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Posted by Kent Williams | Feb 4, 2011

There aren’t many musical pursuits harder than making hip-hop. You have to write rhymes, you have to memorize them, you have to find or make beats. You have to deliver...

Nonprayer
Posted by Brendan L. Spengler | Feb 4, 2011

Non Prayer is a local "work in progress" band led by guitarist/singer Joe Heuermann. Usually moonlighting in the darkwave, synthesizer-led Goldendust with keyboardist Justin Thye, Heuermann takes a trip down...

Posted by Michael Roeder | Jan 4, 2011

Abbie Sawyer (formerly of the Diplomats of Solid Sound) is the lead singer of Iowa City band Bermuda Report. Abbie left the Diplomats in 2008 to pursue a Master’s program...

Posted by Kent Williams | Jan 4, 2011

Fake Babies We Started Blues Safety Meeting Records myspace.com/fakebabiesmusic If you Google “Fake Babies” you find very little about the band, and a lot about a subculture I was unaware...

Posted by Kent Williams | Jan 4, 2011

Distant Trains is the solo project of Iowa musician Chuck Hoffman, who plays in Des Moines band Why Make Clocks, among other varied musical projects around the state. Web developer...

Posted by Kent Williams | Dec 3, 2010

It’s easy, if you live in Iowa City, to look upon Ames with pity larded with contempt. You’re conditioned to cringe at yellow and red. You hear “Ames” and immediately...

Posted by Kent Williams | Dec 3, 2010

Sometimes I can’t make heads or tails of an album, and it’s a good thing. Those can be the albums that stretch your whole idea of what’s aesthetically satisfying about...

Posted by Michael Roeder | Dec 3, 2010

Natalie Brown is an Eastern Iowa music staple--playing violin/fiddle in a number of notable bands in the area including The Trollies, with Nikki Lunden, The Mayflies and with local guitar...

Posted by Kent Williams | Nov 10, 2010

The Lonelyhearts/Caleb Engstrom Winter Club Split Mission Creek Records A split single is usually a 7” record, but this is a CD whose music wouldn’t fit on a 7” and...

Posted by Kent Williams | Nov 10, 2010

Dave Beck Stranger Homes www.davebeckmusic.com Dave Beck grew up in Iowa and when he lived in IC he worked at Mickey’s, so I won’t hold his current residence in Brooklyn...

Posted by Michael Roeder | Nov 2, 2010

You might be familiar with Katharine Ruestow as one of the Diplomettes--the female vocal duo that fronts the Iowa City Soul and R&B group The Diplomats of Solid Sound--or as...

Posted by Kent Williams | Nov 1, 2010

One of the most unfortunate legacies of the 90s was Rap Rock. Guitars and rhymes together don’t have to suck but it seems like those bands were trying hard to...

Posted by Michael Roeder | Oct 6, 2010

85 Decibel Monks is the production team of Iowa City hip-hip producers Tack-Fu, The Chaircrusher and drumk. Reel-to-Real is their latest release and the third under this name since 2000....

Posted by Michael Roeder | Oct 6, 2010

The Iowa City purveyors of retro rhythm and blues are back with a new slab of wax--their fifth since 2001 and their second since they added those sassy sirens of...