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Chicago musician and songwriter Ezra Furman began his career with the band Ezra Furman and the Harpoons.  They formed at Tufts University (near Boston) in 2006, and had a run that included three albums.  In 2012, Furman raised money through Kickstarter to record and self-release his first solo album.  He signed to a label and received great critical acclaim for his second album, particularly in the UK.  With album number three, Perpetual Motion People, Furman is really hitting his stride.

In this encore episode of IPR Studio One's "Java Blend," host Ben Kieffer talks with Iowa's own country artist Chad Elliot. 

Listen to the hour long podcast for tracks off his album So Sang the Crow.

Bad Love is the third full-length album from the British indie-pop duo Summer Camp.  In addition to those three, the band also released a film soundtrack album last year for the teen movie documentary Beyond Clueless.  Multi-instrumentalist Jeremy Warmsley and vocalist Elizabeth Sankey are a married couple, and formed Summer Camp in October, 2009.  Although lyrically a bit dark, their music is influenced by 1960s girl groups and 1980s synth pop.  It qualifies as fine summertime listening!  

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With the 80/35  Music Festival behind us for another year, some Iowa music fans may now be wondering, "Okay, what's next?" We're here to help! In this latest edition of the B-Side podcast, the Studio One team is joined by IPR's Lindsey Moon to talk about upcoming music festivals that are on our radar. And, as always, we want to hear from you! What festivals are you excited about? What festivals did we miss that we should know about? What advice do you have for festival attendees? Thanks!

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The Des Moines independent hip hop group prettygirlhatemachine re-energized the IPR Stage Saturday afternoon!  Unfortunately, IPR's videographer had gone to offload video from previous performances and couldn't get back in time for their set.  However, we do have the audio- enjoy!

In this encore episode of IPR Studio One's "Java Blend," host Ben Kieffer talks with Manchester, Iowa native Susan Werner, whose widely varied musical style is steeped in all things Iowa. 

Listen in below for tracks off her album Hayseed. 

Matt Anderson

Hello Studio One Readers,

This coming weekend I will be attending the 2015 Pitchfork Music Festival in Chicago for the first time. I will be documenting my first-timers' experience into a narrative podcast with my good friend and fellow music junkie, Jonathan Smith. I'm expecting the weekend to be insane, funny, stressful and joyous all at the same time.


We were joined early on Friday night at our free stage by Anna Gebhardt and Ryan Stier from the Des Moines band Annalibera, ahead of their amazing Saturday performance. The intimate setting was a terrific showcase for Anna's powerful vocals. We think you'll agree!


Iowa-based singer-songwriter Damon Dotson opened our stage weekend on Friday night, playing a great set before the festival technically began! How cool is that?


Having had Mighty Shady in both our Cedar Falls studios and on IPR's Java Blend, it felt right for them to perform on our 80/35 stage. They turned out to be a perfect choice to close out the stage on the first night of the festival, as they definitely got the crowd ready to party!


We have to admit, the Ames band Fuzzy Logic hadn't been on our radar before the festival. After this set, though, we're definitely wanting to hear more of those funky acoustic sounds!


We're still not sure how, but we managed to get all eight(!) members of the Minneapolis-based bluegrass band The Kind Country onto our stage AND stay on schedule! For many of the audience members who stopped by our stage over the weekend, this was a definite highlight of the festival.


The Studio One team has crossed paths with Minneapolis' Jon Wayne and the Pain before at 80/35, so this was a treat for us. The band had already played the Hy-Vee main stage earlier in the day, and played the official after party just a few hours later with the Jaden Carlson band!


Here's another example of how our stripped-down setting can bring new dimensions to music you may have already heard. As much as we LOVE the 12-piece (or more!) band Canby, lead vocalist/guitarist/songwriter Scott Yoshimura does pretty well by himself!


While some musicians had to make some adjustments to our stage, others were already perfectly suited to the intimate, stripped-down atmosphere. The Iowa-based husband and wife duo The High Crest definitely fell into the second category, and played a great set following their appearance at the Kum & Go stage.


Another band from Boulder, and veterans of IPR's Java Blend, Head For The Hills turned out to be the perfect band to wrap up our weekend. Even though the day was winding down, we still had a great crowd for this great bluegrass band!


