Tony Dehner

Production Assistant
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The music festival scene in Iowa gets bigger and better every year! It's an exciting time for live music fans in our state, but it can also get a little overwhelming if you're trying to make plans for the summer. We're here to help with our list of festivals happening in Iowa.

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The Aubur, IA band King Of The Tramps are in the middle of a tour, and that included a stop at the Des Moines Social Club to perform live on IPR's Studio One Underground!

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The Des Moines hip-hop artist is having a busy year. His new EP Riot Gear was released earlier this year, and his label Media Fresh will be releasing music by additional artists this summer. We talked about all of this, and more, and heard some great music during a live performance on IPR's Studio One Tracks!

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We're getting ready to wrap up our Studio One Underground series for the first half of 2018, as we'll be welcoming King Of The Tramps to the show on Thursday, June 7th at 7 pm! Based in Auburn, King Of The Tramps travel regularly across the state playing what they call "whiskey gospel" - a blend of country, soul, blues and rock n' roll that has broad appeal among fans of all kinds of music.

Beth Bombara

We're bringing in another great singer-songwriter from Missouri to Studio One Underground! Beth Bombara will be joining us for our live broadcast from the Des Moines Social Club on May 3rd!

The St. Louis-based Bombara has toured nationally and opened for Pokey LaFarge, Waxahatchee and Madisen Ward & The Mama Bear, and is developing a following in the Des Moines area. She cites George Harrison, Tom Petty, Neko Case and Aimee Mann as influences on her folk-rock sound.

Izabel Crane

We'll be expanding our borders a bit on IPR's Studio One Underground in the coming months, as we'll be welcoming some great musicians from Missouri in April and May! First up, from the Ozarks, it's Izabel Crane!

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IPR is always looking for new ways to bring great music to our listeners, and more and more, that means going beyond what we do on air. It's no surprise to anyone that social media is playing a growing role in reaching our listeners. With this in mind, we've invested in video equipment that will make it possible for us to regularly stream our in-studio performances. We've already done it on our Classical stream, and this week you'll have two chances to catch Studio One events on Facebook Live!

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The Host Country are a band that's definitely evolved over the years. Originally a folk-inspired duo, they added a rhythm section for their first full-length album, and expanded to a five-piece band with two electric guitars in the past year. The Host Country brought their bigger, more rockin' sound to Studio One Underground in March, and now you can hear their performance right here.

The Host Country

We're kicking off our third season of Studio One Underground on March 8th! We'll be joined by  the Des Moines band The Host Country, founded by singer-songwriters Ty Wistrand and Diana Weishaar. Over the years, The Host Country has expanded to a five-piece band and become well-known for their honest, heartfelt lyrics, strong melodies and powerful vocals.

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As we look forward to upcoming Studio One live events in 2018, we still enjoy taking a look back at what we accomplished in the previous year. With that in mind, we hope you enjoy this live set from Iowa City singer-songwriter Elizabeth Moen, recorded in our Cedar Falls studios in 2017.

NOLA Jazz Band

What's better than spending your evening at the Des Moines Social Club with Iowa Public Radio and great live music? Doing it two nights in a row, of course!

Be sure to join us Thursday, February 1st for Studio One Underground with Ancient Posse, and  we hope to see you again Friday night the 2nd at the Des Moines Social Club for a Mardi Gras Celebration! We'll be joined by two great jazz ensembles from Des Moines: Iowa Jazz Hall of Famers the NOLA Jazz Band, and one of the Midwest's newest brass bands, Grand Ave Ruckus!

Ancient Posse

IPR's Studio One Underground series got off to a strong start in 2018, as we enjoyed a great night of music from the long-running Iowa band The Nadas. For February, we're excited to present one of Des Moines' most exciting up-and-coming bands, Ancient Posse!

Describing their music as "synth R&B gaze" and claiming Alpha Centauri as their hometown (per their Facebook page), Ancient Posse make a strong statement with their first single "Windless". The band is currently at work on their debut album, and they already have a lot of buzz about them in the Des Moines area.

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IPR's Studio One Underground series is back for 2018, and we got off to a great start in January with the long-running Iowa band The Nadas!

Despite the crazy cold outside, it was a full house in the Basement of the Des Moines Social Club.We were treated to two great sets of music during the evening, including songs from The Nadas' upcoming new album One Louder, plus a few "crusty rusty old ones" that had the crowd singing along.

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Lots of new music was released in 2017; here at Iowa Public Radio, we received more than 2,000 albums. If wading through all of that sounds overwhelming, never fear. During this hour of Talk of Iowa, host Charity Nebbe talks with Tony Dehner and Mark Simmet of Iowa Public Radio's Studio One about their favorite albums of the year. 

We've also had our most musically-minded staff curate their top five favorite albums of this year, including Morning Edition host Clay Masters. Check out our Spotify playlist and read album reviews below. 

One of IPR's favorite Christmas traditions continues on December 7th! Our Studio One Underground series will be wrapping up 2017 with A Conquered Christmas, coming to you live from the Des Moines Social Club for the third year in a row. Once again, the show will be hosted by Christopher The Conquered, the singer-songwriter originally from Des Moines, now based in Colorado.

