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Posted by Scott Samuelson | Apr 8, 2009

Someone should write an essay called “In Praise of Pretentiousness,” because in the first years of adulthood—please, those years only!—a little insufferable pretentiousness goes a long way. It was pretentiousness,...

Posted by Warren Sprouse | Apr 8, 2009

Copyright Criminals Directed by Benjamin Franzen Benjamin Franzen and Kembrew McLeod have put together a quite entertaining documentary history of the sampling controversy in hip hop music. In this film,...

Posted by Erin Tiesman | Apr 8, 2009

“Raising teens is more tricks than treats,” the Greek chorus chants in the new Riverside Theatre production “Raising Medusa,” written by local poet and playwright Barbara Lau of Mt. Vernon....

Posted by Matt Butler | Apr 8, 2009

Even if the Wu-Tang Clan is a peripheral blip on your music radar, you probably at least have a vague notion that they’re nothing to fuck with, especially if you've...

Posted by Melody Dworak | Apr 8, 2009

Searching for homegrown hip hop in Iowa City anymore is like combing the desert for the Yeti. Now, granted, this is coming from a white girl who doesn't go out...

Posted by Paul Sorenson | Apr 8, 2009

Here’s what promoter Tanki Nyane wants out of IC: Local hip hop pinned down, weathered posters of emcees competing with indie rockers, people strolling down Clinton Street on their iPods...

Posted by Andrew Sherburne | Apr 8, 2009

The Iowa City Documentary Film Festival brings nonfiction gems out of the shadows. Wake up. Make coffee. Out the door by 7:45. Work. Eat lunch. Chat with a co-worker. More...

Posted by Todd Kimm | Apr 8, 2009

South by Southwest (SXSW) is the daddy of all music festivals, four days of musical immersion held each March in Austin, Texas. This year, two Iowa City acts returned for...

Posted by Weekender | Apr 3, 2009

With Mission Creek coming to a close this weekend you’re probably in one of two mindsets: a) “I’m heading for an intentional music overdose” b) “no more music, I’m getting...

Posted by Kembrew McLeod | Mar 13, 2009

I’m guessing that many of you have never heard of Tommy Keene. He’s a working musician who has accumulated a fairly deep catalog over the past 30 years, but he...

Posted by Maggie Anderson | Mar 13, 2009

Related: Agency by Leighton Pierce You’ve got a lot of your works online. Some artists are reluctant to do that. “For a while, I didn’t put much online. Then I...

Posted by Maggie Anderson | Mar 13, 2009

Agency Leighton Pierce Related: Q&A with Leighton Pierce www.leightonpierce.com In his latest work, film and video artist Leighton Pierce gives visual manifestation to one of modern society’s greatest fears: lost...

Posted by Scott Samuelson | Mar 13, 2009

La Strada dir. Federico Fellini 108 mins In the early morning hours, at the end of a spirited drinking party, as passed-out sophisticates snore on the couches, an old man...

Posted by Craig Eley | Mar 13, 2009

March in the actual world might be known for St. Patrick’s Day or warmer weather (hopefully), or a certain kind of basketball madness, but in the music world, it’s all...

Posted by David Henderson | Mar 13, 2009

St. Paddy’s Day in Iowa City can easily devolve into a grotesque debacle, a cavalcade of fake accents, leprechaun abuse, green beer and vomit -- the traditional parade of stereotypes. ...

Posted by Weekender | Mar 13, 2009

It’s Friday the 13th for the second time this year. You may be inclined to stay inside, but if your triskaidekaphobia isn’t too bad, here are a few options for...