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Album Review: Anthony Worden — Ideal Conceptions of the Beautiful and Good

Once labeled freaks, David Bowie and Lou Reed broke down the confines of masculinity found in the prototypical rock star persona of their time, while reimagining the vivacity and delicacy of rock and roll when others were preoccupied with LSD-laden fantasias (though that didn’t keep them away from their respective addled phases). Their legacies are undoubted; they carved a path of self-indulgence, spanning influences between Americana, krautrock, electronic and more. […]

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Obsidian Sword and Third Base honor the Gospel of Doom, the Gospel of Brew

Iowa City’s archdruids of doom metal, Obsidian Sword, will celebrate the release of the second batch of its namesake IPA from Third Base Brewery on Sunday, March 19 at Otis’ Tailgators Sports Bar in Cedar Rapids. Long-time defenders of doom and Iowa powerhouse, Aseethe, who just released their new album Hopes of Failure on Chicago label Thrill Jockey, will support the show alongside Cedar Falls’ weedians, Megapunch. […]

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Second annual fundraiser for UI student veterans takes place Saturday

Sponsors from around the Iowa City area are coming together Saturday, March 4 for an evening to support University of Iowa student veterans at the Iowa City VFW Post 3949 (609 Hollywood Blvd #2). This is the fundraiser’s second year. In proper Heartland fashion, the evening will kick off at 5 p.m. with a dinner […]

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National Book Award winner Terrance Hayes to read at Dey House

Poet Terrance Hayes, who will be reading on Friday, March 3 at the Dey House in Iowa City, situates himself in a unique juggle. People tend to place things in dichotomies. Poetry is no different, pitting schools of thought against each other: confessional vs post-confessional, description vs exposition, poets of the academy vs poets of […]

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‘The Red Turtle’ trades speech for an external, visual language

I have a bone to pick with movies like Cast Away (2000): why does Tom Hanks feel the urge to talk to himself and inanimate objects? Perhaps there’s something intrinsic, something with anthropological substance, through which humans are compelled to fill dead space, whether in the real world or on screen. The Red Turtle (2016) […]

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Antonio Sanchez brings his BiRDMAN LiVE to the Englert

Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (2014) is a movie of blown-out proportions, equal parts mesmerizing and befuddling. The movie will make sure you know. But that’s no surprise to those familiar with director Alejandro González Iñárritu’s catalog. Centered around protagonist Riggan Thomson (Michael Keaton), best known for his role in a superhero trilogy, […]

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‘Nasty Women’ fill the Near Future space this weekend

Nasty Women in Iowa exhibit Near Future (323 E Market St) — opens Friday, Feb. 17 at 10 a.m. Any town whose economy is dependent upon a university must sustain an infrastructure around said educational institution. Therefore, in some capacity, a college town would behoove itself to cater to the artistic community that comes part […]

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Cedar Rapids: Start your phone cameras — the 48 Hour Phones Only Film Fest kicks off today

48 Hour Phones Only Film Fest Geonetric (415 12th Ave SE, Cedar Rapids) — Friday, Feb. 17 at 5 p.m. It’ll only last two days — 48 hours exactly. It won’t be a lights-camera-action affair, either; rather, it will consist of a frenetic weekend involving built-in flashlights, 1,080 pixels recorded at 30-60 frames per second […]

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Iowa’s Mike Bridenstine returns home to record an album at The Mill

Mike Bridenstine The Mill — Saturday, Feb. 11 at 8 p.m. Iowan-turned-California comedian Mike Bridenstine will perform a live stand-up routine at The Mill on Saturday, Feb. 11 to record for his debut album, due out this year on A Special Thing Records. Born in Muscatine, Bridenstine attended the University of Iowa, graduating as a […]

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Starry Nights to release their new album at Trumpet Blossom

Starry Nights Trumpet Blossom Cafe — Saturday, Feb. 11 at 8:30 p.m. No, Mercury is not in retrograde — and it won’t be until April. Actually, the Moon in Cancer opposes Pluto in Capricorn this morning, butting heads with Uranus in Aries this afternoon and Jupiter in Libra tonight. In short: Today’s vibes are totally […]

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