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Album Review: Mad Monks – The Dark Retreat

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Mad Monks The Dark Retreat facebook.com/MadMonks Mention “concept album” and many will picture the recorded excess of bands like The Who, Rush, Styx, Pink Floyd, Yes, ELP — the list is endless. Sometimes it’s done well, but the need to squeeze in an overwrought story oftentimes compromises the overall work. Iowa City band Mad Monks […]

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Iowa City Weekender: January 12-15

Welcome to the Weekender! Come on in and get comfortable and see what we have in store this snowy weekend. Temperatures have dropped and we’re seeing our first frozen precipitation after a freaky streak of wintery warmness. I usually try to avoid talking about the weather, but that was kind of nuts, right? Just as […]

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Iowa City Weekender: November 17-19

Hello and welcome back to another edition of the Weekender. As Thanksgiving week approaches, we all aim to take a few shortcuts to getting what really matters about the holiday: eating a lot of food, spending time with people that you care about and drinking box wine. This week’s column is no different. In a […]

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Merlin and Mad Monks at Gabe's (VIDEO)

With all of the Iowa Arts Festival excitement from last weekend, you may have missed some of the other shows taking place. Long after guitarist Sonny Landreth had finished up on the festival main stage, Merlin and Mad Monks were still rocking hard at Gabe’s.

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