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Cloud Cult

It's a busy time for the Minneapolis band Cloud Cult. The band's 10th album, The Seeker, will be released on February 12th (although you can hear it now on Studio One Tracks), and later this year will see the release of a feature film of the same name, based on the album.

Cloud Cult will be at the Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center in Cedar Falls on Thursday, February 4th, for their final concert before embarking on a three-month tour of the United States. It's the first concert in Gallagher Bluedorn's new Handpicked series.

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Cage The Elephant have been around since 2006 when they formed in their hometown of Bowling Green, Kentucky.  Their first album came out in 2008, and they've released a new studio record approximately every two years since then.  The new one is Tell Me I'm Pretty.  This time out the band recruited Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys to produce.  Cage The Elephant recorded the new songs at Auerbach's Easy Eye Sound studio in Nashville in the spring of 2015.

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The creation and distribution of music these days seems to be limited only by the imagination of the musicians involved.  In the case of Oh Wonder, the British duo wrote, recorded and released one song per month, beginning in September of 2014.  They released the thirteenth song in September of 2015.  Oh Wonder's self- titled debut album collects those thirteen, plus two additional tracks.  The duo (Anthony West and Josephine Vander Gucht) wrote, recorded, produced and mixed everything at their London home studio.

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New Kingdom is the second full length release from the Lafayette, Louisiana band Givers.  Two of the group's members, Tiffany Lamson (vocals and percussion) and Taylor Guarisco (vocals and guitar) began playing music together following Hurricane Katrina in 2005.  They were forced to leave school and their New Orleans apartment due to the conditions there.  Returning to Lafayette, the duo found they had little to do.  That led them in the direction of making music, and eventually they recruited the other members of Givers.

The Nadas

It's almost time for our monthly live broadcast from the Des Moines Social Club, and this one could be our biggest yet, as the Studio One team welcomes The Nadas on February 4th! Reserve Tickets Here.

With their unique folk-rock sound, The Nadas are an Iowa institution. Over 20 years, they've released eight studio albums and two live albums, and continue to perform live year-round while writing and recording new material.

In this episode of IPR Studio One's "Java Blend," host Ben Kieffer is joined by Lyons, Colorado-based artist Arthur Lee Land, whose eclectic and dizzying use of live looping has been mesmerizing audiences across the nation. 

Listen in below to hear the story of Arthur's ability to re-frame what many deem a disability into a gift, and tap your feet to the joyous music that results. 

In this episode of IPR Studio One's "Java Blend," host Ben Kieffer welcomes Iowa's own hot new soul group The Maytags. 

Listen in to the podcast below to hear the group's unhurried, inconspicuous brand of soul music that is putting the genre back on the map in the Midwest. 

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El Vy (press material on the band helpfully indicate it's pronounced like "hell pie" or a plural form of Elvis) is a collaboration between Matt Berninger of The National, and Portland-based Brent Knopf, formerly of Menomena and now in Ramona Falls.  The two met about ten years ago when their respective bands were touring together.  Since then, musician/producer Knopf had occasionally been sending Berninger musical ideas, and Berninger had been writing lyrics with this project in mind.

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Iowa City drummer/composer Jim Viner (Brother Trucker, Diplomats of Solid Sound, High and Lonesome) is fronting his own band for the first time.  The band is Jim Viner's Incredible B3 Band, and Viner and his fellow musicians lived up to the promise of their name with two sets of expertly played soul grooves on Jan. 7 at The Basement venue of the Des Moines Social Club.  The live audience braved the January rain for the show, and were rewarded with a set of Hammond B3-centric tunes from the new album Comango! in the first set.

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IPR's Studio One team is returning to the Basement Venue of the Des Moines Social Club on Thursday, January 7th, for our first live broadcast of 2016. This time, host Mark Simmet and the Studio One team welcome Jim Viner!

