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Gentlemen Of The Road Festival Stopovers are organized by Mumford & Sons, so it's fitting that seemingly 98% of festival attendees are there for them, and the other bands are kind of an afterthought.  When they took the stage Saturday night and played for over two hours, Mumford & Sons more than justified the buzz generated by their presence in Waverly.  They played great, with spirited performances of both the hits and album cuts, and they did an intimate acoustic/near- a cappella set.

Lettuce was founded in 1992. The band met as teenagers while attending the Berklee College of Music, and their name comes from going into Boston jazz clubs when just starting out and asking club owners and musicians to "let us play". Obviously influenced by the likes of James Brown, Tower Of Power, Earth, Wind & Fire and others, Lettuce's music has all the hallmarks of classic funk & soul and is characterized by big organ and horn sounds, along with funky guitar rhythms.

In this encore episode of IPR Studio One's "Java Blend," host Ben Kieffer chats with The Parish Festival about the trip back to their native Iowa. 

Download the podcast to hear their uniquely infectious music. 

Featuring lead vocalist Jamey Cummins from the Hot Club of Davenport, The Parish Festival was formed in 2005 in Davenport, IA. Making up the band are Andy Rappel, Sara Ulloa, Kurt Lammers, and Jim Foster.

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While Frances Quinlan was a senior in high school, she began her acoustic solo project and called it by the rather unwieldy name of Hop Along, Queen Ansleis.  That was in 2004.  In 2008, Quinlan's brother Mark joined as drummer, and bassist Tyler Long came aboard in 2009.  The Philadelphia band shortened their name to just Hop Along around that time, and have since added guitarist Joe Reinhart.   Painted Shut is their third full-length album; their first for Omaha's Saddle Creek label.

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Des Moines-based performer Dan Tedesco played a great live set on Studio One on June 18.  The singer-songwriter treated us to songs from his latest album Death In The Valley, ​plus some older compositions.  He accompanied himself on guitar and stompbox (percussion for a one-man band), and also played the vintage Steinway piano in IPR's Cedar Falls studios.  You can listen to the set right here!  

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 What's almost as much fun as listening to your favorite music? Talking about it, of course! And with the year already half over, we've got a built-in excuse!

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Job: I'm a producer at IPR, which means that I help brainstorm and research ideas for the shows and stories you hear on the air. Lots of the people who have conversations with Ben Kieffer or Charity Nebbe during "River to River" or "Talk of Iowa" spoke with me first.  

What was the very last thing you listened to today? Be honest!

"Your Party" by Ween

What album have you been listening to a lot lately?

In this encore episode of IPR Studio One's "Java Blend," host Ben Kieffer chats with longtime Iowa musician Raldo Schneider. 

Download the podcast to listen to Raldo's distinctive country-folk. 

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Why Make Sense? is the sixth studio album from the British electronic music band Hot Chip.  The band formed in London in 2000.  Hot Chip strive to be melodic in their dance music.  While listening to their music, one never feels that the synths are overpowering the humanity behind the machines.  For the new record, the band has said they had enough material for an album twice as long, but they held back in an effort to not be indulgent.  They made the right choice- Why Make Sense? is a great listen!

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Des Moines' Parranderos Latin Combo played two great sets live on Studio One on June 4.  We were broadcasting live from  The Basement venue of the Des Moines Social Club, spinning discs and also bringing listeners another sample of what's coming up at the 80/35 Festival this summer.  Parranderos Latin Combo will be on hand for 80/35 with their expertly played, irresistibly danceable music!  Check it out right here!     

In this episode of IPR Studio One's "Java Blend," host Ben Kieffer talks with world-renowned acoustic blues artist Catfish Keith. 

Download the podcast to listen to foot-stomping tracks off his new album, "Honey Hole."

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The Magic Whip is the the eighth studio album from the British band Blur.  It's the first new album in 12 years for the band, and features the intact original lineup:   Damon Albarn (vocals & keyboards), Graham Coxon (guitar & vocals), Alex James (bass) and Dave Rowntree (drums).  Blur has achieved mass popularity in the UK, but here in the US they are known for their own particular brand of smart indie (albeit on a major label) rock.  Recorded in Hong Kong and London, The Magic Whip is the welcome return of Blur. 

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Job: Host of River to River; Host/Producer of Java Blend

What is the last thing you listened to today? Be honest!

An audio book version of "Dead Wake", the latest book by Erik Larson about the sinking of the Lusitania in 1915. I love Larson's historical work and once had the pleasure of interviewing him. 

What album have you been listening to lately?

Van Morrison's "Astral Weeks". It reminds me of being young!

What's your favorite song today?

In this episode of IPR Studio One's "Java Blend," host Ben Kieffer catches up with singer songwriter Ben Schmidt. 

Download the podcast to hear some tracks from Ben's upcoming projects. 

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Hot Buttered Rum is a five-piece modern bluegrass band from the San Francisco Bay area. The group's members are all close friends and decided to start the band while on a backpacking trip in the High Sierra. The band is known for energetic live performances and have performed with the likes of Phil Lesh, Chris Thile, Brett Dennen and Robert Earl Keen. They describe their music as "a sound that's as tough to describe as it is easy to love, and it has found its way to the most prestigious pop, folk and bluegrass stages in the country".

