1. The Olympics | Fire | Afterhours Session #27

    03:10

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    Fire was the first song I'd heard from The Olympics new record. Our version sounds a little different from the studio track, but not in a bad way. Expect more claps and some slightly improvised lyrics. Photo by Justin Torner (justintornerphotography.com)

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    • The Olympics | Mind | Afterhours Session #26

      03:44

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      Cozy without feeling crowded, surrounded by friends and a mannequin, the back porch was the perfect spot to film The Olympics fine track, 'mind'. Photo by Justin Torner (justintornerphotography.com)

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      • The Olympics | New Years Eve | Afterhours Session #25

        03:05

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        The Olympics were a tough band to catch up with this summer. With two weddings and a new record, it was difficult to find time to film. After months of planning, scheduling and inevitable re-scheduling, we finally met up and hammered out a few tracks from their new album, "Barefoot Blondes". Photo by Justin Torner (http://www.justintornerphotography.com)

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        • Young Readers | Homesick | Afterhours Session #23

          04:15

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          We were deep in our cups at one of Iowa City's finest bars, Gabe's Oasis, when we came upon Jordan Herrera of Young Readers. He wasn't performing, simply passing through town. We became fast-friends that night and filmed two lovely sessions the following day. Jordan's songs marry contemplative songwriting with powerful yet sincere vocals; just ask anyone lucky enough to be within earshot.

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          • Trouble Lights | Safe With Me | Afterhours Session #22

            04:39

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            Safe With Me was the only track from Trouble Lights we had heard before our session. The song started, and we were floored--it sounded as good live as it did on the record. Except Adrien didn't have antlers on her head or elephant tusks for arms like in the music video (which is rad by the way; check that out too while you're at it).

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            • Trouble Lights | Hunting | Afterhours Session #21

              03:49

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              Trouble Lights, out of Fairfield Iowa, marks our first fully electric session. We were scrambling to find a place to setup Philip's gear when we stumbled upon Seldom Seen's DJ barn. Though dimly lit, the place had a folding table, ample power outlets and, most importantly, some sizable speakers that served to subside our fears of being drowned out by the AWTHNTKTS nearby mainstage performance.

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              • Henrietta | My Valhalla | Afterhours Session #20

                04:21

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                Henrietta was the hidden gem of Seldom Seen. What they lacked in online presence (good luck finding them on google) they made up for with a stellar live performance. My Valhalla is an infectiously simple, yet emotionally-present song that resonated perfectly in the surrounding countryside.

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                • PHOX | Kingfisher | Afterhours Session #19

                  03:22

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                  We found some nice high-ground to shoot this track, Kingfisher. We had to squint into the sun throughout filming, which proved a minor inconvenience, but the dreamy lens flare made it worth it.

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                  • PHOX | Nineteen Thirty​-​Six | Afterhours Session #18

                    03:44

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                    When we rolled up to Seldom Seen--a music festival on a farm in Monmouth, Iowa (population 154)--we had but one question, "Where can we film?" the answer caught us off guard, "Wherever you want" It didn't take much searching to find the idyllic backdrop: rolling hills with an antiquated barn. PHOX, a 7-piece from Baraboo, made it truly shine with their unique, amorphous sound.

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                    • Young Readers | Dancing | Afterhours Session #24

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                      'Dancing' is one of those rare songs that, while playing, seems to slow down time. Jordan weaves beautiful storytelling with sentimental vocals to create a sparse yet heart-warming track.

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