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Our Favorite Acts From 80/35

Jul 16, 2019
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Another 80/35 has come and gone, and all that's left are the memories we made with other Serious Music People along the way. Just kidding, kind of. Now that we've all showered, packed away our gear and returned to the air conditioning, we asked Studio One Hosts Mark Simmet, Tony Dehner and Sydney Hauer to write about their favorite acts from 80/35 this weekend. 

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We hosted our Live Session's Stage at 80/35 this weekend for the sixth year in a row. Check out our photo recap of an awesome, music filled weekend. 

The Black Keys Rock On

Jul 15, 2019
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The phrase "highly anticipated" is often used to describe a new release by a band that hasn't been heard from in a while.  In the case of The Black Keys, it seems totally justified.  Their ninth studio album "Let's Rock" comes five years after their last one.  That's the longest they've ever gone between records, and it seems even longer considering the great success the band had with "Turn Blue" and the two albums before that one.

Prince At His Peak

Jul 8, 2019
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Prince had his greatest mainstream popularity in the 1980s.  It was the decade where each year brought more and seemingly greater music from the prodigiously talented songwriter and musician from Minneapolis.  Of course, Prince never stopped creating, working right up to his untimely death on April 21, 2016.  He reportedly left a huge amount of unreleased music in the vault.

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We'll feature nearly 20 bands this weekend at 80/35 on our IPR Live Sessions free stage including nationally touring acts And The Kids, Dessa, The Harmaleighs, and Lissie.

We've also got three exclusive sets happening. 

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Since their beginnings over a dozen years ago, the Brooklyn band Yeasayer have been known for their arty experimentation.  For "Erotic Reruns," their fifth studio record, the weirdness has been reined in and the songcraft has been stepped up.  

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Cedar Falls based band The Copper Smoke Trials released their debut, full-length album a month ago this week. 

The self-titled record, "The Copper Smoke Trials," is available on all streaming platforms, and the band is offering a free download of the album on their website. 

Iowa Public Radio’s stage is celebrating its sixth birthday this year at 80/35 with the same great mix of local and nationally known talent. This year, we’re moving to a new location at the corner of 13 St. and Locust, near the west gate to the ticketed area. 

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Heads up, Serious Music People: there’s been a change in the lineup for this year’s 80/35 festival. Rapper/songwriter Dessa will replace Noname, who recently canceled her summer tour.

Best Albums Of 2019 (So Far)

Jun 25, 2019

We asked our panel of public radio writers one question: What is your favorite album of 2019 so far? There were so many ways to answer: we've heard albums that feel germane to our time, that allowed us to escape, that reconfigured a beloved artist's roots or that signaled the next wave of sound. But ultimately, what we have here are the No. 1s as picked by some of the biggest ears in the country, the albums that we just can't stop listening to, even when time, algorithms and unending news cycles demand otherwise.

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Mavis Staples will celebrate her 80th birthday on July 10, and she's excited about it.  Staples announced three special "Mavis & Friends" shows coming up this year in New York, Nashville and Los Angeles.  "I just wanted the world to know that I made it to 80!" she explained.  "I am letting my fans know that I'm over the hill but now I'm going over the mountain."

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The National mark twenty years as a band with their eighth full-length record "I Am Easy To Find," presenting the world with a quintessential National album that also manages to expand upon their music.  Known for the melancholy, dark and sometimes difficult nature of their songs, to fans of The National those songs are like anthems.  Not rousing, celebratory anthems, but anthems in the secondary sense of church music sung by a choir.

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As a Serious Music Person, you know that vinyl is a superior way to listen to music unless you’re tuned into Iowa Public Radio’s Studio One.

Heady conversation about warmth of sound aside, if you are into collecting limited edition vinyl presses, Octopus College Hill is brewing up a plan that you should know about.

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Upon hearing the latest Foxygen record, "Seeing Other People," my first impression was that this was a full-length farewell from the duo.  From the record's title on down to the often vitriolic lyrics of the songs, it seemed like maybe two guys who started their band in high school fourteen years ago had finally had enough.  

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Brooklyn, New York based Big Thief recorded their third album "U.F.O.F." in rural western Washington.  The band set up in a large cabin-like room at Bear Creek Studios.  It's the kind of environment that seems an integral part of the recordings that make up the new record.

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When the Iowa City band Flash in a Pan formed in 2012, lead man Blake Daly thought the band would be just that -- a flash in a pan, here one moment and gone the next. Two albums and nearly seven years later, the band might have picked a different name. 

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When a temporary flood barrier broke along the Mississippi River in Davenport on April 30, parts of downtown flooded, and the river crested at its highest record on level. 

Rick Palmer, executive director of the RiverCenter Adler Theater, says that when the water breached the barrier, the scene was unruly.  

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For their fourth album, "Father Of The Bride," Vampire Weekend come across as a more mature band.  The record seems a bit more Americana and a bit less indie rock. 

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With great live music happening every weekend, it can be hard to plan your summers accordingly. Luckily, we're here to guide you through it.

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EleanorGrace self-debuted her first recordings after taping a few tracks in her bedroom and posting them online when she was 13.

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Tacocat is a quartet that makes fun music.  With a band name that's a palindrome, how could they not?  But making danceable punky pop music does not preclude them from delivering thoughtful lyrics that comment on our culture and world.

This year, I was blown away by the Tiny Desk Contest entries I saw. We received over 6,000 entries from all across the country. We saw tiny desks up on rooftops and down on a subway platform; tucked into treetops, pickup trucks and laundromats. We heard songs about the situations that make life difficult and the people that make life worth living.

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After album themes that have included Goths, professional wrestling, fictional tarot cards and more, Mountain Goats songwriter and frontman John Darnielle now turns his attention to a Dungeons & Dragons inspired fantasy world.

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Des Moines' Parranderos Latin Combo pride themselves on helping to keep Latin music alive and diverse in Iowa and beyond.  Exploring musical styles such as salsa, cumbia and samba, PLC is a true crowd-pleaser.  The multi-member group made a return visit to Studio One Underground for a couple of sets in The Basement of the Des Moines Social Club on May 2, 2019.

Listen to the infectious music of Parranderos Latin Combo right here! 

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The last time we had the band perform live on Studio One, John June Year were about to release their EP "Pop Sucker."  This time the band came to perform songs from their debut full-length album "Modern Motives."

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South Carolina's Shovels & Rope take a giant step forward on their new album "By Blood."  Built upon the duo's strong Americana foundation, it's a thoroughly satisfying contemporary rock and roll record.

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The latest album from Weyes Blood is "Titanic Rising," with dreamy and cinematic songs haunted by the fateful tale of that doomed ocean liner.

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Lily DeTaeye's first album "Nothing To Say" is a whimsical journey, full of pop ballads and light acoustic tracks like "Footie Pajamas." As she gets ready to release her second album, prepare for something different. 

She's debuting a new single "Hurt You" in preview of her new record which is slated for an early fall release. 

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Thirty-six Iowa artists entered this year's Tiny Desk Contest for a chance to play a Tiny Desk concert at NPR and go on a nationwide tour. You can sort through and listen to all of the entries submitted here. 

We listened through all of the submissions from Iowa, and there were a few that really caught our ears. 

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