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Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros formed in Los Angeles in 2007.  Lead vocalist Alex Ebert leads the band, with a  revolving lineup of up to 12 people.  The musical collective began as a collaboration between Ebert and singer Jade Castrinos.  The band's name and Ebert's live persona are based on a messianic figure named Edward Sharpe, from a story he wrote.  The band's sound has elements of folk, gospel, roots rock and psychedelic music.  Their third release is self-titled, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros.



This Saturday, Dec. 28, at 2 PM, we'll broadcast a recent performance by EmJay on IPR Studio One's "Java Blend."

This week on The Folk Tree, join us for exclusive Iowa Public Radio recordings of award-winning Des Moines-based singer-songwriter Mary McAdams, from the 2010 Iowa Women's Music Festival, and Iowa City acoustic roots band Red Rock Hill, recorded live last August in our own Studio One in Cedar Falls.

We'll also hear music from new releases by Tom Paxton, the Wild Ponies, and the Barn Birds, and old favorites from the Battlefied Band and Mary Flower.

Love Over Gold

This Saturday, Dec. 21, at 2 PM, we'll broadcast a recent performance by Love Over Gold on IPR Studio One's "Java Blend."

Ben Kieffer will chat with founding members Lucy Thorne and Pieta Brown throughout the broadcast to find out more about their new band.


This Saturday, Dec. 14, at 2 PM, we'll broadcast a recent performance by Hipknosis on IPR Studio One's "Java Blend."

Ben Kieffer will chat with the artists throughout the broadcast to find out more about their return to touring.

The Future Laureates

This Saturday, Nov. 30, at 2 PM, we'll broadcast a recent performance by The Future Laureates on IPR Studio One's "Java Blend."

Gogol Bordello is a Gypsy punk band from the Lower East Side of Manhattan, formed in 1999 and known for persistent touring and theatrical stage shows.  Much of the band's sound is inspired by Gypsy music.  Gogol Bordello incorporates accordion and violin along with the punk and dub reggae elements of their music.  The new album, Pura Vida Conspiracy, is their first in three years, and was recorded in El Paso, Texas. 

Ryne Doughty
Ryne Doughty

  This Saturday, Nov. 23, at 2 PM, we'll broadcast a recent performance by Ryne Doughty on IPR Studio One's "Java Blend."

The Candymakers

This Saturday, Nov. 13, at 2 PM IPR Studio One's Java Blend presents an encore performance from 2012 by The Candymakers recorded at The Redstone Room in Davenport. 

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 and female vocalists, it is anchored by the collaborative genius of its blues driven guitarist, funky rhythm section and sultry horns.

Aubrey Boonstra

This Saturday, Nov. 9, at 2 PM, we'll broadcast a recent performance by Dick Prall on IPR Studio One's "Java Blend."

Ben Kieffer will chat with the artist throughout the broadcast to find out more about his latest project with Wilco's Pat Sansone. 

The Ericksons
Photo courtesy of the artist.

  This Saturday, Nov. 2, at 2 PM, we'll broadcast a recent performance by The Ericksons on IPR Studio One's "Java Blend."

Song Premiere: The Avett Brothers, 'Another is Waiting'

Aug 8, 2013
Courtesy of the Artist.

It hasn't even been 11 full months since released The Carpenter, the North Carolina band's most recent collection of poignant and infectious, bluegrass-inflected folk-rock. And, given the lengthy touring cycle that each major album release generally spawns - the Avetts of last month's Newport Folk Festival with songs from The Carpenter - fans had no reason to expect new music this year.

Soft Will is the third album from the Chicago band Smith Westerns.  The band was formed in 2007 by Max Kakacek and Cullen Omori, who at the time were students at Chicago's Northside College Preparatory School.  Cameron Omori, Cullen's brother, soon joined on bass.  The current drummer in the Smith Westerns is Julien Ehrlich.  Originally inspired by 1960's garage rock, Smith Westerns continue to refine their melodic indie rock sound on Soft Will.

Briar Rabbit
Cynthia Hunt and James Green

This Saturday, Oct. 12, at 2 PM, we'll broadcast a recent performance by Briar Rabbit on "Java Blend."

Dessa Parts of Speech
Doomtree Records

 This Saturday at 2 PM, we'll broadcast a recent performance by Dessa on "Java Blend."

 This Saturday at 2 PM, we'll broadcast a recent performance by The Parish Festival on "Java Blend."

This Saturday at 2 PM, we'll broadcast a recent performance by Raldo Schneider on "Java Blend."

Austra is a Canadian electronic music band from Toronto, Ontario.  The band formed in 2009, and consists of Katie Stelmanis (vocals, keyboards), her former Galaxy bandmate Maya Postepski (drums) and former Spiral Beach bassist Dorian Wolf.  The band is named after Stelmanis' middle name Austra, which is also the name of the goddess of light in Latvian mythology.  Their new release, Olympia, is the follow up to their highly praised 2011 debut album Feel It Break.

