Angel Marcloid makes music under too many names to list, but her Fire-Toolz moniker has come to host some of her most complex and expressive compositions to date. Sculpted from warped signifiers hyperlinked from a litany of genres including electro-industrial, jazz fusion, black metal, vaporwave, and noise improv, Fire-Toolz’s music takes on its own chimeric character both reminiscent in the hyper-specificity of its mangled tropes and alien in its tightly structured composite. Far from indulging in sterile experiments in production, Marcloid herself shines (or self-immolates) at the center of her project with searing lead vocal performances that flit between screams, croons, barks, and whispers. Her lyrics grapple with trauma and obsession, as she processes her experiences as a transgender girl through the lens of an infinite oneness with all beings that seems to justify the grueling existence of these sacks of meat that hold our consciousnesses. Interbeing, her third full-length album as Fire-Toolz, follows 2017’s Drip Mental (Hausu Mountain) and 2016’s Even The Files Won’t Touch You (Depravity Label). The album represents a shift away from the axis of grab-bag sample recontextualization toward arrangements brimming with live instrumentation and original, performance-based composition. Marcloid’s tracks smash the baroque harmonic frameworks and smooth textures of fusion into webs of blastbeat metal or four-on-the-floor techno percussion, all struck through with flashes of synthetic noise and empty space that destroy any semblance of rhythmic coherence. Every style that Interbeing cycles through in its time-dilating 40 minute duration finds its counterpoint a few moments away: stomping dancefloor-ready grids crumble with the introduction of billowing saxophone lines; passages of gorgeous ambient drift segue into garbled and glitched nonsense; jackhammer drum programming colludes with chintzy preset video game tones. Like an exaggerated dystopian version of the eclectic listener who finds joy in juxtaposing genres or moods while building a playlist, Fire-Toolz makes room within the context of one project for endless recombination and fragmentation beyond any constraints - all to give us some inkling, however small it may be, of what lies at her core.
-Maxwell Allison (Mukqs, Hausu Mountain, Good Willsmith)
Purcha$e is an Iowa City-based self taught electronic musician whose music draws from influences such as Daft Punk, Janet Jackson, and the Hubble Space Telescope.
Denver, CO’s Esmé Patterson has been making waves all around the country since going solo in 2012 (she was previously in Denver-based Paper Bird). Her voice is smooth and sweet when she wants it to be, and then fully rock and roll when you least expect it. Each of Patterson’s songs listens like and intensely personal diary entry, and you’ll likely find yourself relating to all of them with wide-eyed wonder.
Elizabeth's sound and songs flow fluidly across many genres, inspired by artists from Alabama Shakes, Sharon Van Etten, and Angel Olsen to Stevie Nicks, Joni Mitchell, and Bonnie Raitt.
This summer will be stocked full of great shows and festivals in Iowa and the Midwest. Moen has previously released a self-titled EP in 2016 and a vinyl LP titled "That's All I Wanted" in 2017.
Sun in Aquarius, Moon in Virgo, Leo rising. Brooks has been making solo albums for 10 years: The Misanthrope and his Doubtful Faith(2007), Dead Animals(2009), Apostatize!(2010), My Foreign Right Hand(2011), Acid Casual(2013), Renaissance Beast(2014), Aeiouns(2014), The Chymical Wedding of Brooks Strause(2015), Christ of the Abyss(2016) and Benjamin(coming soon).
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Hot Tang Album release
kid friendly event
doors at 8, music at 9
Daniel Wyche is a Chicago-based guitarist, composer and improviser. Working with a wide range of physical preparations, extended techniques, and pedal instruments, his recorded work and live performances are characterized by long-form structured improvisations. Daniel’s early records are a methodical crawl through the timbral subtleties of the guitar through sweet and unhurried layering, inspired by the ambient and deep listening traditions. However, with Our Severed Sleep (Eh? 2016), his most recent solo record, he has returned to his earliest inspirations on the uncomfortable periphery of rock and free improvisation, in an extended exploration of the relationships between resonance, overtones, and noise. The result is a pair of compositions called “a blowout to wake the dead” by the Wire, “reverent music,” by Decoder, and “an infinite swansong of bliss” by Tiny Mix Tapes. Over the past several years, all of this work has become increasingly integrated with the exploration of multi-channel performance, the spatialization of sound, and site specific-composition, and new compositions for quad and 8-channel guitar are currently being developed.
