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Jon Hogan and Maria Moss were not on my radar until about a week before the show. A friend of a friend was organizing their concert in southern Minnesota, and knew they'd be passing through Iowa on Easter Sunday, on their way back home to Texas. A few Facebook messages and e-mails and it was a done deal.  Looking like they'd be right at home in a Bonnie and Clyde movie, Jon and Maria gave us some high-energy renditions of early country music and shared their historical knowledge of the genre.

Everything is from 1969/70/71!

THE BEATLES-DIG A PONY/I'VE GOT A FEELING/GET BACK

PAUL MC CARTNEY-TEDDY BOY

THE BEATLES-COME TOGETHER/MAXWELL'S SILVER HAMMER/YOU NEVER GIVE ME YOUR MONEY

RINGO STARR-EARLY 1970

THE BEATLES-FLYING (EXCERPT)

Blue Avenue April 20

Apr 20, 2014

New releases from regional artists including Minnesota's Annie Mack, Milwaukee's Tweed Funk, and Christy Rossiter & 112 North Duck from Omaha/Lincoln plus exclusive IPR recordings of soul/blues singer Charles Bradley.

WILLIAM CLARKE-BLOWIN' THE FAMILY JEWELS (EXCERPT)

RAY BONNEVILLE-WHO DO ALL THE SHOTS

THE HOLMES BROS-LICKETY SPLIT

ANNIE MACK-BAPTIZED IN THE BLUES

TWEED FUNK-SUGARFOOT

ROBERT CRAY-YOU MOVE ME

JOHN NEMETH-TESTIFY MY LOVE

4 JACKS-DEAL WITH IT (EXCERPT)

NICK MOSS BAND-BEEN GONE SO LONG

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In the great tradition of art school bands (mainly in England, but Talking Heads also come to mind), the members of Future Islands started playing music together while they were art students at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina, approximately a decade ago.  There have been personnel changes along the way, and a move to Baltimore.  Then came the release of the first Future Islands full-length album in 2008, establishing the New Wave-inspired synthpop sound they have been refining ever since.

Backtracks April 19

Apr 19, 2014

50s rockabillies, early 60s British rock'n'rollers, some leftovers from last week's Duos/Duets special and a set of classic rock'n'roll instrumentals

VARIOUS ARTISTS-OPENING COLLAGE OF SONGS

SLEEPY LA BEEF-ALL THE TIME

MALCOLM YELVINGTON-ROCKIN' WITH MY BABY

WEBB PIERCE-I AIN'T NEVER

BILLY RILEY-PEARLY LEE

JOHNNY HORTON-THE WOMAN I NEED

SID KING & THE FIVE STRINGS-SAG, DRAG, AND FALL

BILLY FURY-THAT'S LOVE

CLIFF RICHARD & THE DRIFTERS-MOVE IT

JOHNNY KIDD & THE PIRATES-PLEASE DON'T TOUCH

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Land Of Blood And Sunshine are a band from Marshalltown, Iowa with three full-length records out, and more new music on the way.  They are appearing at a variety of venues across Iowa in the coming weeks, and brought their full (7 piece) band sound to IPR's Cedar Falls studios for a live set on April 16.  Enjoy this Land Of Blood And Sunshine Studio One podcast! 

In this special episode of IPR Studio One's "Java Blend," recorded at The Redstone Room in downtown Davenport, host, Ben Kieffer will chat with Brooklyn, NY artist, Jen Chapin

Listen to and download the podcast to find out more about this soulful folk artist and her trio. 

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Spring will be sticking around for good any day now, and then summer will be right around the proverbial corner.  That puts one in mind of (among other things) new music! 

This week's Medley was suggested by listener Paul DuBay, who listens to IPR via streamed audio in San Antonio TX! His theme is Unique Song Titles.

