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Iowa City black metal band Dryad on fighting fascism, channeling Tolkien and consuming music responsibly

Anger and outrage can be expressed through any musical genre, but metal has proven particularly contentious: From its inception, it found a place in working class culture — but, as the 2016 election exemplified, the revolutionary anger and discontent of the working class is often pushed toward the political right and into racist, nationalist and misogynist […]

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Album Review: Dryad — ‘The Silurian Age’

The metal scene in Iowa City has always been a pocket universe where the boundary between fans and musicians is permeable. It’s like the bar in Cheers — where everybody knows your name — but with more long hair, tattoos and black leather. The competition between bands is to be the loudest, heaviest and tightest, not the most successful. […]

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Get a taste of black metal with Ethicist at the Blue Moose Tap House Friday

Cincinnati, Ohio blackened post-metal purveyors Ethicist will bring the heavy to the upstairs of the Blue Moose Tap House on Friday. Joining them are tour-mates and fellow Ohioans Close the Hatch and local three-piece Dryad. […]

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Iowa City’s new public art space to hold its first show

With the opening reception taking place just over a week ago, Iowa City’s downtown public art space will host their first concert on Thursday April 27 at 8 p.m. Two touring experimental duos and two locals will break in the storefront location, 123 E. Washington St. (formerly The Den), known as Retail Art Design Incubator — or RADinc. […]

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