O dangg what a banger!
The Ultrasounds - Sludgy garage pop from Winona, MN
BUSEY - Power slop from Minneapolis
ZUUL - Noise punk rock
The Spider Magnets - Arachno-pop punk - first show of the year!
Doors at 8, Music at 9
$7, All ages
The Fawn and The Flame // Minneapolis
Lily DeTaeye // Iowa City
Dead Coast Presents:
Wonky Tonk & The Highlife
with The Muckrockers
$7 in advance | $10 at the door
Sometimes solo, sometimes duo, sometimes full-band, but always wonky.
Often compared to Lucinda Williams and Nikki Lane, Wonky Tonk travels the country wonkin' up dive bars, wineries, zoos and festivals alike.
With a love for glitter, a knack for story telling and a heart of gold, you will find yourself falling in love with the Wonk and having no idea how to define it.
A night of excellent music for the benefit of Pride Rock Iowa City, the first youth LGBTQIA+ rock camp in the midwest!
Midwest Waves - Brand new Iowa City surf hardcore
Accident Time - Emo indie rock
Father Christmas - Noise/drone for the seasonally affected
Nick Mendoza - Rockin singer-songwriter
Doors at 8pm. Music at 9pm. All ages.
$10 cover // free to Pride Rock campers and volunteers
If you are interested in becoming a volunteer or camper:
Camper application- https://docs.google.com/…/1FAIpQLSdP4Nyz1zx69aM1pK…/viewform
Volunteer application- https://docs.google.com/…/1FAIpQLSfvc6E8ZVZxwF1lko…/viewform
If you can't make it to the show and would like to donate or would like more information about Pride Rock Iowa City you can email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dead Coast Presents:
Ohmme with special guest Karen Meat
The Trumpet Blossom
Friday, April 26th
9PM | $10
Already celebrated as the “Heart of Chicago’s Music Community” (Noisey) by both fans and tastemakers alike, OHMME (aka the duo of Sima Cunningham and Macie Stewart) amalgamate the aggressive and the meditative on their bold debut full-length album, Parts.
Still in their 20s, Stewart and Cunningham are both classically trained musicians and are established players within the Chicago music scene. They are especially involved in performing and working for venues within the local experimental music scene. They’re constant collaborators and have recorded and toured with homegrown acts as varied as Tweedy, Whitney, Chance The Rapper and Twin Peaks.
Cunningham and Stewart are multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriters with a penchant for two instruments in particular. “The band started because we knew we could sing well together and we wanted to make some noise with the guitar,” says Cunningham. Stewart elaborates, “Sima and I are both trained classical pianists and we know many of the sonic spaces keyboards have to offer. Since we were interested in experimenting and creating something different from what we had both done in the past, we chose guitar as our outlet for this band. We wanted to create both new and uncomfortable parameters for ourselves to force us into a different creative space.” These guitar-heavy experiments are sometimes earthy and resounding, at other times shimmering and buzzing—swirling around the duo’s expertly crafted vocals while creating a chaotic bed of harmony. Cunningham’s smoky alto complements Stewart’s higher-register croon, all underpinned by the restrained yet highly inventive polyrhythmic percussion of drummer Matt Carroll. Think Amber Coffman and Angel Deradoorian-era Dirty Projectors.
Enlisting fellow Chicago cohorts Doug McCombs (Tortoise), Ken Vandermark and cellist Tomeka Reid, OHMME recorded and self-produced Parts from Cunningham’s Logan Square home studio, Fox Hall. With Parts, OHMME “wanted to capture a moment in time instead of something perfect.” The results are thrilling: from the pure pop opening track “Icon” to the candied sludge of “Peach” to the skipping rhythms of “Parts” and the dusky closer “Walk Me,” Parts draws from influences as diverse as Kate Bush and Brian Eno’s Here Come the Warm Jets to jazz and improvisational music, making for an electric debut listening experience.
