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Show Preview: The Dead's Kreutzmann Brings Cajun Jams With 7 Walkers at Englert on 3/24

In November, 2010 Grateful Dead drummer and founding member Bill Kreutzmann- who reportedly never missed any of those over-2300 shows- released the debut album for his latest project 7 Walkers which will be performing in Iowa City at The Englert on Thursday.

7 Walkers will be performing at The Englert Theatre in Iowa City at 8PM on Thursday night. It is General Admission. Tickets are $25 and $20 for students. […]

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Show Photos: Wandering Bears in the Hall Mall – 3/13

I caught wind of a secret show in the hall mall, and wandered in on the Wandering Bears warming up in their practice room. Fewer than 20 people jammed into the adjacent room to watch them play through a doorway. I was able to cram myself along the wall in the room with the uber-talented […]

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Show Photos: Ed Gray, Wolf Wars, Miracles of God @ Blue Moose – 3/11

Holy cow! This was a good one. Friday night held a much anticipated show for me. Ed Gray, Wolf Wars and Miracles of God, whom I had not seen live before this (despite chronically singing along to Honeyham Cunningham a trillion times this year.) This was another great lineup courtesy of the . Local icon, […]

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Show Photos: Porch Builder, Mountain Sprout @ Gabe's- 3/10

I don’t see much country music swing through here. Sure, there’s always bluegrass and twangy folk to be had on a regular basis, but not straight up, foot-stompin’ country music. I walked outside my comfort zone and caught Porch Builder and Mountain Sprout at Gabe’s on Thursday. They all seemed to be having fun up […]

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Show Photos: IHearIC – 3/8

IHearIC is lovely. In a nutshell, it’s an evening variety hour at the Englert highlighting local talent of all sorts. I was in attendance last week was charmed by the intimate setting – the audience sitting at candlelit bistro tables only feet from the performers showcased. This particular show featured students of the University’s school […]

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Show Photos: Head for the Hills on Little Village Live – 3/2

Head for the Hills did an early evening show for Little Village Live before performing at the Yacht Club later that night. I couldn’t make the late show, so I swung in, with my mom in tow, to catch these talented performers. These four bluegrass musicians are presently promoting their sophomore self-titled album on their […]

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Video: Head for the Hills on Little Village Live

Last week, Little Village Live hosted Head for the Hills, broadcasting live from Public Space One on KRUI 89.7 FM. The traditional bluegrass band kicked off their String Ahead Spring Tour this month, stopping off at The Yacht Club for their second show of the tour.

You can find video of their Little Village Live performance below, and stay tuned for the mp3 podcast of the full show. […]

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Show Photos: Blizzard at Sea, Centaur Noir, Land of Blood and Sunshine, Mondo Drag, Brooks Strause and the Intrusions – 3/5

Another exhausted Sunday. I got my face rocked off at the Wherehouse last night. Blizzard at Sea, Centaur Noir, Land of Blood and Sunshine, Mondo Drag and Brooks Strause and the Intrusions for a $5 cover. Unbeatable. Two bands with singing drummers, a buncha Mission Creek performers and a whole lot of loud noise. I […]

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WikiLeaks and the Movies

In a recent “dump” of diplomatic cables by WikiLeaks, Putin and Medvedev were compared to Batman and Robin. The Slovenian philosophical rock star Slavoj Žižek has taken the simile further and compared Julian Assange, the spooky mastermind behind WikiLeaks, to the Joker in The Dark Knight. In Christopher Nolan’s twist on the Batman myth, the […]

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Books: These are the Breaks

In his collection, These Are The Breaks, Idris Goodwin addresses race, class, culture and rap in essay and prose poetry. He takes a sprawling and diverse topic and does what this sort of work does best: filters it through the lens of the human I.

The I in “I like rap” isn’t like it used to be. There are plenty of rap fans going to work as cops, lawyers, teachers and civil servants every day. Hard to believe that there are many but, statistically speaking, it’s inevitable there are rap heads who are also dedicated Republicans. It used to be it was a lot more monolithic, what rap was. It was conscious, or gangsta, or radio-friendly pop and that was about it. Those were your options. As the genre has matured, there has come to be a lot of what some would call bloat and others would call diversification. […]

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