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Jeff Miguel
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Album Review: Jeff Miguel – Perserverance

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
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Album Review: Maiden Mars – The Other Side

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
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Album Review: Sweet Chariot – 1985

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”...

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Old Thrashers Reunion: When goodbye sounds like Oi! Oi! Oi!

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
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Celebrate 15 years of Solar Cathedral this Friday with DJ Matt Rissi and Berlin techno act Pan-Pot

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

Coolsay EP
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Album Review: Coolzey and Soce the Elemental Wizard – Coolsay EP

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...

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Album Review: Gayla Drake – Aunt G and the Stone City Nephews

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
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Album Review: Angle – Definitive Bedtime Stories

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...

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Album Review: Milk Duct Tape – Styrofoam Tombstone

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
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Album Review: Cuticle – Mind Holding Pattern

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...

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Album Review: Unknown Component – Arbitrary Ambiguity

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
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Album Review: The Great American Cattle Barons – Lavish Lies of the Holy Corpse

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...

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Gary Numan, of ‘Cars’ fame, performs at the Blue Moose

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
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Album Review: Bull Black Nova – Don’t Fall Away

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...