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On the Beat: To New Beginnings

August is harvest season, and I don’t mean corn: It’s the annual time of year when we welcome the bountiful student population back to our small city. Whether or not you’ve been away, it’s worth noting that summer vacation has brought a few changes in the music landscape.

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Prairie Pop: Sandwiches with Nina

who are bigger overseas than their native country. Effortlessly mining a dark, melancholic aesthetic, she stands as a wonderful example of a genre I have long referred to as “pretty sad music.” Pretty, as in beautiful–and sad, as in pretty freakin’ heartbreaking.

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Iowa City Weekender: August 5-8

FRIDAY Bob Log III w. w. Pork Torta & Wolf Wars (ex-Horrors & Autodramatics) | The Mill | 9 pm | $8 advance, $10 door According to the Mill: Legendary one man garage rock freak-out and Fat Possum recording artist Bob Log III makes his debut at The Mill! Bob Log simultaneously plays guitar and […]

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Iowa City Weekender: July 29-31

Welcome to the weekend, fair Weekenders! If you own a house, cheers to you. If you don’t, you are most likely moving this weekend. Where to? Probably within a couple of blocks from where you live now.


Why? Why do we do this? I don’t know, tradition, I guess. […]

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Full Roast of Iowa City (Streaming)

Here it is, folks! We have the full roast of Iowa City ready to stream for your pleasure, hosted by Little Village Magazine and Prairie Lights Book Store. Video editing is by Yale Cohn, with video courtesy of Ed Butler. There are 13 videos total–one for each author or songwriter–so sit back, relax and enjoy some classic Iowa City roasting!

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Old Scratch Revival Singers & the Secret Circus @ White Lightning 7/26/10

I had no idea what I was in for when I showed up to the midnight show at the White Lightning Wherehouse under a full moon last night. I knew this much: Old Scratch was performing along with the amazing, ever-changing lineup of Cirque Stupendo. I stepped into the Wherehouse to find Old Scratch bathed in green light, making their painted faces seem eerily inhuman…

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Iowa City Weekender: July 22-25

I know, this is so last weekend, but high-fives to the Iowa City Book Festival, Camp Euforia and Pitchfork. You could say that these three don’t really compete (I personally wanted to be at all three of them), and I know Pitchfork isn’t in Iowa City, but they were all major draws for eastern Iowans […]

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The Struggle For The Summer Sound

I was talking with a friend of mine about a week or so ago about Real Estate. If you are not familiar, they played PS1 last year along with releasing one of the great albums of 2009. He was lamenting the fact that there had not been any new material from the Real Estate/Ducktails music organization…

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