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Album Review: The Ills – Fuck this planet

The Ills

Erika Ebola, Danny Dysentery, Molly Marburg, Tommy Tinnitus, Stella Salmonella; I think I’m sensing a theme here. This is definitely punk rock/hardocre straight out of the 1980s, reminiscent of the Circle Jerks, Plasmatics, and the Rezillos. One may well ask, does the world need more hardcore punk rock with track names you can’t say on the radio or TV?
Short answer: Yes. Longer answer: Punk rock at this point is beyond a sociological phenomenon of the past, and has become a vernacular folk tradition. […]

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On The Beat: Aesop Rock, White Mystery and more coming to Iowa City

Aesop Rock

Right now, Mountains may be one of the best in the business when it comes to ambient, experimental music. Longtime friends and bandmates Koen Holtkamp and Brendon Anderegg got together and released two albums in 2005 and 2006 under their own label, Apestaartje. […]

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Iowa City Weekender: February 21-23

Hello and welcome to another edition of the Weekender. Starting with Thursday, Iowa City’s Home Ec. Workshop is putting on its fourth annual Craft Crawl this weekend. Attendees have four days (Thursday – Sunday) to purchase discounted items from 6 different local businesses, and participate in activities they have arranged… […]

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Iowa City Weekender: January 4-5

Hello and welcome to the first Weekender of 2013! I hope everyone is recovering from NYE celebrations, because it’s almost time to get back up and out there. Things are starting to pick up this weekend. We’ve got a few relatively rare performances from bands with Iowa City ties, one of which will take place […]

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Album Reviews:The Ills – I Kill Me

The Ills I Kill Me theillsrock.bandcamp.com  This is by far the shortest release I’ve reviewed. It’s a lovely one-sided 7” EP put out by No Front Teeth Records in London UK. And it’s exactly the sort of hard, fast, stupid punk rock that should come out on a British Punk record label. With yelpy girl […]

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Iowa City Weekender: June 28-30

This is about to be a fantastic summer weekend. There’s a bike in movie, a mini music festival, a farewell show and more. But let’s go back to the festival before we discuss anything else. Firecracker 500 Festival // Gabe’s // Thursday – Saturday, 6:00 PM – 2:00 AM // $10/Day, $25/Three Day Pass I’m […]

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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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