Press Releases

January 3, 2017

Little Village Live reviewed the ION EP and called us darlings.


Read the full review.

December 13, 2016

Little Village Live is just as excited about this show as we are!

Read more on their site.

May 12, 2016

Iowa Music Project had a really nice conversation with Brian -- listen below!

April 28, 2016

The Columbia Daily Tribune shows some love!

"The three-piece Iowa City band has a magnetism that is greater, broader and more colorful than any enchanter could conjure.

It plays music that has the potential to envelope listeners and lead them to a different plane."

Read the full article.

October 19, 2015

Time to Play B-Sides promotes our performance with MAIDS at CSPS.

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October 15, 2015

DSM Shows interviews Justin about everything Jack Lion.

Read the full interview.

June 12, 2015

DSM Shows wrote this beautifully written review of our live show.

Read the full article.

June 5, 2015

Examiner interviewed Justin for a bit about Jack Lion and their background.

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May 28, 2015

Little Village Magazine wrote an article about some recent and upcoming events!

Read the full article.

May 16, 2015

Sally Hart speaks with Brian on 106.1 FM KCII Radio. 

Listen here.

May 7, 2015

James Moore speaks with Brian on 100.1 FM KRUU Radio. 

Listen here.

April 7, 2015

Joe McGuire wrote about his Mission Creek Festival experiences.

In part three he does a nice job of detailing what it's like to see us live. Thanks, Joe!

"...when Jack Lion plays, it is watching scientists testing different ideas in a lab. There must be science to this music."

Read the whole article.

February 7, 2015

Stolen Moments on 3RRR added Snapdragon to their latest episode!

Listen to the whole show.

February 5, 2015

The Main Ingredient Radio added us to its latest playlist. Thanks for the share, guys! Enjoy!

Listen to the whole show.

January 27, 2015

We are featured on this week's Bandcamp Weekly show!

Listen to the whole show.

January 20, 2015

"To blend jazz in music nowadays is welcomed, but can become overused and almost cliche.

Not so for Jack Lion."

-Stone, Hip Hop Speakeasy

Read the full review at HipHopSpeakeasy.

January 5, 2015

"...the experience of listening to a Jack Lion album is akin to watching fireworks on the 4th of July - awe inspiring, energetic, but most of all, spontaneous and unpredictable."

-Charlie Cedar,

Read the full interview at Charlie Cedar.

December 27, 2014

We made Michael Roeder's top 20 of 2014! We're honored to be a part of it!

View the full list here.

November 1, 2014

Take a listen to Jack Lion's performance on Iowa Public Radio's Java Blend program with Ben Kieffer.

September 9, 2014

The JAC EP features "distinct song structures and melody that the listener can follow which result in a very satisfying soundtrack."

-Mike Roeder, Little Village Live

Read the full review on Little Village Live. 

September 3, 2014

"Jack Lion’s members unearth the early ’00s interest in connections between jazz and electronic music and refashion it for this current era. Striking a balance between jazz composition, down-tempo break-beats, and hazy atmospherics they have made their mark as one of Iowa City’s headiest and most adventurous bands."

-The Mill of Iowa City

May 31, 2014

"If you haven't heard the music of Jack Lion yet, it's exactly the type of electro-acoustic, diatonic-based ensemble music I'm trying to enlighten about and draw attention to...

These guys, all of these guys, are not only taking the next step but in my opinion they could be creating a genre of their own. It goes way beyond merely carrying the torch for artists like this. You can hear overtones of previous post-alternative bands like Tortoise and Mum, but these guys go much further.

Jack Lion's music...mixes jazz ability and sensibility with electro-ambient texture and sentiment, yet there's NOTHING stereo typical about it the way most forms of jazz are. There's nothing standard or "smooth" or indulgent about this brand of ambient electro-acoustic music. It plows forward with artistic integrity and in the spirit of exploration and innovation..."

-Dean De Benedictis of Ambient Jazz/Fusion & Non-Purist Groups on Facebook

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