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Kent Williams

Dana T - tiny mind MASSIVE soul
Posted by Kent Williams | Nov 2, 2015

Popular music is a tug of war between artistic and commercial concerns, and at the center of it all lays genre. For an artist, genres have stylistic signifiers and limits....

The Ills
Posted by Kent Williams | Oct 8, 2015

Erika Ebola, Danny Dysentery, Molly Marburg, Tommy Tinnitus, Stella Salmonella; I think I’m sensing a theme here. This is definitely punk rock/hardocre straight out of the 1980s, reminiscent of the...

Posted by Kent Williams | Oct 8, 2015

See, also: Old Time Rock and Roll -- photo by Drriss & Marrionn For almost a year I worked after school to save at a Cedar Rapids semi-fine dining institution,...

Posted by Kent Williams | Sep 17, 2015

image via Brooks Strause Iowa City attracts songwriters; you might even say it creates them. The “Class of 1970,” which includes Dave Moore, Greg Brown and Bo Ramsey, set the...

Posted by Kent Williams | Sep 11, 2015

Howard Zinn in his graduate school years -- image via Howard Zinn Howard Zinn’s most famous book, A People’s History of the United States, was first published in 1980. Zinn...

Posted by Kent Williams | Aug 17, 2015

In June, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that same-sex marriage is legal across all 50 states. Less than 20 years ago, a bipartisan Congress passed the Defense of Marriage Act,...

Posted by Kent Williams | Aug 17, 2015

A lot of biodegradable soy ink has been spilled in the dissection and exegesis of “Attitude,” something Uranium Club has a ton of, mostly of the confrontational, transgressive kind. Attitude is...

Jeff Miguel
Posted by Kent Williams | Jul 27, 2015

Saxophonist Jeff Miguel is a recent graduate of the University of Iowa jazz studies program, which has in recent years spawned bands like Euforquestra and Koplant No. Perserverance collects eight...

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...