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We here at Iowa City Music Scene have been working hard to revamp the site and connecting all of our social media outlets. Please check out our twitter and if you follow us we will follow you back. We are always looking for content to put on our page so don’t be afraid to contact…read more

Sleep Study

Heralded Minneapolis rock trio Sleep Study (Simon Recordings, NYC) will be preforming at the Blue Moose Tap in Iowa City on September 25, 2015 along with The Holy White Hounds (Des Moines, IA) and Eric Pettit Lion (Burlington, IA). Tickets: $10. Doors: 8pm. Show: 9pm. Sleep Study was named by Paste Magazine as one of Minneapolis’…read more

King Eddie

Debut Album Review King Eddie is a band from Detroit that recently moved to Sioux City. For the last 2 years this band has gone through a fair number of line-up changes but they have finalized a line-up consisting of Justin J Maike (Leader/Guitarist), Aurora Adams (Vocals), Jacob Miller (Lead Guitar), Joe Myers (Drums), Velvet Adams (Bass). With this debut album…read more

Velcro Moxie competes in a Battle of the Bands

Ten months ago today Velcro Moxie took the stage and put their reputation on the line to compete in a battle of the bands. Other bands that played that night include Flannel Season, Soul Phlegm, Surrounded By Giants and B-Star.  

New Mad Monks Album

An epic final performance by one of Iowa City’s greatest rock bands. Thank you Monks!

Public Access Music Hour: Supporting Local Music!

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Peaks and Valleys–The Sapwoods

Cover art by Dan Peterson. Peaks and Valleys, the new record by the Sapwoods is likely one of the best new records you’ll hear this year.  Anchored by singer-songwriter Justin Swafford and guitarist David Suchan, the Sapwoods went through a bit of turnover after 2012’s Electric Glow, before the lineup stabilized with Miranda Peyton on keys,…read more

Iowa City Music Festival #2 Preview and Info

  Who is ready for this weekend?!?! Here is some magic by the Mad Monks, they’ll be at Gabe’s Iowa City on Friday night Psychedelic Dance Rockers Zeta June The Treats will get you dancing at Yacht Club Friday night Don’t miss the the Feralings, beautiful song writting and steller musicianship Catch Maiden Mars tonight…read more

Item 9 to release 3rd Album on 4/19

An Iowa City staple, Item 9 & The Mad Hatter’s have been rocking Eastern Iowa and every where else from Dayton Ohio to Los Angeles California.  Their third highly anticipated comes out on midnight of 4/19 or just at 4/20/2014 begins.  Every time these guys put on a show they don’t hold back.  This will…read more

Change — Crystal City

Crystal City‘s transition’s complete.  Former acoustic duo Dave Helmer and Sam Drella have added a band and released Change, their second record, following an eponymous EP.  Brock Muench adds bass and Blake Oleson (since replaced by Dan Peterson) drums.  Dave, a gifted writer, also sings and plays guitar.  The lovely and talented Sam sings (she could…read more

Good Night Pete: Tribute to Pete Seeger

Good Night Pete: Tribute to Pete Seeger Uptown Bill’s Coffee House Saturday, February 22.  7-9 Featuring Mary Adams, Joe Brisben, Jp Claussen, Combined Efforts Choir, Gwendolyn Countryman, Jennifer Danielson, Erin Ebnet, Bob Engeman, Marvin Hain Jr., Bill Hook, Matt & Jamie Kearney, Karla Miller,Nick Stika, Greg & Jean Thompson.

We the People: The Muckrockers on the State of the Union

Given the recombinant nature of Iowa City bands and the general talent level, it’s probably nuts to label any new band a super-group.  However . . . Scott Cochran has been writing great songs for a long time now, polishing his craft with two excellent bands, Slew Grass and Flannel.  He’s given a lot of…read more

Iowa City Music Scene Showcase #1

Don’t miss our very first local music showcase!!  Pictures and video to come.  See you January 18th in Iowa City at Gabes and Yacht Club!!              

Catfish Keith plays the Mill Saturday, Dec. 28th, 8pm

If you haven’t seen heard Catfish Keith play, odds are good you haven’t seen anyone like him.  The shorthand for what he plays is  acoustic blues, but you’ll hear hokum, Caribbean and Hawaiian influences as well.  He’s toured overseas 41 times, and is just back from 2 1/2 months in Denmark, Ireland, N. Ireland, and the…read more

Crystal City. Sunday. Gabes. Free. Early.

Bands come and bands go in a college town.  Crystal City moved here about 15 months ago from Marshalltown and set about transforming themselves from an acoustic duo to and electric band, rehearsing, recording, woodshedding. Sam Drella and Dave Helmer got together about four years ago, developing a following in central Iowa and restoring Dave’s…read more

An Interview w/ AJ of Das Thunderfoot

Das Thunderfoot Debut album: Pudding Popper – 13 songs ahellofalotta Rock. Release Date: November 23rd Who is in Das Thunderfoot? Alfred Mannix, Nate Soukup, and Me (AJ Wessling).  Not Wesley.  There was a family of Wesleys back in my hometown and people always got me confused.  Damnit I’m not a Wesley. When did you start…read more

Das Thunderfoot’s Pudding Popper Album Review

  Das Thunderfoot’s soon-to-be-released debut, Pudding Popper consists of 13 high energy tracks, full of creative (and often comical) lyrical content, dynamic shifts, layers of heavy rock riffs phasing in and out of rhythmically tight, percussive bass lines and drum beats.  Overall I found Pudding Popper to be highly entertaining with tons of replay value….read more

Harmony Holler

Stretch your comfort zone Saturday at Uptown Bill’s 7-9 with Harmony Holler.  Mountain music is one of the styles Bill Monroe synthesized into bluegrass 70 years ago.  You’ll hear high energy, four part harmonies, and songs about food, animals and drugs.  Check them out on Facebook. –John Hiett