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Album Review: Samuel Locke Ward – Double Nightmare

Samuel Locke Ward Double Nightmare samuellockeward.bandcamp.com I was introduced to the insanity of “Big Lizard In My Backyard” by The Dead Milkmen sometime in the 80’s. The irreverent, usually scatological...

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Album Review: Dave Olson – No October

Dave Olson No October daveolsonmusic.com “What’s that place that she came from? A little town a couple miles from where the plane of Buddy Holly went down.” - Dave Olson,...

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Album Review: Bermuda Report – Bittersweet

Bermuda Report Bittersweet facebook.com/bermudareport When I reviewed their debut EP last year, I said that Bermuda Report easily evoked a vacation in the tropics with their jazzy tropicalia-influenced pop. For...

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Album Review: Dynoride – What You Wanted

Dynoride What You Wanted facebook.com/dynoride Dynoride is a Quad Cities band that was started in 2008 by a pair of old high school friends with the intent of producing—according to...

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Live Music: An interview with Taylor Goldsmith of Dawes, playing The Englert August 19, 2012

In October of 2009, California band Dawes was invited to be part of the second Daytrotter.com Barnstormer tour which included such exotic Iowa locations as Green Island, West Branch and...

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Album Review: Lake Street Dive – Fun Machine

Fun Machine EP lakestreetdive.com Lake Street Dive is a four-piece birthed from Boston’s New England Conservatory Jazz program, mixologists of the perfect martini of soul, folk and jazz, shaken not...

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Album Review: Surf Zombies – Lust for Rust

  Surf Zombies Lust For Rust facebook.com/surfzombiesband My dad tells a story about seeing the seminal surf-rock band The Ventures at the Melody Mill Ballroom outside of Dubuque in the...

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Album Review: Jason T. Lewis – The Fourteenth Colony

Jason T. Lewis The Fourteenth Colony http://www.sadironpress.com/ A common problem fiction writers have with musician characters is that if the author isn’t a skilled songwriter, then the character is much...

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Album Review: Death Ships – Circumstantial Chemistry

Death Ships Circumstantial Chemistry deathships.bandcamp.com Death Ships w/ Mike Doughty, Caroline Smith and the Goodnight Sleeps // The Mill // Thurs, Mar. 29 Back in 2006 Dan Maloney and his...

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Album Review: Kelly Pardekooper – Yonder

An oft-quoted rule-of-thumb for writers is "write what you know." Great written works are usually imbued with a strong sense of place derived from the writer's ability to pull that...

The Pines: Dark So Gold
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Album Review: The Pines – Dark So Gold

I’ve been a dedicated follower of former-Iowa City band The Pines since their first album came out on Dave Zollo’s late record label, Trailer Records, in 2004. Benson Ramsey and...

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Mike Doughty of Soul Coughing to perform at Mission Creek 2012

Mike Doughty is a resurrection man. From 1992 to 2000 he fronted the MTV 120 Minutes-darlings band Soul Coughing. After kicking a heroin habit he took his intersection of folky...

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Album Review – The Wheelers: Bubix

The Wheelers are a pan-Iowan band with members scattered between Iowa City and Ames. Other joint efforts between these two cities often result in heavy drinking, name calling and injuries...

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Album Review – Pieta Brown: Mercury

The monochrome photo of Pieta Brown on the cover of her album Mercury (out Sept. 27 on Red House Records) carries a certain “Mona Lisa” inscrutability. The unusual lighting from...