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Show Preview: Matt Alber @ The Englert 8/18

On the 18th, singer-songwriter Matt Alber will bring his skillful arrangements and soulful voice to Iowa City. Although he’s got a life story well suited for an ABC Movie of the Week (growing up in Black St. Louis, finding his voice in the gospel choir, moving to San Francisco, finding himself as a gay man, becoming successful, etc.), the music does not let any of this on.

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Photos: Monadnoc, Lonelyhearts at the Red Avocado – 8/15

I try to never miss any show that involves these performers, especially at a venue as teeny and intimate as the lovely Red Avocado. The cozy back room was filled with an attentive, wine-sipping audience. Monadnoc cast a spell over the room with his melodic spoken word artistry, backed by two guitars and a drummer, […]

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Iowa City Weekender: August 12-15

If video content does not load correctly, please view original post here THURSDAY Chef Rocky Barnette with Food & Water Watch | The Red Avocado | 5:30-8:00 | FREE Sustainability activist/chef Rocky Barnette is teaming up with Food & Water Watch to travel the Midwest discussing the current state of our food and farming systems. […]

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MeWithoutYou and Murder by Death live at the Blue Moose Tap House

I always do what I can to see Murder by Death when they inevitably roll through town every year. However, this was my first time seeing MeWithoutYou. Although I have heard quite a bit of their music, I’ll admit they fall a bit outside of my musical comfort zone…

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On the Beat: To New Beginnings

August is harvest season, and I don’t mean corn: It’s the annual time of year when we welcome the bountiful student population back to our small city. Whether or not you’ve been away, it’s worth noting that summer vacation has brought a few changes in the music landscape.

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Show Photos: Olivia Rose Muzzy, obchod na korze, Mr Hide, Skye Carrasco – 8/6

Last night’s White Lightning Wherehouse show combined the haunting loops of Olivia and her bass, the tongue-in-cheek acoustic guitar set of obchod, the punk rock(abilly) of Mr Hide, and the effervescent violinist Skye Carrasco, joined by the heavy drums of Brad Highnam and enchanting sitar of Luther Bangert.

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Iowa City Weekender: August 5-8

FRIDAY Bob Log III w. w. Pork Torta & Wolf Wars (ex-Horrors & Autodramatics) | The Mill | 9 pm | $8 advance, $10 door According to the Mill: Legendary one man garage rock freak-out and Fat Possum recording artist Bob Log III makes his debut at The Mill! Bob Log simultaneously plays guitar and […]

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Show Photos: Cheyenne Marie Mize, Archeology at the Mill, 7/29

I counted five instruments impressively played by Cheyenne on stage at the Mill this past Thursday – guitar, banjo, violin, drums and keyboard. She created a confectionery of soothing guitar and thoughtful lyrics that made me want to curl up in a booth and just listen instead of jumping around taking photos.

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Iowa City Weekender: July 29-31

Welcome to the weekend, fair Weekenders! If you own a house, cheers to you. If you don’t, you are most likely moving this weekend. Where to? Probably within a couple of blocks from where you live now.


Why? Why do we do this? I don’t know, tradition, I guess. […]

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Full Roast of Iowa City (Streaming)

Here it is, folks! We have the full roast of Iowa City ready to stream for your pleasure, hosted by Little Village Magazine and Prairie Lights Book Store. Video editing is by Yale Cohn, with video courtesy of Ed Butler. There are 13 videos total–one for each author or songwriter–so sit back, relax and enjoy some classic Iowa City roasting!

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