British Columbia in 1999, and were off to a solid start with Chris Walla of Death Cab For Cutie producing a few of their early tracks, and the respected indie label Sub Pop releasing their first EP and full-length album. Hot Hot Heat started out as a noisy electropunk band. Over time their sound...

Airing originally in December of 2014, this encore episode of IPR Studio One's "Java Blend" features Celtic-Soul group Switchback. Tune in below to hear the group showcase their uniquely Midwestern sound and learn about their creative process.

In this encore episode of IPR Studio One's "Java Blend," originally aired in December of 2015, host Ben Kieffer chats with Greg Klyma. Listen in below for songs that will make you laugh and sing.

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We add new music to our library at Studio One almost every week, and we're getting ready to enter one of the busiest times of year for new releases. Here are 12 albums coming in the next two months from some high-profile artists that we're especially excited about, and that you can pretty much count on hearing on Studio One Tracks. (Some of the songs included below include language that some listeners may find objectionable.) Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds - Skeleton Tree - September 9th...

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J Mascis (guitar, vocals), Lou Barlow (bass, vocals), and drummer Murph formed Dinosaur in Amherst, Massachusetts in 1984. After a couple of albums were released, a group called Dinosaurs, comprised of veterans of some of the most notable San Francisco bands of the 1960's, sued the younger Dinosaur over the use of the name. Thus they became Dinosaur Jr., with more years of the typical rock band ups and downs ahead of them. In 1997, with Mascis the only remaining original member, the group...

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The Minneapolis-based band We Are The Willows stopped by IPR's Cedar Falls studios recently to play songs from their album Picture (Portrait) , and to talk about the unique lyrical inspiration for this music. It's a fascinating story, and We Are The Willows skillfully deliver the heartfelt songs written by frontman Peter Miller. Have a listen to their set, right here!

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Kathleen Hanna has very solid indie rock credentials. She fronted the 1990's feminist punk band Bikini Kill, a group that is credited with creating the Riot Grrl movement. Fans responded to Hanna's punk zine writing, the lyrics of the songs and Bikini Kill's uncompromising attitude and energy as a live band. Hanna went on to form Le Tigre later in the '90s. Also, she's married to Adam Horovitz (Ad-Rock) of the Beastie Boys. Hanna recorded a lo-fi solo album as Julie Ruin in 1998 when she was...

In this encore episode of IPR Studio One's "Java Blend," host Ben Kieffer chats with the activist-rock group the Muckrockers. Tune in below to hear the group's mission themed lyrics, set to a backdrop of catchy melodies.

Local roots rock group The Mayflies join IPR Studio One's "Java Blend" in this special encore broadcast. Lend an ear to the downloadable podcast below to hear "Java Blend" host Ben Kieffer talk with the group- and to listen to the pickin' and grinnin' style of The Mayflies.

In this summer encore podcast of IPR Studio One's "Java Blend," Indianapolis rock band Hero Jr. strip down their sound for an intimate, acoustic set. Download the podcast, originally aired on November 8, 2014, to hear "Java Blend" host Ben Kieffer learn about the band's then-brand new record, "Mixed Race Indiana Marriage."

In this encore episode of IPR Studio One's "Java Blend," host Ben Kieffer welcomes Des Moines indie-reggae group Mighty Shady to the Java Blend stage. Download the podcast, which first aired on October 25, 2014, to bring Mighty Shady's grooves wherever you go.

In this special encore episode of IPR Studio One's "Java Blend," Iowa City blues-rock icon David Zollo and his band, the Body Electric, stop by The Java House for a boogie-woogie filled afternoon. Download the podcast below to hear "Java Blend" host Ben Kieffer catch up with Zollo. This podcast originally aired on October 18, 2014.

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The Avett Brothers formed at the turn of the century in Mount Pleasant, North Carolina, with a lineup that has remained constant to this day. Brothers Scott Avett (banjo and vocals) and Seth Avett (guitar and vocals), along with Joe Kwon (cello) and Bob Crawford (double bass), are the core band. The group is joined by additional members when they are on tour, and The Avett Brothers have the reputation of being a great high-energy live band. True Sadness is their ninth studio album, with Rick...

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Identical twin sisters Tegan Rain Quin and Sara Keirsten Quin began their musical partnership in Calgary, Alberta in 1995. They began writing songs and playing guitars together (and also recording themselves) while still in high school. Tegan and Sara's official debut album was released in 1999, and Love You To Death is their eighth full-length studio release. Greg Kurstin produced, and he also plays guitar, bass, keyboards and drums throughout the duo's new record. Kurstin also...

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