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Jolie Holland: Intimate at the Englert – Show Preview & Ticket Giveaway

Jolie Holland | July 15 | Englert Theatre | $16 | 8:00 p.m. Pint of Blood dropped on ANTI Records June 28. Stream the whole thing on Paste. [si-contact-form form=’4′] Jolie Holland’s latest album brings her together with side players The Grand Chandeliers (Shahzad Ismaily on drums, Grey Gersten on guitar) for a series of […]

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Show Preview: Get Up Kids @ Blue Moose Friday July 8

The Get Up Kids remind me of bands I really like — New Order, XTC, even a bit of Fugazi at times. They can write, they can play, and they’re still making satisfying, engaging music, long after they have no doubt become the Get Up Guys With Mortgages And Minivans. […]

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Footage from the Firecracker 500 Festival

Not to be outdone by a sizable jazz festival and the celebration of a nation’s birth, the Firecracker 500 Festival made its return this weekend for the first time since the turn of the century, which I think you’ll agree is a much more exciting way to refer to ten years ago. […]

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Video: Liberty Leg Live at the Blue Moose Tap House

Liberty Leg took the stage the final night of the Firecracker 500 Garage Rock-n-Roll Festival this Sunday, and although this is not the first–or second, or third–time we’ve shared video of the group performing live, I just can’t resist pulling out that video recorder whenever I hear those sweet, sweet licks. To my knowledge, this […]

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Show Photos: Firecracker 500 Garage Rock Fest: Day 3 – 7/3/11

The final night of the Firecracker 500 was just as intense as the first two. This three-day event stands as another testament to the beauty of the music scene in this great little town of ours. We are lucky to be in a spot that draws in (and keeps) so many talented, passionate musicians. But you already know that. […]

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Video: Koplant No on Little Village Live, 6/29/11

This week on Little Village Live we hosted progressive jazz group Koplant No. This local ensemble features a contemporary electronic edge to complement their classic jazz compositions, resulting in a group that has fast become a staple of the Iowa City music scene. You may have already caught the group once or twice, perhaps at […]

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Show Photos: Firecracker 500 Garage Rock Festival, Day Two – 7/2/11

The second night of the Firecracker 500 was way less suffocating in terms of heat and the crowd, which made it significantly easier to get into the serious ear-pounding musical delights pouring from the speakers. I was able to make it to the Blue Moose for a few bands, wishing I had the energy and ability to stay for the whole damn shebang. For those of you who have been present for the entire festival, you have my respect. There has been a lot going on upstairs at the Moose, and all of it has been smooth as silk. The musicians, organizers and Blue Moose employees deserve a pat on the back for quick set changes, great sound and ice cold beverages all around. […]

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Show Photos: Firecracker 500 Festival, Day One – 7/1/11

Well folks, tonight is the third and final night of the resurrected Firecracker 500 Festival at the Blue Moose Tap House. To entice you to check out the last day of Iowa City garage rock greatness, here are some photos from the first day. Included you will find shots of the last four bands of Friday evening: The Bent Scepters, Half Rats, HOTT and The Coathangers. This was a seriously good night of music. […]

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Video: Horse Feathers on Little Village Live

Justin Ringle and Nathan Crockett of Horse Feathers paid a second visit to Little Village Live last week, putting on a lovely set before rejoining the rest of their band mates for a sold-out performance at the Englert Theatre. The two had performed as a duet in the past, but until this most recent appearance […]

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