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Songwriter, vocalist and guitarist Bethany Cosentino and guitarist/multi-instrumentalist Bobb Bruno formed Best Coast in Los Angeles in 2009.  California Nights is their third full-length album.  Influences for the band include surf rock, 1960's girl groups, The Beach Boys and much more.  Those influences and Best Coast's own take on them combine to create their sound.  Their songs evoke the feeling we've come to associate with west coast music.  That appealing vibe continues on California Nights.

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We took Studio One on the road May 21 for another live broadcast from The Basement venue of the Des Moines Social Club!  It was a great night of music, including two sets from the Iowa City indie band The Olympics.  Studio One has been hosting live performances from some of the Iowa bands appearing at the 80/35 Festival in Des Moines this July.  Have a listen as The Olympics give us a preview of what to expect when they take the stage at 80/35!

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June 4th marks Studio One's live monthly broadcast at The Basement venue of the Des Moines Social Club from 7-9 p.m. Iowa Public Radio's Mark Simmet is hosting the event and will be spinning Studio One's usual great mix of indie rock, alternative, singer-songwriters and more!

In this episode of IPR Studio One's "Java Blend,"  host Ben Kieffer chats with the Ames based rock band The Colt Walkers.

Download the podcast to listen to tracks off their debut album. 

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My Morning Jacket can be described as a roots rock band that is willing to experiment and stretch their sound. The new album is titled The Waterfall, directing the listener's attention to fluid and moving cascades of sound.  Since their 1998 formation in Louisville, Kentucky, My Morning Jacket have been in the tradition of deliberately creating albums of songs that flow best when heard together.  Vocalist, guitarist and songwriter Jim James leads the group.  They are on tour now, with an Iowa stop in Waverly on June 19.    

The Iowa City band Red Rock Hill played live for attendees of the Iowa Public Radio Open House in Cedar Falls on May 6.  Jay Wetmore is the songwriter, lead guitarist and lead vocalist in the band.  Elise Fillpot is the rhythm guitarist and occasional harmony vocalist.  Jeff Musel was filling in on bass for Dave Hanson.  Red Rock Hill played songs spanning several years of Wetmore's songwriting catalogue, and he gave us some insight into his songs along the way.  You can hear the set right here!

  On this episode of IPR Studio One's Java Blend, Ben Kieffer and a packed Java House welcomed The Weepies back to the stage for the first time since 2011.   Download the full hour of superb songwriting and catchy melodies put forth by the husband and wife duo. 

Alabama Shakes show absolutely no signs of "sophomore slump" on their new record Sound & Color.  The album comes three years after Boys & Girls, their debut full-length.  Alabama Shakes began when singer/guitarist Brittany Howard and bassist Zac Cockrell were attending high school together in Athens, Alabama.  They soon recruited guitarist Heath Fogg and drummer Steve Johnson, performed cover songs and worked on original material.  The band sounds positively  inspired on Sound & Color, and Brittany Howard's soulfully intense vocals are undeniable.

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Run the Jewels is a collaboration between El-P and Killer Mike that has been described as "uncomprisingly raw and forward-thinking" and has earned accolades from Pitchfork, Rolling Stone, New York Times and more. They released their critically-acclaimed album "RTJ2" back in November and are releasing a traditional remix album which will be released this year. Also, thanks to a successful Kickstarter campaign, Run the Jewels are releasing a remix  of "RTJ2" using only cat sounds called "Meow the Jewels".

In this episode of IPR Studio One's "Java Blend" host, Ben Kieffer will chat with award-winning multi-instrumentalist and songwriter, Anna Laube.

Download the podcast to listen to tracks off her new self-titled album.

Untethered Moon is the first album from Built To Spill in nearly six years, and that's the longest amount of time between new records in the band's history.  Band founder Doug Martsch has indicated that the latest project was a bit of a struggle for him, and ultimately a new rhythm section were hired  to complete the album.  There have been several personnel changes since Built To Spill began in 1999, with guitarist, vocalist and songwriter Martsch the only constant member.  This is a guitar band through and through, with plenty to enjoy on Untethered Moon.

In this episode of IPR Studio One's "Java Blend" Ben Kieffer will chat with Quad Cities based artist, Lojo Russo.

Download the podcast for a full hour of Americana, blues, and roots music from the renouned vocalist backed by two local favorites, Gayla Drake and Laurie Haag.

Songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Mikal Cronin grew up in Laguna Beach, California where he developed a passion for surfing and also for rock and roll.  Cronin earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in music from the California Institute of the Arts.  Since 2005, he has played and recorded with several bands, most notably collaborating with fellow Californian Ty Segall.  Cronin released his first (self-titled) solo album in 2011, following it up with MCII in 2013, and now the new record.

In this episode of IPR Studio One's "Java Blend," host Ben Kieffer chats with the Twin Cities rock group Doug Collins and the Receptionists

Download the full hour podcast below for a listen to Collins' witty lyrics, backed by the roots rock sound of the Receptionists.

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Toro Y Moi is the stage name of musician, songwriter and producer Chaz Bundick.  Bundick had been in bands in high school and also played music while at the University of South Carolina (his home state), where he received a degree in graphic design.  Within a year of graduation he released his 2010 debut album on Carpark Records, with two more full-length albums following as Toro Y Moi, and also one as Les Sins.  Album #4 under the Toro Y Moi moniker is titled What For?, and finds the artist moving in a definite indie pop/power pop direction.

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