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Jul 27, 2016
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Identical twin sisters Tegan Rain Quin and Sara Keirsten Quin began their musical partnership in Calgary, Alberta in 1995.  They began  writing songs and playing guitars together (and also recording themselves) while still in high school.  Tegan and Sara's official debut album was released in 1999, and Love You To Death is their eighth full-length studio release.  Greg Kurstin produced, and he also plays guitar, bass, keyboards and drums throughout the duo's new record.  Kurstin also produced the sisters' previous album, the very successful Heartthrob.

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American vocalist and musician Alison Mosshart and British guitarist Jamie Hince had both been in other bands when they met in London in 2000.  They began exchanging ideas for songs by sending each other tapes.  In time, they started writing and recording their songs using a drum machine to fill out the sound, and that's how The Kills were born.

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Things My Friends Say, the new album from the Quad Cities band Chrash, has just been released.  The trio stopped by IPR's Cedar Falls studios on July 14 for a live set and some conversation.  Chris Bernat (guitar and lead vocals), Paul Blomquist (drums) and Kim Murray (bass) performed many of the new songs, plus reached into the Chrash back catalog for some old favorites.  And, of course, a quirky choice for a cover song.  

Have a listen to this live set from Chrash!

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Paul Simon has been a major figure in music since Simon & Garfunkel's heyday in the 1960s, and on through an always interesting  solo career that continues to this day.  In recent years the songwriter and musician has released an album of new material every 5 or 6 years.  This allows Simon to rewrite and perfect the songs to his satisfaction.  Stranger To Stranger is his 13th solo album.  Simon experiments with the music, collaborating with the Italian electronic musician and producer Clap!

What a weekend it's been at the 80/35 Music Festival! Here's song from TWINS, Iowa's masters of power pop. We'll have full video from all of our IPR live sessions soon!

The Chicago band Genome brought some seriously funky soul sounds to our free stage during their IPR Live Session! The Studio One team has been at the 80/35 Music Festival in Des Moines all weekend - look for full performances from our bands soon. Enjoy this tune from Genome!

Yet another great Des Moines band joined us in the middle of the day on Saturday at the 80/35 festival, as we were treated to an IPR Live Session for The Dead Line String Band! Bluegrass is alive and well in Iowa, and is well represented at the 80/35 festival every year. Have a listen!

Another Des Moines band, Easy Fruit rocked it early Saturday afternoon at the IPR stage. They had played earlier in the day at the Nationwide stage, and judging from the size of our crowd, they earned themselves many new fans! Enjoy this song from Easy Fruit's set!

It got loud early on Saturday at the 80/35 Music Festival when the Des Moines band Goldblums peformed an IPR Live Session at our free stage! Hopefully, you found one of their CDs strategically placed around the festival grounds. We love discovering great Iowa music right along with our listeners!

Our last IPR Live Session on Friday at the 80/35 Music Festival was with the Des Moines band TIRES. Their loud, energetic set was the perfect way to end the first day! Check out one of the songs from their set below. There's still time to check out some great music at the IPR free stage! Come join us!

One of our first Saturday IPR live sessions at this year's 80/35 festival was from the Iowa band SIRES, formerly known as Dylan Sires And Neighbors. It's the first of three Saturday performances from SIRES: in addition to their performance at the Nationwide stage, they'll be playing at one of the official after parties! Enjoy this song from one of Iowa's most beloved bands!

The Des Moines band The Smoothsayers made a big splash on Friday at 80/35 by announcing their new name! Pale Blue Urf packed lots of jamming goodness into their brief IPR live session. Their high-energy performance was a hit with the crowd at our stage!

We were joined by Des Moines' Courtney Krause at the IPR free stage on Friday at the 80/35 Music Festival, not long after her set at the Kum & Go stage. We had a great crowd for this very personable and energetic singer-songwriter, and she was joined by some more great musicians!

We got off to a great start on Friday at the IPR free stage at the 80/35 Music Festival with a live set from the Minneapolis band Pistol Whippin' Party Penguins! Bluegrass music has become a big part of the 80/35 experience, and we're happy to help carry that forward!

Friday was the first day of the 80/35 Music Festival in Des Moines, and once again IPR's Studio One team is on the scene with the IPR free stage! It was a special day for us, as we were treated to a solo acoustic performance by Craig Finn. Best known as the leader of The Hold Steady, Craig played a couple of songs from his second solo album, Faith In The Future.

Join us at the IPR free stage on Saturday for performances from SIRES, Goldblums, TWINS and many more great artists!

The IPR Studio One team is at this year's 80/35 Music Festival in Des Moines, and we're once again hosting many of the festival performers at the IPR free stage. On Friday we were joined by the Des Moines band Holy White Hounds. Their debut full-length album, Sparkle Sparkle, was recently released on the Razor & Tie label, and the band is wrapping up a nationwide tour. Have a listen below!

