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DOWNLOAD: The “ILLBOARD” Hot 100 playlist – Kembrew’s guide to going (instru)-Mental this Christmas

DOWNLOAD THE PLAYLIST If you’re like me, Christmas songs probably send you into a murderous rage that ends with a trail of bloody reindeer and a decapitated Salvation Army Santa (those incessant ringing BELLS!). Fortunately, I have a plan to combat this musical menace that does not involve bloodshed. What you need is an impenetrable […]

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Album Review: Goldendust – Self-Titled

Goldendust Self-Titled Night-People Records It’s easy, in a scene as intimate as Iowa City’s, to see Goldendust as Wet Hair part two. While it’s true that Joe Heuermann walks that same line between crooning and caterwalling that Wet Hair vocalist Shawn Reed has been treading, like most of the commonalities between the two acts, similar […]

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Album Review: Wax Moth – Spiracle

Wax Moth Spiracle Mannequin Rein Recordings waxmoth.bandcamp.com The debut EP, Spiracle, from Iowa City metal outfit Wax Moth is nearly relentless. Starting with the feedback and initial kicks of “Colony Collapse” till the two-minute mark of the sixth and final cut, “Of Dust and Lung,” there’s barely a moment to breath during the pummeling this […]

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Album Review: Various Artists – Songs For The Sulking Shed (songs of Jason Hennesy)

Various Songs For The Sulking Shed (songs of Jason Hennesy) tuffjerks.bandcamp.com/album/songs-for-the-sulking-shed This can’t really be a review, because this correspondent (aka Chaircrusher) has a track on this album. But it’s too remarkable not to… remark on it. Jason Hennesy, he of the Miracles of God, Sucka MCs and Tuff Jerks, turns 40 this month. To […]

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The Tube: Fall Lineup Report Cards

With the fall in full effect, TV watchers are moving toward mid-season, the time when some shows get their walking papers while others get a vote of confidence. This serves as an excellent time to check in with the old television box and see what shows, new and returning, have risen to the top of […]

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Pro Tips: Diamante is a Girl’s Best Friend

Wayne Diamante, MacArthur recognized success consultant and acclaimed limerick impresario tackles meaty enquiries with succulence and vegan panache in this week’s PRO-TIPS with Wayne Diamante. Maybe you’re struggling with a difficult toddler, or trying to manage an aging parent’s finances. Perhaps you’re just looking for a tolerably good plastic surgeon and a get-away driver; Wayne […]

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Opinion: The Visual Rhetoric of Public Space

For Laura Rigal, 15-year UI faculty member and professor of English and American Studies, the visual rhetoric of the ads for Park @ 201, the new Moen Group building on the Pedestrian Mall, composes a compelling archive of how Iowa City has been impacted by Anglo-European settlement, federal funding, finance capital, contestations over public space […]

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Album Review: The Emilees – Self-Titled

The Emilees Self-Titled theemilees.com/ Emallee Hunnicutt and Emily Hall write and perform acoustic folk music. A lot of people do that, and many of them learn to do it well enough to build an audience. Tune in any Saturday to “A Prairie Home Companion” on Public Radio and you’ll hear someone who can play a […]

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