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Kent Williams

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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...

Velcro Moxie album review
Posted by Kent Williams | Jul 7, 2014

Velcro Moxie is a rock and roll band fronted by a remarkable voices of Jasmine Terrell and Nick Carney. They’ve become a live mainstay at the Yacht Club since getting...

Giant Questionmark
Posted by Kent Williams | Jun 23, 2014

Giant Question Mark is a project by Alex Body and Joe Heuerman that grew out of a mutual affection for synths and drum machines. Since last December, they’ve existed as...

Bonnie Finken yall!
Posted by Kent Williams | Jun 9, 2014

I have an ambivalent relationship with commercial pop. I got my first transistor radio in 1966, when we lived in San Jose, Calif., so my seminal experience of pop music...

II by Thomas Comerford
Posted by Kent Williams | May 30, 2014

Thomas Comerford, formerly of Iowa City and also the band Kaspar Hauser, lives in Chicago now. Comerford stands out from the crowd of rootsy singer-songwriters by virtue of his outrageously...

Posted by Kent Williams | May 27, 2014

Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel was released the first week of March, showed up in Iowa City in late April and is remarkably still showing twice daily at ...

Paul Cary and The Small Scarys -- Coyote
Posted by Kent Williams | May 9, 2014

Paul Cary’s last album Ghost Of A Man was a go-for-broke alley brawl of a record: It was sparsely arranged, emphasizing Cary’s voice and guitar. His newest album, Coyote, adds...

Vibrating On Hi
Posted by Kent Williams | Apr 10, 2014

On Facebook, Dan Bobek has been posting a sort of slow motion performance art piece: Awkward personal observations, videos of himself playing the song he wrote an hour ago and...

Philip Glass
Posted by Kent Williams | Apr 4, 2014

At the Englert Theatre during Oneohtrix (oh-nay-ah-tricks) Point Never’s performance, I was standing by the back wall, where apparently all the bass goes after passing through the volume of air...