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Brendan L. Spengler

Posted by Brendan L. Spengler | May 28, 2014

If there ever was a town that sucked in and expelled more musicians than Iowa City, it would have to exist in a spaghetti western or a Cormac McCarthy novel....

Leah Ostby and Nichole Schappert of HABA Salon
Posted by Brendan L. Spengler | Apr 10, 2014

Not everyone has a penchant for style. Specifically, I address those college students whose need for comfort is so great that they graze through the day in sweatpants, hair in...

Philip Glass heads to Iowa City
Posted by Brendan L. Spengler | Mar 19, 2014

When humanity has moved on and all that remains are the insects making their own music, Philip Glass will sit next to Beethoven, Wagner and Schubert in the history books....

Donnie Bandy and The White Rabbit join forces
Posted by Brendan L. Spengler | Feb 3, 2014

Donnie Bandy is one of Iowa City’s sharpest visual artists, a sort of neo-psychedelic Joey Ramone whose art school was (Fast Times at) Ridgemont High. His...

Teaadora
Posted by Brendan L. Spengler | Nov 7, 2013

The Trumpet Blossom Cafe is hosting a very special free show with Mission Creek Artist in Residence Teaadora Friday. A soft-spoken singer with an ethereal voice...

Posted by Brendan L. Spengler | Oct 21, 2013

Until the end of October, the White Rabbit Gallery at 112 S. Linn St. is hosting a poster art show featuring a handful of local artists who take part in...

Quintron
Posted by Brendan L. Spengler | Oct 4, 2013

It’s difficult to put a finger on the mystery of New Orleans — the vast wasteland of the crescent city and its perpetual soirees are both alarming and captivating at...

Zombies
Posted by Brendan L. Spengler | Sep 27, 2013

The four-day Maximum Ames Music Festival is in full swing this weekend and for those of you who are in the Ames/Des Moines reading area or are able to make...

Posted by Brendan L. Spengler | Sep 23, 2013

The Sixth Annual Landfall Festival of World Music comes to multiple venues in Cedar Rapids from Sept. 24-28. The festival planners boast having more than 70 musicians from 12 countries...

DTCV
Posted by Brendan L. Spengler | Sep 16, 2013

Fullerton, California label Burger Records is mostly known for bands that are young, dumb and full of raw, energetic rock and roll music. Just check out...

Calvin Johnson
Posted by Brendan L. Spengler | Sep 6, 2013

If you’re a fan of indie rock in almost any form or subgenre, your weekend just got made. Tomorrow night at PS-Z, Calvin Johnson of K Records fame, the Beat...

Ten Grand
Posted by Brendan L. Spengler | Sep 4, 2013

The late 1990s marked the beginning of Iowa City’s independent rock glory years and the emergence of Vidablue, a four-piece, hardcore punk band...

This weekend, Thursday through Sunday, is the 42nd Annual Chief Blackhawk Antique Motorcycle Club Show at the Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds in Davenport.
Posted by Brendan L. Spengler | Aug 30, 2013

This weekend, Thursday through Sunday, is the 42nd Annual Chief Blackhawk Antique Motorcycle Club Show at the Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds in Davenport...

Full Moon Cafe
Posted by Brendan L. Spengler | Aug 28, 2013

Sometimes you want to experiment in the kitchen and cook a dish like Rabbit Terrine. But, you don’t want to cook it just for yourself, only to enjoy your culinary...

Low Forms
Posted by Brendan L. Spengler | Aug 26, 2013

Low Forms (Left to right: Dave Frankenfeld and Pete Biasi) headline the Whether Report at the White Lightning Wherehouse in 2010 -- photo courtesy of Pete Biasi Pete Biasi has...

No Good Samaritan
Posted by Brendan L. Spengler | Aug 26, 2013

There is something amazing about watching a musician evolve from square one. Shawn Reed from Wet Hair described it as the “without a net” stage of a musician’s career: They...