the villin mix: December 4-10

Toxic Ruin 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 December 4-10, 2023. (Cover photo: Toxic Ruin)

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Toxic Ruin ILL OMEN Frontal Assault Cedar Rapids CSPS Metal

Toxic Ruin “Ritual Rebirth” (from the album Nightmare Eclipse)

Spewing, Toxic Ruin, ILL OMEN, Gaunt, and Frontal Assault will be playing Friday, December 8 at CSPS Hall in Cedar Rapids.

Frontal Assault “Human Deception”

Metal Meltdown Boggs Des Moines Iowa

Heir of Sorrow “Choose to Haunt”

Heir of Sorrow, Rage is My Rival, Stretchedthin, and Whitmore will be playing Saturday, December 9 at Boggs Hull Ave. Tavern in Des Moines.

Body Void Raccoon Motel Davenport

Body Void “Swan” (from the album RUINS)

Body Void will be playing Friday, December 8 at Raccoon Motel in Davenport.

Ashbringer Gabes Iowa City

Moon Summoner “Divination” (from the Phases EP)

Ashbringer, Moon Summoner, and Everlasting Light will be playing Sunday, December 10 at Gabe’s in Iowa City.

Ashbringer “Ethereal Aura, Pt. 2” (from the album Vacant)

Morning Sex Good Weed Angry Irishmen Ames

Bleujack “God Goggles” (from the album Bluejack)

Morning Sex & the Good Weed, Casey Joe Collins, and Bleujack will be playing Friday, December 8 the Angry Irishmen in Ames.

Morning Sex & the Good Weed “Cry Wolf”

Dave Helmer “Kiss the Sun” (from the album Such a Clown)

Dave Helmer & Harmony Electric will be playing Friday, December 8 at Octopus in Cedar Falls.

Diet Lite Pure Service Fox Den Motel Dubuque

Pure Service “Futures Bleak”

Diet Lite, Pure Service, and Skinny and the Shakes will be playing Friday, December 8 at the Fox Den Motel in Dubuque.

Diet Lite “Stuck Again” (from the album Into the Pudding)

Haploid Tires Zap Tura xBk Des Moines

Haploid “Solitaire”

Haploid, Tires, and Zap Tura will be playing Saturday, December 9 at xBk Live in Des Moines.

Tires “EP1 – Two”

Zap Tura “Thank You” (from the album Adaptasia)

Halfloves Jim Swim Jou Sherry Gabes Iowa City

Jim Swim “Home Cooked”

Halfloves, Jim Swim, and Lou Sherry will be playing Friday, December 8 at Gabe’s in Iowa City. (This show has been cancelled due to illness.)

Halfloves “Not Too Keen” (from the album Halfloves)

Lou Sherry “Friendly Advisors” (from the More Now Than Then EP)

Bella Moss “Out West”

Bella Moss, Old Pup, and Hannah Frey will be playing Thursday, December 7 at the Fox Den Motel in Dubuque.

Bodiah Lift Des Moines

Bodiah “Elysian Snare” (from the Relic Pain EP)

Non-Zero, Bodiah (DJ set), and SultryHustler (DJ set) will be performing Tuesday, December 5 at the LiFT in Des Moines.

FVNTVNV “Vitamins”

“Vitamins” is from the new Windy City Loops EP by FVNTVNV.


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

Legible was interviewed on the Creative Freedom Universe podcast.

Casper Bakker recapped ZORA’s Track Zero show at the James Theater for KRUI.

Avery Gregurich interviewed Kathryn Severing Fox for an Iowa Public Radio profile.

Shadow Fox Photography shared photos of North by North, Worst Impressions, and Two Canes at Gabe’s in Iowa City.

This week’s Accelerativ Thrust podcast featured discussion on Closet Witch’s Chiaroscuro. For those who missed it, the album was also featured as one of November’s best metal albums by Bandcamp.

Reese Strickland shared photos of Blue October and Veers at Vibrant Music Hall in Waukee.

Kai Swanson spoke with Rebecca Rice of Subatlantic on WVIK’s Saturday Morning Live! show.

This past week’s Iowa Basement Tapes with Kristian Day featured music from Everything Had Teeth, Stateparks, Chemical Buffet, 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.