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In this encore episode of IPR Studio One's "Java Blend," host Ben Kieffer will chat with The River Monks . The River Monks have been called 'wistfully harmonious' and 'mega-folk,' descriptive of their multi-layered voices and the blend of traditional folk instrumentation with a modern, broad, lush perspective. Creating huge scapes of airy atmosphere and complex, diverse rhythm, and in the same breath hushing audiences with whispered dynamics, The River Monks deliver a polished brand of melody...

Panda Bear Meets The Grim Reaper is the fifth full-length album Noah Lennox has released under his nom de plume Panda Bear. Baltimore native Panda Bear is a co-founding member of Animal Collective, a band known for their musical creativity and experimentation. The multi-instrumentalist has indicated that death and personal growth are lyrical themes of the new record. The music has been aptly described as " swirling" and "as pure as a babbling brook." http://youtu.be/HoUE-kRcqig

NPR Tiny Desk Concerts are intimate video performances, recorded live at the desk of All Songs Considered host, Bob Boilen. Boilen's desk is located at NPR headquarters in Washington, DC. Past performers have included Lucinda Williams, Rubblebucket, St Paul and The Broken Bones, J. Mascis, Tweedy, Pixies, Neko Case and many more! The NPR Tiny Desk Concert Contest has raised a lot of excitement among musicians hoping to win and play at the desk. The submission period for the contest closed on...

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

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Gravity Well is the new album from Rose's Pawn Shop. The Los Angeles-based, five-piece group formed in 2006, and this is their third full-length album. The sound of Rose's Pawn Shop can be categorized as Americana leaning toward the indie rock side. In fact, the songs on Gravity Well have been described as rousing, fierce and anthemic; the music a "stomping interpretation of alt-country and Americana songcraft."

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The Iowa band Beverly and the Accordion performed live in IPR'S Cedar Falls studios on January 13. The six-piece group played songs from their new release The Porch Sessions, and more. An appreciative hometown audience responded enthusiastically to Beverly and the Accordion's Americana-flavored music. And yes, an accordion can be heard in the mix!

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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 the podcast to find out more about the artist. Seconds, her 2012 release, marks the fourth studio record for Rebecca Rego since 2006. Seconds is Rebecca Rego's second full band release . The album features Stephanie Whiton on drums, Michael Biederman on guitar, Mike Przygoda playing piano, and Renee Serritella on the bass. Fellow Chicago folkie and occasional member of Joe Pug’s...

Philadelphia's DRGN KING (pronounced "Dragon King") began as a duo in 2009, with singer and frontman Dominic Angelella, and multi-instrumentalist and producer Ritz Reynolds. The duo later expanded to a four-piece band. After recording a few tracks and releasing a few EP's, the debut full-length album from DRGN KING was released in 2013. Baltimore Crush is the follow-up, with songs inspired by Angelella's youth in Baltimore, and highlighting the band's bright indie-rock sound. http://youtu.be...

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In this encore episode of IPR Studio One's "Java Blend" host Ben Kieffer talks with Brother Trucker . Download the podcast to find out more about the band and their Iowa-inspired music. The Americana roots-rock band Brother Trucker's first 3 albums were released on what was widely considered the seminal, Iowa Independent record label, Trailer Records. Based out of Iowa City, Trailer Records featured the very best of what was nationally coined as “The Iowa Sound”. Label-mates included such...

In this episode of IPR Studio One's "Java Blend," host Ben Kieffer will chat with Kevin "BF" Burt . Listen to the podcast to find out more about the the Coralville native and his music. For over 20 years, Kevin “B.F.” Burt has been electrifying audiences throughout the nation dispelling the myth that true blues has no roots in Iowa. His soul-inspired presentation is unique which consistently gets him compared to a range of artists like Bill Withers and Aaron Nevill, with the ability to build...

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The Heart Of A Dark Star is the fourth album from mr. Gnome, a married duo from Cleveland, Ohio. The full sound of mr. Gnome's music is created by singer/guitarist Nicole Barille and drummer/pianist Sam Meister. They have been recording as mr. Gnome since 2006. Their sound has been described as "art rock", with songs that explore fantastic and mythical subjects, and a theatrical approach to their music and stage show.

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James Mercer's band The Shins began as a side project of his then primary group, Flake Music. The Albuquerque, New Mexico band was more collaborative than The Shins, and was active for much of the 1990's. They only released one full-length album, When You Land Here It's Time To Return , in 1997. Because of the success of The Shins (and another Mercer project, Broken Bells), interest remains high in Flake Music. The album's songs, remixed and reissued now on the Sub Pop label, are enjoyable...

In this episode of IPR Studio One's "Java Blend," host Ben Kieffer will chat with Bob Dorr & The Blue Band .

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Blind Boys of Alabama formed in 1944, and have stated that their goal is to "spiritually uplift audiences." They have released many records over the years, and Talkin' Christmas is not their first Christmas album. It is, however, the first to feature collaborator Taj Mahal. Taj Mahal has been putting his unique stamp on blues and world music for nearly 50 years. In Talkin' Christmas the singers and musicians have created a special blend of gospel and R&B for the season. http://youtu.be...

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Several dependable bands, some innovators and a few pleasant surprises made the list of IPR's Studio One hosts' favorite music of 2014.

In this episode of IPR Studio One's "Java Blend," host Ben Kieffer will chat with The Candymakers . Listen to the podcast to find out more about The Candymakers' latest album, Ridiculicious . The Candymakers are a blues band with the traditions of old-school R&B, funk and soul. This young band offers a sound that is contemporary, yet keeps the essence of music past. Though the band is known for its soulful male vocalists, it is anchored by the collaborative genius of its blues driven...

