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Exclusive track: CCR’s ‘Lodi’ covered by Brian Johannesen with David Zollo & The Body Electric

Shortly after their move outside of Iowa City in 2015, Flat Black Studios began recording a series of covers of well-known songs. Initially, the recordings were meant to hone the studio’s acoustics and celebrate the new space, but as the months passed and the covers piled up, the project took on a life of its […]

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Exclusive track: Will Whitmore and friends cover ‘Let the Good Times Roll’ by The Cars

When Flat Black Studios moved from Iowa City to its new rural location outside of town in 2015, the new studio’s first recording session was meant to dial in the room’s acoustics, and celebrate all the hard work so many local musicians had put in to make the place what it is… […]

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Prairie Pop: Iowa City rockstars Younger bring new material to Mission Creek

For a band that was originally conceived as a goof, Younger has rapidly transformed into one of Iowa City’s best rock bands — exploding with energy, intricate arrangements, barbed lyrics and catchy hooks.

“We had talked about playing together for a long time,” drummer Sarah Mannix recalled. “I don’t think that we honestly believed it was going to be an actual band. I think we just got together more as a joke.” […]

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A-list: Girls Rock! camp bolsters confidence, showcases top local bands

Local bands take the stage at Trumpet Blossom on Feb. 25 at 6:45 p.m. to raise money for Girls Rock! Iowa City, a 501(c)(3) non-profit that teaches female, gender non-conforming and trans kids ages 8-16 how to rock and roll. In addition to the benefit’s seven-band lineup, representatives of Girls Rock! Iowa City will provide […]

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Maiden Voyage: Collective of Iowa City musicians celebrates the local rebirth of revered NYC recording studio with salute to David Bowie’s ‘Heroes’

Closed since March 2016, the famed Magic Shop recording studio in NYC (where David Bowie recorded his final works) has recently been carefully rebuilt piece by piece and reborn as the Magic Barn just outside of Iowa City. Studio Owner and Producer/Engineer Steve McIntosh and Producer/Engineer Pete Becker summoned a trusted group of local musicians […]

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Aesop Rock takes the stage at Blue Moose Jan. 9

Aesop Rock Blue Moose Tap House — Monday, Jan. 9 at 7 p.m. San Francisco-based rapper, producer Aesop Rock takes the stage on Monday, Jan. 9 at Blue Moose Tap House. Tickets are $18-20. Known for his high production, dark humor and sobering vulnerability, Aesop Rock’s flow and lyrical prowess guarantee a show that will […]

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Staff picks: 2016 Witching Hour festival

  Downtown Iowa City — Friday, Nov. 4 – Saturday, Nov. 5 Tickets available here Let’s just preface this by saying you should attend as many Witching Hour festival events as you possibly can. You may not know every artist or be familiar with every topic, but for those that choose to completely embrace the festival […]

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Interview: Grammy award-winning artist Esperanza Spalding discusses spontaneity, collaboration

Esperanza Spalding The Englert Theatre — Tuesday, Oct. 25 at 8 p.m. Esperanza Spalding boasts a list of achievements that belie her age (she’ll be turning 32 just a week prior to her Iowa City tour stop). She’s won four Grammy Awards, including the first Best New Artist award to be bestowed upon a jazz […]

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Jlin set to bring footwork-inspired electronica to Witching Hour

Jlin Gabe’s — Nov. 5, 2016 at midnight In the late 1990s, footwork — a new style of dance music — erupted across Chicago’s black neighborhoods. Footwork’s hectic tempo and fragmented sampling was the soundtrack for a unique dance style, performed in competitive dance battles. This is the music Jlin (aka Jerilynn Patton) grew up […]

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Jes Raymond & the Blackberry Bushes come to the Mill this Friday

Jes Raymond & the Blackberry Bushes The Mill — Friday, Oct. 14 at 9 p.m. When it comes to Americana, Jes Raymond and the Blackberry Bushes, hailing from the wilds of Seattle, WA, run the gamut of influences, with hints of everything from gospel and bluegrass to jazz and psychedelia. They will be hosted by […]

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Nick Lowe: the man you don’t know, who made the songs you love

Nick Lowe Englert Theatre — Friday, October 14 at 8 p.m. Nick Lowe has toured the globe, but when he brings his solo show to the Englert on Oct. 14 (8 p.m.; tickets $37.50), it will be his first time in Iowa City. I spoke with him last month, on the phone from his home […]

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