THE BEATLES-OB-LA-DI OB-LA-DA

RINGO STARR-BACK OFF BOOGALOO

THE BEATLES-OCTOPUS'S GARDEN/SIE LEIBT DICH/I ME MINE

GEORGE HARRISON-I REMEMBER JEEP

THE BEATLES-GLASS ONION

PAUL MC CARTNEY-FOR YOU BLUE

THE BEATLES-FLYING (EXCERPT)

Blue Avenue April 13

Apr 13, 2014

WILLIAM CLARKE-BLOWIN' THE FAMILY JEWELS (EXCERPT)

JOHN NEMETH-ELBOWS ON THE WHEEL

CATHY LEMONS-HIP CHECK MAN

ROBERT CRAY-PILLOW

RAY BONNEVILLE-LOVE IS WICKED

SHAUN MURPHY-I WOULDN'T TREAT A DOG

THE HOLMES BROS-YOU'VE GOT TO LOSE

BARRELHOUSE CHUCK & KIM WILSON-K & C BOOGIE

MATT SCHOFIELD-CLEAN BREAK

DAMON FOWLER-GRIT MY TEETH

JIM SUHLER-SKY FULL OF CROWS

RUSH CLEVELAND-MANS GOTTA DO

NIC ARP-DEEP FREEZE

THE SMITHSONS-FISHIN'

MUDDY WATERS BAND-FUNKY BUTT (EXCERPT)

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Arriving a bit early to be a summertime record, Tacocat's second album NVM​ can certainly fit the bill as a fun, fun, fun springtime record!  Emerging out of the Pacific Northwest and based in Seattle, the female-fronted (Emily Nokes on  lead vocals, Lelah Maupin on drums, Bree McKenna on bass, lone male Eric Randall on guitar), Tacocat deliver with short, punchy power pop songs and sweet harmonies.

Backtracks April 12

Apr 12, 2014

This show is TWICE as nice! It's the first EVAH Backtracks duos/duets show.

VARIOUS ARTISTS-OPENING COLLAGE OF SONGS

THE EVERLY BROS-'TIL I KISSED YOU

DON & DEWEY-FARMER JOHN

MICKEY & SYLVIA-LOVE IS STRANGE

DINAH WASHINGTON & BROOK BENTON-A ROCKIN' GOOD WAY

TOM & JERRY-FIGHTIN' MAD

DEE DEE SHARP & CHUBBY CHECKER-SLOW TWISTIN'

IKE & TINA TURNER-IT'S GONNA WORK OUT FINE

THE RIGHTEOUS BROS-SOUL AND INSPIRATION

SKIP & FLIP-IT WAS I

THE FIREBALLS-BULLDOG (EXCERPT)

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The Des Moines-based band (with Davenport connections) Brother Trucker brought their roots-rock Americana sound to IPR's Cedar Falls studios for a crowd-pleasing live set on April 10.  Andy Fleming (lead vocals/guitar), Mike Fitzpatrick (lead guitar/vocals), Lyle Kevin Hogue (bass), Jim Viner (drums) and Matt Jesson (keyboards) showcased some of their best songs with road-refined musicianship! Listen here for the complete performance, including a song that only the studio audience got to hear!

We get a lot of mail at NPR Music, and amid the fliers for yard-cleaning services that know a big job when they see one are a slew of smart questions about how music fits into our lives — and, this week, thoughts on ways to drop musical knowledge without seeming obnoxious.

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

Listen to and download the podcast to find out more about the Wisconsin based artist.

Every once in a while, folk music pokes its way out of obscurity and gets noticed by a wider public. Filmmaking brothers Joel and Ethan Coen shone a spotlight on music of the American south in their 2000 film O Brother, Where Art Thou, and they’ve done it again with this year’s Inside Llewyn Davis.  The movie is a fictionalized account of the Greenwich Village folk music scene of the early 1960s, when baby boomers discovered traditional music, and the oxymoronic concept of the “professional folk singer” took root.

