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Album Review: Foul Tip – Heaven Now

Reviewing the latest EP from Foul Tip is, well, sort of a challenge. The duo’s second release, Heaven Now, has a bit of an identity crisis. Four of the cuts on the cassette are propulsive, evocative chunks of post-punk and three of the tracks are goofy, but still mostly hard hitting. However, two of the songs are so successful, it really doesn’t bear mentioning the remaining five in such a short write-up. […]

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Show Recap: Adobanga, Songbird Bethann, River Glen @ Blue Moose Tap House 10/1/2011

Three Iowa groups performed Saturday, October 1, at the Blue Moose Tap House: River Glen (River Breitbach) of Iowa City, Songbird Bethann (Bethann Gavin) and Zaplin Vermie of Iowa City, and Cedar Rapids’ Adobanga. […]

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Show Preview/Album Review: The Wandering Bears at The Mill, 9/24/11

The Wandering Bears will play this Saturday, Sept. 24, at the Mill, sharing a fantastic bill with Iowa City’s Datagun and opening for Caroline Smith & the Goodnight Sleeps. The Wandering Bears craft smart, unique pop tunes with substance and catchy hooks. Their songs are about men and women and the stupid things we do to each other, but with a mix of sweet reminiscence, real heartbreak, and… […]

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Show Preview: The Fez at the Blue Moose – 9/16/11

I attended the Fez’s breakout debut in April, and have rarely been so blown away, so surprised and impressed by a musical experience. Steely Dan’s music is epic, and The Fez recreates that giant, smooth sound with authenticity and authority. […]

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Show Review: Taj Weekes & Adowa, Tribal Momentum – Yacht Club 8/12/11

As demonstrated by all the funky shops, restaurants, and people around town, Iowa City has multicultural tastes. Our local bands are interesting, and our clubs bring in acts from far-flung places to meet those tastes. St. Lucia is 2600 miles away from IC, so that qualifies as far-flung in my atlas. Taj Weekes & Adowa brought some of the culture of St. Lucia all the way to Iowa, and Tribal Momentum showed off a bit of Iowa City’s own crazy culture. […]

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Show Review: Carnival Hearts & Arts Parade @ White Lightning Wherehouse — 5/21/2011

Carnival Hearts & Arts Collective, a local collective of artists, held their biannual “parade” on Saturday. However, imminent rain forced the event out of the adorable Happy Hollow park and into the White Lightning Wherehouse. Vendors line the walls of this rambling, cavernous space. The event has the feel of a souq, of a community market in the ancient kasbah of Tangier, or of the mystery of London’s Borough market. The Carnival Hearts & Arts collective has an authentic–and almost ethnic–subcultural atmosphere, a collective of tattoos, funky chic, librarian eyeglasses, and wry smiles. […]

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Show Review: Tribal Momentum, Eugene Kelley, and Hannah Drollinger – 5/17/2011

In preparation for their upcoming show at the Yacht Club, members of the new Iowa City band, Tribal Momentum, hosted a house party and concert Tuesday night. The event evoked the feel of a hidden carnival or a Gypsy fireside, where musicians wander through delighting the assembled. There were artists of music as well as artists of munchies; the wonderful Claire made gourmet treats to complement Hannah’s tasty sangria punch. Everyone there seemed to know half of the crowd, and the convivial atmosphere helped them meet the other half before the night ended.
This show was exciting and friendly, daring yet comfortable, prepared yet extemporaneous, which pretty much sums up the personalities of the artists who hosted. I’d like to thank them for their hospitality, but I’d really like to thank them for sharing some phenomenal music. […]

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Show Review: Cave Singers, Grand Tetons @ Blue Moose Tap House – 4/12/2011

You probably decided to spend Tuesday evening outside, enjoying the gorgeous spring weather on your porch or in your backyard, surrounded by friends and cool beverages. However, you should have come see the Cave Singers and Grand Tetons play some great front porch Americana music upstairs at the Blue Moose Taphouse. […]

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Event Photos: Food in Harmony – 9/25

The Mill hosted a fundraiser benefiting the Local Foods Connection on Sept 25th. The evening was packed with music from a variety of local artists, art and handmade goods, raffles, a silent auction, dancing,  food and booze….it was a great night and I was glad to be asked to capture some shots from the event.

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Photos: Will Whitmore, Old Scratch Revival Singers, Nathaniel Rateliff 8/29 in Rock Island

I hopped over the Mississippi River to the Rock Island Brewery Company a couple weeks ago to see this excellent conglomeration of performers – Nathaniel Rateliff, Will Whitmore and the Old Scratch Revival Singers. I’ve seen all these folks in Iowa City, but it was great to take a little trip out of town to catch some great ‘local’ music.

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