The Cedar Rapids-based Surf Zombies formed in 2006 and have released several full length CDs, including their most recent release Lust For Rust.  Brook Hoover and Ian Williams are the guitar duo, with Trevor Treiber on bass and Tyler Russell on drums.  The Surf Zombies play all original surf instrumentals, and bring this perfect summertime music to IPR's Studio One for a live in-studio appearance Monday, July 29th.  You are invited to be in the audience for this free show on the third floor of the Communication Arts Center on the UNI campus in Cedar Falls, Monday night beginning ar

The Newport Folk Festival is one of the summer's signature musical events and Iowa Public Radio will provide live video coverage of this legendary concert series from Newport, Rhode Island.  Visit for live webcasts Friday, July 26 beginning at 1:30 pm, and Saturday and Sunday beginning at 11:00 am.  See and hear live sets from Andrew Bird, Beck, Old Crow Medicine Show, The Lumineers, Justin Townes Earle, The Avett Brothers, The Mountain Goats, Iris Dement, Ramblin' Jack Elliott, Father John Misty, Beth Orton and more.

King Tuff is multifaceted songwriter and musician Kyle Thomas.  The name is a play on both his own name and "King Tut."  Was Dead is actually a reissue of the first King Tuff album, which preceded 2012's King Tuff.  The original release in 2008 was only on vinyl, and is very hard to find.  Was Dead is a treat for fans of catchy, guitar-based glam pop.

Christopher The Conquered and H.D. Harmsen stopped by IPR's Cedar Falls studios for music and conversation in the middle of their summer tour.  Hear live performances and Mark Simmet's interview with the two Iowa musicians, Wednesday night in the 7:00 pm hour of Studio One.

The Lonelyhearts is the duo of John Lindenbaum (vocals & guitar) and Andre Perry (vocals & keyboards).  The band formed in San Francisco in the early 2000's, released some music, and relocated to different parts of the country.  Lindenbaum is now living in Fort Collins, CO, and Perry resides in Iowa City.  They come together to work on new material, record new records (the latest is Years In The Great Interior on Maximum Ames Records) and tour the country.  The Lonelyhearts will be stopping by the Cedar Falls studios of IPR for a live in-studio appearance Tuesday, July 23.

Valerie June grew up in the small town of Humboldt, Tennessee before moving to Memphis.  She spent years honing a distinctive sound that shifts between eras and genres, with a voice that has been described as somewhere between Dolly Parton and Billie Holiday.  June wrote or co-wrote all but one of the 11 tracks on her debut album, Pushin' Against A Stone, with a blend of rural roots, country, rock and blues styles.

Shannon and The Clams take late '50s/ early '60s rock 'n roll as a starting point, adding elements of doo wop, girl groups, surf and punk music for their distinctive sound.  Shannon Shaw (also a member of Hunx and His Punx) is the powerful vocalist, and also plays bass in the trio.  The other members are Cody Blanchard (guitar, vocals) and Ian Amberson (drums, vocals).  Dreams In The Rat House is the third full-length album from the Oakland, California-based Shannon and The Clams.

Originally from Laguna Beach, California, Mikal Cronin's garage pop sound is influenced by indie rock of the '90s.  He is known for collaborating with Ty Segall, who also appears on Cronin's recordings.  After moving to San Francisco, Cronin recorded his second album.  MCII is his first for the Merge Records label, and with a few exceptions (including a couple of guitar solos from Segall), Cronin played all of the instruments.

Join us for live sets from the 2012 80/35 Festival Play In Finals in the first hour of Studio One, beginning Sunday, June 30.  We will feature a different live set each night leading up to the 2013 80/35 Festival July 5 and 6 in downtown Des Moines.  Here is the lineup: 

June 30    Seedlings

July 1        Holy White Hounds

July 2       Holy White Hounds

July 3       Love Songs For Lonely Monsters

July 4       Love Songs For Lonely Monsters

The fourth album from French electronic duo Daft Punk is Random Access Memories.  Daft Punk recorded the album largely using live instrumentation with session musicians, and limited the use of electronics to drum machines, a modular synthesizer and vintage vocoders.  The record also features collaborations with Panda Bear, Julian Casablancas, Giorgio Moroder and more.

This week's edition of The Folk Tree includes a very recent live recording and interview with the group Finnders and Youngberg, a Colorado-based group which includes Iowa native and award-winning songwriter Mike Finnders; a live recording of Iowa's own Jordan Sellergren; and music in honor of the summer solstice.  You'll also hear from Norman Blake, Patti Casey, and Greg Brown, among others.  Tune in between 1:00 and 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 23 for some great music!

Deerhunter frontman Bradford Cox first met guitarist Lockett Pundt while attending high school in Georgia.  Years later, Cox met keyboardist Moses Archuleta and began jamming with him.  Deerhunter was established in 2001, and currently consists of Cox, Pundt and Archuleta plus bassist Josh McKay and guitarist Frankie Broyles.  The new album, Monomania is a garage rock record full of the layered and hazy vintage guitar sounds Deerhunter are known for.  Deerhunter will be appearing on the main stage at this year's 80/35 Festival in Des Moines.