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Album Review: T'Bone – Mount Trashmore

T’Bone is based in Chicago, but is made up of Iowa natives Leland Meiners (bass), Ed Bornstein (drums) and Pat McPartland (guitar), and their album Mount Trashmore was recorded in Iowa City at Luke Tweedy’s Flat Black Studio. Chicago, birthplace of seminal post rock bands like Tortoise and Gastr Del Sol, is an apt home for these guys, whose songs follow their own crooked paths, leaving pop song conventions far behind. […]

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Album Review: John Rapson – Mystery and Manners

Questions of authenticity and the creative process have long been pressed on fans of modern music, especially electronic music. File sharing and digital manipulation change the collaborative process and force listeners to ask how important human playing, human authorship and human interaction are to creating what we call music. Is collaboration collaborative when it is […]

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Show Recap: Grand Tetons CD Release with Derek Lambert & the Prairie Fires and Michael Sarah

The English would like you to remember, remember the 5th of November because of some Guy who tried to blow up Parliament. Why anyone would have such a beef with George Clinton is beyond me, but Iowa City’s Mill Restaurant would like you remember Saturday, November 5, 2011 for the great rock show they hosted. […]

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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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Album Review – Fetal Pig: Autopia

Fetal Pig Autopia fetalpig.bandcamp.com Jesus said “Behold the lilies of the field. They toil not, neither do they spin.” For some reason Fetal Pig reminds me of Jesus’ lilies. With a band history going back nearly 20 years, these guys do what they do not because it makes them rich and famous–because it hasn’t–but because […]

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Prairie Pop: The Most Unforgettable Voice You've Never Heard

Rarely has a lowly rock critic altered the course of popular music history, but Chuck Eddy did. Perhaps that’s a bit of an exaggeration, but bear with me. Back in the mid-1980s he reviewed Aerosmith’s Done With Mirrors, which captured the band at the lowest point in their career. When that album was released, they […]

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Iowa City Weekender: November 3-6

There are eight events in this week’s Weekender, but only two of them are music. You should see what the other six are. It will be a treat for the less musically inclined of you. […]

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Show Photos: Skye Carrasco's Record Release Show – 10/21

Skye Carrasco has officially released her debut and much anticipated album, Dark Pines. Not only did she play like a fierce veteran of the musical world, she retained her faerie-like charm as she performed in three of the four sets at the Mill last night. […]

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