This range from sweetly shiny 2-minute hypnotic bangers to woozy and sprawling 7-minute long tracks boasting moodily atmospheric wafting guitars and piercing feedback shows a band colliding thoughtfulness and creative ingenuity to produce music as unique as it is earworm-worthy. With Parts, OHMME manage to organically marry a breadth of divergent styles into an album that is cohesive, daring, and distinctly their own.
Louise Bock (of Spires That In The Sunset Rise)
Trumpet Blossom Cafe
5/4/2019 Saturday 9pm All Ages
$8 or included with patronage
Free for ages 20 and under
aka Taralie Peterson other known solo work as Tar Pet and in the legendary psych band Spires that in the Sunset Rise. Taralie works with mainly sax, clarinet, cello, voice, and denatured lap harp. Her work combines the rarely explored territories of conceptual atonal/repetitive ideas with personal invection. Mystical, ecstatic, spiritual, dark, otherworldly explorations
Nadah El Shazly
Trumpet Blossom Cafe
5/9/2019 Thursday 9pm
$12adv / $15 day of show or included with patronage
Nadah El Shazly:
is part of a burgeoning underground music scene in Egypt that has been rightly garnering more and more interest of late. Having started out in music in a Cairo punk band singing Misfits covers, El Shazly gradually moved into homemade electronic music before alighting on the mystical hybrid between rock, avant-garde music and electronica that forms the core of Ahwar (“marshlands” in Arabic). With Libyan guitarist Sam Shalabi and fellow Cairo native Maurice Louca (both members of The Dwarfs Of East Agouza with Alan Bishop) adding their prodigious talents to the fray, El Shazly has joined together past and present to position herself at the forefront of the new North African music scene.
"A perfect, soaring amalgamation of traditional Egyptian song with experimental takes on performance and instrumentation." -The Quietus
awakebutstillinbed and Pity Party are touring this spring and making a stop in Iowa City.
"Absib’s debut What People Call Low Self-Esteem Is Just Seeing Yourself The Way Others See You is an album about being crushed by expectations, and loaded with other people’s desires. It is untamable, and undeniable." -Mike Huguenor
"Characterized by their frenzied, unforgettable live shows and their fierce dedication to DIY and mental health advocacy, Pity Party have been spreading their wild, barely-holding-it-together energy across the US since 2014."
Dead Coast Presents:
Willy Tea Taylor
with The Harmed Brothers and Brian Johannesen
Wednesday, March 20th
8PM | $10
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.
At the age of 18, a discerning and intimate set by Greg Brown at the Strawberry Music Festival inspired Willy to pursue life as a folk singer. Strawberry would play an integral role in Willy’s development as a musician, going from spectator to stagehand, to performer. He made his main stage debut with his band the Good Luck Thrift Store Outfit at the 2009 festival. In 2015, Willy made his solo debut on the main stage. Willy has charmed fans at some of the best festivals in the country.
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.
On his new release Knuckleball Prime, Willy received support from greats like Benmont Tench (Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers), Greg Leisz (Bruce Springsteen, Eric Clapton), and Gabe Witcher and Noam Pikelny of the Punch Brothers. Of the album’s title, Taylor says “most baseball players peak in their twenties, but knuckleball pitchers tend to blossom in their late thirties and early forties. I’m staring down my knuckleball prime.”
Led by producer Michael Witcher, the songs on Knuckleball Prime are arranged and accompanied magnificently by a first rate team of musicians and engineers. If you’re a fan of well-written lyrics, alluring melodies, and a voice that ties them together with emotion as deep as the artist’s own roots, you’ll savor Knuckleball Prime, and just about anything else Willy Tea Taylor has ever done.
Trumpet Blossom Cafe
3/16/2019 Saturday 9pm
$8 or with patronage
FREE for ages 20 and under
Sandy Ewen is a sound artist, visual artist and architect. Ewen’s audio practice focuses on extended guitar techniques, improvisation, graphic scores and interdisciplinary collaboration. Her unique approach to guitar incorporates a wide array of implements – railroad spikes, sidewalk chalk, threaded bolts, steel wool and other items become an arsenal of abstraction.
