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Show Preview: Azure Ray @ The Mill November 4th 7PM

What with School Of Seven Bells recent visit to Iowa City, it seems like women singing close harmony is becoming a thing. Of course Azure Ray have been doing it for several years now, so if it’s a thing, it’s their thing. Go here and listen to “Don’t Leave My Mind” — Fleetwood Mac-esque harmonies, […]

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Album Review: The Uniphonics – Crawl

One of the most unfortunate legacies of the 90s was Rap Rock. Guitars and rhymes together don’t have to suck but it seems like those bands were trying hard to do just that. Thankfully the Uniphonics have gone another direction, mixing rhymes with funk. What could be more natural, since hip-hop was built on beats […]

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DVS1 @ Blue Moose Sat 10/9, Or Why You Should Care About Real Dance Music

REAL Dance Music touches down on Saturday night! There will be an evening of House and Techno dance music at the Blue Moose tomorrow, ending a drought in Iowa City of proper dance music events.

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School Of Seven Bells Interview/Audio!

Check out an interview and full audio set from the recent School of Seven Bells show! It’s been a couple of weeks since the School of Seven Bells show at the Blue Moose. Lisa Edwards, AC Hawley and I were there to represent the LV. Lisa videotaped AC interviewing the band and put together this video.

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Tonight: Joan Baez at Englert Theatre

From her early collaborations with Bob Dylan, to her tireless activism for civil rights and peace, to her later involvement with Dylan’s legendary Rolling Thunder Review, to her thousands of live performances all over the world, Joan Baez has lived a life of passionate engagement with the world and several generations of fans.

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A One, and a Two, and a Three

Max Weinberg has led an interesting life as a musician. He recorded and toured with Bruce Springsteen and it’s his snare shots that propel Bruce’s biggest hit, “Born In The USA.” When Springsteen disbanded his E Street Band in 1989, Weinberg tried a variety of things–producing records, session work, Law School, college drum clinics, even (according to Wikipedia) motivational speaking to corporate audiences–before becoming the band leader for Conan O’Brien’s “Late Night” on NBC in 1993, a job he held for 17 years.

Now, in what Weinberg calls his “third act,” he has formed a 15-piece big band, appearing at the Englert Theatre Oct. 22. Weinberg was in Italy when I spoke to him about his current project and where it fits into his career.

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Album Reviews: Paul Cary — Ghost of a Man

Paul Cary’s nasal squall of a voice–familiar to fans of his former Iowa City band The Horrors–is irresistibly rough. And on Ghost Of A Man, the vintage microphones and elderly spring reverbs turn his voice into something that exists out of time. It’s as though he was the guy who got thrown out of Sun Studios in the ‘50s for smoking up in the bathroom.

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