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Album Reviews:The Ills – I Kill Me

The Ills I Kill Me theillsrock.bandcamp.com  This is by far the shortest release I’ve reviewed. It’s a lovely one-sided 7” EP put out by No Front Teeth Records in London UK. And it’s exactly the sort of hard, fast, stupid punk rock that should come out on a British Punk record label. With yelpy girl […]

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Album Review: Nerissa Campbell – Blue Shadows

Nerissa Campbell Blue Shadows crookedmouthmusic.com  Nerissa Campbell is a Brooklyn NY Jazz singer and songwriter. Her connection to Iowa (LV tries to stay local, y’know) is through her husband, who’s from here; they come to Iowa frequently, and she’s played memorable shows in Iowa City, most recently at the Mill. Her music isn’t purely Jazz, […]

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Album Review: Iris DeMent – Sing the Delta

Iris DeMent Sing the Delta irisdement.com Iris DeMent put 16 years between her new album, Sing the Delta, and her previous album of original music. She quickly gained critical acclaim (and one Grammy nomination) for her first three albums and while she stayed busy performing and sporadically recording with others and delivering an album of […]

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Style Points: Opulent Thrift

How do Iowa Citians manage to look great without breaking the bank? Leather and lace, rhinestones and screen-printed tees; we scoured local retail hotspots and inquired with our resident DIY-ers-in-chief, searching for the perfect combination of pieces to create luxurious yet affordable ensembles. Featuring: Hair by JoAnn LS at GSpot Hair Design, makeup and styling by Tonya Kehoe-Anderson, clothing by White Rabbit, Merci […]

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Sporting Life: Destination Recreation

Iowa might not promote and advertise its recreational activities like other states (California comes to mind), but just because TV viewers aren’t bombarded with ads showing panoramic views of people snowboarding or fly fishing in the state, doesn’t mean that there aren’t things to do outdoors. From fishing on the Iowa River, to boating and […]

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The Tube: America’s Favorite Scapegoat

I was recently in Austin, Texas, for a television studies conference. Yes, people actually study TV. While I was there, I picked up a copy of the publication Infowars, which is either a collection of conspiracy theories or a collection of truths, depending on your point of view. The cover illustration for this issue depicts a […]

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Arts Review: To Lead One Beyond All Paintings

Heidi Van Wieren’s paintings on view at the Englert’s second floor gallery space are magnificent objects. They are everything one wants an abstract painting to be: thick paint slides and wrinkles down the surface of the panel with fiendishly slow intensity. Materials congeal to create mesmerizing visual patterns. Compositions are engaging and surprising. They are […]

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Screenshot: Saving Private Rohrer

At the 2009 Game Developers’ eXchange (GDX), indie developer Jason Rohrer gave a unique talk that you should definitely check out on YouTube, whether you are into video games or you think they are just stupid entertainment for teen boys and young adults, called “‘Game’ and Other Four-Letter Words.” Rohrer is mostly known for Passage, […]

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