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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!

In this episode of IPR Studio One's "Java Blend," host, Ben Kieffer will chat with Jack Klatt.

Download the podcast to find out more about the Minnesota artist and his rambling, rolling music straight from the banks of the Mississippi.

For Hire is the new album from David Zollo and The Body Electric.  The band includes Zollo on vocals and keyboards, Brian Cooper on drums, Stephen Howard on bass and electric guitar, and Randall Davis on acoustic and electric guitars and lap steel guitar.  Zollo, from Iowa City, has been called "practically the patron saint of (Iowa's) roots music underground."  He was the frontman for Iowa band High and Lonesome, started up Iowa City-based Trailer Records, and has been a session player on many projects over the years.

In this episode of IPR Studio One's "Java Blend," host, Ben Kieffer will chat with In Rooms.

Download the podcast to find out more about the Latin America-influenced indie band.

Sukierae ​(pronounced "sue-key-ray") is the debut album from the duo Tweedy.  Tweedy is mainly Jeff Tweedy, best known for being the leader of Wilco, as well as his work in Uncle Tupelo with Jay Farrar (and the sometimes overlooked group Loose Fur).  Jeff is the guitarist, vocalist, bassist and keyboard player in Tweedy, joined by his 18-year old son Spencer on drums.  Sukierae certainly does not represent a great musical departure for Jeff Tweedy.

In this episode of IPR Studio One's "Java Blend," host, Ben Kieffer will chat with Bonne Finken.

Download the podcast to find out more about the powerful vocalist who was born and raised in Iowa.

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Iowa native Pieta Brown's latest record Paradise Outlaw is being released this week on the Red House label. It's the 6th full-length studio album from Pieta (daughter of Greg Brown), recorded at the Wisconsin studio of Bon Iver frontman Justin Vernon.  Vernon contributes vocals to a few songs, and Amos Lee is featured in a duet with Pieta Brown on the new album.  Guitarist and co-producer Bo Ramsey is vital to the sound of Paradise Outlaw, a record that Pieta Brown describes as "expansive...full of love."

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J.E. Sunde (of The Daredevil Christopher Wright fame) stopped by IPR's Cedar Falls studios for a solo live set on Sept. 23.  Sunde's fine voice and well-crafted songs made for a memorable Studio One performance.  He played music from his Cartouche Records release Shapes That Kiss The Lips Of God, as well as treating us to some unreleased new songs.  In anticipation of J.E. Sunde's Maximum Ames Music Festival set on Sept. 28, listen to our Studio One set right here!

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On Sept. 22, the Davenport-based band Bedroom Shrine performed live in IPR's Cedar Falls studios.  Frontman Johnnie Cluney and the band played a great set, including songs from their Cartouche Records debut album No Deja Vu.  They'll be playing at the Maximum Ames Music Festival on Sept. 28.  Prepare for that show by giving a listen to Bedroom Shrine's Studio One set right here!

Upcoming Chicago band Twin Peaks are heading to Iowa during their fall tour in support if their sophomore release Wild Onion.  They will be in Iowa City at the Blue Moose Tap house tomorrow Sept 23 and then Des Moines Wednesday Sept 24 at the Vaudeville Mews.  If you missed the phone interview I did with Twin Peaks vocalist and guitarist Cadien Lake James you can listen to it below. 

Tonight during the 7 o’clock hour of Studio One, we have a live performance from Bedroom Shrine out of the Davenport area. Here’s a video from their debut No Déjà Vu. 

In this episode of IPR Studio One's "Java Blend," host, Ben Kieffer will chat with The Dandelion Stompers.

Listen to and download the podcast to find out more about the New Orleans-influenced Iowa City group.

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MR NASTI, aka Nicholas Naioti, has relocated to Fairfield, Iowa.  In celebration, MR NASTI releases a new album on the Maximum Ames label this Tuesday, Sept. 23.  Truth Sound features guest appearances from Iowa artists Anna Gebhardt (Annalibera), Ryan Stier & Joel Gettys (The River Monks), and Adrien Daller (Trouble Lights).  Nashville's Spoken Nerd is also heard on the record.  Percolating beats, synths and acoustic instrumentation accompany thoughtful lyrics regarding the Big Questions.

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The Des Moines band Hazer brought their unique brand of guitar-driven rock to the Cedar Falls studios of Iowa Public Radio on September 17th. Originally from the Cedar Valley, the band recorded their first full-length album, Something Rational, last year and now performs regularly in Iowa. Listen to this high-energy set from Hazer right here!

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In this encore episode of IPR Studio One's "Java Blend" from 2012 host, Ben Kieffer will chat with Whitney Mann

Listen to and download the podcast to find out more about the artist's deeply emotional music. 

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The Los Angeles-based band Allah-Las have a sound that harkens back to the glorious days of mid-60's California pop, with a garage rock edge.  The aptly titled Worship The Sun is the follow-up to their self-titled debut album from 2012.  Allah-Las bring a warm glow on the new record, pointing out once again how distinctive and evocative the "California sound" can be. 

