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Daily at 7 p.m. on IPR News/Studio One

The best new alternative and independent music, blues, world music, singer-songwriters, and local/regional music. Hosts Mark Simmet, Tony Dehner and Tressa Glass offer their mix of essential music or "music that matters."

Be listening each night for our Featured Release. It may be a hot new release, or a recent re-release, or an older CD that is not commonly found, but worthy of revisiting.

Studio One live shows are free and open to the public. Show time is approximately 7:15 pm unless otherwise noted. We are located on the third floor of the Communication Arts Center at the University of Northern Iowa campus in Cedar Falls.

If you’re a musician interested in performing on Studio One, please contact IPR’s Mark Simmet.

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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! 

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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!

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.

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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! 

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Minneapolis singer/songwriter Caroline Smith and her band stopped by Iowa Public Radio's Cedar Falls studios on Feb. 18 to perform music from her new album Half About Being A Woman.  Raised in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota, Smith moved to Minneapolis and formed Caroline Smith and The Good Night Sleeps.  The band released their debut full length album in 2008, describing their music as "folk with an indie twist."  Two more records followed, and last fall Half About Being A Woman was released, this time as simply a Caroline Smith album.

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The Comfort Kings stopped by Iowa Public Radio's Cedar Falls studios for a live set on Jan. 16.  The band is a part of the latest resurgence in bands with strong roots in folk music forms.  In recent years, bands like Mumford and Sons, Old Crow Medicine Show, Carolina Chocolate Drops, the Civil Wars, the Avett Brothers, Bon Iver and the Lumineers have been bringing traditional acoustic sounds to receptive listeners.  

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Wildewoman is the very well-crafted indie pop debut record from the Brooklyn band Lucius.  Co-writers and vocalists Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig met while attending the Berklee School of Music in Boston.  Wildewoman​ succeeds due to their classic pop songwriting and their wonderful harmony vocals.

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Someone, the new record from the Waterloo-based band Dylan Sires and Neighbors, will be officially released on Tuesday, Dec. 17.  That night, the band will join me on Studio One to play live and talk about the new album.  I invite you to be part of the studio audience for this free show!  We are located on the third floor of the Communication Arts Center on the UNI campus in Cedar Falls.  The set from Dylan Sires and Neighbors will begin around 7:15 pm.  Come on up, or listen live on Studio One!

TV On The Radio Exclusive Listen

Aug 27, 2013
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This morning, public radio stations across the country premiered genre-bending rock band TV On The Radio's new single, "Million Miles." It's the group's second single from a yet-to-be-titled fifth studio album, due for release sometime soon on producer Dave Sitek's own record label, Federal Prism. It will be TV On The Radio's first album since parting ways with Interscope Records, which released the group's prior three albums. 

Song Premiere: The Avett Brothers, 'Another is Waiting'

Aug 8, 2013
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It hasn't even been 11 full months since released The Carpenter, the North Carolina band's most recent collection of poignant and infectious, bluegrass-inflected folk-rock. And, given the lengthy touring cycle that each major album release generally spawns - the Avetts of last month's Newport Folk Festival with songs from The Carpenter - fans had no reason to expect new music this year.

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Check out the rest of the semi-finalists! Click here for a list of performances that have been posted, and tune in to IPR's Studio One when we announce the Finalists, May 22 at 7:30 p.m

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Check out the rest of the semi-finalists! Click here for a list of performances that have been posted, and tune in to IPR's Studio One when we announce the Finalists, May 22 at 7:30 p.m

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Check out the rest of the semi-finalists! Click here for a list of performances that have been posted, and tune in to IPR's Studio One when we announce the Finalists on May 22 at 7:30 p.m.!

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Check out the rest of the semi-finalists! Click here for a list of performances that have been posted, and tune in to IPR's Studio One when we announce the Finalists, May 22 at 7:30 p.m.

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Check out the rest of the semi-finalists! Click here for a list of performances that have been posted, and tune in to IPR's Studio One when we announce Finalists, May 22 at 7:30 p.m.

Holly and the Night Owls

Check out the rest of the semi-finalists! Click here for a list of performances that have been posted, and tune in to IPR's Studio One when we announce the Finalists, May 22 at 7:30 p.m

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The Envy Corps' indie quasi-anthems, filled with galvanizing arrangements and elasticized melodies have garnered the Des Moines band the affection of the Midwest, and fans internationally.  The band stopped by the IPR Cedar Falls studios on September 8, 2011.  Tune in to hear a set recorded that night on the Thursday, April 25 edition of Studio One, in the 7:00 pm hour.

Christopher The Conquered

Christopher The Conquered has always been the primary outlet for the musical explorations of Iowa songwriter Chris Ford, but The Fate Of A Good Man marks an important moment in the evolution of the project, as it is the first album to feature a full band, with Ford staying seated at the piano.  He's backed by The Black Gold Brass Band, with songs arranged to rise and fall with the energy of the five-piece horn section.  Joining them is a rhythm section of bass, drums, guitar and Ford's keys.  The full band performed live in IPR's Cedar Falls studios on June 27, 2012.  Tune in for a

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Devendra Banhart was born in Houston, Texas, raised by his mother in Venezuela, and later moved to California as a teenager.He studied visual art at the San Francisco Art Institute, but dropped out to perform music in Europe, San Francisco and Los Angeles.  Banhart released his debut album in 2002.  On his latest record, Mala, he explores different genres, his musical experiments unified by his always interesting songwriting. 

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Bonne Finken's remarkably versatile voice allows her to transcend genres effortlessly.  One moment, the Iowan is melting your heart with a classic soul-inspired ballad.  The next, she's making your heart race with a take-no-prisoners approach to a slice of driving, R&B-tinged pop.  Join us for a live set from Bonne Finken and The Collective, recorded in IPR's Cedar Falls studios on November 15, 2011.  Tune in Thursday, April 11 in the 7:00 pm hour of Studio One.

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Hailing from a horse farm along the banks of the mighty Mississippi River, Iowa singer-songwriter William Elliott Whitmore has developed an intense love and spiritual understanding of the land, which he conveys through all of his records.  Whitmore stopped by the IPR Cedar Falls studios on July 11, 2012, playing and singing for a very appreciative audience.  We'll feature a set from that performance in the first hour of the Thursday, April 4 edition of Studio One.

CD of The Week from Low

Mar 31, 2013
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The Invisible Way is the tenth album from the Duluth, MN trio Low.  Low's guitarist and vocalist Alan Sparhawk tells the story of how the new record came together:  "While driving through Chicago, on tour, we stopped finally to visit Wilco at their studio, The Loft....It's a great place- a sea of instruments in a relaxed, open working environment."  Wilco's Jeff Tweedy agreed to produce the new Low album.  "He spoke a language we understood, but then took us effortlessly into the mystery," according to Sparhawk.

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Richard Thompson is an accomplished songwriter and interpreter of other artist's songs.  He's also a fine vocalist and guitarist, concentrating on the acoustic guitar in recent years.  For his new record, Thompson has returned to the electric guitar, underlining that fact by titled the album Electric.  He does play acoustic guitar as well on the new release, but even on the quieter tracks a certain energy comes through.  Buddy Miller, acting as producer, and recording Thompson in his Nashville home studio, has a lot to do with that.  Electric features eleven tracks, all o

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