Along with his solo guitar work and duo recordings with primary collaborator Ryan Packard (Fonema Consort, Skeletons), Wyche is involved in several regular collaborations. Most notable among these are a series of ongoing performances with Julian Lynch (Real Estate), and his trio with Mark Shippy (US Maple, Invisible Things) and Ben Baker Billington (Tiger Hatchery, ONO, ADT), which will release two new records in 2017 on the Astral Spirits and No Index imprints.
Daniel has been a curator at Elastic Arts in Chicago since 2013, has severed as part-time faculty at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and is an PhD candidate in the history and philosophy of religions at the University of Chicago.
Link to work- Daniel Wyche
Justin K Comer
Justin K Comer is a saxophonist, composer, and improviser living and working in the bustling metropolis of Coralville, IA. He experiments with noise, sampling, extended techniques, rhythmic phasing, and evolving repetitive patterns. His music has been used in dance, theater, and film productions. In addition to his solo work, he also collaborates with like-minded artists under the banners of JCϟjp, Wombat, and Emery Clair Comer Hart. In collective improvisations, he practices musical anarchy, where individuals are given complete freedom to pursue their own interests and cooperate as desired. He also organizes and hosts the iHearIC concert series and radio show. Find more at justinkcomer.com.
KEE AVIL (Montreal)
Kee Avil is a solo song project based in Montreal, QC. It combines guitar, voice and electronics into weird song forms that stagger between structure and improvisation. Kee Avil evolved from playing the guitar with broken cymbals and drumsticks into creating strange beats glued together by samples of screws dropped into crystal bowls.
Blank Thomas x Nadir Smith (St. Louis)
Special collaborative set, sturdy beats and woozy synthscapes.
Forbes/Billington Duo (of Tiger Hatchery)
Reviews of Tiger Hatchery's album "Sun Worship:"
"Right away, it smacks you. The opening... attacks with the explosiveness of Albert Ayler, Ornette Coleman's frenzy and John Coltrane's scream, and doesn't let up until the closing... fades to silence. Saxophonist Mike Forbes rages like Peter Brötzmann, Evan Parker and John Butcher all morphed into one being, while Ben Billington's drums recall the pace of Rashied Ali and Han Bennink's solid insanity. Sun Worship is in-your-face brutality, an all-out assault on your preconceived notions of music." - Chuck Foster, The Big Takeover
"One of the best openings in music I’ve heard this year happens on 'Chieftain,' the first of three tracks on Sun Worship, a short and to-the-point CD by the young Chicago free-jazz band Tiger Hatchery. There's no lead-in, no windup: It's as if all members were running as hot as possible, frozen in time, and then unfrozen: Blam, drums and cymbals under attack, tenor saxophone gasping, electric bass on extreme low judder. Sun Worship is released on ESP-Disk, the imprimatur of some of the best New York free jazz in the early- and mid-'60s, but it feels different, especially after the initial onslaught, through its various episodes of velocity and mood. Andrew Scott Young, the bassist, uses the rugged tone you'd associate less with jazz than, say, the Jesus Lizard's David Wm. Sims; the tenor player Mike Forbes and drummer Ben Billington have 50 years of free jazz from around the world, as well as nearly that much of improvised noise, to assimilate. They bring these three pieces home rather elegantly, and begin the other two much more softly. But I’m fine with the record's first five seconds." - Ben Ratliff, The New York Times
Sinner Frenz are Luke Tweedy and Brendan Lee Spengler, who previously played together in the underground supergroup ft(The Shadow Government). Since then, Tweedy has cultivated Flat Black Studios in Lone Tree, Iowa and Spengler has continued to perform in various acts including Viva L’American Death Ray Music. Together, they have collected a pile of modular synthesizers and an evolving sound system that they use for their act. Sinner Frenz is equal parts beats and melody, electronic music for people that listen to rock music, and hi-fi dance music for noise punks.