In this encore episode of IPR Studio One's "Java Blend" from 2012 host, Ben Kieffer will chat with The Giving Tree Band

Download the podcast to find out more about the folky five piece band. 

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California native Ty Segall began his career playing in various underground bands in Orange County and the San Francisco Bay Area.  Since 2008, the songwriter/vocalist/guitarist (and drummer)  has been prolifically releasing solo material.  Segall has followed the indie rock tried and true path of starting out lo-fi, fuzzed-out and experimental, then steadily refining his music, still retaining that initial spirit.  Now we have Manipulator, Ty Segall's most satisfying record to date, with a generous 17 tracks that move along in well-crafted form for nearly an hour.  

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In this encore episode of IPR Studio One's "Java Blend" from 2012 host, Ben Kieffer will chat with Caroline Smith

Download the podcast to find out more about her latest album, Half About Being a Woman.

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Brill Bruisers is the sixth studio album from the Vancouver-based band The New Pornographers.  The record is their first new release in four years.  Band members A.C. Newman, Neko Case, Dan Bejar, Kathryn Calder, Blaine Thurier, John Collins, Kurt Dahle and Todd Fancey have solo work, other bands and side projects to keep them busy between New Pornographers albums.  There is a wealth of talent in this band, creating songs that set the standard for indie-pop.  Main lead singer and main songwriter A.C. Newman says:  "This is a celebration record.

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In this encore episode of IPR Studio One's "Java Blend" from 2012 host, Ben Kieffer will chat with Tony Bohnenkamp.

Download the podcast to find out more about the Tennessee based pop-rocker.

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Spoon is one of the best bands working today, with each new release eagerly anticipated.  Lead vocalist and guitarist Britt Daniel and drummer Jim Eno formed the band twenty years ago in Austin, Texas.  Since around 2001, each new Spoon record has been an affirmation of the quality of the band's work.  Daniel, Eno and the others have been involved in more side projects in recent years, yet every three or four years we are treated to a new Spoon album.  They Want My Soul is another fine record, well-crafted and brimming with rock 'n' roll excitement.

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Listeners of Iowa Public Radio's Studio One know that Iowa has a thriving music scene, and that bringing the music of these talented artists to a larger audience is a key part of IPR's mission. And now, some of those artists are receiving recognition from outside our home state.

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In this encore episode of IPR Studio One's "Java Blend" from 2012 host, Ben Kieffer will chat with Danika Holmes

Download the podcast to find out more about the Iowa native artist.

Reigning Sound

It takes a special group of musicians to be able to combine a variety of influences and create a sound that only they could have come up with. The North Carolina band Reigning Sound have been doing it since 2001, and they've done again on Shattered, their first album since 2009 and first for the legendary Merge label. Classic soul/R&B, '60s garage rock, country and more are all  in the mix here, and vocalist Greg Cartwright is in top form throughout the whole record.

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House Of Spirits is the fifth full-length album (and 8th release overall) from the San Francisco band The Fresh & Onlys. Written partly at a horse ranch in the Arizona desert, the album has a dreamy feel to it, and features huge arrangements that still offer a lot of space. It rarely makes any sort of literal sense, but at the same time, that’s what makes it relatable. Listeners will notice a definite ‘80s guitar pop/New Wave influence.

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In this encore episode of IPR Studio One's "Java Blend" from 2012 host, Ben Kieffer will chat with Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys.

Listen to and download the podcast to find out more about the Twin Cities-based artist.

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Twin Cities Celtic-rock band The Langers Ball visited IPR's Studio One last week, while they were in the area for the Iowa Irish Festival.  The group originally started as an acoustic duo of accordionist and pennywhistler Hannah Rediske and guitarist and mandolinist Michael Sturm. They recruited some other musicians to play with them in the studio, and decided that it was so much fun, they wanted to be a full band all the time.

Facebook: Clap Your Hands Say Yeah

The East Coast band Clap Your Hands Say Yeah are known for exemplifying the phenomenon of the Internet buzz band at the start of their career.  The band's totally self-made debut album rode a tide of blogger attention to great success in 2005.  Since then, there have been side projects, personnel changes and three more full-length albums of consistently well-crafted indie pop.  The new Only Run satisfies with both dance-oriented tracks and rockers.  

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  With August upon us, we are now near the middle of summer. Some of my summer music obsessions have been the debut albums from Spanish Gold (South of Nowhere), Mø (No Mythologies to Follow), and St. Paul and the Broken Bones (Half the City). They may be new to the scene but don’t let that fool you, for instance the core members of Spanish Gold are seasoned musicians who have ties with My Morning Jacket, Hacienda, Dan Auerbach’s Fast Five, and Groupo Fantasma.

In this encore episode of IPR Studio One's "Java Blend" from 2012 host, Ben Kieffer will chat with Matthew Santos.

Listen to and download the podcast to find out more about the emerging Chicago artist.

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