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Show Review: Roadside Graves, 4onthefloor, and Kerosene Circuit at Codfish Hollow, Maquoketa – 4/17/2011

To get to Codfish Hollow, you first must get completely lost. Seriously, it seems to be a universal experience among event attendees at this place. Your GPS will send you somewhere 2 miles south. The signage is poor, the road is gravel and winding, and you’ll have a hard time believing that anything remotely hip can happen out here, where cattle outnumber people and seed caps are worn without any sense of irony. But, once you’ve found it you become one of the inside cadre, like the lucky guests of a speakeasy, and then you can pass the word of mouth of how amazing Codfish Hollow is, and pass on how to freaking get here.
If you can find your way, come on down to enjoy a rip-snortin’ good time with some of the best, up and coming artists in this great country. If you can’t find your way, give me a holler and realize that you’re not the first–or the last–person to get lost on the road to glory. […]

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Little Village Live on KRUI 2/23/2011: OSG

The music was indeed Oh So Good, proving apt the acronym behind the clever shorthand of local funk band OSG. Unfortunately, the night’s audio recording turned out only some good. Songs were saved, however: almost fifteen minutes of saliva-inducing splendor. […]

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Yacht Club 4/13 Raw Punk Power & The Easter Parade: Full Sets To Download!

Sam Locke Ward texted me a request to record this show, which was all the reason I needed. I don’t know if it’s even necessary to say that everyone involved in this show I consider a friend, and that beyond that, I’m a fan, and if that wasn’t enough, I’ve played with, or done audio […]

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The Stage: Get in on the Act

Working Group Theatre Make it Better Iowa Sunday, April 17 at 4 p.m. Grand Ballroom, Hotel Vetro An earlier version of this story mistakenly stated there was a charge for this event. This was incorrect: the event is free and open to the public. The author regrets the error. In the 1990s, United Action for […]

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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 Photos: Skye Carrasco, Pillars and Tongues, Dark Dark Dark @ the Mill- 4/1

Just when I was sure that all the excitement surrounding Mission Creek had faded, I discovered a whole folder of photos that I forgot to share with you folks. Soooo…….one more set of Mission Creek memories for your perusal. […]

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The Tube: Football Fallout

As the NFL lockout lurches on and throws the upcoming season into question, it’s important to draw attention to the real victims of this bitter labor dispute. Through no fault of their own, television executives stand to lose their top prime-time moneymaker. FOX will lose close to $1 billion in ad revenue if the football […]

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Artists Funding Art

Patrons of the arts are often characterized as cultural or political fat cats who support artists financially to improve their social standing, make more money, or insert other, nebulous, self-serving goals. But recently a new sort of art patron has popped up–artists who have taken it upon themselves to help their own. Rather than relying […]

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