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La Isla Bonita is the twelfth full-length album from Deerhoof, a band that formed in San Francisco in 1994. In that twenty year span, Deerhoof have produced and managed themselves, creating an avant-garde pop sound that can be equally challenging and intriguing. Japanese-born Satomi Matsuzaki is the band's distinctive vocalist. Inspired by the high energy, to-the-point style of the Ramones, Deerhoof reportedly recorded La Isla Bonita live in the basement of guitarist Ed Rodriguez in a ...

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Pieta Brown, along with Bo Ramsey on electric guitar, stopped by IPR's Cedar Falls studios on Dec. 8. The set list included songs from the new album Paradise Outlaw. The live set was in advance of her Dec. 12 show at Des Moines' Temple for the Performing Arts, a night of music that will also feature The Pines, and is being presented by Iowa Public Radio Studio One. Enjoy this wonderful live performance!

In this episode of IPR Studio One's "Java Blend," host Ben Kieffer will chat with Switchback . Listen to the podcast to find out more about Switchback's latest album, Kanoka. For over two decades, the musical partnership of Brian FitzGerald and Martin McCormack, known as Switchback, has been entertaining audiences around the world with their unique American Roots ~ Celtic Soul blend of music. None other than the Grammy Award-winning producer Lloyd Maines chose to work with Switchback in...

Ariel Pink is the stage name of Ariel Marcus Rosenberg, a multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, songwriter and producer based in Los Angeles. He studied visual art for a time at the California Institute of the Arts, and has been writing songs for most of his life. He began making lo-fi recording of his songs in the mid-1990's, and has recorded over 500 songs since then, most of them unreleased commercially. The new album P om Pom is an entertaining mix of accessible pop songs and Frank Zappa style...

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Based in Central Iowa, Unknown Component is the project of multi-instrumentalist and producer Keith Lynch. Unknown Component made a return visit to Studio One on Dec. 4, playing songs from the brand new release Arbitrary Ambiguity and more. With a couple of guitars, a laptop and a few other pieces of gear, Lynch produced the full sound of Unknown Component. You can listen right here!

In this episode of IPR Studio One's "Java Blend," host Ben Kieffer will chat with Greg Klyma . Listen to the podcast to find out more about Klyma's latest album, Another Man's Treasure. Greg Klyma is a prolific songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and seasoned performer, bringing to every stage a catalog of material that assumes his audiences are both smart and able to laugh. His birth date puts him squarely in the middle of Generation X, but Greg is an old-school troubadour. His enduring themes...

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Bob Dylan gave producer T Bone Burnett a batch of his lyrics written circa 1967. Burnett gathered Elvis Costello, Jim James (My Morning Jacket), Taylor Goldsmith (Dawes), Marcus Mumford (Mumford & Sons) and Rhiannon Giddens (Carolina Chocolate Drops) to write music for those lyrics. The musicians (calling themselves The New Basement Tapes) recorded an album in Los Angeles, and titled it Lost On The River. The songs harken back to Dylan and The Band's storied Basement Tapes, but are also...

There is something about good music that just gets me, and for as long as I can remember I have always connected through music. It was four years ago that I hosted my first show on IPR’s Studio One . It was on a Sunday night after the Thanksgiving holiday, and coincidently my last show falls during that same time of the year. I am grateful to have had the opportunity on Studio One to share my love of music with other fellow music aficionados throughout the state of Iowa. At the end of this...

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On Nov. 20, Studio One partnered with The Des Moines Social Club to broadcast a live set from The Basement at the DMSC. Christopher The Conquered was in fine form, playing for an appreciative hometown audience just days before leaving for a month-long tour in Italy. We were treated to songs from the forthcoming record I'm Giving Up On Rock And Roll and more. You can listen right here!

In this episode of IPR Studio One's "Java Blend," host Ben Kieffer will chat with Muckrockers . Listen to the podcast to find out more about Muckrockers' latest album, We The People . Muckrockers are a group of working class musician-citizens aiming to illuminate and eliminate the corporate stranglehold on our government and our lives.

Seeds is the fifth full-length album from TV On The Radio. The band formed in Brooklyn, NY in 2001 and have retained the same line-up for most of their career. Seeds is the first album from the group since the death (from cancer) of bassist Gerard Smith in 2011. According to lead singer Tunde Adebimpe, "We've been through a lot of stuff in the past few years that could have stopped the band cold, but I'm glad we got it together and took stock of the unique connection we have between each...

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On November 18, the Iowa City band The Sapwoods returned to Studio One for a live performance. Their second album, Peaks And Valleys, was released this past summer. The Sapwoods are preparing for a Midwest tour beginning in January, and one of their gigs before a break for the holidays happened in our Cedar Falls studios. The tight five-piece group was in fine form for this set. Have a listen!

In this episode of IPR Studio One's "Java Blend," host Ben Kieffer will chat with The Mayflies Trio . Listen to the podcast to find out more about The Mayflies' latest album, Saturday Afternoon Girl .

Hold My Home is the fifth full-length release from Cold War Kids. The band formed in Fullerton, California ten years ago, and remains based in the Golden State. Cold War Kids have said that in the beginning, having instruments was secondary to their enthusiasm. At band practices they thumped on walls, banged on heat pipes, stomped and chanted. Cold War Kids now have more instruments, a steadily growing indie rock reputation, and a solid new album titled Hold My Home .

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