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Posted by Andre Perry | Dec 5, 2017

Here is another year of albums to consider. It’s silly to rank music at all and also fun in that it ignites passionate conversations about the art that has moved...

Posted by Daniel Boscaljon | Jul 2, 2017

Due to a busy two nights at Gabe’s and competition from Jazz Fest, the crowd for Chastity Belt was smaller than I had anticipated. Those gathered in the upstairs, however,...

Posted by Daniel Boscaljon | Jun 29, 2017

MONO returned to Iowa City after just over a year touring on 2016’s Requiem for Hell. The crowd was oddly thin, but appropriate: it was perhaps the quietest that I...

Posted by Rob Cline | May 25, 2017

Orchestra Iowa explored the cinematic world of John Williams last weekend. -- image courtesy of Orchestra Iowa When I spoke with Maestro Timothy Hankewich a few days ahead of Orchestra...

Posted by Daniel Boscaljon | Apr 20, 2017

The Mill was the perfect venue on April 19 for a Wednesday night of atmospheric delicacy, performed for a hushed full house. The Pines, local legends transplanted to Minnesota, framed...

Posted by Daniel Boscaljon | Jan 10, 2017

I walked into the Blue Moose on Monday toward the end of Sandman’s set, listening to him close with what sounded like a prayer before prefacing the onset of Aesop...

Posted by Kent Williams | Jan 3, 2017

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 Kent Williams | Aug 2, 2016

Josh Fina Feel Me EP www.kindgesturerecords.com Electronic dance music’s natural habitat is a dark room with the sound system turned up until the bass hits you in the solar plexus...

Black Mountain at the Mill
Posted by Daniel Boscaljon | Jun 17, 2016

The opener for the solid summer Wednesday evening crowd at The Mill this week was Majure, who preceded his reputation (signifying mostly a certain laziness on my part, as a...

Posted by Luke Benson | Jun 14, 2016

Blake Shaw Listen Hear www.blakeshawbass.com Listen Hear is the latest release from Iowa City composer/musician Blake Shaw. Recorded at Flat Black Studios, Listen Hear is an incredibly accessible jazz album...

Milk Carton Kids Englert Theatre
Posted by Daniel Boscaljon | May 31, 2016

I was first introduced to the Milk Carton Kids when they opened for Over The Rhine at the Englert on Sep. 24, 2013. It was a Tuesday. I had spent...

FireSale
Posted by Kent Williams | May 24, 2016

FireSale Furry Noises firesale.bandcamp.com/album/furry-noises FireSale is a band made up of players currently finishing bachelor’s degrees at the University of Iowa College of Music. They share that musical pedigree with...

Posted by Michael Roeder | May 10, 2016

Listening to Christopher the Conquered’s new album I’m Giving Up On Rock & Roll, I can’t help but compare the epic, theatrical sound of the album to Springsteen’s Born to...

Bob Bucko Jr
Posted by Genevieve Trainor | Mar 21, 2016

Unless you are a devotee of uninterrupted streaming, or 5-disc CD changers, you know that there’s an eerie silence that lingers after an album is over. It can shock you...