Ewen has worked extensively with film makers, dancers, poets and musicians to create films, audio recording, sound interventions and performance art. Ewen’s musical collaborations include trio Etched in the Eye, duo with Tom Carter called Spiderwebs, the trio Garden medium, and ongoing collaborations with percussionist Weasel Walter and bassist Damon Smith. For nearly ten years, Ewen has been the leader of an all-female large ensemble. The ensemble conceptualizes and performs sound and performance art, utilizing graphic and text based scores and improvisational constraints. Sandy has spent much of 2017 touring, performing solo sets and in collaboration with Steve Jansen (tapes and electronics) and Maria Chavez (turntables) around Europe. In years past, Ewen has performed alongside Roscoe Mitchell, Keith Rowe, Lydia Lunch, Jaap Blonk, Henry Kaiser and more.
iHearIC returns to Trumpet Blossom for a little bit of a later show than usual! This month's concert features performances by Ramin Roshandel, Justin K Comer, and Purcha$e!
If you miss out on the concert, make sure to tune in to our weekly radio program on KRUI 89.7 FM (almost) every Sunday at 4pm!
All of our shows are free, but we make sure every performer is compensated. If you'd like to help us continue succeeding with this model, please consider subscribing to our Patreon (patreon.com/ihearic), buying some merch on our Bandcamp (ihearic.bandcamp.com), or dropping a cash donation in our cup at the show!
8:30PM * $7
LUCY ARNELL (b. August 22, 1989) is an American indie rock singer, songwriter and guitarist from New York City currently living in Los Angeles. “Lucy Arnell" is the moniker she and her band release and perform under. Live For Live Music calls her songwriting and production “unique and experimental, yet humble and familiar.” Her style is defined by her obsession with the guitar itself, heavily influenced by ‘60s artists.
Odd Pets ~ Des Moines Rock n Roll
DJ NEEDASTACK (Pavement)
Kane & the IC Cats
& Karen Meat
Dead Coast Presents:
with TBD support
Wednesday, March 6th
$7 | 8PM
Beat-driven. Employing heavy elements of funk and soul, paris_monster closes the gaps between synth-pop & garage; between modern detail and old-school grit. Solid earth. Soaring soundscapes. A mass of noise. Volatility. Vocal singularity.
The Deli NYC calls paris_monster “a precise, complex and sophisticated mechanism" with a "a monstrous instrumental technique”, delivering a sound that “could be the new face of American roots rock”.
In fall of 2017 paris_monster began recording their first full length LP, set to be released in 2018. The album will solidify their dirty, glitchy, lyric-centered, groove-based sound, and will be a milepost in their search for a focused and flexible musical approach. The elements of funk and soul join with lyrical themes of bygone eras in rural settings, characters lost, and mortality confronted. Love achieved, and denied. Americana. Themes in stark contrast to the pounding grooves and electronic mayhem, creating depths and dimensions that could have been otherwise achieved only by dropping a modular synth in the corn fields of central New York or the woods of Connecticut. And maybe that’s exactly what happened.
Lesley Keller of Pancakes & Whiskey said, "Each time I see them perform I’m dumbfounded at just how great they are”. paris_monster’s live show is something to behold. The challenge when seeing them live is getting past the fact that there are only two people creating all that sound. Two people. A drum set. A bass. A keyboard. A eurorack modular synth. One microphone. And all that sound. Beyond this visual impossibility is a careful and deliberate balance of sounds,colors, and textures. Melodies to serve a story. Chaos to destroy preciousness. The Deli NYC observed, “infallible superior forces: as we all know now, 'with great power comes great responsibilities,' and the duo never abuses of it - that's what good musicianship is." paris_monster's full catalogue is available NOW on iTunes. The Deli NYC said of recent release “Ain’t No Movin’ Me”: “…[paris_monster] showcases its prowess for hook writing/crafting a track that could stand without accompaniment as a blues-y, spiritual declaration, but is launched into another realm by its bed of synths and echoing choruses. An inspired take on blues folk that's both hypnotic and engaging.”