Little Village and Dead Coast Present:
A Listening Room Performance Featuring
Willy Tea Taylor
with special guests
Brian Johannesen & Tom VandenAvond
Thursday, August 9th at The Trumpet Blossom
8:00PM Doors | 8:30PM Show
$12 in advance | $15 at the door
Get tickets here!
Willy Tea Taylor is a father, brother, and son. His remarkable ability to sing about profound subjects in a simple way makes his songs a great place to lose yourself. Much of that comes from his upbringing.
Willy grew up surrounded by rolling hills and horses in the small town of Oakdale, California. Known as the “Cowboy Capital of the World” for breeding so many world champion rodeo cowboys, Oakdale is still Willy’s home and the setting for many of his songs.
Despite coming from a long line of cattlemen – his grandfather Walt was one of the most respected of his generation – Willy’s first love was baseball. As a catcher, he had a gift for the nuances of calling a game from behind the plate. When a knee injury ended his ability to catch, Willy turned his attention to music.
Willy calls John Hartford, Roscoe Holcomb, Bob Dylan, KISS, Weird Al Yankovic and Willie Nelson his biggest influences, but is always quick to advocate for his favorite contemporary songwriters which include Tom VandenAvond, Nathan Moore, and his Good Luck partner in crime, Chris Doud. He and VandenAvond have travelled the country together on a series of tours they call “Searchin’ for Guy Clark’s Kitchen” where each evening’s show is just a precursor to an endless quest for the kind of serene late night scene depicted in the cult classic documentary Heartworn Highways.
Mock Identity (Washington DC, featuring Daddy Hoff from SuperSonicPiss) // BStar // The Spider Magnets
Tuesday June 26th 9pm Trumpet Blossom Cafe $7
For Mock Identity, the sum is both greater than, and equal to, its parts. Comprised of some of the D.C. experimental music scene’s most innovative and forward-thinking musicians—vocalist Adriana-Lucia Cotes (Antonia), guitarist Jeff Barsky (Insect Factory), bassist Joshua David Hoffman (Supersonic Piss), and percussionist Nate Scheible—this post-hardcore quartet is a force of musical resistance that sounds miles away from the musical worlds of avant-pop, free jazz, and ambient drone its members come from.
Of course, that’s a shallow way of defining a band that contains multitudes. Formed in the winter of 2017, Mock Identity came together as artists with a shared passion of musical experimentation, social awareness, and a desire to disrupt the toxicity infecting society—racism, misogyny, patriarchy, homophobia, transphobia, xenophobia, Islamophobia, anti-semitism, ableism, and white supremacy—in all forms.
On its debut LP, Paradise, Mock Identity unleashes ten tracks of twisting, angular post-hardcore that whips the senses like a howling wind. Barsky’s knotty guitar riffs soar into an outer dimension, while Hoffman and Scheible lock into heavy rhythmic grooves that keep these songs grounded on Earth. But it’s Cotes’ soaring vocals and scathingly vivid lyrics that packs the most punch: “You want to talk about it?/ You should know all about it/ I mean it when I say/ No means no, man,” she sings on “No Means No.” There’s no mincing words; Mock Identity isn’t here to fuck around.
BStar is what happens when a scientist and a dentist play pseudo-mathy music but aren't musically proficient enough to pull it off as a two piece, so they instead rely on loop technologies and striking drums everywhere besides the heads.
THE SPIDER MAGNETS-
The Spider Magnets are an arachno-pop supergroup from outer space specializing in songs about the extermination of humanity. Pop punk, for spiders, by spiders.
The rave of the summer---you will want to be here. More details to come but for now:
There is gonna be a raffle. You get a raffle ticket when you come in. But, the more you dance and have fun, Jarrett can give you more tickets.
Chances to win - Cobra, a ticket to Grey Area, Sinner Frenz t-shirt, Trumpet Blossom gift card, Record Collector gift card, the envy of your friends & enemies...good stuff.
Dance. Sweat. Drink. Sweat. Dance. You get the idea.
Midwife - Midwife is Madeline Johnston. Known for her minimal ambient work as Sister Grotto, Midwife finds Johnston and collaborator Tucker Theodore creating powerful anthems of dislocation and loss under the weight of reverb buried power chords and swelling choruses.
