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Iowa City Weekender: November 1-3

Hello and welcome to another edition of the Weekender. As you may know, the Englert has commissioned 31 artists to write songs for a compilation album about Iowa City. The appropriately named Iowa City Song Project features an eclectic track listing of original music by some of the most respected Iowa-rooted talent, including William Elliott Whitmore, Greg Brown, Pieta Brown, The […]

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On the Beat: Iowa City Song Project

I try to collect as much Iowa City music as I possibly can. When I can’t buy a record at a show, I scour Bandcamp pages for the ones I don’t have yet. I spend hours creating and editing mixes of my favorite songs for my friends and family—people who aren’t familiar with the Iowa City […]

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Iowa City Weekender: October 11-14

Welcome to this fresh edition of the Weekender. With the exception of Thursday night’s Alloy Orchestra show at the Englert, everything is local this week. With a couple of eerie film screenings and a new Samuel Locke Ward release called Double Nightmare, the season of spookiness is officially upon us. Hold on tight. THURSDAY Alloy […]

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Show Photos: Skye Carrasco's Record Release Show – 10/21

Skye Carrasco has officially released her debut and much anticipated album, Dark Pines. Not only did she play like a fierce veteran of the musical world, she retained her faerie-like charm as she performed in three of the four sets at the Mill last night. […]

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Show Review: Carnival Hearts & Arts Parade @ White Lightning Wherehouse — 5/21/2011

Carnival Hearts & Arts Collective, a local collective of artists, held their biannual “parade” on Saturday. However, imminent rain forced the event out of the adorable Happy Hollow park and into the White Lightning Wherehouse. Vendors line the walls of this rambling, cavernous space. The event has the feel of a souq, of a community market in the ancient kasbah of Tangier, or of the mystery of London’s Borough market. The Carnival Hearts & Arts collective has an authentic–and almost ethnic–subcultural atmosphere, a collective of tattoos, funky chic, librarian eyeglasses, and wry smiles. […]

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Show Photos: Paleo, Lonelyhearts, Brooks Strause, Kurt Vile @ the Mill – 4/3

In general, I don’t drink – but I am certainly going to have a Mission Creek hangover. Despite my exhaustion, tinnitus and many hours spent looking over and over at images I captured, I made it to the Mill again tonight. […]

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Show Photos: Langhorne Slim, Brooks Strause & the Gory Details, Ryan Lauder @ the Blue Moose – 12/10

My blogging catch up frenzy continues…this time with a show from last week instead of digging back into last month. Bear with me, as I am obsessively posting things before the sun has begun to rise. These three acts were well worth venturing out into a spitting wintery evening to get to the Blue Moose. […]

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Show Photos: Rev. Peyton’s Big Damn Band, Brooks Strause & the Gory Details, Illinois John Fever – 9/14

I am not a music critic and I don’t pretend to be, but I will say that this show was damn good.  I wasn’t familiar with Illinois John Fever before that night, but this Iowa City Americana singer is fun, lively and a great start to a foot-stomping evening at the Mill. If I knew […]

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