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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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Mission Creek Festival Spotlight: Future Rock

Chicago House-Music trio Future Rock are slated to play a show at Gabe’s on Friday, April 5. They are known for combining samples from artists like The Chemical Brothers, and Neon Indian with synth loops and heavy bass to create wholly danceable tracks all their own. […]

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

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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Mission Creek Festival Spotlight: Joe Pug

Joe Pug will be back in Iowa City to play a show at the Mill on Friday, April 5. His heartfelt songs have earned him widespread recognition as one of the best songwriters out there, and his Dillon-esque voice lends itself perfectly to his folk style. […]

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Mission Creek Festival Spotlight: White Lung

Gabe’s plays host to a Mission Creek punk-rock extravaganza Wednesday, April 3. Headliners White Lung will play their brand of fast and loud Canadian punk alongside Iowa bands Slut River, Gluestick, and Nerv. […]

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Iowa City Weekender: February 21-23

Hello and welcome to another edition of the Weekender. Starting with Thursday, Iowa City’s Home Ec. Workshop is putting on its fourth annual Craft Crawl this weekend. Attendees have four days (Thursday – Sunday) to purchase discounted items from 6 different local businesses, and participate in activities they have arranged… […]

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Mission Creek Festival Spotlight: Divine Fits

The Divine Fits, a supergroup encompassing Spoon’s Britt Daniel, Wolf Parade’s Dan Boeckner and Sam Brown of the New Bomb Turks, are coming to the Blue Moose Tap House on Friday, April 5. The group has already released one critically-acclaimed album since forming in 2012, and we expect this to be one of the more memorable performances of Mission Creek 2013. […]

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Talking Movies: Lincoln before Spielberg

I’ll be surprised if Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln doesn’t take a handful of the 12 Academy Awards for which it’s nominated.  The greatest movie about our 16th president, John Ford’s Young Mr. Lincoln (1939), lost its sole Academy Award nomination, Best Original Screenplay, to Mr. Smith Goes to Washington.  More proof of an unjust universe.  Not […]

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Mission Creek Festival Spotlight: Ducktails

Ducktails will be in town Friday, April 1 at the Mill for the Pre-Mission Creek Festival Party, presented by KRUI. Initially created as a solo outlet by Real Estate’s Matt Mondanile, Ducktails has evolved into a collaborative project spanning three albums. […]

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Photos(NSFW): Les Dames du Burlesque and IC Kings present Bow Chicka Wow Wow

This is an instance where the photos speak for themselves. I don’t really need to tell you much, and you may not even have read this far before heading right for the slideshow. I will say this:  Les Dames du Burlesque and the IC Kings put on an eye-popping, swoon-inducing, show filled with humor, lust […]

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