American Grandma - M a l l W a v e
Kevin Greenspon - Kevin Greenspon has performed hundreds of shows across the USA in venues ranging from art museums to abandoned naval bases. Using multiple video projectors, tape machines and synth programs that react to each other, Greenspon’s live performances of contemplative ambient techno create an immersive audio-visual environment and ethereal atmosphere for self-reflection.
“A thoughtful, precise, and conceptual composer. You will rarely see an experimental/ambient musician play tracks live exactly as they sound on record, but that is what you might get at a Kevin Greenspon show.” - Tiny Mix Tapes
Collidescope - A col·lide·scope [kəˈlīdəˌskōp] is a group of butterflies and/also soulgaze afrospaceshipsubmarine
Honk honk ! Did you hear that? It's Curt Oren coming back 2 town. Bleep Bleep! That's Dan English on the keys. Plunk plunk ! Also Dan English on guitar.
Somebody leaked Curt's album & you can listen here:
Dan on tour in support of his upcoming record "Fruit Boy" but listen to this for now & you can buy a copy of his *NEW* one at the show.
Come on down to Trumpet Blossom and see your hometown boys with special guests, Pink Neighbor, & Hadiza ♥
Truly a great bill ~ Don't miss out
$5 + Doors 8:30PM + Show 9:00PM
Doors @ 9PM
Show @ 9:30PM
In the Attic is an alternative band from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, with four core members; Tyler Burkle, Brennan Graeve, Piper McGee, and Tanner Parks. Tyler and Tanner have known each other for over a decade. They met Grant in high school where they formed In the Attic and started White Sofa Records. They have released two singles from their first record, The Same Different Sound, called “Brother” and “People.” They recorded their singles independently. After high school, Grant and Tyler attended Kirkwood Community College where Tyler met Brennan. Brennan introduced In the Attic to Sine Rife at Rife Recording Studio, where they started recording their new and old material. In the Attic released The Same Different Sound in December 2016. During the Summer of 2017, In the Attic stumbled upon violinist Piper McGee, shortly after she graduated from Coe College. Grant parted with the band in 2018. Now, the group is working hard on their second record with Sine Rife.
Born out of a college dorm at the University of Iowa in late 2013, Ariias is the brainchild of singer/songwriter Erik Tarr. At the time of its inception, the goal of the project was to aurally express Tarr's emotions, thoughts, and experiences, and to exist as a natural byproduct of his musical influences without conscious emphasis on a specific style. This idea remains the heart of Ariias today, despite multiple lineup changes throughout the years. In its current state, it is an all originals indie rock outfit consisting of two core members: Tarr on lead vocals, guitar, and other instruments, and Kyler Schutzman on bass. The band's music is very spacey, atmospheric, and layered with lengthy compositions and a variety of instruments and arrangements, bearing influences of shoegaze, dream pop, psychedelic rock, and post-rock styles.
Ariias released their first mini LP, "Violet Superstition," on October 24, 2016. They are currently working on their debut full-length release, "A Flash in the Eyes," which will feature multiple guest musicians, and is planned for release sometime in late spring 2018.
Four-piece fast-indie band from Cedar Falls. You'll find us bathing in the Cedar River.
Sarah Hennies (b. 1979, Louisville, KY) is a composer and percussionist based in Ithaca, NY. Her work utilizes an often grueling, endurance-based performance practice in a subversive examination of psychoacoustics, queer identity, and performance art. She has presented her work in a variety of contexts including Café Oto (London), cave12 (Geneva), Ende Tymes (NYC), Festival Cable (Nantes), the Johns Hopkins Digital Media Center, O’ Art Space (Milan), and Second Edition (Stockholm) and has received commissions for new work from Cristian Alvear, Bearthoven, Bent Frequency, R. Andrew Lee, LIMINAR, Qubit Music, and the Thin Edge New Music Collective. Her work has been supported by the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, New Music USA, New York State Council on the Arts, and in 2016 was awarded a fellowship in music/sound from the New York Foundation for the Arts.
