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The hip-hop horizon: Iowa rappers’ fall releases explore drug culture, punk and ‘ascension music’

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‘It was always about building it, destroying it, rebuilding, destroying’: The Cult’s new musical era brings them through Des Moines

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Album Review: Mr. Softheart (formerly Hex Girls) — “Caravaggio”/“Flower of Tomorrow”

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