the villin mix is a weekly updating featuring music from artists playing shows around Iowa, in addition to some of the best new music from the state’s local and homegrown talent. Here’s what’s on tap for this edition, covering October 16 – October 22, 2023. (Cover photo: Kaki King)
Kaki King “Yellowcake”
Kaki King is performing Monday, October 16 at the Temple Theater in Des Moines.
Nellie McKay “Quicksilver Girl”
Nellie McKay will be performing at Wednesday, October 18 at The Washington in Burlington.
Samia “Big Wheel”
Samia will be performing Sunday, October 22 at Wooly’s in Des Moines, with Venus and the Flytraps supporting.
While “Between The Lines” grew out of the period of writing around William J Locker’s 2022 release, Brainwash, it’s since found a new life for itself as he began learning more about the use of AI. Lyrically, the song aligns with concepts surrounding AI, but the track also utilizes evolving technologies when it came to mastering it. Read more about how it came together here.
Elizabeth Moen “Headgear”
Elizabeth Moen will be performing Saturday, October 21 at xBk Live in Des Moines.
William Elliott Whitmore “Healing to Do”
William Elliott Whitmore will be performing Saturday, October 21 at the Maintenance Shop in Ames.
The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band “Plainfield Blues”
The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band will be performing Saturday, October 21 at Common Chord’s Redstone Room in Davenport, with Logan Springer & The Wonderfully Wild supporting.
In discussing the track, Early Girl’s Aaron Longoria recalls how an off-the-hand comment grew to take on a new form when filtered through the lens of the horror genre’s final girl trope. Putting their own spin on it, the song’s lyrics lend the track a quality of empowerment, subverting the historically clichéd use of female characters in the genre as mere plot devices used in service of a male lead’s storyline. Read more about “Evil Head” here.
Why Bother? “What’s Wrong With Me?”
Dropkick Murphys “The Gauntlet”
The Dropkick Murphys will be performing Wednesday, October 18 at Alliant Energy Powerhouse in Cedar Rapids, with the Interrupters and Jesse Ahern supporting.
404 “Living for the Weekend”
Sorry, Pluto, Look @ Me & 404 will be playing Thursday, October 19 at Octopus in Cedar Falls.
Sevendust feat. Skin of Skunk Anansie “Licking Cream”
Static-X and Sevendust are co-headlining a show Friday, October 20 at the Horizon Events Center in Clive, with Dope and Lines of Loyalty also performing.
Plague of Carcosa “Hastur”
Plague of Carcosa are playing Friday, October 20 at the Village Theatre in Davenport, with Grimm and Tanzen supporting.
My Life With the Thrill Kill Kult “A Daisy Chain 4 Satan (Acid & Flowers Mix)”
My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult will be performing Saturday, October 21 at Wildwood in Iowa City, with ADULT. and KANGA supporting.
Ketamonster “Galactic Groove”
Cal Scruby “Faster”
Cal Scrubby will be performing Monday, October 16 at Lefty’s in Des Moines.
Track Zero is the Englert’s new concert series that presents burgeoning, diverse, and boundary-pushing artists in Iowa City. Tennis will be performing Thursday, October 19 at the Englert Theatre as part of the series, with Sam Evian supporting.
moony will be performing Thursday, October 19 at Raccoon Motel in Davenport with Trauna and Boy Bandicoot supporting.
Here’s the weekly local music media digest featuring recent articles, interviews, reviews, and other coverage from around the state:
Anika Maculangan reviewed Kate Bollinger, Sam Burton & 24thankyou’s Track Zero show at Gabe’s in Iowa City for KRUI.
KRUI also shared photos by John Glab of Swae Lee at the University of Iowa Homecoming.
Becky Phelps interviewed Kenyon Thorp for KCRG, discussing the Ideal Theater in Cedar Rapids.
Tony Dehner recapped the Lost Woods Festival in Cedar Falls for IPR Studio One, with photos by Elliot Tensen.
Milk Chocolate Productions shared photos of Odd Pets, Moon Summoner, Mr. Softheart and Night Stories performing Friday the 13th in a rural school boiler room.