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Show Preview: The Wandering Bears/The Western Front – The Mill 6/15/10

The two bands are set to take off on a wild month long tour to the west coast, up the coast, and back. Considering that these are two of Iowa City’s staple local acts, and that they both kick ass, this is an occasion you don’t want to miss. The Wandering Bears just released their self-titled and self-released bombshell of a record in June and have been taking the world by storm ever since.

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Too Old to Stay Home, Too Young to Rock

The Haps: June/July 2010 ~ Well, underage kids: The party is over. June 1st is here, and depending on who you ask, it means either the end of live music as we know it or that things are going to be basically the same. Only time will tell, I suppose, but I tend to agree […]

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The Gilded Bats on Little Village Live (VIDEO)

Iowa City’s The Gilded Bats came by Little Village Live this week for some of that old time string music. The group, together since 2003, have a certain authenticity when it comes to practicing their craft, evident in their ability to write alarmingly catchy folk tunes.

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Show Preview: Aktar Aktar, June 12 at Gabe's

If David Byrne, Slash, and Joe Strummer united to form a rock supergroup—and if, miraculously, things really clicked—that band would likely sound something like Aktar Aktar. The Chicago four-piece will headline Gabe’s this Saturday night, borrowing the best ingredients of art rock, cock rock and punk rock and mixing them into their tasty signature blend. […]

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Show Preview: Aktar Aktar, June 12 at Gabe's

If David Byrne, Slash, and Joe Strummer united to form a rock supergroup—and if, miraculously, things really clicked—that band would likely sound something like Aktar Aktar. The Chicago four-piece will headline Gabe’s this Saturday night, borrowing the best ingredients of art rock, cock rock and punk rock and mixing them into their tasty signature blend. […]

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Review + Audio: Grupo Fantasma at The Mill

On Wednesday Night, Grupo Fantasma made a great first impression on Iowa City. A sweaty, funky, irresistibly dance-able first impression. Playing songs in a variety of Latin American styles, anchored by a world class rhythm section, and topped off with a tight, funky brass section, Grupo Fantasma were muy caliente y muy picante!

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Iowa City Community Theatre Benefit: June 16, 2010 at the Piano Lounge

I’d have to confess I haven’t seen a Iowa City Community Theatre production since my brother was in a couple of shows in the 90s. But I have no doubt they’re a worthy organization, and since it’s Community Theater, it’s only going to be as good as we in the community make it.

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Editorial Opinion/Propaganda disguised as the Iowa City Weekender: 6/10-12

The Weekender usually offers a list of tips for things to do in Iowa City.  It’s easy, there’s a constant stream of amazing music and activities, and you all want to hear about them, or you wouldn’t read this. But the greatest thing to do in summer is the simplest one: Just being outside. Being […]

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Merlin and Mad Monks at Gabe's (VIDEO)

With all of the Iowa Arts Festival excitement from last weekend, you may have missed some of the other shows taking place. Long after guitarist Sonny Landreth had finished up on the festival main stage, Merlin and Mad Monks were still rocking hard at Gabe’s.

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Camp Euforia Coming July 16 and 17!

Few groups in recent years have had a larger footprint in the Iowa City music scene than Euforquestra. They are all monstrous musicians no matter what style they play. They manage to bring together Jazz fans, Jam Band camp followers, and people (like me) who think there’s nothing better than live dance music, no matter the genre.

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