Along with Jon Wayne and the Pain, Boulder, Colorado's Jaden Carlson Band also managed to fit us in between their main performance and the after party later that evening. This band definitely brought the funk, and more than anyone else at the festival, 15-year-old Jaden made it look easy with her incredible guitar playing.


"Stripped down" and "intimate" don't necessarily mean "laid-back" and "relaxing", as the Chicago band The Kickback showed us on Friday.

Less than 20 minutes after his amazing performance at the Nationwide free stage, Des Moines artist Christopher The Conquered rushed over to our stage and treated us to a couple of covers, along with the full, true story behind one of his newer songs.


Now based in Los Angeles, Boh Doran returned to her home state to play at 80/35 and gave a terrific performance. As you'd expect from the setting, her amazing voice was on full display.


From Iowa City, The Olympics played 80/35 for the first time, and by all accounts they played a great set at the Nationwide free stage. It was fun working with them again after their IPR appearance at the Des Moines Social Club in May!

British songwriter, guitarist and vocalist Richard Thompson began his recording career in 1967 with the revered folk-rock band Fairport Convention.  He has continued to record and tour throughout the world.  Still is officially his sixteenth studio record under his own name (including many great albums credited to Richard and Linda Thompson).  Thompson wanted to shake up his approach to making records this time out, so for the role of producer he sought out Wilco's Jeff Tweedy.  Tweedy was happy to oblige, and the album was recorded in Chicago at Wilco's The Loft studio.  


One of the most talked-about bands from any of the stages at 80/35 was Brazilian 2wins, from Cedar Falls. Between both of their electrifying sets at the festival, they've acquired many new fans!

With the launch of the new Iowa Public Radio Studio One 24-hour music stream and IPR app for iOS and Android this week, plus the annual 80/35 Festival in downtown Des Moines this weekend, it's a great time to be a music fan in Iowa!  The Studio One crew will be at 80/35 again this year- with bells on!  The IPR booth will be at the corner of 10th and Locust.  Please stop by and say hello, and take in some exclusive performances from many of the Iowa and national bands appearing on 80/35 stages this year.

In this encore episode of IPR Studio One's "Java Blend,"  join host Ben Kieffer as he catches up with Davenport's versatile jam band Firesale. 

Listen to their unique blend of ska, funk and rock below. of the artist

Two bands make up the collaborative project known as FFS.  Of those two, the Glasgow, Scotland group Franz Ferdinand is certainly the more well known.  The other part of the equation is Sparks- a "cult band" since the 1970's.  Brothers Ron and Russell Mael are the core members of Sparks.  Over the decades, they have achieved some success in Europe, but were generally thought of as "too weird" to make it in the US.  The times have caught up with their weirdness, but now they would probably be thought of as "too old."  Franz Ferdinand are fans of Sparks, and met them a few years ago.

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Finnders and Youngberg is a great Colorado-based bluegrass band with an Iowa connection. Guitarist and principal songwriter Mike Finnders hails from our state,  and so does bassist Erin Youngberg.  The band typically does a swing through Iowa each summer, and they stopped by Iowa Public Radio’s studios during their visit to play some music and chat with The Folk Tree host Karen Impola.   They’ve got gigs in Des Moines on July 1, Dubuque on July 2, and Iowa City on July 3, and you can find out more at

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Name: Clay Masters

Job: Morning Edition is weekdays from 5 to 9 on the Iowa Public Radio News Channel. I'm also a reporter spending a lot of time covering the Iowa Caucuses.

What was the very last thing you listened to today? Be honest!

I've been listening to My Morning Jacket's new record, "The Waterfall", on my 4 a.m. commute to work. I saw them play at The Ranch Bowl in Omaha 12 years ago and I've been hooked ever since. Every album they've put out has taken some getting used to...this one is finally sinking in. 

In this encore episode of IPR Studio One's "Java Blend," host Ben Kieffer chats with Minneapolis native and Doomtree member Dessa. 

Have a listen to Dessa's thought provoking hip hop below.

Django Django are often classified as an "art rock" band, which is appropriate since the band members met while attending Edinburgh College Of Art in Scotland.  The group itself formed in London in 2009.  Their new album, Born Under Saturn, is the follow-up to their 2012 debut full-length release.  That first album received widespread critical acclaim, plus it was nominated for the 2012 Mercury Prize (awarded annually for best album of the year in the UK).