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In this episode of IPR Studio One's "Java Blend," Iowa blues fixture Matt Woods wows a packed Java House with his versatile guitar work and powerful vocals. 

Listen in below to hear host Ben Kieffer chat with Woods about his impressive day job and the genesis of his latest release, "Sawdust and Gasoline."

The Syracuse, New York band Ra Ra Riot formed in early 2006, when they began playing at venues and house parties around the campus of Syracuse University.  Their high energy live shows attracted attention to the group, and soon they were opening for bands in New York City and touring the UK.  Ra Ra Riot's debut album came out in the summer of 2008.  Need Your Light is their fourth full-length record.  It's full of synthy hooks to grab you and get you out on the dance floor!

In this episode of IPR Studio One's "Java Blend," Cedar Falls native and Twin Cities transplant Ben Cook-Feltz catches up with host Ben Kieffer about turning 30, getting married, and more. 

Listen in below to hear all this plus tracks from Cook-Feltz new album, "She Doesn't Believe Me."

Dr. Dog formed in West Grove, Pennsylvania in 1999, and The Psychedelic Swamp is their ninth album.  However, in a way this record is their first, since this new release is a revamped version of Dr. Dog's unreleased debut album.  Scott McMicken (vocals & lead guitar) and  Toby Leaman (vocals & bass guitar) were college students at the turn of the millennium.  The story goes that writing and honing the songs that would eventually become The Psychedelic Swamp is what led the two to form Dr. Dog.

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The Iowa band The Soul Searchers played two crowd-pleasing sets for our live broadcast of Studio One Tracks on March 3, from The Basement venue of The Des Moines Social Club.  The four piece group, led by guitarist and vocalist Scott Eggleston, lived up to their reputation of presenting a tight blend of blues, rockabilly and surf music.  You can listen to the night's proceedings right here!   

In this episode of IPR Studio One's "Java Blend," Doug Collins' Receptionists are out, but Collins' acoustic treatment of his cleverly written songs proves just as pleasing. Listen in to host Ben Kieffer as he chats with Collins about dog sitting and papal miracles. 

Check out the podcast below for some tracks off of Doug Collins and the Receptionists' new release, "Complicated Compliments.

James Hunter began his career as a blue-eyed soul singer in the mid 1980's in his native England, using a stage name.  He was Howlin' Wilf in the trio Howlin' Wilf & The Veejays.  Van Morrison was a fan, and after The Veejays broke up, Hunter spent some time in Morrison's band before he started recording under his own name in 1996.  For the past couple of albums, the records have been credited to The James Hunter Six as a way for Hunter to acknowledge the contributions of his long-time backing musicians.  Hold On! is the first album for the band on Brooklyn's Daptone label.

On this episode of IPR Studio One's "Java Blend," Milwaukee singer-songwriter Jay Matthes joins host Ben Kieffer for a solo acoustic set.

Listen to the podcast below for some of Matthes' clever lyrics and award-winning vocals.

Eleanor Friedberger and her older brother Matthew Friedberger formed The Fiery Furnaces in the Chicago suburb of Oak Park in 2000.  Much of that band's music was inventive, creative and often weird (in a good way).  The Fiery Furnaces went on hiatus in 2011, and both siblings began making records under their own names.  While still a quirky lyricist with a distinctive vocal style, Eleanor Friedberger's songs have been more conventional on her solo records.  Perhaps it's maturity, or a newfound appreciation for traditional pop songcraft.

Hinterland Music Festival

The Hinterland Music Festival made its debut last year in St. Charles, IA, and was by all accounts a smashing success. Festival organizer Sam Summers is hoping for another successful festival in 2016, and they've got the lineup to do it! In this interview with IPR's Tony Dehner, Sam Summers discusses putting together the lineup for the Hinterland festival, and talks about camping, shuttle buses and other key parts of the Hinterland experience.

