Formerly of Iowa City, now kicking ass and naming names in NYC, Kathryn Musilek is back to play a show the day after Thanksgiving at the Blue Moose! […]
The Lonelyhearts/Caleb Engstrom Winter Club Split Mission Creek Records A split single is usually a 7” record, but this is a CD whose music wouldn’t fit on a 7” and a CD…wait for it…only has one side. But Mission Creek Records is thinking conceptually. A split as a way for two bands/artists to–as they say […]
Dave Beck Stranger Homes www.davebeckmusic.com Dave Beck grew up in Iowa and when he lived in IC he worked at Mickey’s, so I won’t hold his current residence in Brooklyn against him. He’s in good company; Brooklyn’s lousy with Iowa expats. And to the extent there’s a serious acoustic singer-songwriter scene in NYC, Beck is […]
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, […]
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 […]
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Iowa City has a deep tradition of acoustic folk music, of which the Beggarmen are proud members. They specialize in Irish folk music, but in addition to playing traditional tunes they write their own songs in the tradition. Their musicianship on A Soft Day is impressive, all the more so for being completely relaxed.