the villin mix: November 27-December 3

Mavis Staples Playlist

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 27-December 3, 2023. (Cover photo: Mavis Staples)

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Mavis Staples “You Are Not Alone”

Mavis Staples and The War and Treaty will be performing Saturday, December 2 at the Hancher Auditorium’s Hadley Stage in Iowa City.

The War and Treaty “That’s How Love is Made”

Annie Kemble “Diamonds”

“Diamonds” is the latest release from Annie Kemble, co-written with Jazz Niehaus and produced by Bryan Vanderpool. The music video was directed by Riley Dismore.

James Tutson “Back Down”

James Tutson will be performing (a free show) Wednesday, November 29 at the Fox Den Motel in Dubuque.

Left Lane Cruiser “Juice to Get Loose”

Left Lane Cruiser will be performing Friday, December 1 at the Lift in Dubuque.

8foundead Octopus December 2023

North of Grand “Hey Man”

8foundead, North of Grand, and Get Up! Get Down! will be performing Saturday, December 2 at Octopus in Cedar Falls.

Teenage Halloween Hembree Raccoon Motel Davenport

Hembree “Can’t Run Forever”

Teenage Halloween will be performing Wednesday, November 29 at Raccoon Motel in Davenport, with Hembree supporting.

Teenage Halloween “Armageddon Now”

Daisychain “The Mirror”

Daisychain will be performing Thursday, November 30 at Raccoon Motel in Davenport, with Ira Wolf supporting.

Clay Fulton & the Lost Forty “Heading Up North”

Clay Fulton and the Lost Forty will be performing Friday, December 1 at Octopus in Cedar Falls, with Audrey Robinson supporting.

River Glen “we are here”

River Glen will be performing Friday, December 1 at the Ideal Theater in Cedar Rapids, with Young the Lion supporting.

Lily Madeleine Raccoon Motel

Lily & Madeleine “Come to Me”

Lily & Madeleine will be performing Tuesday, November 28 at Raccoon Motel in Davenport, with Brian Dunne supporting.

Japanese House Woolys Des Moines

quinnie “touch tank”

The Japanese House will be performing Friday, December 1 at Wooly’s in Des Moines, with quinnie supporting.

The Japanese House “Touching Yourself”

ZZZAY & Cole Baccam “DOUBLE TAKE”


And for more of what’s going on around Iowa, here’s a selection recent articles, photos, reviews, and other coverage from around the state:

Rob Cline reviewed Even You Can See in the Dark by Wave Cage for Little Village.

Ralph Bryant shared multi-cam footage of Shikimo’s September set at Octopus in Cedar Falls.

Iowa Public Radio shared footage of FlyLife and Sqvce at 80/35, shot by Borgology and Lucius Pham.

This past week’s Iowa Basement Tapes with Kristian Day featured music from Atomic Opera, 7inch Wave, Red Throb, Shamrock Shakes, and more. Listen and subscribe via Apple Podcasts or Spotify.

And for more of what’s going on around Iowa, visit Little Village’s Events Calendar, Iowa Public Radio’s Live Music Calendar, or Thrash Panda‘s Show Calendar.