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Kembrew McLeod

Posted by Kembrew McLeod | Aug 2, 2016

Martin Rev, Debbie Harry and Alan Vega, proving there's no place they can't look cool -- photo by Chris Stein For a man who fronted a group named Suicide, Alan...

Lendon Sadler
Posted by Kembrew McLeod | Jun 14, 2016

Lendon Sadler as gospel star Mahalia Jackson -- still from Milton Miron’s film, Tricia’s Wedding, starring the Cockettes Plenty of dicks have lived in Iowa City over the years, but...

Rolling Stone cover
Posted by Kembrew McLeod | May 23, 2016

UI Law professor Nicholas Johnson served on the FCC from 1966-73 -- image via Rolling Stone, Issue #79, Apr. 1, 1971.Nicholas Johnson -- who is likely the only Iowa City...

Posted by Kembrew McLeod | Mar 18, 2016

Writer, actress and photographer Lisa Jane Persky is surely the only participant in the early CBGB punk scene who also appeared in When Harry Met Sally. After moving to Greenwich...

David Bowie
Posted by Kembrew McLeod | Feb 19, 2016

Illustration by Jared Jewell The weekend after David Bowie’s death, the Starman’s spirit descended on Iowa City, sprinkling magical fairy dust during The Mill’s David Bowie Karaoke Party and Glam...

Richard Hell -- Illustration by Jacob Yeates
Posted by Kembrew McLeod | Nov 20, 2015

Illustration by Jacob Yeates "Fuck Rock and Roll (I’d Rather Read a Book),” Richard Hell sang in 1974, back when he played in the band Television. He also co-founded two...

Negativland
Posted by Kembrew McLeod | Oct 23, 2015

Remaining Negativland members say the group's long-running show, Over the Edge, will continue in some fashion. -- illustration by Jon Burns Negativland’s Don Joyce lived and breathed sound collage—'til his...

Posted by Kembrew McLeod | Sep 17, 2015

When my son, Alasdair, was two, he embraced an unlikely children’s entertainer: Laurie Anderson. It began when he found her 1982 debut album, Big Science, in my vinyl collection and...

The Yes Men
Posted by Kembrew McLeod | Aug 26, 2015

Film Screening and Q&A: The Yes Men Are Revolting FilmScene (via The Bijou Theatre) -- Wednesday, Aug. 26 at 3 p.m. (Free) Using humorous deceptions to get their political points...

Posted by Kembrew McLeod | Jul 14, 2015

Sleater Kinney's Carrie Brownstein performs at the Southgate House. -- photo by Damon Green The Pitchfork Music Festival is taking over Chicago's Union Park this weekend (July 17-19). And with...

Posted by Kembrew McLeod | Jul 9, 2015

“I have nothing planned for the future. Right now I’m just letting the universe decide,” Run the Jewels’ MC and producer El-P told me last ...

Shabazz Palaces
Posted by Kembrew McLeod | Jun 3, 2015

Grab an old hip-hop 12-inch, grind the vinyl into dust, roll it up in a page from Ishmael Reed’s Mumbo Jumbo and smoke it. The ensuing synesthetic experience...

Younger
Posted by Kembrew McLeod | May 21, 2015

The self-titled debut by Iowa City trio Younger nicely balances intricate arrangements with more hooks than a box full of fishing tackle. Many of their songs contain verse-chorus-verse-defying breakdowns and...

Jessica Hopper
Posted by Kembrew McLeod | May 18, 2015

Over the last two decades, Jessica Hopper has established herself as a leading music critic with her sharp, fierce writing. She has also helped make room for more...