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Omahans pass through your fair city in search of present memories. Let's sip 'n sway the sombre night away.
*And How* - And How brings psychedelia into fruition with a spaghetti western score that leaves one feeling rather road-worn. From Omaha, Nebraska, And How is: Ryan Menchaca’s voice & 6 strings, Ashlee Riggs' walking phalanges, Kafele Williams blowing smooth madness, Maureen O’Brian bringing sticks down & Andy Cubrich gently plucking all the while.
*BB Sledge* - Baby Sledge is the fairly new musical entertainment and art project of House Vacations singer Andy Birch. What began as an experiment in rawness and immediacy has managed
to become an over-the-top, all-or-nothing, haphazard swirl of bit-crushed synth daggers, meat mallet guitar-work, fuzzy electronic percussion, idiosyncratic vocals, and a live acoustic percussionist very precisely flailing among a forest of drums over and under all of it. Also guaranteed: Gently provocative video projections solely for your viewing pleasure.
*Tom McCauley* - Tom McCauley is a writer, comedian, musician and endangered dolphin living in Omaha, Nebraska. He has an MFA in poetry from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. He has been a creative writing teacher, a grant writer, an advertising copywriter, an arts administrator, a house cleaner, a bookseller, a truck loader and co-editor of the online poetry journal Strange Machine. With his band The Answer Team, he wrote and performed the score for Constance Congdon's Tales of the Lost Formicans for the 2012 Great Plains Theatre Conference. His poem “People Are Not Lights” recently won an award from the Academy of American Poets. Follow him on Instagram @tomdavidmccauley if you like memes and videos of people practicing the guitar.
Samantha Crain acoustic show. These shows are hosted by fans in private spaces. All tickets must be purchased in advance.
This show is happening in zip code 52240. You'll receive the full address after completing your purchase.
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w/ Brendan Hanks
Trumpet Blossom Cafe 3/1/2019
Friday 9pm $8
Jason Snell is a multidisciplinary artist who has two decades of experience producing technology-based art, including electronic music, interactive technology, and motion design.
He has produced dozens of albums for experimental music labels and performed over 100 shows throughout North America and Europe. He extends his music through inventing experimental technologies, including a generative MIDI sequencer with artificial intelligence and using motion and biosensors to compose live music performances.
His design work has included interfaces, websites, and mobile applications for interactive departments at HBO, MTV, AOL Music, and Condé Nast, winning several New Media awards. Finally, his film work explores using generative algorithms to dynamically sequence films and has premiered at Sundance and the Berlin Independent Film Festival.
His time is spent between Los Angeles, Iowa, and Berlin.
You'll have to speak up, I'm wearing a towel.
Small Houses with Good Morning Midnight
Thursday, February 28th
$7 | 8:30PM
Small Houses is an Austin, TX based solo, indie folk project featuring the songs, photos and poems of Flint, MI native, Jeremy Quentin. Thoughtful finger-style guitar playing 35mm renderings, and the words to accompany.
"Quentin refuses to sleep sometimes, unable to rest on any complacency when it comes to what we find value in. he knows beauty and he knows sadness and it puts them into the same vase." - Sean Moeller; Daytrotter/Moeller Nights
"[Small Houses] resonates with an affinity for other songwriters including Gillian Welch, Ryan Adams, and Jeff Tweedy, but is not solely defined by them" - Brittany Joyce; VICE/PASTE
Our February Tacos for Peace benefits Global Food Project.
We will donate 20% of our sales 5-9pm to this local non-profit!
