the villin mix is a weekly update 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 November 6-12, 2023. (Cover photo: Kiss the Tiger)
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Closet Witch feat. Andrew Cline “To the Cauldron”
“To the Cauldron” is from Closet Witch’s full-length release, Chiaroscuro. For more from the release, vocalist Mollie Piatetsky recently connected to discuss another track from the album titled “My Words Are Sacred.”
Volcandra “Resonance Cascade”
The Convalescence, Volcandra, and Gravis Somnia will be performing Tuesday, November 7 at Lefty’s in Des Moines.
The Convalescence “79 Years”
Sean Tyler will be performing Sunday, November 12 at the James Theater in Iowa City, with Lucky Man supporting. For more from Sean, he recently connected to discuss the track “Drive Me Home” from his recent NOR THERE EP.
J.D. Simo “Mortgage on My Soul”
JD Simo will be performing Saturday, November 11 at the Washington in Burlington.
Cedar County Cobras “Shake It Right”
Cedar County Cobras will be performing Saturday, November 11 at the Ideal Theater & Bar in Cedar Rapids, with Joe and Vicki Price supporting.
The Rush Cleveland Trio “The Kids Don’t Care”
The Rush Cleveland Trio will be performing as part of a birthday celebration for Rush Cleveland Saturday, November 11 at Octopus in Cedar Falls.
Kiss the Tiger “Motel Room”
Kiss the Tiger will be performing Friday, November 10 at xBk Live in Des Moines, with Ramona and the Sometimes supporting. The band will also be playing the following night, Saturday, November 11 at Gabe’s in Iowa City, with Early Girl and Worst Impressions opening.
Ramona & The Sometimes “Plant Mom”
Worst Impressions “yeah”
28 Days Later “All Hard Feelings”
28 Days Later will be performing Thursday, November 9 at Gabe’s in Iowa City, with Dirty Blonde and Kobe Williams and the Fantasy opening.
Dirty Blonde “She Wore Blue”
Sen Morimoto “Bad State”
Sen Morimoto will be performing Saturday, November 11 at the James Theater, as part of the ongoing Track Zero series in Iowa City, with KL!NG opening.
The Head and the Heart “Honeybee”
The Head and the Heart will be performing Sunday, November 12 at the Capitol Theatre in Davenport, with Yoke Lore supporting.
Lake Street Dive “Better Than”
Lake Street Dive will be performing Sunday, November 12 at Hoyt Sherman Place in Des Moines, with Monica Martin opening.
The Brevet “Moving Mountains”
The Brevet will be performing Wednesday, November 8 at the Maintenance Shop in Ames.
Anthony Worden “Voila”
Anthony Worden, Pink Kodiak, and Miann will be performing Friday, November 10 at the Angry Irishmen in Ames.
ZZZAY “TOO BROKE”
Orange Juice Avalanche feat. Show You Suck “Podcast”
And for more of what’s going on around Iowa, here’s a selection recent articles, interviews, reviews, and other coverage from around the state:
Des Moines-based MC T.O.T. was interviewed on the McAllister Hours Podcast.
Zachary Lint (aka Coolzey) has released his independent short horror film Burlington Paranormal on YouTube. Last November Lint connected for an episode of the villin podcast, discussing how his journey wound through L.A. and back to Iowa, connecting him with the likes of Johnny Pemberton and Peaches Christ, who were both cast in the film.
Anika Maculangan and Evan Raefield recapped Model/Actriz’s recent Infinite Dream Festival show at Gabe’s in Iowa City for KRUI.
J Mackenzie Wolfskill shared photos of Logan Springer & The Wonderfully Wild, Running Man, and Avey Grouws Band at the Capitol Theatre in Davenport.
Little Village’s Give Guide returned this month. And while this is from last year’s edition, if you’re interested in an introduction to the state’s record stores, check out this article titled, “Iowa’s record stores remain community hubs, weathering ups and downs in the vinyl market.”