Studio One

Chvrches (pronounced "churches") are a Scottish synthpop band from Glasgow, formed in 2011.  The group consists of Lauren Mayberry (lead vocals, synthesizers and samplers), Iain Cook (synthesizers, guitar, bass, vocals) and Martin Doherty (synthesizers, samplers, vocals).   The Bones Of What You Believe is their debut album, following an EP released earlier this year.  The record's title refers to the raw "creativity and effort" that served as the skeleton for the album, according to lead singer Lauren Mayberry.

Photo courtesy of William Elliott Whitmore

Every Sunday afternoon from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m., The Folk Tree examines the various roots and branches of traditional and acoustic music.  Join us this Sunday, October 13, when the show includes exclusive Iowa Public Radio recordings of earthy singer-songwriter William Elliott Whitmore and bluegrass from Mr. Baber's Neighbors.  You'll also hear from new releases by the Vinegar Creek Constituency and Robin and Linda Williams, and old favorites Dave Van Ronk and the Bothy Band.

Elvis Costello met The Roots as a result of being a guest performer on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, where The Roots have been the house band since the program premiered in 2009.  ?uestlove and the other members of the band have a rich history of musical collaboration, as does Costello.   His lyrical prowess meets their solid grooves, and the result is the new record Wise Up Ghost.

The Glasgow, Scotland based band Franz Ferdinand formed in 2002, with band members Alex Kapranos (lead vocals and guitar), Bob Hardy (bass guitar), Nick McCarthy (rhythm guitar, keyboards and backing vocals) and Paul Thomson (drums, percussion and backing vocals).  Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action is their fourth studio album.  Kapranos has described the record as dealing with "the idea of the cynic's search for optimism and the skeptic's search for a manual."

Pieta Brown is a familiar voice for Iowa Public Radio listeners.  Her latest project is a duo with Australian singer-songwriter Lucie Thorne, performing under the name Love Over Gold.  Love Over Gold will play live in Iowa Public Radio's Studio One in Cedar Falls on Sunday, Sept.

Tune in Saturday, Sept. 28 beginning at 7:00 pm for our live broadcast of the British band Et Tu Bruce, followed by the legendary British group The Zombies.  Both bands are performing at the Ames City Auditorium as part of this week's Maximum Ames Music Festival.  The Zombies are known for such classic hits as "She's Not There" and "Time Of The Season."  The group includes founding members Colin Blunstone and Rod Argent.

Ty Segall began his career as a musician in various underground bands in the San Francisco Bay area.  He began releasing solo projects in 2008.  Since then, he has already released eight solo albums (the first two were on cassette).  The new release, Sleeper, features primarily acoustic psychedelic folk compositions.  It's being called Segall's most focused album to date.

Negativity is the fifth full-length release from the Providence, Rhode Island-based band Deer Tick.  The band includes frontman and chief songwriter John McCauley, guitarist Ian O'Neil, bassist Christopher Dale Ryan, keyboardist Rob Crowell and drummer Dennis Ryan.  Negativity is McCauley's most personal work thus far, and was recorded earlier this year in Portland, Oregon with legendary producer Steve Berlin.

Ernest Greene records and performs as Washed Out.  On his second full-length record Paracosm, he takes the dreamlike, otherworldly atmospheres of his music further by adding a variety of old keyboards to his sonic palette of computers and synths.  Greene and his wife Blair (who plays in the Washed Out live band) recently relocated from Atlanta to a house outside Athens, Georgia.  Escaping is a theme on Paracosm.  The title refers to a phenomenon in which people create detailed imaginary worlds.

Join us this Sunday between 1:00 and 5:00 p.m. for The Folk Tree, a blend of roots-based music both traditional and modern, acoustic and electric.  Each week, we share some of Iowa Public Radio's  exclusive live recordings made at various venues around the state.  This week, we'll hear the Irish band Danu, recording live in Ames, and Radoslav Lorkovic from the 2010 Iowa Arts Festival in Iowa City.  We've also got music on tap from Brooks Williams, Tim O'Brien and Darrell Scott, the Deadly Gentlemen, and Altan.

TV On The Radio Exclusive Listen

Aug 27, 2013
Courtesy of the artist

This morning, public radio stations across the country premiered genre-bending rock band TV On The Radio's new single, "Million Miles." It's the group's second single from a yet-to-be-titled fifth studio album, due for release sometime soon on producer Dave Sitek's own record label, Federal Prism. It will be TV On The Radio's first album since parting ways with Interscope Records, which released the group's prior three albums.

Singer-songwriter Daughn Gibson was born in Pennsylvania (as Josh Martin).  His new album, Me Moan, is his first for the Sub Pop label, and his second full-length release overall.  Gibson combines country and classic Americana styles with synths and electronic sounds.  The result has garnered Gibson critical acclaim for his originality.