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Thank Your Lucky Stars was the second full-length album released by the Baltimore-based band Beach House in 2015, coming less than two months after their previous record Depression Cherry.  The group began in 2004 when Vassar College graduate (and French-born) songwriter, vocalist and keyboard player Victoria Legrand met songwriter/guitarist Alex Scally in his native Baltimore.  The music of Beach House has been described as "dream pop"- moody and atmospheric, with the focus on sonic textures, breathy vocals and introspective and existential lyrics.

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Grimes is the stage name of singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer Claire Boucher.  Boucher was born and raised in Vancouver, British Columbia.  While attending McGill University in Montreal, she began recording her own experimental music.  She began releasing albums in 2010, and Art Angels is the fourth studio album from Grimes.  The new record is more accessible, yet still arty in its approach to synth pop.  Grimes enlisted like-minded guest vocalists for a couple of tracks on Art Angels:  Janelle Monae and Taiwanese rapper Aristophanes.

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The Folk Tree got into the Christmas spirit on Dec. 20 with a live music extravaganza featuring three different acts.  Cedar Valley band The Enablers sang about having a dysfunctional Christmas and added some jingle bells to their twin-fiddle excitement. Curtis and Loretta, a duo from the Twin Cities, played Victorian carols and got us all singing along.  Singer-songwriter Raldo Schneider drew from his decades of writing for some songs about winter and its discontents.  A good time was had by all! Click the links below to hear what it sounded like.

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South Carolina-born Sharon Jones certainly knows her way around a Christmas song.  She began as a gospel singer in church, and only much later in life began singing professionally.  Jones has been singing with the Brooklyn, NY band The Dap-Kings since around the turn of the current century.  Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, along with other artists and groups affiliated with Brooklyn's Daptone Records, are at the forefront of the current soul revival.  The idea is to keep alive the spirit and the feel of the classic soul/funk era- roughly the mid 1960s to mid-1970s.

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The Quad Cities band Centaur Noir played a highly danceable live set in IPR's Cedar Falls studios on Dec. 15.  Jon Burns and Lora Wegener did a lot of dancing themselves as they sang and played songs from the latest Centaur Noir full-length record Puppets, ​along with songs from a forthcoming album they are currently working on.  You can hear their irresistable beats right here!

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Deerhunter was co-founded by lead vocalist, songwriter, guitarist and keyboard player Bradford Cox and drummer Moses Archuleta in 2001.  The band's name was inspired by a series of arcade games named Deer Hunter.  The group formed in Atlanta, Georgia, and several members have come and gone over the years.  Along with Cox and Archuleta, Deerhunter currently includes Cox's childhood friend Lockett Pundt on guitar and vocals, and bassist Josh McKay.  Fading Frontier is the band's seventh studio album.

On this episode of IPR Studio One's "Java Blend," Iowa City's very own Burlington Street Bluegrass Band takes the stage at the Java House in downtown Iowa City with host Ben Kieffer. 

Listen in to hear some of the group's impressive playing, as well as some amusing insight into their 200 years of collective experience playing music. 

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The band YACHT began in Portland, Oregon is 2002.  The core members of the band are Claire Evans and Jona Bechtolt, and it was Bechtolt's attendance at an alternative school in Portland called Young Americans Challenging High Technology that gave the band its name (YACHT is an acronym).  In fact, challenging (or at least observing and calling attention to) technology and modern life is a good description of what the band is all about.

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A festive time was had by all at The Basement venue of the Des Moines Social Club on Dec. 3.  It was A Conquered Christmas with Christopher The Conquered and special guests, performing music of the Holiday season as well as songs of love, unity and peace that fit the spirit of the season.  Christopher was joined by many special guests, all adding their own unique talents to the evening.  IPR's Studio One Tracks broadcast the first two sets of the evening live.

Canceled: The Pines, December 4th

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Unfortunately, The Pines' live performance on IPR Studio One's "Java Blend," scheduled for Friday, December 4th, has been canceled due to short staffing. The Pines' "Java Blend" performance will be rescheduled for February 2016 in conjunction with the release of their new album, "Above the Prairie." 

