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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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Day One: Jazz Fest Media Dump (VIDEO)

How about that jazz, hepcats? You’ve hopefully made it downtown to get your fill of live music and vittles at the 2010 Iowa City Jazz Festival, but if you’ve been missing out, fret not! We’ve plenty of video highlights from Friday’s festivities to share, including clips of the U.S. Army blues–straight out of Washington D.C.–and the Bob Washut Dream Band.

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Boutros live at Gabe's (VIDEO)

The mysterious duo known as Boutros called Gabe’s their home Saturday night, performing a full set before letting The Vicious Guns take the stage. With beats slightly reminiscent of France’s Justice with a bass guitar to boot, there’s plenty of reason to give these two from Chicago a quick listen.

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Tin Kite: Internet Only Demos

A Facebook message showed up in my inbox the other day, from Stefanie Drootin, member of the well-known Omaha band The Good Life. It announced the availability of an album’s worth of songs she’d recorded with her friend Chris Senseney. No album title, no track order, unmastered. They went down into Stefanie’s basement and just had fun with writing and recording songs.

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Preview: Canja Rave and Jaiguru at Gabe's – 5/19

It’s summer in Iowa City! The boundary between weekday and weekend are now blurred, so why not get your live music fix tonight by checking out Brazil’s Canja Rave at Gabe’s? Similar to The Strokes, Canja Rave carry a nice vintage tone–muddy distortion included–paired with unique vocals that offer a little taste of their Brazilian […]

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Drunken Nanny State

Once again, the busybodies have stormed the Barricades of Fun, and managed to pass a 21-only ordinance for bars. While I respect the sincerity of their good intentions, I think it’s a really dumb idea that will hurt local businesses, without significantly curtailing underage drinking. […]

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