the villin mix: September 4–10

Jason Isbell

the villin mix features music from artists playing shows around Iowa, in addition to the best new music from the state’s local and homegrown talent. Here’s what’s on tap for this edition, covering September 4 – September 10, 2023. (Cover photo: Jason Isbell.)

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In Loving Memory Des Moines Franklin Jr. High

In Loving Memory “A Gentler Sun”


Druids “YeYin”


Soul Glo Closet Witch Iowa City Gabes

SOUL GLO “Jump!! (Or Get Jumped!!!)(by the future)”


Tunic Leftys Des Moines Iowa

Tunic “Disappointment”


Greg Wheeler and the Poly Mall Cops “NOTHING”


Third Eye Blind Dubuque 10 Years 2023

Third Eye Blind “Jumper”


Ryan Radig “Don’t Worry (about me now)”


Salt Fox Dead Silent Shikimo Octopus Cedar Falls Iowa

Salt Fox “Slow Down on Gamblin’”

  • A diverse night of music will hit Octopus in Cedar Falls on Saturday, September 9 with Salt Fox, Dead Silent, and Shikimo all set to perform.

    Salt Fox is also behind a new one-day festival in Cedar Falls, which is set to go down in October, and in advance of the event the band’s manager Neal commented on what’s to be expected. “The inaugural Lost Woods Music Festival is a free will donation event on Saturday, October 7, organized and headlined by the band Salt Fox in Cedar Falls, IA. The LaCalle Food Truck will have food for purchase, and we’ll have beer & other beverages available, too. Salt Fox has always dreamed of playing an intimate evening concert in the woods while surrounded by our closest friends, so that is exactly what we are producing. Our current plan is to announce artist lineups soon. As the event location is on a private acreage in Cedar Falls, we will be notifying attendees of the exact location at minimum one week prior to the event. We encourage anyone interested in attending the Lost Woods Music Festival to RSVP and follow along at @LostWoodsFestival. Attendees can expect bicycle & vehicle access, featuring on-site overnight parking & taxi services.”

Jim Swim & Avery Moss “Dessert”


Sight Lives Jealousy

Sight Lives & Rome Oliver “Jealousy”

  • Connecting with Sight Lives about “the song”Jealousy,” he relayed how the song came together: “Me and Rome had been talking about collaborating for some time. To be honest, my older brother actually knew Rome and told me about him and said we should make some music together, so we were really just were trying to find the time that worked for both of us.” Continuing, he added, “kashii was actually the person who mastered the song and Dran Fresh produced the beat. I found him through Beatstars and I sent Rome the beat we instantly knew it was going to be a banger.”

Dead Silent “2032”


LOVESBLIND “all i need”


Herbie Hancock “Fat Mama”


Ahzia Loading Please Wait

Ahzia & FVNTVNV “Protect the Child”

  • “Protect the Child” is from Ahzia’s new five song Loading… Please Wait EP. FVNTVNV supplied production for the track, which had been percolating for a long period of time before landing on the release. As he explained, “The instrumental was something I wrote a couple years back that I got to Ahzia a little over a year ago. He has been carefully crafting his verses for this album over the last year. Ahzia really puts a lot into his lyricism and flows so it was an honor to get a placement on the EP for sure.”

Jammin’ Alone “Old Town”


T.K.O. “Let it be”


Shikimo “Stardust”


Jason Isbell “Songs That She Sang in the Shower”


Lily DeTaeye Hive Mind

Lily DeTaeye “Hive Mind”

  • “Hive Mind” is the title track from Lily DeTaeye’s new album, and catching up with the Des Moines native, she explained, “Ultimately, I hope ‘Hive Mind’ lands in the hands of folks who recognize the scary state of the world and decide to seek magic anyway.” Read more about “Hive Mind” here.

Lady Revel Mood Music

Lady Revel “Jeanette”


Elsewhere, here are some links from the past week featuring articles, reviews, shows, and other music coverage from around the state: