The Name of the Band is Cowboy Mouth

The best live show you will ever attend.


Have you ever gone to a live show of a band that you really like, but left disappointed, thinking the live performance just didn’t sound as good as the music recorded in the studio? Or maybe the concert was all right, but somehow it felt impersonal, like you were expecting the musicians to interact more with the audience?

When you attend a Cowboy Mouth concert, you will never experience these letdowns. Cowboy Mouth truly thrives in a live setting. This band works hard to make sure that every fan, at every concert, is having an amazing time. On August 26, I attended their concert at Navy Pier in Chicago, Illinois. This concert was a whole lot of fun and an all-around amazing experience. Continue reading “The Name of the Band is Cowboy Mouth”

Q & A with Fred LeBlanc, leader of the band Cowboy Mouth


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Fred LeBlanc, leader of Cowboy Mouth, at Navy Pier in Chicago, Illinois.

Cowboy Mouth is a rock band that, according to their website, incorporates punk, blues, and their New Orleans roots into their music. With loads of entertaining crowd interaction and a high level of energy with every performance, Cowboy Mouth is truly one of the best live shows you will ever see.   Continue reading “Q & A with Fred LeBlanc, leader of the band Cowboy Mouth”

Rozz Tox rocks in Rock Island

Three bands displayed their talents in downtown Rock Island on Sept. 17 amidst storms and sirens.

Rozz Tox, a small cafe/ bar, is located next to Rooster’s on 3rd Avenue. The Last Glimpse, Model Stranger, and The Candymakers wowed the crowd with their music.

The Last Glimpse was the first band to perform. The Rock Island based band is, as guitarist/vocalist Jeffrey Loder said, “Original music, emotion, texture, crushing sound firmly rooted in 90’s alternative.”

They got their start when vocalist/guitarist Steve Krug had been recording a solo project when Loder was a producer. After deciding to try to work together, they recruited drummer Dave Hughes and bassist Dayne Burton. More recently, they played a benefit at Rascals on Oct. 3 for their friend Chicken Boy.

You can catch The Last Glimpse at RIBCO (Rock Island County Brewing Company) on Oct. 28 when they play a Smashing Pumpkins tribute. That show will start around 9 PM.

The next act to hit the stage was Chicago-native Model Stranger, who was last in the Quad Cities on Feb. 19 at RME. This time, however, the band had a full cast as compared to the February show, which was part of the Imitation Act Tour. The Imitation Act Tour was in conjunction with the release of their EP Imitation Act.

Model Stranger is self-described as “psychedelic grunge”. They draw inspiration from Tom Petty to Pearl Jam. During the show, the drums lit up during some songs.

Model Stranger will be onstage at WIU-Macomb campus at 9:30 on Oct. 30 for the college’s Halloween party. Vocalist Stephen Francis attended WIU. The following night, the band will be in their home of Chicago at The Elbo Room at 8 PM for the 6th annual Elbo Room Halloween Party.

The final act of the night was The Candymakers, who are, as their facebook says, “funk/soul/blues, Rock n’ Soul music”. The band won the Iowa Blues Challenge in 2011. They’ve released two CDS’, the first in February 2012 and the second – titled Ridiculicious – in September 2014.

The band’s next show is Oct. 9 at Lefty’s in Des Moines at 9PM. There is a $5 cover charge to see them and Cedar County Cobras.

You can check out all three bands on their websites at,, and You can buy merchandise as well as music on their sites.

Contributed by Guest Reporter Anna Headley

History vs. Hollywood

“Straight Outta Compton” is the debut studio album by American hip-hop group N.W.A (N***** With Attitude) released August 9, 1988 on group member Eazy-E’s record label, Ruthless Records. Dr. Dre with DJ Yella handled production for the album. The album has been viewed as the pioneering record of “Gangsta Rap” with its ever-present profanity and violent lyrics. It has been considered groundbreaking by music writers and has had an enormous impact on the evolution of West Coast hip-hop. Continue reading “History vs. Hollywood”

A sit-down with Lewis Knudsen

The Lewis Knudsen Band (LKB) released their second CD, The Way of Most Resistance, at River Music Experience (RME) on July 23, to the delight of local fans. Last summer their debut album, Joy, Pain, Love, Songs, was released at the same locale. Continue reading “A sit-down with Lewis Knudsen”

Music & art go hand in hand

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Several students at Black Hawk College, along with the Art teacher, Zaiga Minka Thorson, were chosen to work on a fundraiser project for the Quad Cities Symphony Orchestra called “100 Years, 100 Cellos.” Continue reading “Music & art go hand in hand”

Model Stranger Grunge

Soundcheck! Who’s got a hat for tips? Where’s the band? Model Stranger began their Imitation Act Tour in the Quad Cities, kicking off their ten-stop tour on the River Music Experience Community at Falbo Bros Pizzeria in Davenport. While it was a small crowd, the people were happy to see the band on Feb. 19. Continue reading “Model Stranger Grunge”

Hanging with an old friend – A night with James Taylor

James Taylor and his All Star Band played to a packed house at the iWireless Center on Thurs., Nov. 6, 2014. His timeless blues style of music resonated with fans both young and old. They shouted out, whistled, and sang along with favorites, and were delighted to hear new songs not yet available on recording. Continue reading “Hanging with an old friend – A night with James Taylor”