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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’ […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

Mother Blues–from the Local Music Project

Sure, they opened for Led Zeppelin, but that was only one night in Mother Blues’s long career.  Ringleader Patrick Hazell wrote the best summary of the the band’s history.   These guys rocked hard.  Hazell, a great pianist and harp player, has an ideal voice for shouting blues and a ton of soul. He’s in […]


Iowa Power Rock Trio Das Thunderfoot has just uploaded a preview of their upcoming album, Pudding Popper, on their website

Dead Larry/Wookiefoot at Gabe’s photos – 10-11-13

photos by Jason M.Larson (mostly lol) Due to dangerous amounts of fun, images may seem fuzzy and backwards in order.  View at your own risk.  Plus my shutter kept not wanting to open all the way.

Joe Scarpellino, bass player and battery of Dead Larry, answers a few questions in anticipation of Friday’s epic show at Gabe’s with Twin City jam monsters Wookiefoot. Dead Larry’s been together nine years now, which is quite a feat. How do you guys do it? To be honest – I’m not entirely sure. We’ve gone through […]

Homecoming Weekend Brings Euforquestra Back

Oboyoboyoboy They’ve been one of Iowa City’s most successful bands.  They’ve mentored others, they throw the party of the year,  and they seem to be genuinely nice guys.   Ex-pats and current Colorado residents Euforquestra return to Gabe’s Friday night, part of a midwest tour.   The Chicago Farmer and Muscatine’s CHEEFS open.   Guitar slinger/facemelter Mike […]

Artist Review – Mike Finders

Free from the Local Music Project Mike Finders from Marshalltown moved to Dubuque around 1990 and met Galena’s Amy Stott.  They formed a band, Fingers, recorded a record (best of luck finding THAT one*), and moved to Iowa City.  Talk about immediate validation.  Bluegrass godfather Al Murphy began performing with them.  Mill owner Keith Dempster […]

Dead Larry returns to IC

Over this past weekend the now Minneapolis based band Dead Larry returned to Iowa City for a pair of shows.  The weekend started off with them playing at the Friday Night Concert series in the ped mall.  Playing outside in front of crowds who normally may not be seeing them play live.  The performance is […]

Item 9, Gone South, Savage Hacks, Whistleblower, Housecoat Rock Party

Ain’t no party like an Iowa City Rock Party at Gabe’s. Good times were had on the first Friday of the University of Iowa School year as students, townies, rock fans, and regular Joe’s, but all fans of rock n roll, came out to party. A drunken marching band even came in to play. As […]

Zeta June self titled album review

After winning the annual Iowa City Yacht Club battle of the bands in September of 2012, Zeta June used their hard earned studio time to hammer out ten original tracks with long time Iowa City expert engineer John Svec (Earthtone studio).  Resulting in a multi-hued, scintillating body of work that deftly navigates through numerous tone, […]