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Album Review: Thuh Chocolate Hogboys — The Penaissance

Iowa City’s rotating ensemble of veiled space cadets, Thuh Chocolate Hogboys, have given to the world their 30-track, eight-hour freak-of-nature The Penaissance (phallic, indeed), due to drop as a 12-sided cassette on a mysterious day in June. Bad Hogboy and Fluffy Kitten Chubby Hogboy were the primary engines behind the record, with contributions from the likes of Spirit Cakes Hogboy, It’s Hogboy, Wee Wee Pee Pee Hogboy, Bleauhardt Hogboy, Ded Claun Hogboy, Normal Hogboy, Vuhnilia Hoggirl and Awe Mane Hogboy. […]

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Graffiti-inspired exhibition, ‘Wastedland 2,’ features the post-apocalyptic at RADinc.

Director and guerilla artist Andrew H. Shirley is bringing his film, Wastedland 2 (2016), and a traveling exhibit of structures from the film, to RADinc. for an “immersive” experience Friday, June 2, from 8-11 p.m., with late-night hangs following. There will be two screenings of the film — at 8:30 and 10 p.m. — as well as performances by local soundscape artists Chaircrusher, Houzatosis, Mustard in Law and True Commando. […]

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Buy Me a Sword: Iowa Renaissance Festival brings the life and times of centuries past back to the Amanas

Hear ye, hear ye: The Iowa Renaissance Festival and Gathering o’ Celts will transmogrify Middle Amana Park into a historical wonderland for the next two weekends, featuring feast and potation fit for royalty, mercantile from all the sovereign lands and various performances in the courtyard, from jousting to swordfighting to the arcane arts. […]

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The annual Russian Guitar Festival: A Russian revival in its 11th installment

Oleg Timofeyev, born in Moscow in 1963 during Nikita Krushchev’s Russia, was surrounded by classical instruments as a kid. He learned cello and picked up the seven-string guitar from his dad at a time of communist rationing and tenements. […]

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Finding One’s Place: Ex-offender Johnathan Kana on society-to-prison transition ahead of InsideOut’s annual Summer Concert

An Iowa City-based prison-to-society reentry program InsideOut is hosting a discussion this Thursday, May 18 by former convict and Texan musician Johnathan Kana: “The Delicate Struggle of the Ex-Offender Identity.” […]

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Album Review: Attentat — Reflective Surface

Thomas Kamholz, a.k.a. Attentat, has been a part of the underground electronic scene for two decades; he’s DJed and performed at raves from the New Mexico desert to the Colorado backcountry to former Eastern Bloc Germany. When he relocated to Iowa City three years ago he founded the vinyl-only techno label Wage Slave. For his fourth release on the label — and his first physical release under this alias — Attentat cuts three throbbing, cavernous tracks on Reflective Surface that explore bounded spaces and how we interact with those. The album features two originals, plus a remix of the title track by L.A.-based artist Israel Vines. […]

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What happens when you take a joke to its grave? Find out Friday at Green Gravel Comedy Festival

Following comedy legend Andy Kaufman’s death in 1984, the character of Tony Clifton — the lounge singer with the pornstar moustache, known for his belligerence and berating his audience — lives on through a puzzle of impersonators, including Bob Zmuda. […]

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Album Review: Elizabeth Moen — That’s All I Wanted

On her sophomore output, That’s All I Wanted, Elizabeth Moen ditches the acoustic guitar for a full ensemble of electric guitars, bass and percussion (and one piano ballad). Her record embraces the hollows of Luke Tweedy’s refurbished barn-turned-recording-studio at Flat Black Studios — she transfigures folk into an experience in the totality of instruments. But her vocals never shy away from the driver’s seat. […]

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UNESCO City of Literature benefit to feature William Elliott Whitmore, Iris DeMent, the Recliners and more, all covering Bob Dylan

This Wheel’s on Fire, a benefit concert for the Iowa City UNESCO City of Literature, will be at the Englert Theater this Friday, April 28. Keeping in tune with the legacy of Bob Dylan in both music and literature, southeastern Iowan musicians will be performing exclusively Dylan covers from all eras of his discography — with the players reinterpreting the flavors and inflections of the legendary folk artist. […]

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Iowa City’s new public art space to hold its first show

With the opening reception taking place just over a week ago, Iowa City’s downtown public art space will host their first concert on Thursday April 27 at 8 p.m. Two touring experimental duos and two locals will break in the storefront location, 123 E. Washington St. (formerly The Den), known as Retail Art Design Incubator — or RADinc. […]

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