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Kent Williams

Maiden Mars
Posted by Kent Williams | Jul 1, 2015

Iowa City bands swap members, and the members swap instruments. Case in point: Maiden Mars, which boasts Lipstick Homicide guitarist Kate Kane on drums. In this band, Alex Skalla and...

Sweet Chariot
Posted by Kent Williams | Jun 19, 2015

1985 by Sweet Chariot Sweet Chariot 1985 sweetchariotic.bandcamp.com Welcome to Iowa Meta-Rock City, home of Sweet Chariot, whose new album 1985—like Nigel Tufnel’s custom amplifiers in Spinal Tap—goes “one more”...

Posted by Kent Williams | Jun 11, 2015

Iowa City is of course a transient town, a place people in their teens find themselves while attending the University of Iowa...

DJ Matt Rissi
Posted by Kent Williams | May 11, 2015

Throughout the ‘90s, rave parties became a pop-culture phenomenon -- including the infamous, laughable ‘rave’ shown in Beverly Hills 90210 -- and a...

Coolsay EP
Posted by Kent Williams | Apr 14, 2015

Coolzey (aka Zack Lint) is a hip-hop all-arounder; he produces most of his own beats, he plays every rock instrument and does his own home studio recordings...

Posted by Kent Williams | Apr 10, 2015

Gayla Drake is a veteran Iowa singer/songwriter who put out her first album 20 years ago. Her latest release, Aunt G and the Stone City Nephews, represents...

Angle
Posted by Kent Williams | Apr 3, 2015

It is gratifying to follow the music of someone like Angle over a long period. This writer has known him for 15 years and lost count of the albums and...

Posted by Kent Williams | Mar 17, 2015

KFMH (99 Plus!) out of Muscatine was the default radio station for a lot of Iowa blue-collar rockers back in the day; it was hippy-dippy enough for Deadheads, hard enough...

Cuticle
Posted by Kent Williams | Feb 3, 2015

Techno originated in Belleville, Mich., and was invented by middle-class black teenagers with ties to Detroit. Techno brought together the influences of disco, James Brown and Parliament-Funkadelic and combined them...

Posted by Kent Williams | Dec 15, 2014

Keith Lynch (a.k.a. Unknown Component) doesn’t have a band—he produces his music at home and plays all the parts. He uses a group name, though it’s just him. And while...

Sam Locke Ward's The Great American Cattle Barons
Posted by Kent Williams | Nov 28, 2014

The Great American Cattle Barons is actually yet another ‘band’ instigated by Iowa City’s profligate purveyor of bummer rock, Samuel Locke Ward, this time...

Posted by Kent Williams | Nov 4, 2014

Since the 1990s, when musicians like Trent Reznor and Marilyn Manson began citing his music as a major influence, Numan has earned considerable esteem for the various directions he has...

Bull Black Nova
Posted by Kent Williams | Sep 19, 2014

Don’t Fall Away is an album of ambitious art-pop songs with a pretty broad palette of sounds and styles. It’s at least partially home-recorded by A. J. Worden, the man...

A Transplanted Chicago
Posted by Kent Williams | Sep 5, 2014

A Transplanted Chicago: Race, Place and the Press in Iowa City opens at the bus interchange by the Old Capitol Mall. It is the first place — geographic...

Alex Body: Aquarian Nightmare
Posted by Kent Williams | Aug 22, 2014

Alex Body — of Twelve Canons, Miracles of God, Giant Question Mark, Shitty Wizard — has released three solo albums, of which Aquarian Nightmare is the most recent. Since 2011′s...

The Main Sequence
Posted by Kent Williams | Aug 8, 2014

Ambient music generally has no narrative, no frontman and sometimes no recognizable foreground. This is a genre where practitioners may outnumber the total audience, at least in the U.S. where...