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Iowa City’s John Hopkins graduated from Gabe’s to become one metal’s most renowned sound engineers

For the past decade, legendary Iowa City citizen John Hopkins has been living on the road as a highly sought-after front-of-house tour sound engineer for some of the heaviest and most beloved sludge and stoner metal bands in the galaxy: the Melvins, Corrosion of Conformity, High on Fire, Orange Goblin, Weedeater, Neurosis, Boris, Uncle Acid & the Deadbeats, Alabama Thunderpussy, Municipal Waste, Buzzov•en and others. […]

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John Darnielle talks songwriting, storytelling and ‘Goths’ ahead of the Mountain Goats return to Iowa City

The Mountain Goats w/ Samantha Crain Englert Theatre — Wednesday, Sept. 13 at 8 p.m. Now a quartet, the Mountain Goats return to Iowa City just shy of a year after their last performance here, now promoting the widely acclaimed album Goths. A few months ago, John Darnielle read from his newest novel, Universal Harvester, […]

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SassyBlack talks Michael Jackson, *NSYNC and science fiction ahead of Middle of Nowhere fest

SassyBlack w/ DJ Espina, Wolf Mixer, M50 The Mill — Friday, Sept. 1 at 9 p.m. SassyBlack (real name Cat Harris-White) is an artist in control of her own destiny. A singer with a warm, inviting voice, she also writes her own songs, produces her own music and even handles her own booking. As part […]

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Pallbearer’s Joseph D. Rowland on growing up in Arkansas and the power of prog rock

Pallbearer, with Kayo Dot, Bask Blue Moose Tap House — Friday, Aug. 25 at 7 p.m. Bassist Joseph D. Rowland of the Arkansas band Pallbearer provided thoughtful comments on the band’s direction and the nature of their new album, Heartless, on an atypically cool summer afternoon. Pallbearer, supported by Kayo Dot and Bask, plays an […]

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Alisabeth Von Presley plays Uptown Friday Nights, drops new album this week

Alisabeth Von Presley is arguably the living embodiment of “go big or go home.” And as her musical career continues to pick up steam, she has no intention of sitting around at home. This Friday, July 7, is a big day for Von Presley as she performs at Uptown Friday Nights at the McGrath Amphitheater and releases her new record, ‘Diamonds in the Blackout.’ Uptown Friday Nights shows are 21+; admission is $5. […]

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Interview: Filmmaker David Byars discusses the Patriot movement ahead of Vino Vérité’s screening of ‘No Man’s Land’

This Sunday, July 9, documentarian David Byars is bringing his incendiary new film, No Man’s Land, to FilmScene as part of the Vino Vérité series, presented by FilmScene, ‘Little Village’ and Bread Garden Market. Tickets are $20 for FilmScene members, $25 for the general public. The film begins at 7:15 p.m., with hors d’oeuvres & wine tasting preceding at 6:30 p.m. A wine and dessert reception with the filmmaker begins at 8:45 p.m. […]

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Interview: Daily Show co-writer Lizz Winstead’s Vagical Mystery Tour heads to The Mill

The Lady Parts Justice League is bringing its Vagical Mystery Tour to Iowa City on June 20 at The Mill at 8 p.m. The performance will feature Lizz Winstead, musician Tina Schlieske of Tina and the B-Sides and comedians Alex English, Dina Nina Martinez and Joyelle Johnson. The 19+ show is co-presented by Little Village. General admission tickets are $15. […]

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Interview: A chat with Tim Kasher ahead of his stop at The Mill as he tours with the first album on his new label

Tim Kasher will bring his five-piece band to the Mill on Sunday, 11 June, as part of a tour promoting his newest album, No Resolution, which accompanies a movie of the same name that he wrote and directed. […]

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Exploring the visceral and diaristic music of Mykki Blanco

Mykki Blanco has gained prominence in the past few years as an artist that blows up conventions — in the hyper-masculine world of hip hop, she’s queer, HIV positive and gender fluid, a gay man performing as a woman without being either trans or drag. Her songs are, as she says “diaristic,” speaking about personal fears and feelings in a genre known for bragging about expensive cars and coke-dealing and violence. She is both Mykki Blanco and Michael Quattlebaum Jr, she and he — an artistic creation, but never artificial. […]

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Interview: Pieta Brown on ‘Postcards,’ pen pals and Flat Black

The songs for Pieta Brown’s latest album, Postcards, were written while she was on a solo tour. The isolation and distance and the challenge to stay connected inspired the songs. When it came time to assemble them into an album she compiled a list of her dream collaborators and sent them “musical postcards.” The credits for the album read like a who’s who of American folk, and those familiar with her career will see some notable musicians she’s worked with or toured with including Calexico, Mark Knopfler, Carrie Rodriguez and the Pines. […]

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