Let Me Get By is the third studio album, and fourth full-length release overall from the Tedeschi Trucks Band.  The Jacksonville, Florida blues-rock band is led by married couple Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi.  Both are guitarists, and Susan Tedeschi also sings lead vocals in the band.  The two musicians led their own bands (Trucks is also a veteran of The Allman Brothers Band) before combining their talents as the Tedeschi Trucks Band in 2010.

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The Quad Cities band The Multiple Cat stopped by IPR's Cedar Falls studios on Feb. 8.  The band played a set which included songs from the new album Intricate Maps.  ​Frontman Patrick Stolley plays guitar and sings lead vocals in The Multiple Cat.  In addition to being a songwriter and musician, Stolley is an audio engineer and producer.  He built his own studio and started a record label (both named Futureappletree), plus he was one of the founders of Daytrotter.  Have a listen to The Multiple Cat, right here!   

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Katie Dahl’s music combines a love for her rural midwestern roots, a droll wit, and a clear-eyed appraisal of modern life, all served up in a voice as rich as cream. On Superbowl Sunday, she and her bass-playing partner Rich Higdon joined Karen Impola in our Cedar Falls studios for a live performance during Karen’s show, The Folk Tree. More information about Katie can be found here:

Shearwater is from Austin, Texas, and led by songwriter, lead vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Jonathan Meiburg.  Since the band's name derives from the long-winged seabird called the shearwater, it's often mentioned that Meiburg has a degree in ornithology.  That fact, plus Meiburg's lyrics and his vocal style give Shearwater a somewhat cerebral reputation.  The band began in 1999 as a side project for Meiburg and Will Sheff when both were in Okkervil River.  In time, Meiburg left Okkervil River and Sheff left Shearwater.

The Nadas

It was a special night at the Des Moines Social Club, as we welcomed long-time Iowa favorites The Nadas to our live broadcast of Studio One Tracks! Seating was limited for this event, so if you missed the show, we've got you covered - you can now listen to The Nadas' entire performance right here! You'll hear both sets, along with an encore that only the Social Club audience got to hear. Enjoy, and stay tuned to IPR's Studio One Tracks - we'll be announcing our March performer soon!

Cloud Cult

It's a busy time for the Minneapolis band Cloud Cult. The band's 10th album, The Seeker, will be released on February 12th (although you can hear it now on Studio One Tracks), and later this year will see the release of a feature film of the same name, based on the album.

Cloud Cult will be at the Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center in Cedar Falls on Thursday, February 4th, for their final concert before embarking on a three-month tour of the United States. It's the first concert in Gallagher Bluedorn's new Handpicked series.

Cage The Elephant have been around since 2006 when they formed in their hometown of Bowling Green, Kentucky.  Their first album came out in 2008, and they've released a new studio record approximately every two years since then.  The new one is Tell Me I'm Pretty.  This time out the band recruited Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys to produce.  Cage The Elephant recorded the new songs at Auerbach's Easy Eye Sound studio in Nashville in the spring of 2015.

The creation and distribution of music these days seems to be limited only by the imagination of the musicians involved.  In the case of Oh Wonder, the British duo wrote, recorded and released one song per month, beginning in September of 2014.  They released the thirteenth song in September of 2015.  Oh Wonder's self- titled debut album collects those thirteen, plus two additional tracks.  The duo (Anthony West and Josephine Vander Gucht) wrote, recorded, produced and mixed everything at their London home studio.

New Kingdom is the second full length release from the Lafayette, Louisiana band Givers.  Two of the group's members, Tiffany Lamson (vocals and percussion) and Taylor Guarisco (vocals and guitar) began playing music together following Hurricane Katrina in 2005.  They were forced to leave school and their New Orleans apartment due to the conditions there.  Returning to Lafayette, the duo found they had little to do.  That led them in the direction of making music, and eventually they recruited the other members of Givers.

The Nadas

It's almost time for our monthly live broadcast from the Des Moines Social Club, and this one could be our biggest yet, as the Studio One team welcomes The Nadas on February 4th! Reserve Tickets Here.

With their unique folk-rock sound, The Nadas are an Iowa institution. Over 20 years, they've released eight studio albums and two live albums, and continue to perform live year-round while writing and recording new material.

