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Holiday craft fairs are like real life Etsy — and benefit local artists

When we choose to shop small and local, we keep more of our money in the community, which encourages more business, more artists and more jobs. Small businesses and local artists depend on the holiday season, just like the big boxes do. […]

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Album Review: Angle — Talkin’ Story

Angle Talkin’ Story angle1.bandcamp.com Longtime Iowa hip hop artist Angle (aka Jarid Catrenich) is at it again. Following on the heels of last year’s Definitive Bedtime Stories is his newest effort, Talkin’ Story. Angle is a storyteller, and uses his beats as punctuation for gritty tales that need to be heard. Unlike the happier vibes […]

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Album Review: Brendan Hanks — Through

Brendan Hanks Through soundcloud.com/brendanhanks Brendan Hanks’ new EP Through is a really intelligent record. It is measured and studied, and it’s obvious that Hanks has had a long love affair with electronica. It’s not showy. It doesn’t grab you out of your seat immediately and force you to dance, but it does worm its way […]

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MidWestOne to promote community appreciation with Iowa City’s first-ever chalk art festival

Rock the Chalk Downtown Iowa City — Friday, August 12 at 4 p.m. Rock the Chalk, presented by MidWestOne Bank, is a celebration of the completion of its historic building renovations as well as construction of a new building. Amy Hospodarsky, the community relations manager for MidWestOne, said that they wanted to use the Aug. […]

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Dinosaur Jr. takes Codfish Hollow into a spin of nostalgia, peppered with great new tunes

Photos by Michael Roeder Dinosaur Jr. rocks. I don’t really need to say that, but the show at Codfish Hollow this past Wednesday (with openers Arbor Labor Union) was a reminder of just how ear-meltingly good they still are. The band played in support of their new record, Give a Glimpse of What Yer Not, […]

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