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Posted by Kent Williams | Jun 8, 2010

June/July 2010~ The Grateful Dead need to be rescued. Rescued from paunchy, balding nostalgia, rescued from the tribute bands, rescued from the scumbags who sold drugs in the parking lot...

Posted by John Schlotfelt | May 3, 2010

Local Albums: May 2010 - One and All, the sixth full-length from Pieta Brown, finds the folky at her most relaxed and confident. One and All feels like a commiseration...

Posted by John Schlotfelt | May 3, 2010

Local Albums: May 2010 - The fact that you can hold this album in your hands is astounding. From the Privilege of the Grave faced nearly every hurdle imaginable--from technical...

Posted by Kent Williams | May 3, 2010

Johnny On Point's new CD Keefin It Real doesn't do anything to bring dance music out of the shadows, but I doubt that's his intent. He doesn't bother to conform...

Posted by Kent Williams | Apr 12, 2010

Local Albums: April 2010 - Back in the day--1979--Hawkeye basketball star Ronnie Lester was a hip hop ambassador. Ronnie took his boom box everywhere , playing "Rapper's Delight" by The...

Posted by Kent Williams | Apr 12, 2010

Local Albums: April 2010 - Sad Iron Music is the musical persona of Jason Lewis, originally from West Virginia, but living now in Iowa City and attending the Iowa Writers'...

Posted by John Schlotfelt | Apr 12, 2010

Local Albums: March 2010 - Olivia Rose Muzzy makes an odd brand of folk music with a double bass, loop pedal, and her wild, expressive vocals. Her debut record, Fisherman's...

Posted by Kent Williams | Apr 12, 2010

Local Albums: March 2010 - Ben Schmidt is a guy who writes songs and plays guitar, which in Iowa City, means he has to work pretty hard to stand out...

Posted by Kent Williams | Apr 12, 2010

Local Albums: April 2010 - Being of a certain age, and having been a kid in 1960s California, surf music is totemic to me. From listening to my uncle's Beach...

Posted by Kent Williams | Mar 29, 2010

Illinios John Fever Now Is Not The Way It Is Local Albums: March 2010 - Country Blues can really be a challenge for both performers and listeners. The basic musical...

Posted by John Schlotfelt | Mar 29, 2010

Alex Body Just Say Yes Self-release Local Albums: March 2010 - Alex Body's solo debut, Just Say Yes, is a glitchy, lo-fi epic consisting of condemnations of himself and humanity...

Posted by Kent Williams | Mar 11, 2010

Local Albums: January 2010 - Zachary Lint Aka Coolzey has taken time off from home renovation and starring in zombie movies, to drop another CD of profound silliness. Or silly...

Posted by John Schlotfelt | Mar 10, 2010

John Schlotfelt reviews "Heaven Knows," by The Woes, who will visit the Mill this Saturday night to play with Shame Train and The Lonelyhearts

Posted by Kent Williams | Feb 24, 2010

There are few musicians whose music is as polarizing as Autechre. It would be one thing if they were resolutely in the experimental music camp. The avant-garde have their audience,...