Our series of IPR 80/35 Showcase live sets began on June 16 with two Des Moines bands performing live on Studio One. The River Monks were first out of the gate, playing songs from their new album Home Is The House, with a sound they have described as "wistful harmonious megafolk." Holy White Hounds came on later in the evening, demonstrating that sonically, and also in terms of attitude, they are a rock 'n' roll band. You can hear both great performances here!
The music of tUnE-yArDs is filled to the brim with interesting audio ideas and sounds, as befits a band that spells its name in such a quirky, stylistic fashion. tUnE-yArDs is the project of New England native Merrill Garbus in collaboration with bassist and frequent co-writer Nate Brenner. Garbus went to Haiti to study drumming, bringing some intricate polyrhythms to the band's third full-length album, Nikki Nack. The new record is as creative and vibrant as past tUnE-yArDs releases have been, yet more accessible this time out.
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WILLIAM CLARKE-BLOWIN' THE FAMILY JEWELS (EXCERPT)
EDEN BRENT-EVERYBODY ALREADY KNOWS
CHARLIE MUSSELWHITE-AS THE CROW FLIES
JIM SUHLER-LEAVE MY BLUES BEHIND
LISA MANN-THE BLUES IS MY MEDICINE
SHAUN MURPHY-CRY TO ME
BARRELHOUSE CHUCK-K & C BOOGIE (EXCERPT)
FRANK BEY & THE ANTHONY PAULE BAND-I'M LEAVIN' YOU
Upside Down Mountain is the latest album from Omaha native Conor Oberst. In addition to records released under his own name, he has been a member of several other bands, most notably Bright Eyes. Oberst has a very distinctive voice; both the sound of it and his literary voice. Commenting on the new album, he said: "For me, language is a huge part of why I make music.
Lily Henley’s “Words Like Yours” is the latest CD to arrive in my mailbox, seemingly out of nowhere, and knock my socks off. It actually arrived from New York, by way of a promoter in Seattle, but its roots span continents.
Studio One will be bringing you exclusive IPR recordings of live sets from the 2013 80/35 Festival during the week of June 9. As we gear up for this year's festival, we'll revisit some great sets from bands that performed last year! You can hear the live sets during the 7:00 hour of Studio One. Here's the schedule:
Monday, June 9 Water Liars (from Oxford, MS)
Tuesday, June 10 Escondido (from Nashville, TN)
Wednesday, June 11 Strange Names (from Minneapolis, MN)
Thursday, June 12 Prissy Clerks (from Minneapolis, MN)
The Iowa band The Host Country have expanded from the original duo of Ty Wistrand (guitar, vocals) and Diana Garles (keyboards, vocals), to a four-piece group with bassist Tom Rue and drummer Ethan Weishaar. On June 2, they brought their full band, folk rock sound and wonderful harmony vocals to IPR's Cedar Falls studios for a live broadcast on Studio One. The Host Country played songs from their brand new full-length release, Walk Away. Enjoy this podcast of their set!
Katy Goodman was the bassist in the Brooklyn-based punk trio Vivian Girls. That band called it quits earlier this year, making it possible for Goodman to devote all her attention to La Sera, the side project she had started in 2009. A variety of different players have joined her for each La Sera album. Hour of the Dawn is the third full-length release, showcasing Goodman's songwriting and very appealing indie garage-pop sound.
The story of the band Woods follows a path that is not uncommon for some notable 21st Century bands. Songwriter, vocalist and guitarist Jeremy Earl was in another band (Brooklyn's Meneguar), and began Woods as a side project in 2005. He released his lo-fi music on cassette in the beginning. Woods developed into a full-fledged four-piece band, with more refinement and better production on each new album. The band releases their work on the Brooklyn label Woodsist, which Earl runs.
Spanish Gold is a trio comprised of seasoned musicians in the indie music scene: Patrick Hallahan (My Morning Jacket), Adrian Quesada (Brown Out, Ocote Soul Sounds, and formerly of Groupo Fantasma) and Dante Schwebel (City and Color and formerly of Hacienda), who brought the three together. Schwebel and Quesada go way back to their days in Laredo where they both occupied the same high school; and Hallahan and Schwebel worked together as Dan Auerbach’s backing band known as the Fast Five during Auerbach’s solo tour for Keep it Hid.
The Black Keys' Turn Blue is the eighth studio album by the Akron, Ohio duo of Dan Auerbach (vocals,guitar) and Patrick Carney (drums). Actually, duo doesn't seem quite correct, as the co-songwriting and producing role of Brian Burton (Danger Mouse) has become an integral part of the the band. The Black Keys have slowly and steadily grown as artists, while simultaneously extending the reach of their soulful blues-rock to a wider audience.
The Austin, Texas band The Digital Wild are touring the U.S. in support of their debut album. Lead vocalist Chantell Moody is originally from Des Moines, and while the band was in Iowa they stopped by IPR's Cedar Falls studios for a live set. The band brought their Afrodelic trip-rock sound to Studio One on May 15, and you can enjoy their performance in this podcast!