Currently based out of Iowa City, the prolific singer-songwriter Brooks Strause, stopped by our Cedar Falls studios for a live performance on November 13. Brooks played a variety of songs from both his early and current releases. He also shared some details about his most recent LP, Renaissance Beast, as well as some of his forthcoming projects, which includes an opera. You can listen to the live set below.
Cedar Falls folk-punk trio, Peas and Carrot stopped by Studio One for a live performance Tuesday night. Consisting of Audrey Robinson on vocals and guitar, Walt Goodknight on bass, and Nathan Lantz on drums, the trio played several songs from their debut EP Big Girl Shoes—plus Audrey had some interesting things to say about the band’s name. If you missed Peas and Carrot the first time around or would like to hear them again, you can do so by clicking on the audio below.
If you don't already know Jack Klatt, he's a rambling, roving troubadour-type folk singer who made an appearance on IPR Studio One's "Java Blend" earlier this year. Klatt was born and raised in Michigan's Mississippi River Valley, but his true story telling talent comes from his travels.
If you're a fan of live music, or a performing musician, you might not think of a stranger's living room as a good choice for a performance venue. But that's exactly what's been happening in one Cedar Falls home for about six years.
Since 2008, Cedar Valley House Concerts has provided traveling singer-songwriters with a place to perform, along with a warm bed, an opportunity to do laundry, and other comforts that artists often miss while on tour. Open to the public, guests are asked for a small donation that goes directly to the artist, plus a side dish or snack to share.
Bazaar is the second album from the Portland, Oregon band Wampire. Childhood friends, songwriters and multi-instrumentalists Rocky Tinder and Eric Phipps honed their sound playing house parties in Portland as a duo. Their band name is said to originate from the way that Phipps' goth friends from Germany pronounced "vampire." After their debut album was released in the spring of 2013, Wampire expanded to a five-piece band and toured extensively. Now comes the new record, Bazaar, with nine tracks of state-of-the-art indie rock!
You may recognize some of Iowa City-based Jack Lion's members from another local band, Slip Silo. But, it's not just their name that has changed.
Jack Lion’s members unearth the early ’00s interest in connections between jazz and electronic music and refashion it for this current era. Striking a balance between jazz composition, down-tempo break-beats, and hazy atmospherics they have made their mark as one of Iowa City’s headiest and most adventurous bands.
Rips is the debut album from the Washington, D.C. trio Ex Hex. They have been described as a "power trio" with members that all happen to be women. Mary Timony, known for her work in the bands Wild Flag and Helium, is the guitarist and lead vocalist in Ex Hex. Laura Harris plays drums, and Betsy Wright is on bass. Rips, released on the well-regarded indie label Merge Records, is catchy and melodic with big guitars and power pop vocals.
When it comes to compiling a Halloween playlist, there are the staples like Michael Jackson’s “Thriller,” and “The Monster Mash” sung by the theatrical Bobby Boris Pickett. Oddly enough the 60s and 80s created a lot of the music that has ended up being played at nearly every Halloween event, but then every decade has produced some uncanny tracks. And for inspiration we’ve brewed up a short list of some of our favorites to spice up your Halloween festivities.
The High Crest is the Des Moines-based duo of Aaron Earl Short and Kat Darling. They brought their self-described "Folk & Roll" music to IPR's Cedar Falls studios for a heartfelt live set on Oct. 27. Playing songs from their brand new 24-track double album Gone, as well as their self-titled debut album and more, The High Crest engaged the studio audience with their music of trials and hope. Have a listen!
Canadian musician and composer Dan Snaith began recording his music as Manitoba around the turn of the century, but for legal reasons later changed his stage name to Caribou. Inspired by psychedelia and electronica, Caribou has become known for creative compositions and arrangements, as well as experimental production. In recent years, Caribou's music has retained those qualities, but also become more danceable. That trend continues on the sixth studio album, Our Love.
The Iowa band King of The Tramps played a live set for Studio One on Oct. 21. Their performance included songs from their third album, Joyful Noise. That title and the band's own description of their music as "whiskey gospel" turned out to be apt descriptions of celebratory audience engagement and a raucous good time! Listen to what I mean right here!
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If you're a follower of the Midwestern indie music world (or of American roots music generally) you might be forgiven for thinking David Zollo has been around forever. The truth is, it just seems that way.
The Studio One Featured Release this week is Black Moon Spell, the new album from King Tuff. Band members are Kyle Thomas (also known as King Tuff) on guitar and vocals, with Magic Jake on bass, and Garett Goddard on drums. King Tuff is from Vermont, and they record for the venerable indie label Sub Pop Records. Black Moon Spell is their third full length album. In describing their sound, King Tuff says "We make rock roll." 'Nuff said!
Project Trio were in Iowa recently for a performance schedule that included being a part of WCF Symphony's season opening concert on Oct. 11. The Brooklyn, NY three-piece also stopped by IPR's Studio One for music and conversation. Project Trio (Greg Pattillo on flute, Peter Seymour on bass, Eric Stephenson on cello) delightfully blur the edges of musical genres, as you can hear right here!
The Des Moines-based band Mighty Shady played a tight, energetic live set for Studio One on Monday, Oct. 13. The five-piece Mighty Shady combine rock, reggae, funk and more to create their own signature sound, as heard on their new album Double Think. Have a listen to Mighty Shady, live on Studio One!