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Album Review: Kate Kane — Meet the Cats

Meet the Cats by Kate Kane I can’t think of a single better combination of words than “cat-themed Kate Kane album from Bloated Kat Records.” Any of those three factors would have me dropping everything else to listen, but the combination is an outstanding pop-punk success filled with whimsical odes that I’m pretty sure retroactively […]

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Experience community for Christmas

Christmas has a mixed reputation. Sure, it’s the season of love and of giving, of stepping outside yourself, of the world becoming a little bit brighter. But for those who feel alienated for any reason — whether they’ve stepped away from their religious faith; or they’re separated from family, by circumstance or choice; or they simply find themselves alone in a strange place with no way to reach out — it can go from being the most wonderful time of year to the darkest. […]

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Five questions with: Dan Tedesco

Dan Tedesco w/ Jason Walsmith The Mill — Saturday, Dec. 15 at 8 p.m. Born in the Chicago suburbs, guitarist Dan Tedesco made his way to Iowa several years ago, landing in Des Moines and becoming a key contributor to the Iowa music scene. But his art keeps pulling him away. Ever the rambler, Tedesco […]

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Mission Creek Festival to bring Mitski, Jenny Lewis, Kevin Young and more to IC

Mission Creek Festival is back for its 14th year, with a new tagline, new pass options and, as always, a top-notch lineup. Top of the bill is Purchase grad and indie superstar Mitski, whose fifth release, Be the Cowboy, scored the second place slot on NPR’s just announced 50 Best Albums of 2018. […]

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Album Review: Chuck Henderson — Christmas

Chuck Henderson Christmas Dear readers: For the purposes of this review, I broke one of my personal cardinal rules. I listened to Christmas music before Dec. 1. And then I listened again, and again, and again. And I liked it. Chuck Henderson’s Christmas, despite the name of the holiday gracing the title of the disc […]

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Something to sing about: Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre receives NEA grant

Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre announced earlier this month that it had received a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. The $15,000 grant supports the company’s April world premiere of a commissioned work titled ‘The Grant Wood Operas: Strokes of Genius.’ The piece consists of three 30-minute operas each inspired by the work of Cedar Rapids artist Grant Wood. […]

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