Spring has (finally) sprung. We're celebrating with a Beatles Medley of songs that were spring hits for The Fabs with all the tunes on the Billboard charts in the months of March or April.

THE BEATLES-ALL MY LOVIN'/THERE'S A PLACE/LOVE ME DO

JOHN LENNON-POWER TO THE PEOPLE

THE BEATLES-TICKET TO RIDE/NOWHERE MAN/LADY MADONNA

GEORGE HARRISON-BLOW AWAY

THE BEATLES-LET IT BE/DO YOU WANT TO KNOW A SECRET

THE BEATLES-CRY FOR A SHADOW (EXCERPT)

Blue Avenue April 6

Apr 6, 2014

New releases, Iowa blues, and exclusive IPR recordings:

WILLIAM CLARKE-BLOWIN' THE FAMILY JEWELS (EXCERPT)

THE HOLMES BROS-STAYED AT THE PARTY

RAY BONNEVILLE-WHEN I GET TO NEW YORK

ROBERT CRAY-YOU MOVE ME

JOE LOUIS WALKER-LOVE ENOUGH

NICK MOSS BAND-LIGHT IT UP

BRYCE JANEY-CHROME HORSE

TINSLEY ELLIS-SASSY STRAT (EXCERPT)

JOHN NEMETH-THREE TIMES A FOOL

CATHY LEMONS-AIN'T GONNA DO IT

SHAUN MURPHY-I'M A LITTLE MIXED UP

CATFISH KEITH-SWEET HONEY HOLE

ROBERT 'ONE MAN' JOHNSON-'81 MERCEDES

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The War On Drugs formed in Philadelphia in 2005, with founding members Adam Granduciel and Kurt Vile.  Vile left for a solo career following the release of The War On Drugs' debut album in 2008, and the band has included a few other members over the years, with songwriter, vocalist and guitarist Granduciel the only constant.  The new record, Lost In The Dream, is the third full-length release for The War On Drugs, furthering the band's appealing blend of indie-rock and classic rock.

Backtracks April 5

Apr 5, 2014

Some 50s rock'n'roll duos, early 60s British rock'n'rollers, instrumentals and lots and lots of Listener Picks leftover from last week's live show!

VARIOUS ARTISTS-OPENING COLLAGE OF SONGS

EDDIE COCHRAN AND HANK COCHRAN-GUILTY CONSCIENCE

THE COLLINS KIDS-PARTY

THE EVERLY BROS-BIRD DOG

THE KALIN TWINS-JUMPIN' JACK

MICKEY & SYLVIA-WHAT WOULD I DO

CLIFF RICHARD & THE SHADOWS-PLEASE DON'T TEASE

MARTY WILDE-TOMORROWS CLOWN

TOMMY STEELE-WATER WATER

THE DAVE CLARK 5-I KNEW IT ALL THE TIME

 In this episode of IPR Studio One's "Java Blend," host, Ben Kieffer will chat with Davenport rockers, Jason Carl and the Whole Damn Band.

Listen to and download the podcast to find out more about their latest self-titled album.

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April 1st kicks off the 2014 Mission Creek Festival in Iowa City welcoming both national and regional artists to the area. Launched in the spring of 2006, music is just one aspect of Mission Creek. Film showcases, local food tasting, stand-up, and literary events have also been incorporated into the festival in recent years. New for 2014, is the Tech + Innovation Conference (April 4-5).  Over the course of six days you can check out a wide variety of artists from Phillip Glass to !!! (pronounced chk chk chk), and from Laurie Anderson to Hannibal Buress.

