The Iowa City trio Milk Duct Tape played an energetic live set for Studio One on Feb. 17, in IPR's Cedar Falls studios. In the great rock tradition of guitar/bass/drums, the band played songs from their new release Styrofoam Tombstone and more. Milk Duct Tape describe their music as "grunge rock from the Iowa desert." Have a listen and find out what that means!
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 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!
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!
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!
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.
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!
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!
Cedar Falls folk-punk trio, Peas and Carrot stopped by Studio One for a live performance Tuesday night. Consisting of Audrey Robinson on vocals and guitar, Walt Goodknight on bass, and Nathan Lantz on drums, the trio played several songs from their debut EP Big Girl Shoes—plus Audrey had some interesting things to say about the band’s name. If you missed Peas and Carrot the first time around or would like to hear them again, you can do so by clicking on the audio below.
Upcoming Chicago band Twin Peaks are heading to Iowa during their fall tour in support if their sophomore release Wild Onion. They will be in Iowa City at the Blue Moose Tap house tomorrow Sept 23 and then Des Moines Wednesday Sept 24 at the Vaudeville Mews. If you missed the phone interview I did with Twin Peaks vocalist and guitarist Cadien Lake James you can listen to it below.
Tonight during the 7 o’clock hour of Studio One, we have a live performance from Bedroom Shrine out of the Davenport area. Here’s a video from their debut No Déjà Vu.
Iowa Public Radio Classical recently headed to Studio One with singers from the Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre’s Mikado production. The Young Artist cast, along with conductor John Hollins and pianist Tony Nickle, performed selections from the Gilbert and Sullivan operetta while giving us a glimpse behind the scenes of their upcoming performances at the historic Brucemore Mansion in Cedar Rapids.
The Waterloo, Iowa band Twins are about to release the follow-up to their 2012 album, Funny Faces. The new record, Tomboys On Parade, was self-produced by the band at Jealous Dog Studios in Cedar Falls, with Al Eacret engineering the recording sessions. Eacret mixed the album along with Twins lead vocalist and guitarist, Joel Sires. The line-up of Twins also includes Luke Sires on drums, Harper Sires on guitar and Devin Ferguson on bass.
With A Little Help From Our Friends, this fundraising edition of The Sunday Night Beatles Medley will convince you that money Can't Buy You Love, but it CAN get you great radio programming. All Together Now!
THE BEATLES-MONEY (THAT'S WHAT I WANT)/CAN'T BUY ME LOVE/8 DAYS A WEEK
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It's fundraising time. It's THE BLUES, Baby, pledge 24/7 at this website! Tonight's blues bus trip includes music from all 5 Blues Music Award nominees for Blues Entertainer of the Year, plus new releases from Shaun Murphy and Joe Louis Walker and Iowa blues from Robert "One-Man" Johnson and The Janeys
WILLIAM CLARKE-BLOWIN' THE FAMILY JEWELS (EXCERPT)
Beck is known for his sonically adventurous recordings, creating anticipation for each new release since he can go in so many different directions. His twelfth studio album, Morning Phase, is drawing comparisons to his Sea Change record. It's even being called a "companion piece" to that very successful 2002 release. Many of the same musicians from Sea Change are back, and the songs are meditative and gorgeous in their use of vocal harmonies and occasional string sections.
In case you might have missed it on Super Bowl Sunday, here's the show that originally aired Feb. 2.
Music from all 5 nominees for the 2014 Blues Music Award in the Rock Blues Album of the Year category, some 90s blues from Johnny Winter and Willie Murphy, plus exclusive IPR recordings of New York guitar player Chris Beard at the 2012 Bluesmore celebration in Cedar Rapids.
WILLIAM CLARKE-BLOWIN' THE FAMILY JEWELS (EXCERPT)
Hospitality formed in Brooklyn, NY in 2007, with Amber Papini (vocals, guitar, chief songwriter), Brian Betancourt (bass) and Nathan Michel (percussion). Their debut full-length album of infectious indie pop, Hospitality, was released in early 2012 on the venerable indie label Merge Records. Two years later we have the second album, Trouble, also on Merge. Hospitality's sound has evolved on this new release, becoming deeper and richer.