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Show Review: Cave Singers, Grand Tetons @ Blue Moose Tap House – 4/12/2011

You probably decided to spend Tuesday evening outside, enjoying the gorgeous spring weather on your porch or in your backyard, surrounded by friends and cool beverages. However, you should have come see the Cave Singers and Grand Tetons play some great front porch Americana music upstairs at the Blue Moose Taphouse. […]

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Show Review – DeVotchKa – First United Methodist – 4/02/2011

Churches are significant cultural spaces for many reasons. They are built to both spiritual and practical aims: to focus reverence of the spirit and to reverberate the human voice. Unfortunately. most of us will never experience any given church. If you are a member of a church, you seldom visit others. If you’re not a member, you seldom […]

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Show Review: Eugene Kelley, Golden Birds – Revival – 4/01/2011

Friday’s show at Revival featured solo performances in a funky clothing shop. I didn’t get there in time to see Alexis Stevens open, but I did see Eugene Kelley play honest, workingman’s folk. His earnest voice has the right amount of gravel; not by pretense, but by raw emotion. Golden Birds’ Roger plays driving guitar but […]

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Show Review: Or, the Whale — Iowa City Yacht Club — 3/30/2011

There was country music in the Yacht Club last night, and it was glorious.  Most of us know the Yacht Club as a funky basement with a heady smell, home to blistering jams and dance parties.  However, last night’s show was full of twang from beginning to end.  Dubuque’s Kerosene Circuit opened with their gritty roots rock, […]

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Show Review: Jeff Tweedy/Snowblink at Mission Creek – Englert Theatre – 3/30/2011

Photos by Bill Adams Last night, Snowblink and Jeff Tweedy utilized all the space of The Englert Theatre to glorious effect, filling it with warm, reverberating music. Daniela Gesundheit of Snowblink crafts a lonesome, ringing sound with her haunting voice, rife with echoes of Gillian Welch, Emmylou Harris and a touch of Karen O. The band […]

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An Interview with Alex Robins of Or, The Whale

Or, the Whale is playing Wednesday, March 30, at the Iowa City Yacht Club (13 S. Linn St) at 9:00. I asked Alex Robins, lead vocalist and guitarist, some questions: I understand that your name, Or, The Whale, is also an alternate title for Melville’s Moby Dick. Why did you choose that name? Our name […]

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Or, The Whale

w. Chamberlin, Kerosene Circuit Wednesday, Mar. 30 – Yacht Club This San Francisco septet takes its name from the alternate title of Melville’s Moby Dick. Like that fish story, Or, The Whale’s music is about glory, obsession, beauty and loss. Or, The Whale defy classification with their sepia-toned blend of vocal harmonies, slide guitars and […]

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Dark Dark Dark

w. Here We Go Magic, Pillars & Tongues, Skye Carrasco Friday, April 1 – The Mill – $10 advance, $12 door A mélange of musicians with disparate influences, Dark Dark Dark craft beautifully arranged, powerful yet vulnerable chamber pop. The group, which began as a collaboration between Nona Marie Invie and Marshall LaCount, layers haunting […]

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