In this episode of IPR Studio One's "Java Blend," host Ben Kieffer is joined by Lyons, Colorado-based artist Arthur Lee Land, whose eclectic and dizzying use of live looping has been mesmerizing audiences across the nation. 

Listen in below to hear the story of Arthur's ability to re-frame what many deem a disability into a gift, and tap your feet to the joyous music that results. 

In this episode of IPR Studio One's "Java Blend," host Ben Kieffer welcomes Iowa's own hot new soul group The Maytags. 

Listen in to the podcast below to hear the group's unhurried, inconspicuous brand of soul music that is putting the genre back on the map in the Midwest.

El Vy (press material on the band helpfully indicate it's pronounced like "hell pie" or a plural form of Elvis) is a collaboration between Matt Berninger of The National, and Portland-based Brent Knopf, formerly of Menomena and now in Ramona Falls.  The two met about ten years ago when their respective bands were touring together.  Since then, musician/producer Knopf had occasionally been sending Berninger musical ideas, and Berninger had been writing lyrics with this project in mind.

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Iowa City drummer/composer Jim Viner (Brother Trucker, Diplomats of Solid Sound, High and Lonesome) is fronting his own band for the first time.  The band is Jim Viner's Incredible B3 Band, and Viner and his fellow musicians lived up to the promise of their name with two sets of expertly played soul grooves on Jan. 7 at The Basement venue of the Des Moines Social Club.  The live audience braved the January rain for the show, and were rewarded with a set of Hammond B3-centric tunes from the new album Comango! in the first set.

Jim Viner

IPR's Studio One team is returning to the Basement Venue of the Des Moines Social Club on Thursday, January 7th, for our first live broadcast of 2016. This time, host Mark Simmet and the Studio One team welcome Jim Viner!

Thank Your Lucky Stars was the second full-length album released by the Baltimore-based band Beach House in 2015, coming less than two months after their previous record Depression Cherry.  The group began in 2004 when Vassar College graduate (and French-born) songwriter, vocalist and keyboard player Victoria Legrand met songwriter/guitarist Alex Scally in his native Baltimore.  The music of Beach House has been described as "dream pop"- moody and atmospheric, with the focus on sonic textures, breathy vocals and introspective and existential lyrics.

Grimes is the stage name of singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer Claire Boucher.  Boucher was born and raised in Vancouver, British Columbia.  While attending McGill University in Montreal, she began recording her own experimental music.  She began releasing albums in 2010, and Art Angels is the fourth studio album from Grimes.  The new record is more accessible, yet still arty in its approach to synth pop.  Grimes enlisted like-minded guest vocalists for a couple of tracks on Art Angels:  Janelle Monae and Taiwanese rapper Aristophanes.

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The Folk Tree got into the Christmas spirit on Dec. 20 with a live music extravaganza featuring three different acts.  Cedar Valley band The Enablers sang about having a dysfunctional Christmas and added some jingle bells to their twin-fiddle excitement. Curtis and Loretta, a duo from the Twin Cities, played Victorian carols and got us all singing along.  Singer-songwriter Raldo Schneider drew from his decades of writing for some songs about winter and its discontents.  A good time was had by all! Click the links below to hear what it sounded like.

South Carolina-born Sharon Jones certainly knows her way around a Christmas song.  She began as a gospel singer in church, and only much later in life began singing professionally.  Jones has been singing with the Brooklyn, NY band The Dap-Kings since around the turn of the current century.  Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, along with other artists and groups affiliated with Brooklyn's Daptone Records, are at the forefront of the current soul revival.  The idea is to keep alive the spirit and the feel of the classic soul/funk era- roughly the mid 1960s to mid-1970s.

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The Quad Cities band Centaur Noir played a highly danceable live set in IPR's Cedar Falls studios on Dec. 15.  Jon Burns and Lora Wegener did a lot of dancing themselves as they sang and played songs from the latest Centaur Noir full-length record Puppets, ​along with songs from a forthcoming album they are currently working on.  You can hear their irresistable beats right here!