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Album Reviews: Item 9 & The Mad Hatters – III

Item 9 & the Mad Hatters

Item 9 & The Mad Hatters was originally a cover band called Old Style, but in 2010 they added lead vocalist Adam Maxwell to the mix and made the transition to original tunes. The time spent honing their chops playing a variety of musical genres in Old Style paid off and is highlighted in the band’s newest album, III, a funky stew of seemingly every rock and roll ingredient. […]

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Saturday’s Riverside Jam fest to raise hunger awareness

Item 9

Here’s the bad news. Iowa City is expected to see near-perpetual precipitation (including a chance of snow on Friday) until early next week. The good news? Saturday is the one day where this is not the case, according to numerous corroborated forecasts. […]

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Iowa City Weekender: January 24-26

Hello and welcome to another edition of the Weekender. Here’s what’s happening in your chilly town this weekend! THURSDAY Gerhard Loewenberg // Prairie Lights // 7:00 PM // Free From Prairie Lights: University of Iowa’s Professor Emeritus Gerhard Loewenberg will read from his new memoir, Moved by Politics. In his memoir, Loewenberg tells of twelve experiences […]

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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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Iowa City Weekender: November 23-24

Hello and welcome to another edition of the Weekender. I’ve decided to cut out Thursday this week because it’s Thanksgiving and well, nothing is really happening. For those of us who are staying in town, it’s going to be pretty quiet around these parts for the next few days. That said, there are still a […]

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Iowa City Weekender: January 19-21

Hello and welcome to another edition of the Weekender. We’ve got a little bit of a party weekend ahead of us, complete with a dance party, an anniversary bash and, uh, a punk farm. A number of other musical and cinematic events are going down to fill out what’s about to be a pretty rad […]

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Iowa City Weekender: December 29-31

Hello there and welcome to this year’s final Weekender column. Many of us who skipped town for the holidays are back in Iowa City and ready to get out there again. This week features all musical events as other venues (Englert, Bijou, etc.) are still on a bit of a hiatus. We’ve got plenty of […]

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Show Photos: Gabe's Halloween Show: Caterwaulla, Five in a Hand, Item 9 & the Mad Hatters – 10.29

While this week has gotten away from me, Halloween weekend didn’t. I did double-duty on Saturday night and this was one of the shows I was lucky enough to catch. Caterwaulla, Five in a Hand and Item 9 & the Mad Hatters put on a mind-blowing show complete with costumes, covers and laser lights. […]

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Iowa City Weekender: October 27-29 // Halloween Special

This week, you get two Weekenders for the price of one, assuming that you actually paid to read this column. One is a regular version. The other is a digest of all the Halloween events. Use one or both. The choice is yours alone. […]

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