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‘I’m a sucker for a well-turned phrase’: Dessa to perform for Mission Creek Festival

Music fans worldwide have come to know Dessa over the past year from “Congratulations,” her track on the wildly popular “Hamilton Mixtape,” which debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 when it was released in December of 2016. However, Midwest music fans have long known and loved her both for her solo work and as a member of Doomtree, the Minneapolis hip-hop collective she has belonged to since 2005. […]

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Cedar Rapids’ Jefferson High School one of 50 R.I.S.E. grant recipients

In anticipation of the release of its new high school theater drama Rise, NBC held a call for submissions for R.I.S.E. grants — Recognizing and Inspiring Student Expression. Out of thousands of applicants, Jefferson High School in Cedar Rapids will be receiving one of the 50 awarded. […]

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Album Review: Dustin Matos — Layers

“Layers” is storytelling symphonic rock at its best. There’s an epic, synth-y feel that could set it as the soundtrack to an ’80s fantasy film — but the narrative is more concise. These aren’t the kind of instrumental tracks that exist to travel alongside someone else’s story. They’re self-contained tales.
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Kevin ‘B.F.’ Burt, International Blues Challenge champion, reflects on Iowa’s rich blues history

Kevin “B.F.” Burt is unstoppable. Burt was the second Iowan to win an award at the festival, the first Iowan to win in the Solo/Duo category and the first artist in the festival’s 34-year history to sweep the solo categories—he also won the Solo/Duo Cigar Box Guitar Award for most promising acoustic player and the Lee Oskar Harmonica Award. […]

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UI symposium Against Amnesia: Archives, Evidence and Social Justice draws top scholars

Human memory is a tricky thing. It’s all too brief: How well can you recall your grandmother’s voice? Did your best friend in elementary school have green eyes or blue? It’s fickle, too: Your high school locker combination may be etched in stone while your ATM card PIN continually eludes you. And it’s notoriously unreliable: studies have shown that even the clearest memories formed during high-stress events are often flat out incorrect, and that each time you bring an old memory to the surface, you risk smudging it as you refile it again. […]

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