Hennies is currently a member of improvised music group Meridian with Greg Stuartand Tim Feeney, a duo with sound/performance artist Jason Zeh, and the Queer Percussion Research Group with Jerry Pergolesi, Bill Solomon, and Jennifer Torrence. In late 2017 she premiered the groundbreaking work, Contralto at Issue Project Room (NYC), a film featuring a cast of transgender women with a live score for string quartet and three percussionists.
Ramin Roshandel (b.1987) started studying the setar (an Iranian classical music instrument) at the age of 14. He completed his Bachelor’s in Iranian Music Performance at the Tehran University of Art, and his Master’s in Music Composition at the University of Tehran. He is currently in the first year of his Ph.D. in composition at the University of Iowa, working with Josh Levine.
Erik Nervous - wirey post punk that wiggles and grooves
Closet Goth - someone fused indie rock and hardcore and I listened to their whole record this morning
Accident Time - grunge pudding for the kids that wished they experienced more of the 90s
Forever Nap - indie rock midwestern anthems
Doors at 8:30, show at 9pm
$5 cover for the cool touring bands!
May's Tacos for Peace benefits The Dream Center in Iowa City.
Join us as we donate 20% of our sales during dinner to this local organization that strives to help local families in many different ways.
"The Dream Center works to strengthen and empower families, with a particular focus on fathers and youth, through support, advocacy, lifelong education, and community connections.
The Dream Center was founded on May 30, 2012. Conceived by Frederick Newell, the Dream Center originated as a response to the growing number of youth being affected by absentee and non-involved fathers. In working with these target populations, it
became apparent that in order to effect positive change, a more holistic, family-focused approach was needed.
Currently, the Dream Center offers a variety of programs for youth and adults that are designed to empower them with the skills and attitudes they need to be successful. In each of our programs, we provide our clients with a positive, nurturing environment that encourage leadership, community involvement, and personal responsibility."
Gnarly Davidson's farewell tour. Bring your own crying towels
Acoustic Guillotine. New songs, same choreography.
Acoustic Guillotine https://acousticguillotine.bandcamp.com/
Peak Dead. A Darryl Moton and Kevin Erhardt-Hansen debut their death dub duo.
First band at nine five dollars.
Finally! the Blatant Tourism tour lands in Iowa City!
THE GOLDEN PELICANS (Orlando, FL)
gruff miscreants lay waste w/ raw, raging mayhem!
COMMANDERS (Iowa City)
get yer ya-ya's out and yer garage rocks off!
GOOD HABITS (Iowa City)
rock-powered garage pop!
The After School Specials have been rocking such local venues as the Mill, Java House, UAY, and the Arts Fest since 2009. Originally created as a one-shot project for a yearly talent show, the band grew over the next few years into two, separate, performing entities comprised of 3rd-4th graders, and 5th-6th graders who are enrolled in Shimek's before and after school program. The band now performs an eclectic mix of classic rock, 90's alternative, and modern pop songs, lead by local rockers, Matt Larson and Claire Thoele.
Asher Brown is a trans singer/songwriter based out of Minneapolis, MN. He uses songwriting to tell the stories of the unpopular and unrepresented. His debut album, Pitchforks, chronicles his transition and was featured on Iowa Public Radio, FTM Magazine, and NoDepression.
This will be Asher's only Iowa show of 2018 - Don't miss out!
Cobra Verde presents!
Viva L’American Death Ray Music
Peanut Ricky and The Fiends
Thursday May 10 at the Trumpet Blossom
Music at 9pm
V>L>A>D>R>M - Iowa expat Nicholas Ray returns to Iowa City with longtime members Brendan Lee Spengler (Sinner Frenz), Kunal Prakesh (Jeff + The Brotherhood) & Jeff Bouck (Polyphonic Spree). Nick has prolifically created art in many mediums from Memphis to Brooklyn, to Athens and Berlin, before settling in New Orleans in recent years. VLADRM is his everlasting, deconstructed RnR group that has evolved/devolved over two decades, drinking from the same primordial pond as the VU, Sun City Girls and Brian Eno. Always willing to throw a Shirley Bassey cover into the mix, their sound has been described as ‘epically farting around,’ and ‘music for record collectors.’ But, ultimately VLADRM makes music for people who believe they are listening to music of their generation. They have a long discography of elusive records, plus a new 7” out on Nashville’s Third Man Records, whose label mates include Carl Sagan and Jack White.
