The Hops: A handy guide to aged beer

In December, I drank my last bottle of 2009 Anchor Christmas Ale. That’s right: I drank a three-year-old beer—ceremoniously, too. I poured the ruby-brown brew into a gold-rimmed Christmas Ale pint glass that I reserve for drinking Anchor’s iconic holiday seasonal. I took notes and compared them to what I had written the first time […]

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On The Beat: Aesop Rock, White Mystery and more coming to Iowa City

Aesop Rock

Right now, Mountains may be one of the best in the business when it comes to ambient, experimental music. Longtime friends and bandmates Koen Holtkamp and Brendon Anderegg got together and released two albums in 2005 and 2006 under their own label, Apestaartje. […]

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Mission Creek Festival Spotlight: Joe Pug

Joe Pug

Joe Pug will be back in Iowa City to play a show at the Mill on Friday, April 5. His heartfelt songs have earned him widespread recognition as one of the best songwriters out there, and his Dillon-esque voice lends itself perfectly to his folk style. […]

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Iowa City Weekender: February 21-23

Hello and welcome to another edition of the Weekender. Starting with Thursday, Iowa City’s Home Ec. Workshop is putting on its fourth annual Craft Crawl this weekend. Attendees have four days (Thursday – Sunday) to purchase discounted items from 6 different local businesses, and participate in activities they have arranged… […]

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Mission Creek Festival Spotlight: Ducktails


Ducktails will be in town Friday, April 1 at the Mill for the Pre-Mission Creek Festival Party, presented by KRUI. Initially created as a solo outlet by Real Estate’s Matt Mondanile, Ducktails has evolved into a collaborative project spanning three albums. […]

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Photos(NSFW): Les Dames du Burlesque and IC Kings present Bow Chicka Wow Wow

This is an instance where the photos speak for themselves. I don’t really need to tell you much, and you may not even have read this far before heading right for the slideshow. I will say this:  Les Dames du Burlesque and the IC Kings put on an eye-popping, swoon-inducing, show filled with humor, lust […]

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Mission Creek Festival Spotlight: Deerhoof


On April 7 at The Mill, the San Francisco indie group Deerhoof will take the stage alongside Love Songs for Lonely Monsters and Wet Hair. The group has released 11 self-produced albums since forming in 1994, garnering a reputation for their raucous, high-energy stage presence. […]

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Album Review – Yacht Club 10th Anniversary CD

Yacht Club's 10 Year Anniversary CD Cover

Has it really been ten years since the Yacht Club opened? Really, the story goes back a few years before that. Owner Scott Kading bought the Yacht Club building and set about recreating his favorite college hang out. Renovating the building was only the first part of his journey. […]

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On the Beat: Paul Collins, Menomena and more in Iowa City

The next couple of weeks offer a diverse lineup of shows. There are remarkable rockers who influenced the sound of groups like Blondie while they were in their prime. There will also be shape-shifting indie rockers who continue to mature and grow as musicians, along with a trio of former rockers who have become one of the country’s major electronic dance music draws. […]

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Iowa City Weekender: February 7-10

Hello and welcome to another edition of the Weekender. No need for much of an intro this week, so let’s just get started, eh? THURSDAY New Belgium Beer Tasting // Englert // 6:30 PM // Free New Belgium Brewing will host a free beer tasting at the Englert this evening. It will take place in […]

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Music: King Pop – An Interview with Paul Collins

“One of the things I enjoy most about touring now is playing with up-and-coming bands.” This was one of the first things Paul Collins said to me when we recently chatted about his 2013 Midwest tour. It makes sense because thirty years ago, Paul Collins was in two up-and-coming power pop bands, The Nerves and […]

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