In this episode of IPR Studio One's "Java Blend," North Carolina folk duo Lowland Hum stops by the Java House and talks with host Ben Kieffer about their extensive traveling and how it has influenced their music.

Listen in to hear tracks from the group's new self-titled album. 

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Ryan Adams began his career in his native North Carolina in 1994 , fronting the alt-country band Whiskeytown.  His began making music as a solo artist in 2000, and 1989 is his fifteenth studio album.  The new record is a track-by-track cover album of Taylor Swift's 1989, the biggest selling album of 2014.  Of course, Adams' musical approach to recording the songs that Swift wrote is entirely his own, and Swift is fine with it.  Adams' marriage to singer and actress Mandy Moore was ending when he first became interested in 1989.

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Christmas will be here before we know it, and we firmly believe it's not too early to celebrate. Join IPR at the Basement venue of the Des Moines Social Club on December 3rd for A Conquered Christmas!

Iowa singer-songwriter Christopher The Conquered will be the host for this event, featuring classic songs of the season, along with new songs celebrating thankfulness, unity and love. There will be lots of surprises, including special guests that Chris hasn't even told us about yet!

On this episode of IPR Studio One's "Java Blend," Iowa City's own Soul Phlegm takes the stage with their special brand of "blues roots outlaw funk." 

Listen in to hear host Ben Kieffer catch up with the band on their upcoming project, as well as tracks from their debut EP, "Phlourish." 

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Blitzen Trapper have told different tales regarding the origin of their name, but the most plausible in the one about vocalist/guitarist Eric Earley's Junior High girlfriend.  She had a Trapper Keeper (loose-leaf binder) in school with pictures of Santa and his reindeer on it.  Her favorite reindeer was Blitzen.  Earley thought "hmmm, good name for my future band."  Actually, when the group began in Portland, Oregon in 2000 they had a totally different name- Garmonbozia.  By 2003 they had come to their senses and became Blitzen Trapper, self-releasing an album with that title.

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On Nov. 17, Quad Cities singer-songwriter Lewis Knudsen and his band played a generous set of songs from Knudsen's new album The Way Of Most Resistance.  The four-piece group performed in IPR's Cedar Falls studios.  Knudsen talked about being a songwriter, the recording of the album, the stories behind some of the songs and more.  Enjoy a great set from Lewis Knudsen and his band!  

On this episode of IPR Studio One's "Java Blend," Iowa City native songwriter Nathan Bell talks with host Ben Kieffer about how he blends literary and industrial influences to create relatable, powerful songs. 

Listen in to the podcast below for tracks from Nathan Bell's upcoming project, "I Don't Do this for Love, I Do this for Love," as well as special poetry readings from Nathan's father and Iowa's first poet laureate, Marvin Bell. 

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As I was listening to the new Neon Indian record, VEGA INTL Night School, hearing track after track of sublime electronic dance music, I had the thought that this was the dance pop record every other dance pop oriented band was trying to make in 2015- in other words, the best one I've heard this year.  Neon Indian is Mexican-born Alan Palomo's band.  He moved to San Antonio, Texas as a child.  Palomo attended college in Denton, Texas, and Denton remains his home base.  He had already been writing and performing music in high school, under the name VEGA.

In this episode of IPR Studio One's "Java Blend," host Ben Kieffer catches up with Dickie, the newest musical project of Java Blend frequenter Dick Prall and classically trained violinist Kristina Priceman. 

Listen in below to hear some tracks off Dickie's self-titled debut album. 

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The Waterloo-based band Dylan Sires & Neighbors are in the process of recording their third full-length album.  The band played live for Studio One Tracks from the Basement venue of the Des Moines Social Club on Nov. 5, treating us to songs from that forthcoming album, plus, of course, DS & N favorites.  The three-piece group rocked the Basement in fine style- and you can hear it right here! 

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