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Kristin Kontrol is a new musical project for Dum Dum Girls leader, Dee Dee.  Dee Dee's real name is Kristin Welchez, and adding "Kontrol" to her first name was a spontaneous decision that just felt right for her new incarnation.  Kristin was looking for a new direction.  She was inspired enough to write 62 new songs, whittling them down to the 10 that make up the album X-Communicate.  The idea was to combine genres and to go beyond her work with Dum Dum Girls.  "The first music I felt was mine was classic 80s pop and 90s R&B," she says.

In this encore episode of IPR Studio One's "Java Blend," Minnesota-based artist Jack Klatt shows off his rolling Mississippi music. 

Lend an ear below to hear Java Blend host Ben Kieffer talk with Klatt about his extensive travel and the influence it has had on his songwriting. 

In this encore episode of IPR Studio One's "Java Blend," Des Moines indie-pop band In Rooms enchants listeners with their blend of Latin rhythms and pop melodies. 

Download the podcast below to hear Java Blend host Ben Kieffer chat with the group about their wide range of influences. 

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Colvin & Earle is a collaboration between veteran singer-songwriters Shawn Colvin and Steve Earle.  The two first met early on in their careers, and in 2014 they toured together for the first time.  That led to this new album, comprised of original songs plus some well-chosen covers.  As the artists' press materials for Colvin & Earle explain:   "This new way of working is different for both of them.  (Earle) is splitting the writing duties and supplying slouching harmonies in several tracks.

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Last summer, Des Moines-based singer, songwriter and performer Christopher The Conquered was sharing a stage with Natalie Prass.  He handed her an early copy of his new album I'm Giving Up On Rock & Roll.  She in turn passed it on to Ryan Adams.  After hearing it, Adams expressed his enthusiasm about the record on various online platforms.  Adams called Christopher "the real deal," and the album "crazy and incredible."  I'm Giving Up On Rock & Roll was recorded at famed Ardent Studios in Memphis, with Patrick Tape Fleming producing.

In this encore episode of IPR Studio One's "Java Blend," host Ben Kieffer chats with Bonne Finken

Download the podcast below, originally aired in September 2014,  to find out more about the powerful vocalist who was born and raised in Iowa.

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80/35 2016 is right around the corner, and project manager Amedeo Rossi says there's a lot of elements to the festival that attendees will remember from previous years - free water bottle filling stations courtesy of Des Moines Water Works, for one. What's different from past years? The festival is not over the 4th of July weekend. 

"Having it the next weekend made it a little bit easier to book," says Rossi. "It was one of the reasons to switch it off of the 4th of July weekend."

In this episode of IPR Studio One's "Java Blend," host Ben Kieffer does his best pirate impression with Nashville pirate singer Tom Mason.

Listen in to hear Mason's sea-worthy tunes and lots of piratey banter. 

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The Jayhawks began in Minneapolis in the mid-1980's as an alternative country rock band.  Since then, the band has gone through changes and had periods of hiatus.  Founding member Mark Olson has left The Jayhawks a couple of times (this time perhaps for good).  Founding member Gary Louris currently leads the band, and Marc Perlman is the other remaining member from the original lineup.  Paging Mr. Proust is the ninth Jayhawks album, with Peter Buck, Tucker Martine, and Louris producing.

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 On June 2, the Studio One Tracks broadcast was live from the Kum & Go Theatre at the Des Moines Social Club.  It was the Iowa Music Project Showcase, with all of the performers featured on the new Iowa Music Project release (on CD and limited edition vinyl via Iowa record label Maximum Ames Records this summer). All Iowa artists (27 in all) are heard on this new album, representing a variety of genres.  Find out more at iowamusicproject.com.

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The Cedar Falls band Peas And Carrot stopped by our Cedar Falls studios recently for a performance an interview. It was the band's second time performing live on Studio One Tracks, and a few things have changed since then. Peas And Carrot is now a four-piece band, and vocalist/guitarist/songwriter Audrey Robinson is the band's only remaining original member.

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Fruit Bats is yet another instance of an actual band evolving from the starting point of the musical alias of a solo singer/songwriter.  In this case, the musician is Eric D. Johnson, who started as Fruit Bats in 1997.  By 2000, Johnson was the guitarist in various bands, including Califone and The Shins.  He was also a banjo instructor at the famed Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago.  By 2001, Fruit Bats was a band, with their debut full-length record released that year.  In recent years, Johnson had continued making music, but had put the Fruit Bats name to rest.

In this episode of IPR Studio One's "Java Blend," host Ben Kieffer goes back to ska-llege with Quad Cities Ska group Fairhaven.

Listen in below to hear Kieffer chat with the group about their new split album and their upcoming national tour, as well as some raucus Ska numbers to get your energized. 

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