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Album Review: ‘The Chymical Wedding of Brooks Strause’

Iowa City attracts songwriters; you might even say it creates them. The “Class of 1970,” which includes Dave Moore, Greg Brown and Bo Ramsey, set the template: rooted in American folk music, but shot through with the personal and the cosmic. Those older artists cast no shade on the younger cohort that includes Ed Gray, […]

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Brooks Strause to play The Mill this Thursday

Brooks Strause The Mill — Thursday, Sept. 3 at 9 p.m. ($7) Iowa City-based singer-songwriter Brooks Strause returns to The Mill this Thursday at 9 p.m. Strause, an Iowa native who’s been performing since he was 13, has opened for such acts as Dawes, William Elliott Whitmore, Simon Joyner, Poison Control Center and Mac DeMarco. […]

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Mumford’s to hold album release show this Friday

On Friday, Feb. 21, warm your bones with some high energy, genre defying sounds at the Mumford’s album release show. Hailing from Ames, Iowa, the self-described “wild freak-folk storyteller dance band with a horn section” have… […]

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Modern Life is War: Iowa metal Saturday at Gabe’s

Metalheads take note: Gabe’s is hosting five talented bands for $15 this Saturday at 7:30 p.m. The show will be headlined by Marshalltown, Iowa favorites Modern Life Is War (MLIW) and Land Of Blood And Sunshine, and opened by home-grown artists Brooks Strause and Los Voltage. The S&M Music Company, formerly known as Deep Cuts, […]

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Iowa City Weekender: April 25-28

Greetings! Welcome to the new Iowa City Weekender, presented by yours truly, Joshua Hoffman. I’ll be giving you my suggestions for must-see events in Iowa City every weekend, so let me tell you a little about myself. I’ve been an active musician in Iowa City… […]

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On The Beat: What shows are in store for the winter migration

Iowa City has been pretty quiet over the past few weeks. That tends to be the case when a big chunk of the population migrates to Chicagoland (or wherever), and another chunk goes into hibernation. We all must accept the fact that less people in town means fewer shows. That is not to say that […]

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Show Videos: The Mill’s Annual Christmas Party – 12/18/12

I have mixed feelings about the holidays. I get a little Grinchy this time of year even though there are many things around Christmastime that still make me happy. Like paper chains, twinkle lights and carols. Especially carols. As a result, the last few years I’ve been in happy attendance at the Mill’s Christmas Show. Up until […]

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Iowa City Weekender: December 13-15

Hello and welcome to another edition of the Weekender. This weekend we get to watch one of our favorite downtown establishments turn 50 years old, raise some money/awareness for some our community’s non-profits and spread some Christmas cheer, all with a backdrop of super Iowa music. As another semester comes to a close, I hope […]

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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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