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‘Torrey Pines,’ a new film, comes live-scored to FilmScene

Torrey Pines, live scored by Your Heart Breaks FilmScene — Monday, Oct. 24 at 9 p.m. Clyde Petersen’s stop motion film Torrey Pines, which was Kickstarted into life in 2013, will be making a stop next week, on Monday, Oct. 24, at FilmScene. Torrey Pines is just coming off its world premiere as an official […]

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Album Review: Nora Petran & Curt Oren — 2%

Nora Petran & Curt Oren 2% www.curtoren.bandcamp.com Iowa City underground music celebrities Nora Petran and Curt Oren went inside the Maquoketa Caves on a cold, rainy, muddy day and emerged with a seven track collaborative album — 2%. The album is split into Nora’s tracks, a collection of dizzying, kaleidoscopic yet gentle guitar and voice […]

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Iowa City to SXSW and back again: A chat with everyone’s favorite hatman, Curt Oren

Curt Oren & Nora Petran, w/ They Say the Wind Made Them Crazy and the Oren & Hurlin Duo Trumpet Blossom Cafe — Friday, Aug. 5 at 8 p.m. Musician Curt Oren has made headlines with his hat and recently recorded in a cave. You can find a review of that album in issue 203, […]

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Curt of ‘Curt’s new hat’ fame lands record deal, records album in cave

It’s been almost a year since Curt Oren bought a billboard to announce his new hat. Unlike most hats, this one received international attention. And now, it’s gotten Oren and a friend a record deal. Washington, D.C. label Bad Friend Records will release a 12-inch vinyl record of songs recorded in a cave. Oren and […]

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BuzzFeed’s #1 person we should all aspire to be in 2016 is Iowa City’s own Curt Oren

Have you heard about Curt’s new hat? Iowa City musician Curt Oren bought a hat last year as a joke. The hat was pretty funny, but the thing is, some jokes are gateway jokes, and sometimes the end result of your joke is a billboard joke on Interstate 380 — a joke you can’t really […]

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Video: Tatsuya Nakatani performs at PS1

Video by Jon Graf Experimental percussionist Tatsuya Nakatani stopped by Public Space One yesterday for a special performance of improvised music involving two local musicians, saxophonist Curt Oren and percussionist David Hurlin. Watch the above clip to see the frenzied climax to the evening’s performance, which includes footage of Nakatani’s signature percussive technique where he […]

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Saturday at PS1: Noise and lasagna, together at last

Milwaukee noise-nik Peter Woods and local saxophonist with Curt Oren, will be playing at Public Space One this Saturday at 8 p.m. The show is free, though donations will be accepted. Vegetarian lasagna, prepared by Oren, will be served. What else could you ask for, really? […]

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Mission Creek show report: April 1-2

Having a Mission Creek pass is like having a two pound box of chocolates. You can get sated early, but you keep eating because it’s just so good! My number one tip for Mission Creeksters is to pace yourself, and don’t try to see everything. Take your time and soak it all in.
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