Check out these articles to learn how the Iowa Valley Global Food Project is working to help our community:
7 PM DOORS : 8 PM SHOW : $7 COVER
INSIDE VOICE: We're a band called INSIDE VOICE from Minneapolis, MN. We're trying to work out some feelings about romance, civic duty, technology and modern social life, and being a decent human being. We make music that we might call "weird orchestral music". We each play in other bands too: Bathtub Cig, Fiji-13, We Are The Willows and PETER M.
Here are some videos you can watch and listen to in order to determine whether you'd like to invest your time and money in seeing us perform live:
video 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XFSmPno6a34
video 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J76OZ2zAr9k
Your friend Bryn (girl with bangs™️) is turning 29 and throwing a show to feel better about it! Music by generous local homies (TBA!) and DJ Adam Kelly.
$7 , all money goes to the bands.
Brian Johannesen makes music perfect for the open road. Maybe that’s because he’s traveled it so much. From Iowa City by way of Nashville by way of Iowa City by way of Chicago, Johannesen takes inspiration from the people and places he’s encountered along his journey. The result is gritty, hopeful Americana that swings and stammers and celebrates.
Straight to the heart lyrics laced with love, sadness, hope and depth delivered with senserity and grit in the same musical vein with the likes of Bruce Springsteen, Steve Earle and Guy Clark.
An evening at the Trumpet Blossom Cafe with Brian Johannesen and Sean Costanza. Doors open at 8pm with the music beginning at 9pm. $7 at the door.
Hit Like a Girl (NJ)
Emotive indie-rock rock from Montclair, New Jersey. New album, "What Makes Love Last" out now on Chatterbot records!
FFO: Snail Mail, Kississippi
Jupiter Styles (Chicago)
Pop-centric slacker rock. Super catchy rock tunes
FFO: Weezer, Radiator Hospital
Arizona Landmine (Iowa)
Yr regional sweethearts & pop-freaks
Accident Time (IC)
Local indie rockers, one of my fav IC bands!
Flier coming soon!!
8:00 PM Doors
9:00 PM Show
Dead Coast Presents:
Ryan Joseph Anderson
with special guest Jordan Sellergren
Doors 8:00PM ⎮ Show 8:30PM
$7 in advance ⎮ $10 at the door
Ryan Joseph Anderson’s solo career began in April 2014 with the release of his debut album, The Weaver’s Broom. The album, engineered and co-produced by Andrija Tokic (Alabama Shakes, Hooray for the Riff Raff), was hailed as one of the best Americana records of the year. Songs from The Weaver’s Broom made "best of" lists for Daytrotter and Songpickr and were featured in Paste and Magnet. American Songwriter said that Anderson "evokes the open-tunings of Nick Drake as well as the barroom howl of Tom Waits." Before going solo, Anderson was known as the bandleader and songwriter for the beloved Chicago roots outfit Go Long Mule, as a guitar slinger for garage-rockers Rambos, and as a producer, sessions man and sideman for numerous artists. His influences range from country blues to psychedelic rock and are on prominent display in his masterful guitar playing and songwriting. Anderson’s sophomore release, City of Vines was released in the summer of 2017 to critical acclaim. He toured extensively in support of the record and has shared the stage with such acts as Robert Earl Keene, Honey Honey, Robbie Fulks, Charlie Parr, Amy Helm, and Horse Feathers.
DROOL(IL) - Chicago experimental hardcore been through Iowa city a few time so stoked they're comin again
Brave You(WI) - Driving emo with punky vibes straight outta Milwaukee
Father Chistmas - My favorite noise project in IC right now, has brought me to tears multiple times
Wayne Gibbous - Some country ass fool thats gonna open this show
doors at 8:30
show at 9
Upcoming show...Its gonna be a double release show at the Trumpet Blossom in Iowa City for my first solo EP & Madi's (aka Babydoll) first EP 'Vestigial'. Five bucks.
