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Album Review/Show Preview: Blind Pilot at the Blue Moose, 2/2/12

Blind Pilot is a six-piece musical group from Portland, OR, which started its touring career bicycling up and down the West Coast. Israel Nebeker leads with his gorgeous voice and warm acoustic guitar, while the rest of the band adds eclectic instrumentation like banjo, upright bass, vibraphone, trumpet, and harmonium. Their bright, uplifting music is […]

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Talking Movies: The Future Is Now

Richard Wagner dreamt of a Gesamtkunstwerk, “a total artwork,” a theatrical production that puts the entire human imagination into play and expresses nothing short of the truth. Metropolis–Fritz Lang’s operatic, balletic, mythic, expressionistic, crazy, nightmarish, silent movie–is about as gesamt a Kunstwerk as there is, especially if you add to it the live music of the Alloy Orchestra, who will perform their great score to a screening of a restored Metropolis on Sept. 30 at the Englert Theatre. […]

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On the Beat: Counting down

Seemingly no one hates Counting Crows more than Guided by Voices frontman Robert Pollard. An oft-cited gem from his 2005 stage-banter album, Relaxation of the Asshole, goes something like this: “I wanna know how the guy from the Counting Crows used to fuck everybody from Friends? How the fuck’d he do it? He’s an ugly […]

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Show Preview: Pieta Brown at The Mill with The Vagabonds, 4/9/11

Pieta is back home this weekend with a show at the Mill on Saturday night. At her side will be her constant companion Bo Ramsey who will be surrounding her homespun variety of folk, blues, rock and country with his harmony vocals and guitar atmospherics. Opening for Pieta will be local folky songbirds The Vagabonds. […]

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Show Preview: The Dead's Kreutzmann Brings Cajun Jams With 7 Walkers at Englert on 3/24

In November, 2010 Grateful Dead drummer and founding member Bill Kreutzmann- who reportedly never missed any of those over-2300 shows- released the debut album for his latest project 7 Walkers which will be performing in Iowa City at The Englert on Thursday.

7 Walkers will be performing at The Englert Theatre in Iowa City at 8PM on Thursday night. It is General Admission. Tickets are $25 and $20 for students. […]

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Show Preview: SCOPE Presents The Roots at IMU Main Lounge – 3/9

The Roots will be performing a rare live show on Wednesday, March 9th at the IMU Mainroom. Brought to you by SCOPE Productions and Hancher, ticket will be available at the IMU Box Office, the Hancher Box Office or at Ticketmaster locations. Tickets will be $28 (some service fees may apply). […]

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Railroad Earth

Tuesday, March 29 – Englert Theatre Railroad Earth has long been a sought-after act on the roots, folk and jam-band circuits, though–much like their forbearers the Grateful Dead–none of those genres can claim the band as its own. The group’s dedication to Americana traditions and their love for the warm, natural tones of acoustic instruments […]

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Mountains

w. Cocoon Wednesday, March 30 – Wherehouse – $8 New York duo Mountains often receive comparisons to the founders and boundary pushers of ambient composition: Eno, Jeck, Niblock, Fennezs. These are not unfounded or unflattering relations, but they undercut the true pleasure of Koen Holtkamp and Brendon Anderegg long-form compositions. The two created and operate […]

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Video: Sam Locke Ward and William Elliott Whitmore, What a Load of Craft VII

This Saturday marked the seventh annual What a Load of Craft event, drawing hundreds of craft enthusiasts to the Johnson County Fairgrounds to enjoy live music, countless homemade goods and locally-provided vittles. Those who braved the blizzard-like conditions were treated to the musical talents of William Elliott Whitmore, Skye Carrasco, Sam Locke Ward and Lipstick […]

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On the Beat: Hometown sound

In Everything But The Girl’s “25th December” (one of those great non-Christmas Christmas songs that end up on “indie xmas” mix tapes), Ben Watt sings about the quintessential winter feeling: regret. “I’m thirty and I don’t know nothing no more,” he whines in the way that only British people can whine, thinking about old friends, […]

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Show Preview: Those Darlins with Turbo Fruits – The Mill 9/24

Southern through and through, Those Darlins will bring their own brand of cowpunk through Iowa City on the 24th of September. Easily blending the twangy sounds of the Appalachians with the speed of punk rock and a bit of pop sensibility, Those Darlins are fast, catchy, and write really great simple songs.

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Event Photos: Sand in the City 8/20

For all of you who breezed back into town for the start of this semester, I hope you were here early enough to catch this whimsical event that allowed us to pretend we were on a beach when we were really on Iowa Avenue.   Sand in the City brought together teams of local businesses, organizations, […]

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