Peanut Ricky & Her Fiends - If you didn’t witness Jordan Adam’s set at Mission Creek earlier this month, build a time machine, steal some plutonium from Libyan terrorists (who the CIA armed, trained, and then double-crossed, btw), and go back in time and witness it. When the whole of modern culture seems emotionally unavailable and terribly repressed, Peanut Ricky makes music that is part Bauhaus, part raw soul, part courage and all the other swag that was doled out at the end of the Wizard of Oz. Or the Wiz. A myth in the making.
Plus, DeeJay AtotheK will be selecting the hits to keep people dancing. With a collection of soul and R&B 45s to ogle, Adam Kelly is beginning to bring Iowa City up to speed on why no one wants to hear the bartender’s Pandora station while they’re out partying.
All this, and sponsored by Cobra Verde! Flamboyant local business man Jarrett Mitchell will have a few tricks up his sleeve that evening too. A raffle? A dance contest? Free prizes? Yes!
wow! what a dream team line up show!
Iowa's sweethearts. Their music will make you wanna squeal in delight, dance, and believe in the possibility of endless summer.
BATHTUB CIG (MPLS):
The sad, depression pop twins of hot tang from Minneapolis. Comparisons draw to a raw, synth driven Frankie Cosmos.
Please note the restaurant will be closed Wed May 2 for preparations for this event and for the event itself. We apologize for any inconvenience. Normal hours the rest of the week. Thank you.
We're so excited to be chosen as one of only four restaurants to be featured in the 2017-2018 season of the Hancher Culinary Arts Experience.
This is shaping up to be possibly the largest event we've done and we are pulling out all the stops so we really hope you can join us for a very special evening in a beautiful space with our delicious food!
Stay tuned for the full menu and more details...
But for now, grab your tickets and we'll see you soon!
kebabs with veggies & fresh fruit
tortilla pinwheels with fresh veggies & black beans
housemade rice crackers with hummus & pickled veggies
shared vegan charcuterie board with mushroom pate, fresh bread, fruit, nuts, pickles, and housemade cheese
spring greens salad
local tofu with seasonal veggies with veggies & greens with a creamy tomato herb sauce, olives, and balsamic reduction
dessert: chocolate mousse with fresh berries
Stanley Café in Hancher Auditorium
PRESENTED BY HANCHER
$40 per person
Includes dinner, non-alcoholic beverages, tax, and gratuity
Must be purchased in advance
Hancher’s Culinary Arts Experiences are not eligible for a discount and do not count toward the total number of events, but they will be delicious!
Wednesday, May 2, 2018, 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm
After the great success of last year’s events, four new restaurants will offer amazing dining experiences in the beautiful setting of the Stanley Café.
Trumpet Blossom Cafe creates plant-based comfort food that reflects the season, respects the land, and is truly sustainable using organic ingredients and making dishes from scratch.
April is National Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month and in honor of that, our April Tacos for Peace will benefit Johnson County Humane Society. Please join us as we donate 20% of our sales from 5-9pm to this local organization.
Please read the caption that accompanies the photo I borrowed for this event from their FB page: "Smoke, one of our colony cats. We started feeding him almost two years ago when he was a kitten, and his colony was eating out of a dumpster. He's all grown up now, and he lets his caretaker pet him now. Every cat in the colony has been spayed/neutered. Your support helps us care for our free roaming community cats."
Visit their website to learn more and find out other ways to help if you're so inclined: http://www.johnsoncountyhumane.org/
Join us as we celebrate six years of Trumpet Blossom Cafe!
Phil Ochs 11:30
Jordan Sellergren 12:15
Doug Nye ft. Jack Isleib 1:15
Brooks Strause 5:00
Pete Balestrieri 5:45
Sinner Frenz 8:30
Karen Meat 9:15
True Commando 10:00
In the Mouth of Radness 10:30
Accident Time 11:00