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Country singer Kelsey Lamb to perform at Elray’s

Sydney Hurley, Arts Reporter May 12, 2022

Kelsey Lamb, the Nashville-based country singer who recently performed on the NBC series premiere of American Song Contest, will bring her Arkansas and Nashville sound to the stage at Elray’s this...

Jack Harlows ‘Come Home the Kids Miss You’ could be album of the summer

Jack Harlow’s ‘Come Home the Kids Miss You’ could be album of the summer

Ariana Lessard, Arts Reporter May 8, 2022

Jack Harlow’s “First Class” has been an inescapable earworm dominating the charts for a few weeks now. Personally, I’m a big fan of this debut song, although I think it is slowly falling victim...

Party attendees take a selfie at Gabe’s during The Taylor Party: Taylor Swift Night on Friday, May 6th, 2022.

Swifties gather at Gabe’s for Taylor Swift Night

Jami Martin-Trainor, Arts Reporter May 7, 2022

Throughout the years, Taylor Swift has gone through a great deal of transformations. From albums like Fearless to Reputation to Lover, the musician’s work varies in mood and energy.  After spending...


UI’s Gold Jazz Combo performs on International Jazz Day

Anaka Sanders, Arts Reporter May 1, 2022

The Gold Jazz Combo’s alto saxophonist received a big laugh from the crowd after looking jokingly at his watch, to see that it was only 1 p.m. in the afternoon. “How’s everyone doing tonight?”...

A menu for the Vue rooftop bar is seen during a ribbon cutting event for the Hilton Garden Inn on Clinton Street on Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017.

Live-looping artist Josh Payne to play at Vue

Sydney Hurley, Arts Reporter April 28, 2022

Live-looping is the art of recording and playing-back of a piece of music in real time. Josh Payne, a live-looping artist, will bring his take on the specialty to the Vue this Friday, April 28. Payne...


UI School of Music to tell a forbidden love story at sea with ‘H.M.S. Pinafore’

Jami Martin-Trainor, Arts Reporter April 21, 2022

The University of Iowa’s School of Music is making waves in the world of comedy and opera with its latest production, H.M.S. Pinafore. Written and composed by Victorian-era theatrical duo W. S. Gilbert...

Son Lux plays at the Englert Theatre as part of the Mission Creek Festival in Iowa City on Friday, April 8, 2022.

New York band Son Lux plays with the senses through experimental sound

Ariana Lessard, Arts Reporter April 14, 2022

The lights dim and fog emerges, before a single spotlight back-lights the drummer, a halo of light surrounding him. The effect matches the haunting music that possesses the crowd, as the spotlight...


UI music professor Jean François Charles: A composer of colorful electrons

Gina Bawek, Arts Reporter April 13, 2022

It’s the soundtrack of our lives, but no one’s really listening — a rich landscape of sounds usually left unconsidered has now become a tool for how Jean François Charles creates meaningful...


Cedar Rapids music duo Sugar and Spice to bring harmonious vocals to Iowa City

Sydney Hurley, Arts Reporter April 11, 2022

Barbie Johnson is the sugar, and Tom Grubb is the spice. Both Iowa-based musicians were solo artists until August 2022, when they met through a mutual friend and realized they sounded better together. Grubb...

Beach Bunnys Lili Trifilio sings at the Englert Theatre as part of the Mission Creek Festival in Iowa City on Friday, April 8, 2022.

Mission Creek Festival returns to rock Iowa City

Ariana Lessard, Arts Reporter April 10, 2022

The lights dim, and for a moment, everyone holds their breath in anticipation. A guitar riff pierces the silence, and the Mission Creek Festival commences.  The Mission Creek Festival, spanning...

Closet Witch drummer, Royce Kurth, performs at Gabes during Mission Creeks Underground Showcase on Saturday, April 7, 2018. They describe themselves as a grindcore band. The style is known for its highly aggressive punk, heavy metal, and industrial influences.

Englert Mission Creek Festival returns live

Olivia Augustine, Arts Reporter April 5, 2022

Musicians, poets, and writers from all over the country will flood the downtown Iowa City area this weekend to celebrate music and literature. The events will mark the return of Englert Theatre’s...

Joshua Henderson, a violinist who is the Grant Wood Artist in Residence at the University of Iowa, poses for a portrait in the Voxman Music Building on Monday, March 28, 2022.

Grant Wood Artist in Residence, violinist Josh Henderson to present premiere of Iowa-inspired multidisciplinary work

Ariana Lessard, Arts Reporter April 3, 2022

On Feb. 3, 1959, American rock-and-roll musicians Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and J. P. Richardson were killed in a plane crash near Clear Lake, IA, along with their pilot, Roger Peterson. This...

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