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Gloom Balloon albums are known for their extensive production, and Gloom Balloon live shows are known for their unpredictability and exuberance. For our October trip to the Des Moines Social Club, Gloom Balloon gave us something special for Studio One Underground.

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Wow! Everything anyone has said about siblings singing together is true! Check out the amazing harmony of Jack Torrey and Page Burkum of The Cactus Blossoms. They dropped by IPR’s Studio One for a short performance and some conversation with IPR’s Mark Simmet. The harmonies are really striking and are, of course, reminiscent of a couple of Iowa’s favorite sons The Everly Brothers, but these Minneapolis brothers are top-notch writers and arrangers too! All four of these tunes are from their album “You’re Dreaming” and the final tune you may recognize from the TV series Twin Peaks.

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It's just about time for our monthly trip to the Des Moines Social Club, as we welcome Middle Western to Studio One Underground on June 1st!

Middle Western is the Iowa-based "supergroup" featuring David Zollo and William Elliott Whitmore, along with Stephen "The Kid" Howard, Brian Cooper and Stevie Doyle. This is Middle Western's second appearance on Studio One Underground: the band joined us last June as we highlighted artists participating in the Iowa Music Project.

Studio One New Releases

Mar 22, 2017
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We're constantly receiving new music in the Studio One library, and it can be tough to keep track of sometimes. Here's five new releases we're especially excited about sharing with you.

Conor Oberst, Salutations

A sequel of sorts to Conor Oberst's fall release Ruminations, 10 of the 17 songs here appeared on that album as solo acoustic versions. Oberst has brought a full band with him this time around.

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Regular listeners of IPR's Studio One Tracks and Gas Money will recognize Dustin Smith as the leader of the Des Moines band The Maytags, but lately he's been branching out and creating new music incorporating a wide variety of styles and influences. Dustin joined us at the Des Moines Social Club in March to present some of his new songs, and a few from his previous band Dustin Smith & The Sunday Silos. Backed by a terrific band of local musicians and performing before a packed house, Dustin showed a whole new side of his songwriting.

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Wayne Coyne, best known as the leader of the long-running band The Flaming Lips, is having a busy year so far, and it's only February! The latest album from The Flaming Lips, Oczy Mlody, was released in January, with a tour beginning in March (including a stop in Des Moines in April). And now he has a traveling art exhibit entitled Works By Wayne Coyne Featuring King's Mouth, which will be on display at the Waterloo Center For The Arts now through April 23rd.

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In the long history of rock and roll music, Iowa is, unfortunately, best known as the state where Buddy Holly, Richie Valens and The Big Bopper were killed in a plane crash. Of course, there’s much more to it than that. The UNI Museum’s exhibit Ballroom Bash: Iowa’s Rock n’ Roll Legacy shines a light on Iowa’s influence and importance in rock history. The exhibit has been on display at UNI’s Rod Library since August of 2016. It’s a collaboration between the UNI Museum and the Iowa Rock n’ Roll Music Association.

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Mark your calendars. The third annual Hinterland music festival is happening August 4th-5th in St. Charles. The lineup has been announced, and it's terrific.

"We wanted to pick something a little bit different than what we did last year -  kind of bring out a different crowd, but also kind of accommodate the crowd we had curated here from the beginning," says Sam Summers, organizer for the festival. 

Max Wellman

This year's Studio One Underground series got off to a great start in January with the Surf Zombies, and we've got lots more great stuff happening in the coming months! In February, we're heading back to the Des Moines Social Club for another live broadcast, and we'll be joined by Max Wellman!

IPR's Studio One Underground series for 2017 has begun! On Thursday the 5th, we returned to the Des Moines Social Club for our monthly live broadcast, with our guests the Surf Zombies performing two terrific sets. While we were at it, we talked about the band's recent honors bestowed upon them by the Iowa Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame and an Iowa brewery. And as if all that weren't enough, the Surf Zombies were kind enough to help jump-start the IPR van at the end of an especially cold January night!

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We received around 1,800 albums this year, and we put just under 900 of those into rotation on IPR's Studio One. There's been so much incredible music released this year; it's impossible to get to all of it. Never fear! We've created a guide. 

Below, you'll find lists of favorites from 2016 from all three of IPR's Studio One Tracks hosts, alongside lists from IPR's Sean McClain and Clay Masters.

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It's a little later in the month than usual, but the Studio One team is heading back to the Des Moines Social Club this Thursday, and we'll be joined for the live broadcast by some old friends: the long-running Des Moines band Brother Trucker.

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Iowa Public Radio’s staff has no idea whether Bob Dylan will show up to collect his Nobel Prize in Literature. (We realize he's been to Stockholm before - the photo is from a gig there in 1996 - and that he's accepted major awards, like this one in 2012, but this time?

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The long-running public radio program A Prairie Home Companion will sound much different beginning this Saturday, as new host Chris Thile takes the reins on a permanent basis.

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The Des Moines-based singer-songwriter made Dan Tedesco stopped by our Cedar Falls studios recently for a live performance and interview. Dan has appeared on Studio One twice before: this was his second appearance on Studio One Tracks, and he's also performed on the IPR program Java Blend.

In addition to performing songs from his double album, Dan talked about the recording and songwriting processes, and also cited one of his biggest musical influences. Dan will be debuting a full backing band at his upcoming show at the Vaudeville Mews in Des Moines.

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