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. Musicians ride into town, shoot up the place, become outlaws and ride out right before their infamy can be appreciated. And after they leave they can become a kind of faceless legend existing in the sprawl of the internet and exaggerated bar tales. […]
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 a bun or tucked under a frayed cap and wearing old boots caked in a winter’s worth of salt and mud. […]
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. His work, often misclassified as minimalism, is more accurately described by Glass himself as “music with repetitive structures” — it is hypnotic, emotive and transcendent. During his prolific career he has composed for opera, ballet, film soundtracks, small ensembles, solo piano work and more. He has collaborated with musicians and artists such as Ravi Shankar, Chuck Close, Allen Ginsberg and Errol Morris, as well as acts like The National. He was also the subject of the documentary A Portrait of Philip in Twelve Parts directed by Scott Hicks in 2007.
Recently, I had the pleasure of speaking with Philip Glass via telephone about several subjects, including his upcoming performance at the Englert Theatre on April 3 as part of the Mission Creek Festival. […]
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 the same time. Inventor and organist Mr. Quintron, along with his partner, peppy puppeteer Miss Pussycat, embody this spirit with their transcendent, R&B dance stomp… […]
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 this year. […]
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 Happening, the Halo Benders and the Dub Narcotic Sound System will be performing an acoustic set. Funny how amazing shows like this tend to pop […]