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Album Review: Barry Phipps – The Town

Barry Phipps - The Town

The needle drops on Barry Phipps’ The Town and an uplifting organ crackles and pops, skipping its way through a brief instrumental intro and sighing toward a jolly, aptly titled “Sunny Sunday Afternoon.” It may feel a bit too twee for a spring 2015 release, but it is catchy and beautifully arranged, and repeat listens create an emotional reassurance rooted in a kind of imagined nostalgia; it’s as if a past that can’t be placed is painting a future for us of daily routines carried out with care and civility, and neighbors remembering to love before being left to miss one another. […]

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Fruition, for now: Brendan Spengler and Gilt Gambrel headline works-in-progress variety show

Nite Tales of Madness with Brendan Spengler

Brendan Spengler hangs his head and sighs: “If I don’t put a strict deadline on myself, I’ll work on something forever, and never call it finished.” It’s a near-universal… […]

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At The Mill: Alex Bleeker and the Freaks with Sleepy Kitty, Lonelyhearts, Dewi Sant

The Lonely Hearts

For Iowa City, the chaos of a new semester may be knocking, but we don’t have to open the door quite yet. Some of your friends are back in town, and The Mill is offering the perfect opportunity to catch […]

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