This week on The Folk Tree, join us for exclusive Iowa Public Radio recordings of Iowa native Susan Werner (now based in Chicago, and known around the world), from the Oster Regent Theater in Cedar Falls; and jazzy blues, or perhaps bluesy jazz, from The Hot Club of Davenport, recorded live at Muddy Waters in Bettendorf.

We'll also hear music from Peter Mayer, Claudia Schmidt, Jean Ritchie, and the Old Crow Medicine Show, among others.

Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros formed in Los Angeles in 2007.  Lead vocalist Alex Ebert leads the band, with a  revolving lineup of up to 12 people.  The musical collective began as a collaboration between Ebert and singer Jade Castrinos.  The band's name and Ebert's live persona are based on a messianic figure named Edward Sharpe, from a story he wrote.  The band's sound has elements of folk, gospel, roots rock and psychedelic music.  Their third release is self-titled, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros.



This Saturday, Dec. 28, at 2 PM, we'll broadcast a recent performance by EmJay on IPR Studio One's "Java Blend."

This week on The Folk Tree, join us for exclusive Iowa Public Radio recordings of award-winning Des Moines-based singer-songwriter Mary McAdams, from the 2010 Iowa Women's Music Festival, and Iowa City acoustic roots band Red Rock Hill, recorded live last August in our own Studio One in Cedar Falls.

We'll also hear music from new releases by Tom Paxton, the Wild Ponies, and the Barn Birds, and old favorites from the Battlefied Band and Mary Flower.

Love Over Gold

This Saturday, Dec. 21, at 2 PM, we'll broadcast a recent performance by Love Over Gold on IPR Studio One's "Java Blend."

Ben Kieffer will chat with founding members Lucy Thorne and Pieta Brown throughout the broadcast to find out more about their new band.


This Saturday, Dec. 14, at 2 PM, we'll broadcast a recent performance by Hipknosis on IPR Studio One's "Java Blend."

Ben Kieffer will chat with the artists throughout the broadcast to find out more about their return to touring.

The Future Laureates

This Saturday, Nov. 30, at 2 PM, we'll broadcast a recent performance by The Future Laureates on IPR Studio One's "Java Blend."

Gogol Bordello is a Gypsy punk band from the Lower East Side of Manhattan, formed in 1999 and known for persistent touring and theatrical stage shows.  Much of the band's sound is inspired by Gypsy music.  Gogol Bordello incorporates accordion and violin along with the punk and dub reggae elements of their music.  The new album, Pura Vida Conspiracy, is their first in three years, and was recorded in El Paso, Texas. 

Ryne Doughty
Ryne Doughty

  This Saturday, Nov. 23, at 2 PM, we'll broadcast a recent performance by Ryne Doughty on IPR Studio One's "Java Blend."

The Candymakers

This Saturday, Nov. 13, at 2 PM IPR Studio One's Java Blend presents an encore performance from 2012 by The Candymakers recorded at The Redstone Room in Davenport. 

The Candymakers are a blues band with the traditions of old-school R&B, funk and soul. This young band offers a sound that is contemporary, yet keeps the essence of music past. Though the band is known for its soulful male and female vocalists, it is anchored by the collaborative genius of its blues driven guitarist, funky rhythm section and sultry horns.

Aubrey Boonstra

This Saturday, Nov. 9, at 2 PM, we'll broadcast a recent performance by Dick Prall on IPR Studio One's "Java Blend."

Ben Kieffer will chat with the artist throughout the broadcast to find out more about his latest project with Wilco's Pat Sansone. 

The Ericksons
Photo courtesy of the artist.

  This Saturday, Nov. 2, at 2 PM, we'll broadcast a recent performance by The Ericksons on IPR Studio One's "Java Blend."

Song Premiere: The Avett Brothers, 'Another is Waiting'

Aug 8, 2013
Courtesy of the Artist.

It hasn't even been 11 full months since released The Carpenter, the North Carolina band's most recent collection of poignant and infectious, bluegrass-inflected folk-rock. And, given the lengthy touring cycle that each major album release generally spawns - the Avetts of last month's Newport Folk Festival with songs from The Carpenter - fans had no reason to expect new music this year.

Soft Will is the third album from the Chicago band Smith Westerns.  The band was formed in 2007 by Max Kakacek and Cullen Omori, who at the time were students at Chicago's Northside College Preparatory School.  Cameron Omori, Cullen's brother, soon joined on bass.  The current drummer in the Smith Westerns is Julien Ehrlich.  Originally inspired by 1960's garage rock, Smith Westerns continue to refine their melodic indie rock sound on Soft Will.

Briar Rabbit
Cynthia Hunt and James Green

This Saturday, Oct. 12, at 2 PM, we'll broadcast a recent performance by Briar Rabbit on "Java Blend."

Dessa Parts of Speech
Doomtree Records

 This Saturday at 2 PM, we'll broadcast a recent performance by Dessa on "Java Blend."

 This Saturday at 2 PM, we'll broadcast a recent performance by The Parish Festival on "Java Blend."

This Saturday at 2 PM, we'll broadcast a recent performance by Raldo Schneider on "Java Blend."