Good Morning Midnight-Basket Of Flowers

It’s strange how well Good Morning Midnight‘s new album flows. The songs themselves are quite different, ranging from somber folk to indie-pop to raucous 70’s style AM radio tunes. The influence of bands like Wilco and songwriters like Elliot Smith are heard pretty easily throughout, and GMM’s Charlie Cacciatore captures their spirit with ease. Produced and engineered by friend of the site Dana Telsrow and … Continue reading Good Morning Midnight-Basket Of Flowers

80/35 Portraits

I’m not big on doing portraits most of the time. I’m not a great poser of people. But, 80/35 gave me a great opportunity to shoot some people that are amazingly talented and humble and collaborative. I wanted to feature as many local bands as I could, and I hope that I accomplished that. Raven Lenae (local to me in Chicago) Patrick Tape-Fleming and Chris … Continue reading 80/35 Portraits

The Maytags-Marry Ya (Video)

I’ve written about a lot of Iowa bands over the years. None of them are dripping with blue-eyes soul like The Maytags on their newest track “Marry Ya.” On the cusp of releasing their album Love Lines (July 1), the septet hit all the right notes in this classic-style black and white video. (Directed by Bruce Bales from Deft Production, so you know it’s good!) … Continue reading The Maytags-Marry Ya (Video)

New Song Premiere: Twins-Teenage Grenade

Somewhere along the thin line that separates rock music from punk is where the new album from Cedar Valley, IA quartet Twins resides. Their last record, Tomboys On Parade, was a stark reminder that true rock and roll can survive. On Square America, it thrives. Built on the foundation provided by The Heartbreakers, The Kinks, and The Stones, Twins usher in a new kind of … Continue reading New Song Premiere: Twins-Teenage Grenade