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Three November shows to warm your cold, cold heart

Black Dahlia Murder

If you’re in the mood for something decidedly more fast-paced, and potentially seizure inducing, head over to the Blue Moose for a full evening of melodic death metal and thrash revival. Known for experimenting with the genres of Scandinavian-style death metal and metalcore, The Black Dahlia Murder have been growling their way into the hearts of metal fans for well over a decade. Their latest LP Everblack features strobelight paced rhythms, frenetic key changes and maniacal growling. The album’s lyrics are brimming with horror film based imagery and as a whole is reminiscent of death metal pioneers Cannibal Corpse, with whom they have tour […]

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Live music preview: Aug. 21-Sept. 4

On the Beat

Singer-songwriter Mary Gauthier is often praised for the emotional honesty and stripped-down poignancy that her music delivers. While it may be true that she is an incredibly talented folk singer, it is equally important to note that Gauthier is also a badass. Over the course of her nearly 20-year music career the New Orleans native has sung openly about her life experiences which include drinking way too hard […]

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El Ten Eleven set to mesmerize the Yacht Club

El Ten Eleven

The intricately textured, post-rock and electronic music of El Ten Eleven sounds like it is either made by a 10-piece band or a single nerd with a laptop, but it is in fact performed by duo Kristian Dunn and Tim Fogarty.

Even if you don’t recognize the name, you may have come across El Ten Eleven’s music on NPR’s “All Things Considered” or the PBS design documentaries “Helvetica,” “Objectified” and “Urbanized”–all three of which were scored by Dunn and featured tracks by El Ten Eleven. […]

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Mexico City’s Risin’ Sun heading to Iowa City

Risin' Sun

Mexico’s counter-culture movement during the 1960’s fostered some amazing, though not very well known in the U.S., psychedelic and garage rock bands. As anyone familiar with the likes of Los Dug Dugs, Los Shakes or The Spiders can attest, these bands knew how to combine American rock and roll with a raw energy and weirdness that was all their own. Following in this tradition comes Mexico City’s The Risin’ Sun, performing at the Yacht Club on August 20. […]

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