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ITAC’s ‘Woody Guthrie’s American Song’ is both timely and timeless

Playing through Sept. 24, the Iowa Theatre Artists Company presentation of Woody Guthrie’s American Song (conceived and adapted by Peter Glazer) testifies to the timeless power of music to bear witness to the hopes and horrors that confront the modern world. […]

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Middle of Nowhere festival brings electronic music home to Iowa City

The inaugural Middle of Nowhere festival will be held in downtown Iowa City on Sept. 1-2 at various venues. Acts include SassyBlack, headlining Friday night at The Mill; Iowa City’s Brendan Lee Spengler, live-scoring animated films on Saturday evening at RADinc.; and Daedelus, closing things down Saturday night at the Blue Moose. Festival passes are $35; tickets for individual shows are also available, ranging in price from $8-15. […]

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Feed Me Weird Things preps to kick off Volume Two

Feed Me Weird Things, Vol. 2, Ed. 1: Robert Noyes w/ Alexander, Haunter Trumpet Blossom — Wednesday, Aug. 16 at 9 p.m. Having concluded the first volume of Feed Me Weird Things (FMWT) on Aug. 12, Chris Wiersma, curator of the series, pauses for the brief transition before Volume Two commences on Wednesday, Aug. 16 […]

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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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Review: MONO constructs a sonic canvass at Gabe’s

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 had heard Gabe’s during a show. The band was illuminated with a quiet red light, and throughout their set the band seemed to play around its steadfast glow. The light was warm, and evoked a sense of patience that let each band member’s instrument enter into, and exit from, each song. The distinct contribution of each performer could be acknowledged and recognized. Both the band and the audience were equally engaged at the occurrence of sound as it sprang forth from the stage: All present were enraptured at its production, in its occurrence. […]

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MusicIC returns for a seventh year of fusing literature with a classical repertoire

Too often overlooked among the series of festivals that bring an influx of artists to Iowa City is the MusicIC festival, now in its seventh year. Running June 21-24, the festival is presented by the UNESCO City of Literature organization. […]

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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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Arts Fest 2017 beats the heat with a jam-packed weekend

The 2017 Iowa Arts Festival was more spread out than in previous years, allowing more space between tents and less congestion in the streets. The Pedestrian Mall was filled with activities to introduce kids to the arts — not only the visual arts, but music (family stage) and literature (thanks to Antelope Lending Library and […]

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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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The Shook Twins head to The Mill

Hailing from Sandpoint, Idaho and currently operating out of Portland, Oregon, the Shook Twins — identical twin sisters Katelyn and Laurie Shook, backed by Niko Slice, Barra Brown and Josh Simon — will be performing at the Mill on 23 May, starting at 8 p.m. Featuring intricate folk harmonies accompanied by a variety of American music styles (ranging from folk to funk), the Shook Twins have been widely praised for their live performances. […]

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Interview: A chat with curator Chris Wiersema ahead of the Tuesday kickoff of Feed Me Weird Things

Feed Me Weird Things is the newest curation effort of Chris Wiersema, the soft-spoken but large-bearded part of Witching Hour and Mission Creek responsible for keeping Iowa City immersed in unusual sounds from around the world. Wiersema organized this series in terms of volumes and episodes, and each installment promises to be a unique event, with an emphasis on range rather than continuity (see full lineup below). […]

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