the villin mix: Oct. 30-Nov. 5

Theon Cross 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 October 30 to November 5, 2023. (Cover photo: Theon Cross)

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Johnny Dynamite Bloodsuckers Raccoon Motel Davenport

Johnny Dynamite and the Bloodsuckers “Bats in the Woods”

Johnny Dynamite and the Bloodsuckers are playing Saturday, November 4 at Raccoon Motel in Davenport.

Divine Sweater “I Knew You Better”

Divine Sweater are playing Thursday, November 2 at The Maintenance Shop in Ames.

Mr. Anderson & Sophie Gainsley “Love on the Weekend”

“Love on the Weekend” is a new track from Cedar Rapids-based producer Mr. Anderson, featuring Sophie Gainsley.

Ghost of Vroom Gabes Iowa City

Ghost of Vroom (Mike Doughty & Andrew Livingston) “Still Getting It Done”

Ghost of Vroom will be performing Friday, November 3 at Gabe’s in Iowa City.

Theon Cross “Forward Progression II”

Theon Cross will be opening for the Sun Ra Arkestra Saturday, November 4 at the Hancher Auditorium, as part of the FEaST 2023 festival.

That Honorroll KID “Lunch Table Flow”

“Lunch Table Flow” is from KID PICASSO, the new full-length release from Des Moines-based MC That Honorroll KID.

Chris Webby feat. Skrizzly Adams “The Stickup”

Chris Webby is performing Thursday, November 2 at Wooly’s, with EKOH, Stevie Stone & $ellar Boiz supporting.

Ace Forgiato feat. FlyLife “Add it Up”

“Add it Up” is from Ace Forgiato’s new full-length album, T.G.I.F.

Tyler Rootz “Never Enough”

“Never Enough” is a new track from Webster City-based MC, Tyler Rootz.

Abraham Alexander Woolys Des Moines

Abraham Alexander feat. Mavis Staples “Deja Vu”

Abraham Alexander is performing Saturday, November 4 at Wooly’s in Des Moines, with Harper O’Neill supporting.

Kendra Morris xbk Des Moines

Kendra Morris “Banshee”

Kendra Morris is performing Saturday, November 4 at xBk Live in Des Moines, with Lady Revel supporting.

DJ Williams Lift Dubuque

DJ Williams “Johnny’s Got a Gun”

DJ Williams will be performing Monday, October 30 at The Lift in Dubuque, and again Wednesday, November 1 at Wildwood in Iowa City.

Orphic Illusion “Out For Blood”

“Out For Blood” is a new track from Marshalltown’s Orphic Illusion.

Chelsea Grin Suicide Silence Woolys Des Moines

Suicide Silence “You Only Live Once”

Suicide Silence is co-headlining at show with Chelsea Grin Tuesday, October 31 at Wooly’s in Des Moines, with I AM and PeelingFlesh supporting.

Riff & the Heist “Stoned Roller”

Riff Worm will be opening for IV and the Strange Band Wednesday, November 1 at The Lift in Dubuque.

IV and the Strange Band “Son of Sin”

IV and the Strange Band will be performing again Thursday, November 2 at Lefty’s in Des Moines, with Jacob County & the Damaged Goods, and Loose Gravel supporting.

Duwayne Burnside “Meet Me in the City”

Duwayne Burnside is performing Thursday, November 2 at The Washington in Burlington.

The Brothers Burn Mountain “If We Don’t Turn Around”

The Brothers Burn Mountain will be performing Sunday, November 5 at Byron’s in Pomeroy.

Surf Zombies Greg Wheeler Angry Irishmen

Surf Zombies “Rat Tech”

Surf Zombies are playing Friday, November 3 at The Angry Irishmen in Ames, with Greg Wheeler and the Poly Mall Cops also performing.

Screaming Females Gabes Iowa City

Screaming Females “Ripe”

Screaming Females will be playing Sunday, November 5 at Gabe’s in Iowa City, with Lip Critic and Rodeo Boys supporting. (This show has been cancelled.)

Here’s the weekly Iowa music media digest featuring recent articles, interviews, reviews, and other coverage from around the state:

Allison Fortune shared photos from Cavalera Conspiracy‘s recent show at Wooly’s in Des Moines.

Chris Burns reviewed Bright Big Empty Nothing by T.A.N.G. for Little Village.

Isaac Hamlet shared a review for Lani’s nine-track Love, Lani release, for Little Village.

Anika Maculangan recapped Tennis’ recent Track Zero show at The Englert Theater for KRUI.

Shadow Fox Photography shared photos from a recent Iowa City house show featuring Dead Emperors, Faces Turned Ashes, and Dark Brotherhood.

Iowa Public Radio shared Kaki King’s recent Temple Theatre set, shot by Lucius Pham, with a recap by Lindsey Moon and additional photos by Mike Gustafson.

KCCI previewed the opening of the Vibrant Music Hall in Waukee.

Doug Thompson shared live photos of the Local Machinist, shot at a Need Pizza basement show in Cedar Rapids.

Jay’s CD & Hobby is celebrating its 18th anniversary with 50% off all CDs, DVDs, Blu-rays, box sets, and comic books from November 3-5 (with 15% off everything else storewide).

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.

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