Check out Vestigial (released on Halloween): https://dollheaddreams.bandcamp.com/releases
Joining us are good friends Good Morning Midninght & Kamil Kardashian
Lipstick Homicide is gearing up to do some good this holiday season. We're throwing a sick rager to benefit Trans Lifeline and all our friends are invited.
Obviously, Lip Ho are gonna rock what is destined to be one of their 3 best sets of 2018, but some special friends are gonna drop in too.
The Cherry Tops
And word on the street is that Kate Kane herself is working on the sickest raffle of her raffle career.
We might have a few other sick surprises up the sleeves of our Xmas sweaters...
$10 suggested donation at the door.
But here's the important part: 100% of the proceeds are going to go to our pals at Trans Lifeline, a nonprofit national trans-led organization dedicated to improving the quality of trans lives by responding to the critical needs of our community with direct service, material support, advocacy, and education. Trans Lifeline exists to fight the epidemic of trans suicide and improve overall life-outcomes of trans people by facilitating justice-oriented, collective community aid. Calls to their hotline jumped 400% after Trump revealed his latest round of anti-trans policies and we need to ensure that their services remain available to our friends in the trans community.
So come on out this holiday season and have a rocking good time with Lipstick Homicide while supporting a most righteous cause.
Join us on Tuesday December 18th for our 3rd annual fundraiser for Shelter House - Iowa City. We will donate 20% of our sales 5-9pm. Our inaugural Tacos for Peace benefited this crucial local organization and we've made it our goal to donate to this non-profit every December. In case you haven't heard of Shelter House, please check out their website and learn how they help the community and how we can help them:
Field Division & Crystal City @ Trumpet Blossom
Sunday, December 9, 2018
Doors at 7:30pm
Music at 8pm
$7 at the door
Field Division is Evelyn Taylor and Nicholas Frampton. Four years on from the sumptuous dream-folk of their debut EP, 2014’s Reverie State, the Des Moines duo flex all their lung-power on their debut album, Dark Matter Dreams, released on Bella Union (U.K.). Written on the road, where the duo has been living even when not touring, it’s a sweeping album with rock vigour and the spark of deeply held convictions, nurtured in the face of widespread modern disillusionment. Vintage influences include Buckingham Nicks, Led Zeppelin, All Things Must Pass, The Beatles, and the 1960s/1970s Laurel Canyon scene, but make no mistake: this is an album that lives and breathes for today.
Crystal City is fronted by Dave Helmer and Sam Drella. Helmer is a Midwestern singer/songwriter from central Iowa with blue-collar roots. Heavily influenced by Paul Westerberg, Tom Petty, John Prine and Townes Van Zandt, Helmer’s songs are approachable and relatable, touching on themes of love and loss, being good to each other and celebrating life.
Karen Meat presents Karen Meat's XXXMas with Younger, Raw Space, & Thrio at Trumpet Blossom Cafe. Sponsored by Cobra Verde ♥ ♥
$10-$20 sliding scale ~ 8PM
A night of tunes & carols from the community! All ticket sales go to Four Oaks & NAMIJC (National Alliance on Mental Illiness of Johnson County)
$10-$20 sliding scale ~8PM
more details coming soon...
Kahraman and Salaam return to Trumpet Blossom for an evening of Near Eastern and North African music and dance.
Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door
Youth and Students $15
Tickets are available by cash or check at Trumpet Blossom Café 319-248-0077
Or pay with PayPal to Farida of Kahraman: https://www.paypal.me/FrithaFaridaKahraman
Trumpet Blossom Café is located at 310 E. Prentiss St in Iowa City
Door will open at 6:30 for general seating with show at 7:00 PM
Dinner service available until 9 PM
We're closing out the year at Trumpet Blossom! This month's show features performances by Vero Rose Smith Art, The Demon Possessed, Shakes, Will Yager, and Anika Kildegaard!
If you miss out on the live show, make sure to tune in to our weekly radio program on KRUI 89.7 FM (almost) every Sunday at 4pm!
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