“Here at 88Nine, we are excited to announce that Milwaukee band, Ian and the Dream, will be preforming at the Radio Milwaukee studio on Thursday for this weeks edition of 414 Music Live. Starting as High school friends, Ian Ash and Chivo, came together to form Ian and the Dream in 2008. The band’s name was an early acknowledgment of the uphill battle they understood they would be fighting in order to make a name for themselves in the Music Industry. This Milwaukee band has made amazing strides. Their story is not one of holing up in a cabin in Medford, Wi, only to emerge with a critically acclaimed debut album. Their story may not be as romanticized as Justin Vernon's, but it is certainly admirable. The duo has garnered attention by working slowly; winning contests such as Bodog’s Battle of the Bands and a “Top Singer” award at the Waukesha County Fair. Persistence such as this won the band an opening-slot with the Beach Boys.”
“The band Ian and the Dream played for Wisconsin Tonight viewers.”
“The local band Ian and the Dream has a new album coming out September 5, 2014. It's called California Cauliflower. The band came on Wisconsin Tonight to debut the song "Steppin' on My Shoes". For more information visit: http://ianandthedream.com/”
“Wednesday on Lake Effect: LeVar Burton talks about his 23-year run as host of the public television series, Reading Rainbow, and his work today as an advocate for reading education – work that will bring him to Milwaukee this month. Later, music producer, musician, and Viroqua native Butch Vig discusses the state of the music industry and the new album coming out soon by Garbage, the band he co-founded in Madison in the 1990s. And we’ll hear a performance from the Waukesha-based band, Ian and the Dream, whose own new album comes out this week. Guests: LeVar Burton, host, Reading Rainbow Butch Vig, musician and keynote speaker, Yellowphone Music Conference Ian and the Dream, Waukesha-based band Segments: LeVar Burton: Reading Rainbow Helped Build A Generation of Readers Garbage In, Garbage Out: Musician/Producer Butch Vig comes to Milwaukee Dreaming Big in Milwaukee: Ian and the Dream Head to Yellowphone”
“Ian and the Dream, "California Cauliflower" (Sept. 5, ianandthedream.com) Listen to "Steppin' On My Shoes" from Ian and the Dream's "California Cauliflower." There are corny lyrics here and there, but it's hard not to like these happy-go-lucky dreamers, especially when songwriting frontman Ian Ash gets his geeky Ben Folds-style piano pop on for "Keeps Me Running" and the lovey-dovey "Thank You Girl." Release show: 12:30 a.m. Sept. 5, Evolution Gastro Pong, 233 E. Chicago St., as part of the Yellow Phone Music Conference. Free.”
“As a new band, Ian and the Dream really lucked out. The Milwaukee power pop act's first two EPs — a self-titled release in 2012 and "Saturns of Stars" in 2013 — were produced by a Grammy winner, Stephen Short. Short worked with the likes of Paul McCartney, Queen and Genesis at Trident Studios in London; won Grammys for his work for Chaka Khan and Christian band dc Talk; and managed the band Augustana early in its career. You may have even heard a song about him — "Steven's Last Night in Town" by Ben Folds Five. Ian and the Dream is celebrating the album release at the fourth annual Yellow Phone Music Conference from Sept. 4 to 7. After panels and networking sessions at the Hyatt Regency on Sept. 5 and 6 for bands and music industry professionals — including a keynote presentation Sept. 5 with Elektra Records President Jeff Castelaz and Grammy-winning producer and Garbage drummer Butch Vig — 40 bands will play free shows at multiple locations in the Third Ward.”
“Ian & The Dream’s “California Cauliflower” sounds like summertime. Remarkably sunny the songs are full of optimism. The poppy nature of the songs is undeniable as they are full of wonderful hooks. Lyrically the songs have plenty of hope in them as they sync up perfect with lush instrumentation. With a true sense of playfulness they are able to tap into the older classic pop groups.”
“MILWAUKEE (WITI) — Summer is the best time in Milwaukee because there’s a ton of live music — outside. Local guys, Ian and the Dream, joined the Studio A team on Thursday, June 19th. Ian and the Dream will be performing at Waukesha’s Friday Night Live.”
"Ian & The Dream EP- 5 Stars out of 5"
"Ian & The Dream Love to Live in the Moment"
"Ian Ash to open for Beach Boys" - Sarah Millard