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Karen Meat’s musical circus

It’s a tale as old as time: Boy makes albums. Girl makes albums. Boy meets Girl. Boy and Girl make more albums. Boy and girl start touring together, performing in matching silver-lamé dresses. Or maybe that’s a new story, or at least news. In advance of their joint album release party May 12 at Gabe’s, I sat down to chat with Dana Telsrow (Dana T) and Arin Eaton (Karen Meat) at the Sanctuary. They’re now a couple, both personally and professionally, but met through music: Telsrow played a show at Vaudeville Mews in Des Moines, where Eaton was working the door. Later, Eaton asked Telsrow to play a show in Milwaukee when her full band wasn’t available, and they’ve been performing together ever since. […]

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Album Review: Dana T’s ‘tiny mind MASSIVE soul’

Popular music is a tug of war between artistic and commercial concerns, and at the center of it all lays genre. For an artist, genres have stylistic signifiers and limits. A great musician can make punk rock that is satisfying and original within those limits, but if he or she adds a sitar or using diminished 13th chords, it usually stops being punk rock. […]

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Gabe’s celebrates Halloween with Dana T’s ‘tiny mind MASSIVE soul’

Halloween at Gabe’s Gabe’s — Saturday, Oct. 31 at 10 p.m. Gabe’s is celebrating Halloween in local, DIY fashion this Saturday night with a haunting lineup of indie-pop band Dylan Sires and Neighbors (Cedar Falls/Waterloo), electro-pop group Little Ruckus (Fairfield) and Iowa City’s own Brooks Strause and The Gory Details. The eclectic lineup is gearing […]

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Interview: Dana T talks about his new LP and the underground IC music scene

Dana T Gabe’s — Saturday, Oct. 31 at 9 p.m. Dana Telsrow (or, Dana T) cut his musical teeth on mathematical rockers like Frank Zappa, Captain Beefheart and Charles Mingus. His arrangements border on messy at times, but come through as an adventurous, organized concept from beginning to end. These unconventional arrangements are thrown at […]

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Portland’s Ages and Ages play The Mill this Thursday

Ages and Ages, one of Portland’s most Portland-y bands (or rather, a “collective of like-minded souls” as they have described themselves) visits The Mill this Thursday at 8 p.m. Iowa City’s very own Dana T will be opening the show. […]

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Five Questions with Dana T

Dana T is an Iowa City musician who makes fun, danceable jazz-rock. He recently recorded a Daytrotter session, and released his latest EP, abbr. relations, last September in cooperation with PS1’s Free Studio Residency. He’ll be playing at The Blue Moose Tap House on February 15, with Teen Daad and All Dogs Invited. Dana decided […]

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