Tim Story found his true calling while enrolled at the University of Toledo in the late Seventies as an English Literature major. Upon graduating in 1980, he began recording ambient music, starting with 1981’s Threads. His collaborations with the German musician Hans-Joachim Röedelius began with 2000’s Persistence of Memory. It continues with their recent installation, The Röedelius Cells, showing at the Figge Art Museum from September 25 through 27. Story cordially consented to explain their project.

A legitimate musical prodigy who released two albums before becoming a teenager, the 14-year-old YouTube and concert sensation EmiSunshine makes her debut appearance at Rock Island's Circa '21 Speakeasy on September 6, the young artist cited by Rolling Stone as “a mind-bogglingly talented adolescent who writes intense Appalachian folk tunes in the Carter Family tradition and sings them with wisdom and ferocity.”

Playing past hits along with songs from the group's most recent release Give a Glimpse of What Yer Not – a work that, according to ConsequenceOfSound.net, “continues the band's decades-long path of great records” – the alternative rockers of Dinosaur Jr. play a Codfish Hollow Barn concert on September 10, their latest album described by The Quietus as “a perfect synthesis of all the incredients that have made them one of the most intriguing and long-lasting guitar bands in recent history.”

With DCMusicDownload.com calling the artist “engagingly soulful” and praising his “talent, unique songwriting ability, and ability to master the potency of silence,” the Los Angeles-based Naia Izumi appears locally as a Moeller Nights headliner on September 11, the folk-rock musician 2018's winner of NPR's esteemed Tiny Desk Contest that annually receives more than 4,000 video submissions.

Lauded by Sound Guardian as “a truly great and powerful band” and Icon Music Mag as “everything you could wish for in rock, jazz, fusion, blues, prog rock, and world music,” the Chicago-based quartet Marbin plays a Redstone Room concert on September 13, the band's most recent release Israeli Jazz praised by Festival Feak as an album that “tends to speed by at a frenetic pace, but never goes without some form of infectious melody that climbs and climbs, as if reaching for the next high.”

Praised by New York Music Daily for their “darkly inventive Americana” and by The Sound for their “infectious, foot-stomping Americana tunes,” the touring musicians of Muddy Ruckus – guitarist (and Rock Island native) Ryan Flaherty and “suitcase drummer” Erika Stahl – perform as Moelle Nights headliners on September 1, their 2018 album Bellows to Mend described by EvolvementRadio.com as “hands down their best work so far.”

Delivering what the New York Times called “elegant, often deadpan songs that tend toward manly understatement,” Gary Allan plays Davenport's Rhythm City Casino Resort on September 1, the chart-topping, multi-platinum-selling country superstar touring in support of his forthcoming release Hard Way, Allan's tenth studio album to date.

Performing in support of their most recent release The Far Field, an album that Rolling Stone said “nicely evokes a rainy Eighties afternoon awash in heartache and MTV,” the Baltimore-based Future Island performs an August 29 concert at Maquoketa's Codfish Hollow Barn, ConsequenceOfSound.net calling the pop-synth musicians “a band with passion and drive” and the artists' latest work “their tightest, strongest album yet.”

With Blurt magazine calling the band's 2018 album A Love Sleeps Deep “focused and well-considered” as well as “glorious, dense, and exhilarating,” the five-piece rock outfit The Moondoggies performs as the headliners for a September 6 Moeller Nights concert, treating fans to what Pitchfork described as “a manful, harmony-heavy brand of Americana rock modeled after fragile but forceful legends Neil Young, the Band, and the Grateful Dead.”

One of the most iconic and lauded bands in American history makes an eagerly awaited appearance at the TaxSlayer Center on August 26, with the Moline venue presenting an evening with the Beach Boys, the beloved surf-rock and pop musicians performing locally on their nationwide 50th Anniversary Tour in support of their latest album That’s Why God Made the Radio.