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Posted by Kent Williams |
Album Review: Bridget Kearney — Won’t Let You Down

Bridget Kearney Won’t Let You Down bridgetkearney.bandcamp.com MCF: Bridget Kearney with Elizabeth Moen, Paul Cary The Mill — Wednesday, April 5 at 10 p.m., $12-15 Won't Let You Down by...

Posted by Liv Carrow |
Album Review: MacMillan & Spengler — Demonstration

Iowa City experimental electronic musicians Ian MacMillan and Brendan Spengler joined forces in 2012 to create the sound of bees for an Iowa City installation. The duo has collaborated on...

Posted by Paul Osgerby |
Album Review: Anthony Worden — Ideal Conceptions of the Beautiful and Good

Once labeled freaks, David Bowie and Lou Reed broke down the confines of masculinity found in the prototypical rock star persona of their time, while reimagining the vivacity and delicacy...

Posted by Genevieve Trainor |
Album Review: Telekinetic Yeti – Abominable

Occasionally, a recording reaches out of the speakers and grabs you -- shakes you -- doesn’t invite but demands that you trip with it along whatever imagined pathways it produces....

Posted by Kent Williams |
Album Review: Beyond Peace — Beyond Peace

Beyond Peace Beyond Peace beyondpeacehc.bandcamp.com Beyond Peace by Beyond PeaceIt’s not original to compare metal and punk music. Both use loudness as their primary gesture, both use distortion pedals, both...

Posted by Michael Roeder |
Album Review: Colleen — Vol. 1

Colleen Vol. 1 soundcloud.com/colleenband/sets/vol-1 Colleen is a Cedar Rapids-based husband and wife duo that delivers a beautiful, often soaring mix of bombastic live percussion and electronics buoying silvery vocals. Heather...

Posted by Genevieve Trainor |
Album Review: Aseethe — Hopes of Failure

Aseethe Hopes of Failure aseethe.bandcamp.com/album/hopes-of-failure Iowa City trio Aseethe -- Brian Barr, Danny Barr and Eric Diercks -- broke last summer when they signed to Chicago’s Thrill Jockey Records (Future...

Posted by Nate Logsdon |
Album Review: Night Pits — Last Night Forever

Night Pits Last Night Forever nightpits.bandcamp.com Last Night Forever by Night Pits Writing a punk anthem is a fundamentally communitarian act. The idea is that anyone -- whether they think...

Posted by Michael Roeder |
Album Review: TIRES — LP1

TIRES LP1 tires.bandcamp.com LP1 by TiresThe big, anthemic sound of Phil Young’s (the Wheelers) new instrumental project TIRES was inspired by the recent passing of his grandfather. “He was kinda...

Posted by Kent Williams |
Album Review: Belly Belt — Stay True

Belly Belt Stay True EP bellybelt.bandcamp.com Stay True by Belly Belt Iowa City West High alum Kate Feldmann’s Belly Belt isn’t miles away from her day job dressing as a...

Posted by Liv Carrow |
Album Review: Idpyramid — Dawn Rider II

Idpyramid Dawn Rider II idpyramid.bandcamp.com Dawn Rider II by Idpyramid Idpyramid is Quad Cities musician and composer Dennis Hockaday (formerly of Mondo Drag and Bedroom Shrine). He recently released Dawn...

Posted by Michael Roeder |
Album Review: The Pines — Pasture II

The Pines Pasture II thepinesmusic.com During live shows the Pines will drop in traditional and cover songs, seemingly as much for their entertainment as for the audience. In 2015, they...

Posted by Kent Williams |
Album Review: JCϟjp — Self-titled

JCϟjp JCϟjp jcjp.bandcamp.com/releases JCϟjp by JCϟjp The name JCϟjp is an unpronounceable acronym of the group members’ names, Justin Comer and Jason Palamara. Palamara is a violinist and electronic musician...

Posted by Liv Carrow |
Album Review: Jack Lion — ION

Jack Lion ION soundcloud.com/jacklion ION by Jack Lion Jack Lion, Iowa City’s darlings of downtempo ambient jazz electronica, released their new ION EP last month. The group, which consists of...