Thursday, October 16, 2014

About / Description

The Iowa Music Showcase is just what the name says, a showcase for Iowa music.

But it is a showcase for ALL of Iowa’s music, regardless of style, genre, decade, popularity, or location.

For the purposes of this website, I am defining Iowa music as music made by a band or artist that was based in Iowa at the time of the recording. But I will also be including Omaha, The Quad Cities, and Sioux Falls as honorary Iowa towns, since they are so close to us, bands from these towns are as much a part of the Iowa music scene as they are in their home states.

For information, questions, criticism, etc, write to me at

To submit a song, just send an audiofile to

Here is the schedule of our features:

Monday mornings-
- first Monday of the month - Culture Myth, a column by Des Moines writer on music, Chad Taylor
- second Monday of the month - filler
- third Monday of the month - Culture Myth
- fourth Monday of the month - Fester Rage Video - a video of one of Iowa's alternative acts from the past few yeas

Monday evenings -
Whichever of the following three I (Dan OlderMusicGeek) feel like putting out that week...
- Iowa Music Showcase Podcast - a half hour of Iowa music based on a theme or genre
- Playlists - Just a playlist I put together, again usually based on a theme
- Other Sources - This is just me (Dan OlderMusicGeek) informing and showing some other source where you can hear more Iowa music. Could be a website, a podcast, compilation album, YouTube channel, or anything.

Tuesday evenings -
IHearIC Videos - a half hour's worth of videos from the IHearIC YouTube channel

Wednesday mornings -
Iowa Blues Showcase Podcast - a weekly podcast put out by Iowa blues stalwart, Tom Gary

Wednesday evenings -
Your Own Private Iowa - an interview podcast by Richard Sutton in Ames

Thursday mornings
Local Tunes - an interview podcast from the University of Iowa radio station, KRUI 89.7FM.

Thursday evenings -
IHearIC podcasts - a weekly podcast featuring music of various genres from Iowa City and nearby

Friday mornings-
- first Friday of the month - filler
- second Friday of the month - a classic episode of the Iowa Blues Showcase Podcast
- third Friday of the month - filler
- fourth Friday of the month - a classic episode of Iowa Block Radio

Fillers and substitutes -
These will be used when one of our regular features is off at that time...
- a classic episode of the IHearIC podcast
- Listen Up - a column from the website by Cedar Falls music fan, Olivia Novak
- Lock N Load podcast - a music podcast on hiatus from Sioux City
- GriffleTV - a YouTube show from 2009 and 2010 featuring Iowa bands
- - we will feature one album or thirty minutes worth of music from this website featuring music from eastern Iowa going back as far as the 80s
- articles from The Des Moines Music Coalition (DMMC) website
- a classic episode of the radio show, Local Tunes, from KRUI
- posts the defunct Iowaves website
- Beats for the Soul columns from the defunct Des Moines is Not Boring website
- videos from the DSM Unplugged YouTube channel
- one of the Iowa Music Buzz podcasts
- KRUI In-Studio interviews
- posts from the defunct Band Bombshell website

For more on each feature (in alphabetical order)...

This was a music column from local music writer, Dave Murphy, that ran in the defunct website, Des Moines is Not Boring.  A few from 2015 are available and we will reprint one of those from time to time.

Chad Taylor has a website where he discusses the music scene ( He was the music reporter for the Cityview magazine in Des Moines for many year. We will reprint posts from his website that have to do with the Iowa music scene on or around the 10th and 25th of every month.

Although this page of The Des Moines Music Coalition is used pretty much just for news on the organization now, it also features articles written in the past by volunteers about various bands and artists that played in our fair state.

This is a YouTube channel that features 7 videos, each from a different Iowa artist, that were recorded at a show from a show that took place on Jan 6, 2016.

Fester Rage also has a YouTube channel ( where he recorded several live performances of various alterative and punk bands, as well as some other genres, from September, 2007, to August, 2015. We will feature one live show every month on or around the 15th.

GriffleTV was a YouTube channel from Ames, Iowa, that ran from 2009 to 2010 and featured live performances by local Iowa bands. We feature those performances from time to time.

IHearIC ( is a monthly concert series in Iowa City that has been going on for years. But it has grown to include a radio show that is also a podcast ( and that we include on Thursday after it's been broadcasted on uploaded. And they have a YouTube channel ( featuring many videos of live performances of various Iowa artists. We feature one of those every week on Tuesdays.

From Jan 11, 2016, to Nov 13, 2017, Iowa Block Radio ( produced 108 episodes (of 45 minutes to 3 hours of length) of a pocast featuring rap, hip-hop, and other music from our fair state. But they have started up again with two weekly podcasts, one featuring hip-hop and rap and the other featuring rock.

Tom Gary ( has been putting out websites, videos, and podcasts on Iowa blues for decades. This podcast ( is his latest edition of that, featuring blues artists for all over Iowa and beyond.

Iowa Music Buzz was a website that ran from 2012 to 2015. During that time, they had a podcast. Three of the episodes are still up. We feature those three.

This is the original purpose and reason for this website. They are podcast episodes featuring 25-30 minutes of Iowa music based on a genre or a theme.

A music website by Iowan Dave Murphy that explored national, as well as, Iowa music, that ran from 2012 to 2017.. But we will be featuring his posts on Iowa music here.

The University of Iowa radio station, KRUI, features, on its websites, interviews they conducted between 2008 and 2012. These interviews feature all kinds of celebrities, local and national. We, of course, will just feature the ones with Iowa musicians.

Jazzman Joe has a YouTube channel ( that features literally hundreds of live shows from various jazz and classical artists, as well as other genres. We will feature one video every week on Friday. We will rotate between newer ones and older videos.

This was a six-month project put out by Univeristy of Northern Iowa student, Olivia Novak. We feature some of her columns from time to time.

A radio show on University of Iowa station, KRUI 89.7FM, featuring interviews with local musicians.

Lock N Load was a sports podcast that evolved into a music interview podcast. It featured bands and artists from western Iowa, the Sioux Falls/Sioux City area, and beyond. We feature their podcasts from time to time.

Exactly what it says. These posts will feature a playlist, most of the time being new material or material picked at random, though sometimes based on a theme. The playlist can come from Spotify, YouTube, SoundCloud, BandCamp, or ReverbNation.

These posts will just tell you about other sources where you can find and hear more Iowa music. It may be a different podcast, another website, a compilation album, or something else entirely.

A Bandcamp page featuring alternative music and punk and other stuff by defuntc bands from eastern part of Iowa dating from the 80s to recent material.

This is an interview show from Richard Sutton featuring Iowa musicians. He records them at the studios of KURE 88.5 Ames Alternative on Thursday from 7-9pm. You can listen live at But it is also featured on our website the following Wednesday.

Just to let you know, you can subscribe and/or follow Iowa Music Showcase at the following sites...

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