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A.C. Hawley

85 Decibel Monks
Posted by A.C. Hawley | Jul 15, 2014

85 Decibel Monks's Tack-Fu and Grover Beats. -- photo courtesy of Tack Fu 85 Decibel Monks Pool Cues tackfu.com 85 Decibel Monks is the Iowa City-based duo of Tack-Fu and...

Posted by A.C. Hawley | Jun 11, 2014

With flannel coming down the runways of high fashion labels, it’s safe to say that the 1990s have come back in full force. Many associate the ’90s with grunge music,...

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
Posted by A.C. Hawley | Jun 10, 2014

When I first saw the lineup for this show, I was slightly confused. Stagnant Pools is a dirgy, shoegaze-influenced pop band, which is the antithesis of what I remembered …

Posted by A.C. Hawley | May 7, 2014

Let’s get this out of the way now: Yes, the band’s name is Perfect Pussy. Yes, it is a questionable name and one that shocks. And, while it suggests ideas...

Julianna Barwick
Posted by A.C. Hawley | Apr 7, 2014

Last year — like every year for the last four — I worked as a producer during the Mission Creek Festival (Full disclosure: I worked Mission Creek Festival this year)....

Posted by A.C. Hawley | Mar 10, 2014

I don’t often write about folk bands, but Brooklyn-based Pearl and the Beard stand out from the rest of the folk-pop fold in a couple of different ways. The first...

The Grouch and Eligh
Posted by A.C. Hawley | Mar 7, 2014

The Bay Area has long been a hotbed of hip-hop talent. Immediately recognizable artists like Del the Funky Homosapien, DJ Shadow, Mix Master Mike, E-40 and…

Posted by A.C. Hawley | Feb 17, 2014

Ladysmith Black Mombazo (LBM) is a band that is well-known throughout the globe. Having existed for 50+ years, they might be best known for assisting…

Posted by A.C. Hawley | Feb 13, 2014

Delorean is a four-piece band that made a big splash on the indie rock scene in 2010 when they signed to True Panther Sounds, an imprint of Matador Records. While...

Man Man are heading to IC!
Posted by A.C. Hawley | Feb 11, 2014

Hailing from Philadelphia, Man Man started off sharing much in common with An Albatross, another band from their home state. While both bands put a premium on creating chaos and...

Russian Circles from Chicago
Posted by A.C. Hawley | Jan 29, 2014

If you ask fans of indie rock what they think of when they think of music in Chicago, there is a good chance that the genre post-rock will come to...

Dent May - Warm Blanket
Posted by A.C. Hawley | Jan 29, 2014

While his name sounds like a nom de plume, Dent May is the real name of this musician. May explores the commonalities of life — particularly love — and does...

In Rooms - The Night Has Come
Posted by A.C. Hawley | Jan 20, 2014

Heather and Nick Leo form the core of the Des Moines-based tropical pop band, In Rooms. While they describe their sound as a mash-up of dub legend King Tubby and...

Jon Batiste and Stay Human
Posted by A.C. Hawley | Jan 13, 2014

Jonathan Batiste heads to The Englert Theatre alongside Stay Human this Thursday at 8 p.m. for an evening of uplifting, free-flowing jazz. Batiste comes from a…

It's A.C. on TV!
Posted by A.C. Hawley | Dec 16, 2013

How difficult is it to become a contestant on Jeapardy!? Pretty tough, it turns out. This past August, I was on Jeopardy!, wearing all blue from the waist up and...

Bonnie "Prince" Billy
Posted by A.C. Hawley | Dec 9, 2013

Bonnie “Prince” Billy is the recording name of Will Oldham, a Kentucky-born singer-songwriter. Oldham has been a fixture of the independent folk and country music since 1993 thanks to his...