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Album Review: Paul Cary — ‘Raven’

Paul Cary makes raggedy, broken music. His guitar sounds are dirty, distorted and low-fi. Drummer Johnathan Crawford sounds like he’s banging on a briefcase. Cary’s nasal voice puts the mixer in the red, surrounding every accented syllable with a cloud of fuzz. “Snake In the Grass,” the opening track on his 2020 release, Raven, drips […]

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There’s something special about record stores

For those who view music as a vital necessity like food and shelter, being without Iowa City’s longtime institution the Record Collector leaves a gaping hole in the soul. “A record store isn’t really a record store without customers,” said co-owner Alissa Witzke. “It feels empty and sad, like we’re just a warehouse.” The store […]

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The Weekender, June 18: Juneteenth protests and celebrations, Iowa Cyber Brew Festival, Iowa City Pride Virtual Parade and more

The Weekender Stay inside and explore the world this weekend with our arts editor’s selection of virtual events from local artists and venues. This week, we have also included information about protests and community events against police brutality and in observance of Juneteenth. If you choose to attend these events, we urge you to put […]

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Riverside Theatre announces upcoming season, pays tribute to longtime location in virtual gala

In years past, Riverside Theatre held a spring gala called Diamonds and Denim to raise funds and preview their upcoming season. This year, social distancing guidelines didn’t allow for an event quite so glamorous, so Riverside took their 2020 fundraiser virtual, rebranding it the Sweatpants and Slippers Gala. “There’s a lot of nostalgia about this […]

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