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GOP Convention Update: Clearwater

Katie McGowan and Jon Winet are in Tampa to document the 2012 GOP National Convention. Below is their first dispatch. Tampa, Florida August 27, 2012. While waiting on the Iowa delegation during the day off, we head to Hilton Clearwater Beach to visit the New York delegates. A group of volunteers welcome us to the […]

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Iowa City Weekender: August 23-25

Hello and welcome to another edition of the Weekender. A new school year started this week. This means there are a heck of a lot more people in town, and more people tends to mean that more things happen. The Bijou is back and open for business this weekend, the SCOPE folks are starting to […]

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Album Review: Austin Galante – Cat of Nine Tales

Austin Galante Cat Of Nine Tales austingalante.bandcamp.com Austni Galante’s musical evolution, from the straight-ahead hip hop of The Committee, to the Rap-Rock of Bad Fathers, to the hip hop/dub step/sci fi of Black Market Maven, to this solo debut, comprises a classically American long, strange trip. Prior to this album, Austin’s output has heretofore been […]

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Album Review: Slut River – Off White

Slut River Off White slutriver.bandcamp.com On Off White, Slut River is Joe Ross (also of The Tanks), Mickey Shaw and Matt Fenner (of Solid Attitude) and Anna McDermott. If you’ve been going to local shows you’ve seen the Slut-Riverenes in many different bands over the past few years, but in Slut River they seem to […]

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Album Review: The Tanks- Epic Loads

The Tanks Epic Loads thetanks.bandcamp.com The Tanks third long-player, Epic Loads, finds the noise-rock trio settling into a groove with a new drummer, Joe Ross, and refining the more assured approach of their previous album, The heart of Epic Loads’ lineup may be the strongest set of songs the trio’s ever committed to wax. It […]

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Album Review: We Shave – Cuts

We Shave Cuts (Sangre Libre Records) soundcloud.com/weshave We Shave make pretty pop for music nerds. Their latest EP, Cuts, was recorded in a time-space rift where blue-eyed soul, garage rock, kraut rock and hints of no-wave get along like old friends at the bar. But the real secret to We Shave isn’t the genre splicing. […]

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