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Musicians return to the Gabe’s stage for crowdless concert series No Touching Sessions

There have been some major quarantines in history brought on by plagues — yellow fever, Ebola, infectious tuberculosis and now, COVID-19. There has also been a lot of innovation to come from all that time alone. I was today years […]

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Cosmic cowboys, quarter beers and nightmarish bathrooms: The history of Gabe’s

In the beginning there was the Pub, opening inside a nondescript two-story brick building on East Washington Street in Iowa City, which previously housed ACT, Inc.’s offices, in 1970. The restrooms have been on a steep decline since then, but there have also been many highs, both musical and chemical. […]

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Just announced: Buckethead at Gabe’s

With over 300 studio albums to his name, Brian Patrick Carroll — better known to guitar aficionados as Buckethead — is as prolific as he is proficient. He’s collaborated with a wild variety of talent, from poetry records with Viggo Mortensen to a stint with Les Claypool as Colonel Claypool’s Bucket of Bernie Brains to a brief time with Guns N’ Roses. […]

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Wild Belle’s Elliot Bergman pushes back against the world: ‘What about love? What about beauty?’

Chicago’s Wild Belle is fronted by Elliot and Natalie Bergman, siblings whose first album, Isles, was released in 2013. Since playing Gabe’s in 2016, the group has released a second album, Dreamland, and has continued to tour while working on a third. Wild Belle returns to Gabe’s on Sept. 23 at 9 p.m., with Fred Thomas opening. Tickets are $15-17. […]

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Review: MONO constructs a sonic canvass at Gabe’s

MONO returned to Iowa City after just over a year touring on 2016’s Requiem for Hell. The crowd was oddly thin, but appropriate: it was perhaps the quietest that I had heard Gabe’s during a show. The band was illuminated with a quiet red light, and throughout their set the band seemed to play around its steadfast glow. The light was warm, and evoked a sense of patience that let each band member’s instrument enter into, and exit from, each song. The distinct contribution of each performer could be acknowledged and recognized. Both the band and the audience were equally engaged at the occurrence of sound as it sprang forth from the stage: All present were enraptured at its production, in its occurrence. […]

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The Battle to Heaven: Japan’s MONO to transcend at Gabe’s

Added as part of their three-month North American tour, Japanese gazed-out four-piece MONO will provide an instrumental backdrop for emotional discernment at Gabe’s on Wednesday, June 28. Doors open at 8 p.m., with the music lifting off at 9 p.m. The event is 19 and over. Tickets can be purchased in advance for $12; $15 at the door. […]

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