Live Music Preview: 3/25 through 4/3

Kendrick Lamar

The Mission Creek Festival will soon be upon us, and Iowa City is holding its collective breath until it finally arrives. While Mission Creek’s main entrée is music (with healthy portions of literature and culinary arts), I won’t spend too much time explaining the festival here. That being said, much of this issue’s noteworthy live music doesn’t hit us until the fest starts on April 1. […]

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A:List – Reading: Ayana Mathis Englert Theatre Feb. 25.

Ayana Mathis

New York Times best selling author Ayana Mathis will be reading from her debut novel, The Twelve Tribes of Hattie (Knopf, 2012), at the Englert Theater on Feb. 25. The reading will be presented by Prairie Lights Books. Mathis is currently a visiting professor at the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where she graduated with an MFA in Fiction. Her novel has received wide recognition, first as the winner of the 2012 Michener Copernicus Fellowship and then as the second book selection by Oprah’s Book Club 2.0. Critic Michiko Kakutani of the New York Times called the novel “astonishingly powerful,” and echoed Oprah’s comparison of Mathis’s work to that of Toni Morrison. […]

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A-List: The Mill’s 50th Anniversary

  The Mill 50th Anniversary Dec. 14-16 Friday: David Zollo & the Body Electric w. Brooks Strause, Alexis Stevens, Doug Nye 8:00 p.m. | $10/12 Saturday: Greg Brown w. Dave Moore 8:00 p.m. | $30/35 Sunday: Brunch  show with The Awful Purdies and  Milk & Eggs 12:00 p.m. | $15 In 1962 Keith Dempster opened […]

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A-List: God-Des & She – Gabes Dec. 4

God-Des & She w/ I.C. Kings | Gabe’s | Dec. 4 8 p.m. | $8/$12 God-Des & She (“God-Des” as in “goddess”) combines the spirited rap lyrics of God-Des with the soulful vibrato of She to create a proud-to-be-me vibe of love and happiness. She’s astounding vocals can reach the emotional heights of those of […]

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On the Beat: Reunion Rock

  Kelly Pardekooper began his musical career right here in Iowa City. Though currently based in Indianapolis, Pardekooper certainly hasn’t abandoned his Iowa roots. His 2011 album, Yonder, was produced by celebrated Iowa City country legend, Bo Ramsey. The album features plenty of Ramsey’s guitar work and consists of mostly live recordings at Minstrel Studios, […]

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On the Beat: Iowa City Song Project

I try to collect as much Iowa City music as I possibly can. When I can’t buy a record at a show, I scour Bandcamp pages for the ones I don’t have yet. I spend hours creating and editing mixes of my favorite songs for my friends and family—people who aren’t familiar with the Iowa City […]

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