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Mission Creek Festival Spotlight: Zammuto

Nick Zammuto, former member of the now-disbanded duo The Books, will perform at the Yacht Club on Friday, April 5. Zammuto twists together various forms of instrumentation with digital and organic effects in such a way that they convey his feelings about moving on to a new, post-Books stage of his life.
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Prairie Pop: Girls got game

In the classic Destiny’s Child song “Say My Name,” the protagonist suspects that her man is cheating on her because his voice has changed: “Every other word is ‘uh huh,’ ‘yeah,’ ‘okay.’ Could it be that you are at the crib with another lady?” The woman, voiced by Beyoncé, demands reassurance through spoken language. Fully rejecting the idea that “actions speak louder than words,” Beyoncé argues for the importance of words themselves and the voices that speak them. Who else is there? What is your voice hiding? And why can’t you just say my name? […]

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The Tube: Saying goodbye to 30 Rock

2006 saw the debut of two series that built their plots around the behind-the-scenes action of shows with disturbing similarities to Saturday Night Live. The first was Aaron Sorkin’s Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip. Following the success of Sorkin’s The West Wing, and with a cast that included Matthew Perry, Amanda Peet and D.L. Hughley, this show looked like a sure bet. The second show was 30 Rock. […]

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Mission Creek Festival Spotlight: Mister Lies

Columbia College student Nick Zanca, also known as mastermind producer Mister Lies, is scheduled to play a show at the Yacht Club on Thursday, April 4. He combines looping vocal lines with sweeping synth and sharp percussion and bass to create mesmerizing dance tracks. […]

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ARTicle: These things don’t do themselves

If you’re hanging art, measure. Measure for the eyes and head like every set of eyes is an enemy sniper. Save your troops. If you have sculptures or objects, pedestals are a must. Meticulous details—like how many brown M & M’s go in the dish, and even more realistically what kind of snacks you use at all and if people besides yourself like seltzer (spoiler alert: they do)—must be paid attention to. […]

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Moon Zero Three premiers Thursday 2/28 at PATV

Tonight marks the release of the first installment of long-awaited, locally produced sci-fi epic Moon Zero Three. (Starring former Hawkeye basketball star Acie Earl!) Check out the trailer and head over to PATV (206 Lafayette) for the 7 p.m. screening. […]

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Iowa City Weekender: February 28 – March 1

Hello and welcome to another edition of the Weekender. Starting with Thursday, Alex and Francis White of the “fiery” bother/sister duo White Mystery will be heading to The Mill alongside Good Habits and We Shave. Details of this show and more after the jump. […]

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Mission Creek Festival Spotlight: Thao and the Get Down Stay Down

Thao and the Get Down Stay Down bring their folky, Indie-pop style to the Mill on April 2. Thao Nguyen has found fame creating lyrics that can be as biting as they are playful. […]

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Mission Creek Festival Spotlight: JEFF the Brotherhood

Post-Grunge rockers JEFF the Brotherhood play the Mill Thursday, April 4. Their songs take listeners back to a time when guitar solos backed by heavy distortion, thick reverb and catchy lyrical hooks were the norm. […]

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Talking Movies: Pitching Woo

Maybe your Valentine’s Day attempts to court that hottie with a pulse weren’t such a success. So what? Hop back on that horse. The horse of studious preparation, that is. If I’ve learned anything from movies it’s that everybody wants the same brand of magical happily-ever-after love: domestic, heterosexual, monogamous, procreating, eternal love. Yes, everybody … even you! […]

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Hot Tin Roof: The Pavement Between my Home and the Church

Read William Blair’s “The Pavement Between my Home and the Church,” our latest winner of the Hot Tin Roof creative works contest. Do you have a creative work of your own to share? Want a shot at winning $100? Check out our Hot Tin Roof contest page to see submission details. […]

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On The Beat: Aesop Rock, White Mystery and more coming to Iowa City

Right now, Mountains may be one of the best in the business when it comes to ambient, experimental music. Longtime friends and bandmates Koen Holtkamp and Brendon Anderegg got together and released two albums in 2005 and 2006 under their own label, Apestaartje. […]

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