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85 Decibel Monks
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Album Review: 85 Decibel Monks – Pool Cues

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

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Get your skank on: Reel Big Fish to play the Blue Moose

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
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Show Preview: Clap Your Hands Say Yeah and Stagnant Pools at The Mill Tonight

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 ...

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Say yes to love: Perfect Pussy heads to Gabe’s this Thursday

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
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This Wednesday: Julianna Barwick to play Danforth Chapel

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)....

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Brooklyn’s Pearl and the Beard set for Cedar Rapids

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
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The Grouch & Eligh: West coast hip hop heads to the Blue Moose Tap House

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...

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On the Beat: South Africa’s Ladysmith Black Mombazo heads to Iowa City this Tuesday

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...

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On the Beat: Delorean head to the Mill this Saturday

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!
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On the beat: Man Man take the stage Wednesday at Gabe’s

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
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Russian Circles is bringing its pounding post-rock to Gabe’s on February 4

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
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Catchy hooks galore: Dent May to play The Mill next week

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
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Album Reviews: In Rooms – The Night Has Come

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
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On the Beat: Jon Batiste and Stay Human bring jazz to the Englert this Thursday

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...