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Daytrotter welcomes Philadelphia’s Beach Slang

Philadelphia’s youthful, angsty punk rockers Beach Slang will be stopping in the Quad Cities this Friday, joined by QC locals Harsh Times and Iowa City’s Starry Nights. Jumping off their tour as the opening band for pop-punk hitmakers Jimmy Eat World, Beach Slang will be all ours on Friday Night. It should be a very energetic evening. […]

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Album Review: MacMillan & Spengler — Demonstration

Iowa City experimental electronic musicians Ian MacMillan and Brendan Spengler joined forces in 2012 to create the sound of bees for an Iowa City installation. The duo has collaborated on a number of projects since, most recently this recently released cassette, Demonstration.

Spengler, who plays a combo organ and analog synthesizers in the duo, is a transplant from Memphis, Tennessee and was trained as a classical pianist before moving on to play in the Memphis rock and punk scene that revolved around the label Goner Records. […]

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Album Review: Idpyramid — Dawn Rider II

Idpyramid Dawn Rider II idpyramid.bandcamp.com Dawn Rider II by Idpyramid Idpyramid is Quad Cities musician and composer Dennis Hockaday (formerly of Mondo Drag and Bedroom Shrine). He recently released Dawn Rider II through Chicago experimental tape label Eye Vybe Records, the second installation of adventurous, soundtrack-y synth pieces (Dawn Rider I was released on cassette […]

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Album Review: Jack Lion — ION

Jack Lion ION soundcloud.com/jacklion ION by Jack Lion Jack Lion, Iowa City’s darlings of downtempo ambient jazz electronica, released their new ION EP last month. The group, which consists of drummer Justin LeDuc, trumpeter and producer Brian Lewis Smith and bassist Drew Morton, formed in the early ’00s, and the members use their background in […]

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Album Review: Nora Petran & Curt Oren — 2%

Nora Petran & Curt Oren 2% www.curtoren.bandcamp.com Iowa City underground music celebrities Nora Petran and Curt Oren went inside the Maquoketa Caves on a cold, rainy, muddy day and emerged with a seven track collaborative album — 2%. The album is split into Nora’s tracks, a collection of dizzying, kaleidoscopic yet gentle guitar and voice […]

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The Yacht Club welcomes the Hot Tang record release show

Hot Tang plays the Yacht Club on Saturday, Apr. 23

Hot Tang, with Maiden Mars and Oudenhoven Yacht Club — Saturday, Apr. 23 at 7 p.m. Summer comes early this year, with an all-ages record release party from Hot Tang, self-described as “Iowa City’s only poolhaus band.” They will release a vinyl 7” this weekend and celebrate with a show at the Yacht Club on […]

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Interview deep cut: Faust’s Jean-Hervé Péron on band harmony, compromise and cement mixers

Mission Creek Presents: faUSt, with Mammifer and Bob Bucko, Jr Gabe’s — Tue., Apr. 5 at 8 p.m. Learn more about the history and origins of the band Faust in this deep cut from Liv Carrow’s interview with founding member Jean-Hervé Péron, aka JHP art-errorist, in advance of faUSt’s performance at Mission Creek Festival. Despite […]

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Faust’s Jean-Hervé Péron on touring in the U.S., Dada and his group’s utter disdain for ‘practice’

Photo courtesy of Faust

Mission Creek Presents: faUSt, with Mammifer and Bob Bucko, Jr Gabe’s — Tue., Apr. 5 at 8 p.m. Faust has always seemed mythical and legendary. Perhaps naming a band after a legendary work of literature will do that. But Faust is truly a rare and wonderful band. In a world where struggle, irrelevance and obsolescence […]

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Anchiskhati Ensemble bring ancient polyphonic harmonies to Iowa City

Anchiskhati Ensemble St. Raphael Orthodox Church — Thursday, Feb. 25 at 7:30 p.m. People in the nation of Georgia have been singing the same songs for a very long time. On Thursday, February 25 at 7:30 p.m., four members of the renowned Anchiskhati Ensemble of Tblisi will perform some of this remarkable music at St. […]

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Album Review: Circuit Des Yeux – In Plain Speech

Photo by Justin Torner

In Plain Speech by Circuit des Yeux Circuit des Yeux In Plain Speech www.circuitdesyeux.bandcamp.com Circuit des Yeux, the project of Chicago-based experimental songwriter, vocalist and guitarist Haley Fohr, is winding circuits around the world touring her latest release, In Plain Speech. The album’s release in May has launched an ambitious tour cycle that has will […]

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Fountainsun duo brings mystic tones to the Trumpet Blossom

Daniel Higgs

What better way to celebrate independence from British rule than hanging around a vegan restaurant at an all-ages show listening to the heart-opening mantra song cycles of Daniel Higgs and Fumie Ishii? Expect a blissed-out night of expertly executed beautiful weirdness for both of your ears and all three of your eyes from Fountainsun this Saturday, July 4 at the Trumpet Blossom Cafe. Doors open at 7 p.m. […]

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