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Posted by Kent Williams | Oct 6, 2010

Paul Cary's nasal squall of a voice--familiar to fans of his former Iowa City band The Horrors--is irresistibly rough. And on Ghost Of A Man, the vintage microphones and elderly...

Posted by Kent Williams | Oct 6, 2010

Iowa City has a deep tradition of acoustic folk music, of which the Beggarmen are proud members. They specialize in Irish folk music, but in addition to playing traditional tunes...

Posted by A.C. Hawley | Sep 28, 2010

Dana and Colin make up Let's Whisper. They have released a teaser EP with some material that points to the future. It is a splendid piece of listening, one that...

Posted by Kent Williams | Sep 13, 2010

This is a free CD I picked up at a Public Space One show. Hubcap Holmes is a solo project of Kurt Austin, one of the loose cohort of early-20s...

Posted by Kent Williams | Sep 13, 2010

Be Kind To Your Neighbor is Dan Davis and Ed Bornstein (The Occasionals), and since Ed moved away, they’re no longer playing together. But they did get together at Flat...

Posted by Kent Williams | Sep 13, 2010

SWax Cannon is two guys--David Murray and Jay Miller--who have been playing together for several years. They put out the titanic Someone in Madison is Praying for You (And it’s...

Posted by Kent Williams | Sep 13, 2010

Most folks who bother to go out to hear live music in Eastern Iowa know that Sarah Cram has that voice--a dark, smooth alto with a jazzy vibrato at the...

Posted by Michael Roeder | Sep 13, 2010

Iowa City musician Keith Lynch has released seven albums and two collections of unreleased songs since 2002 as Unknown Component. His latest effort, The Infinite Definitive (releases 10/12) continues the...

Posted by Brian Johannesen | Sep 7, 2010

The Tallest Man on Earth has spent his entire career drawing comparisons to Bob Dylan. A complimentary comparison, no doubt, and a deserved one at that. However, The Tallest Man...

Posted by A.C. Hawley | Jun 30, 2010

In the early 2000s, as many remember, there was much ballyhoo given to the return of real rock-n-roll. This was not represented in bands like Queens of the Stone Age,...

Posted by A.C. Hawley | Jun 30, 2010

Following years of Myspace releases, Uffie, the most divisive artist on Ed Banger Records (home of Justice and formerly most divisive artist Mr. Oizo), finally puts out her debut Sex...

Posted by Kent Williams | Jun 8, 2010

A Facebook message showed up in my inbox the other day, from Stefanie Drootin, member of the well-known Omaha band The Good Life. It announced the availability of an album's...

Posted by John Schlotfelt | Jun 8, 2010

Why would Iowa folkie William Elliott Whitmore and Erase Errata frontwoman Jenny Hoyston re-record the six songs from their 2006 EP Hallways of Always for a vinyl-only release? Only they...

Posted by John Schlotfelt | Jun 8, 2010

Iowa City indie pop quintet, The Wandering Bears, have offered up a potluck, of sorts, for their self-titled debut. The Bears have cribbed a little bit from nearly every great...