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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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On the Beat: Party Time

As the year winds down, December is a time when I generally become pensive. Looking back on the past twelve months, I can safely say that 2012 has been an excellent year musically. There have been solid releases in all genres of music. Artists like Chromatics, Kendrick Lamar, Wild Nothing, Japandroids and Tame Impala have […]

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Album Review: Goldendust – Self-Titled

Goldendust Self-Titled Night-People Records It’s easy, in a scene as intimate as Iowa City’s, to see Goldendust as Wet Hair part two. While it’s true that Joe Heuermann walks that same line between crooning and caterwalling that Wet Hair vocalist Shawn Reed has been treading, like most of the commonalities between the two acts, similar […]

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Iowa City Weekender: October 25-27

Hello and welcome to the “HalloWeekender!” If you’re planning on getting down in the name of Halloween, this is the weekend to do it. Over the next few days, I’m predicting that I’ll see 7 college aged Waldos, and crossing my fingers for at least two “Gangnam Style” guys. Is it weird that I can’t […]

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On the Beat: Summer listening guide

Summer in the Clubs! Live Music Venue GUIDE Iowa City is what is known in the biz as a ‘small market.’ Acts on national tours book shows in Iowa City based on it’s geographical position within a half-day’s drive of Chicago, Minneapolis, St. Louis and Kansas City—it’s a great place to shoehorn a show in […]

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Iowa City Weekender: May 17-19

Hey y’all. Quick shout out to A.C., who generously took the Weekender responsibilities last week as I was suffocating in an academic pool of caffeine, sadness and sleep deprivation. Thanks, dude. It’s good to back this week though. I’m feeling fresh. Is everyone feeling fresh this week? Ready for some weekend tips? Let’s do it. […]

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Record Collector celebrates its 30th Anniversary with Record Store Day

Smooth black discs, with indentations that serve as a path for a needle to follow, generate music that must be flipped over when the first side is complete. They can’t be easily reproduced like CDs or massively downloaded from a server, and they certainly can’t be shuffled. Yet, there’s a whole day dedicated to celebrating […]

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Iowa City Weekender: February 23-25

Welcome to another edition of the Weekender. This week we get to check up on what the Night-People folks are up to, attend a mini festival and as always of course, bask in all sorts of  local/regional music sprinkled in between. Let’s get to it. THURSDAY Wet Hair w/ Cuticle, Goldendust // The Mill // […]

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