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Mission Creek Photos

As Mission Creek concludes we are left with hangovers, memories and self-satisfied grins that will remain on our faces for weeks to follow.  And after a week of nearly 90 performances at over 20 venues why shouldn’t we be smiling?  There was something for everyone at this years festival that highlighted the best of Iowa […]

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Live Recordings of Rhys Chatham/Rene Hell/Solid Attitude @ Gabes 3-27-2012

Adrianne Behning’s photographs of this show are here. A performance of Guitar Trio by Rhys Chatham is always a stunning, overwhelming, transcendent thing to experience. The composition itself is a schematic set of instructions for 3 or more guitarists, a process that Chatham directs from the stage as he plays himself. It has been his […]

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Sharon Van Etten Interview

I’m fairly new to this music journalism thing, but I have enough sense to know when an interview is entering a downward spiral. When Sharon Van Etten had to ask, “are you okay?” mid-interview, I knew I was in trouble. Minutes before my phone date with Miss Van Etten, my roommate knocked on my door, […]

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Think About It, America: David Cross and Amber Tamblyn Prepare to Invade Your Skulls

When I talked to David Cross he was leaving a celebrity poker tournament. It was a benefit for Dave Eggers’ non-profit youth-writing center, 826 Valencia. Cross was heading to the subway, then home to walk the dog and meet up with Amber Tamblyn—actor, poet and fiancé—for their friend’s thirtieth birthday party. I started with the […]

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