This week's Medley was picked out by Des Moines listener Jerry Perkins with the theme Beatles On The Move

THE BEATLES-MAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR/DAY TRIPPER/TICKET TO RIDE

JOHN LENNON-WATCHING THE WHEELS

THE BEATLES-DRIVE MY CAR/THE LONG AND WINDING ROAD/ACROSS THE UNIVERSE

PAUL MC CARTNEY & WINGS-BAND ON THE RUN

THE BEATLES-FLYING (EXCERPT)

Blue Avenue March 30

Mar 30, 2014

The latest releases from Robert Cray, Nick Moss, and Cathy Lemons; some Iowa blues from Rush Cleveland and Catfish Keith; exclusive IPR recordings of harp player R J Mischo and some Blues On Vinyl by Bo Diddley

WILLIAM CLARKE-BLOWIN' THE FAMILY JEWELS (EXCERPT)

ROBERT CRAY-I GUESS I'LL NEVER KNOW

JOHN NEMETH-HER GOOD LOVIN'

SHAUN MURPHY-CAN'T STOP LOVIN' MY BABY

CATHY LEMONS-I'M A GOOD WOMAN

TOMMY CASTRO-SECOND MIND

NICK MOSS-WAS I EVER HEARD

TINSLEY ELLIS-BERRY TOSSIN' (EXCERPT)

Backtracks March 29

Mar 30, 2014

A live show, with all the music coming from Listener Suggestion!

VARIOUS ARTISTS-OPENING COLLAGE OF SONGS

DEE JAY & THE RUNAWAYS-PETER RABBIT

SOUTH DALLAS COUNTY CREWCUT COWBOY BAND-BUY BUY BUY

DAVE PLAHN-SATISFYING MAN

THE KINGPINS-COME AND SEE

THE LAW-NOTHING IN THE REAL WORLD

VANILLA FUDGE-YOU KEEP ME HANGIN' ON

FLOYD CRAMER-FLIP, FLOP & BOP (EXCERPT)

THE ROTARY CONNECTION-SOUL MAN

THE FRATERNITY OF MAN-DON'T BOGART ME

CROW-EVIL WOMAN

JIMI HENDRIX-FIRE

CANNED HEAT-EVIL WOMAN

Black Lips

Black Lips formed in 1999 in Dunwoody, Georgia, a northern suburb of Atlanta, while founding members Cole Alexander (guitar) and Jared Swilley (bass) were still in high school.  Drummer Joe Bradley joined a few months later, and lead guitarist Ian Saint Pe' joined in 2004.  After releasing records for other labels, Black Lips signed with Vice Records in 2007, releasing their new Underneath The Rainbow on that label.

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In anticipation of the April 1 release of their new record Tomboys On Parade, the Waterloo-based band TWINS joined me for an exuberant March 27 in-studio performance on Studio One.  The band (lead vocalists/guitarists Joel and Harper Sires, drummer/vocalist Luke Sires and bassist/vocalist Devin Ferguson) were in fine form, playing Tomboys On Parade songs and more, including an encore that was not part of the live broadcast, but was heard by the studio audience.  Here is their set, complete with encore and my conversation with TWINS.

In this episode of IPR Studio One's "Java Blend," host, Ben Kieffer will chat with southeast Iowa indie folk-rockers, The PBJs.

Listen to and download the podcast to find out more about the sweet and salty duo.

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The Iowa band John June Year stopped by IPR's Cedar Falls studios for a high energy in-studio performance on March 25.  Their music has been described as filling the gap between British guitar rock, the raw and artsy sounds of the Velvet Underground, the early 2000's garage rock revival of bands like the Strokes, and contemporary torch-bearers such as the Arctic Monkeys.  You'll hear those influences in this live set, plus a Monkees cover included among their original songs! 

John June Year, from Clinton, Iowa (and currently residing in Cedar Falls) join me for a live in-studio set on Tuesday, March 25, beginning around 7:15 pm.  John June Year fills the gap between British guitar rock, the raw and artsy sounds of the Velvet Underground, the early 2000's garage rock revival of bands like the Strokes, and contemporary indie rock torch-bearers such as the Arctic Monkeys.  The free show will be on the third floor of the Communication Arts Center on the UNI campus in Cedar Falls.

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