the villin mix: December 11-17

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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 11-17, 2023. (Cover photo: Mom Rock)

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Juliano Dock feat. Teller Bank$ “Blazin”

“Blazin” is from Juliano Dock’s new album, I Don’t Bother a Soul.

Golden Element feat. VSA CHXCKY 333 “Game On My Back”

Mango “My Fault (I Know)”

Too Klean “Times Two”

AshyMeat “Respect Me, Fear Me”

Cosmic Lloyd “Living Water”

Way Down Wanderers Gabes Iowa City

The Way Down Wanderers “All My Words”

The Way Down Wanderers will be performing with Marc Bailey Thursday, December 14 at xBk Live in Des Moines, and with Flash in a Pan Friday, December 15 at Gabe’s in Iowa City.

Flash in a Pan “On the Run”

Jordan Messerole “Take It With You When You Leave”

Jordan Messerole, V VanEssebury, Colby Burhenn, and Wally Neal will be sitting in for a writer’s round Friday, December 15 at Alluvial Brewing Company in Ames.

Whitey Morgan Wildwood Iowa City

Whitey Morgan and the 78’s “Bad News”

Whitey Morgan and the 78’s will be performing Friday, December 15 at Wildwood in Iowa City.

Dusk “Pissing in a Wishing Well”

Dusk and Ty Bailey will be performing Saturday, December 16 at the Fox Den Motel in Dubuque.

Wrestling With Wolves Leftys Des Moines

Wrestling With Wolves “All Truckered Out”

Wrestling With Wolves, Night of Joy, Alex Kintzle & the Revolving Doors, and Adam Bruce will be performing Sunday, December 17 at Lefty’s in Des Moines.

Night of Joy “Like a Piece of Tin”

Mom Rock “My Way”

Mom Rock will be performing Sunday, December 17 at Raccoon Motel in Davenport.

Krampus Fest 2023 Waterloo Iowa

The Emblem Faction “Vita”

By the Thousands, Guilty of Treason, Dose, Hardship, My Own Will, Neck Wrung, the Emblem Faction, and more will be performing as part of Krampus Fest 2023 Saturday, December 16 at the Waterloo Center for the Arts‘ Schoitz Room.

Guilty of Treason “Desperation”

Closer to God Teehees Des Moines

Hardship “Cut Through”

Closer To God, Dose, Hardship, and Skinned Alive will be performing Sunday, December 17 at Teehee’s Comedy Club in Des Moines.

Closer to God “Into the Abyss”

Maul Gabes Iowa City

Maul “Disintegration of the Soul”

Maul, Pitlord, Worst Behavior, and BBP will be performing Saturday, December 16 at Gabe’s in Iowa City.

Pit Lord “Blessed are the Thicc”


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

Tyler Dean Erickson shared photos of the Japanese House at Wooly’s in Des Moines.

Jackie Wilson wrote an article for City View, offering first impressions of the newly-opened Vibrant Music Hall in Waukee.

Olivia Fennell shared photos of In Loving Memory at Dilly Dally Fest in Philadelphia.

SultryHustler’s entire December 5 set from the LiFT is available here.

Wafaa Ezzat reports on RIBCO’s owner Terrence Tilka’s retirement for KWQC, reflecting on 50 years of his bar and venue.

Ralph Bryant shared multi-cam full set videos from Miss Christine, Livingston, and Winterland performing at Octopus in Cedar Falls, in addition to the first installment of the Iowa Music Archive Series, featuring an on-stage interview at Octopus with Rush Cleveland.

This past week’s Iowa Basement Tapes with Kristian Day spoke with Curt Howard of Chemical Buffet. 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.