The Daily Iowan

Brittany Howard’s first solo album overflows with power

Brittany Howard’s first solo album overflows with power

Austin J. Yerington, Arts Reporter

October 1, 2019

At 30 years old, Brittany Howard has already made a massive impact in the music industry as the former lead singer of Alabama Shakes, but after her first album as a solo artist, Jaime, it is evident that she will keep changing the business with her unique and resonant sound. Jaime is an album about re...

Fitz and the Tantrums diversify sound in latest album

Fitz and the Tantrums diversify sound in latest album

Kyler Johnson, Arts Reporter

September 30, 2019

Almost three years since the release of their fast-paced, angsty self-titled album in 2016, Fitz and the Tantrums released their latest musical endeavor, *All the Feels* on Sept. 20. The album spins away from the tension in 2016 toward positivity-laced lyrics and a more low-key sound. Most known fo...

Abbey Road debuted on this day in 1969: how has it continued to impact musicians and pop culture?

Abbey Road debuted on this day in 1969: how has it continued to impact musicians and pop culture?

Madison Lotenschtein, Arts Reporter

September 25, 2019

The Beatles produced several albums during their rock n’ roll reign of the 1960s, but one album continues to heavily influence pop culture 50 years after its release: Abbey Road. Abbey Road was released Sept. 26 in the United Kingdom in 1969. (Oct. 1 for the U.S.) Even if they’re not a Beatles fan...

Dead Horses puts on a relaxed, comforting show at the Mill

Dead Horses puts on a relaxed, comforting show at the Mill

Ashley Dawson, Arts Reporter

September 22, 2019

With a guitar in hand, a backstory sure to tug at heartstrings, and a personal journey of self-discovery, Sarah Vos sang her heart out alongside bassist Daniel Wolff at the Mill Restaurant on Friday night. With a name like Dead Horses, one would not expect the duo’s music to be soft and sweet. Their...

Photos: Elizabeth Moen (9/21/2019)

Photos: Elizabeth Moen (9/21/2019)

Wyatt Dlouhy, Photojournalist

September 21, 2019

Hip-hop classical duo to visit Iowa City, bringing hopeful musical message

Hip-hop classical duo to visit Iowa City, bringing hopeful musical message

Kyler Johnson, Arts Reporter

September 19, 2019

Set to perform at the Englert at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 22, hip-hop classical duo Black Violin will most definitely give your winding-down weekend an unexpected pick-me-up for the start of the new week. Comprising violinist Kev Marcus and violist Wil Baptiste, the duo blend two very contrasting styles of music...

Elizabeth Moen talks her first big tour, songwriting, new album

Elizabeth Moen talks her first big tour, songwriting, new album

Austin J. Yerington, Arts Reporter

September 19, 2019

It has been an eventful year for Iowa City musician Elizabeth Moen – the busiest of her life, she said. With a tour that took her all over the country, she is ending her outing at the Englert Theater this coming Saturday. This tour has been different than the past ones Moen and her band have been...

Soccer Mommy, Squirrel Flower bloom at the Mill

Soccer Mommy, Squirrel Flower bloom at the Mill

Naomi Hofferber, Arts Reporter

September 19, 2019

Indie artists Squirrel Flower and Soccer Mommy played a sold-out show at The Mill on Wednesday night.  The show opened with Ella Williams, known as Squirrel Flower, who captured the audience with moody chords and pure vocals that rang out over their heads; a choir singer calling listeners to worshi...

Emily Wolfe talks her journey to the stage, becoming friends with her songs, and rock in 2019

Emily Wolfe talks her journey to the stage, becoming friends with her songs, and rock in 2019

Austin J. Yerington, Arts Reporter

September 18, 2019

Emily Wolfe plans to bring intense lyrics, in-your-face vocals, and “sticky” guitar riffs— as she calls them — to the Mill tonight at 7 p.m. The journey to her sound hasn’t always been hers, but after years of playing and songwriting, Wolfe says she is doing exactly what she wants to now.  ...

Audra McDonald brings songs and stories to Hancher

Audra McDonald brings songs and stories to Hancher

Jenna Post, Arts Reporter

September 15, 2019

Hancher Auditorium was packed with people on Sept. 14, all eagerly awaiting the arrival of musical powerhouse Audra McDonald. When she made her entrance, the audience cheered for so long that McDonald jokingly made a move to wave and exit the stage before returning to the mic to begin her first song...

Post Malone’s new album echoes a modern American joy and sadness of living our individual lives

Post Malone’s new album echoes a modern American joy and sadness of living our individual lives

Kyler Johnson, Arts Reporter

September 12, 2019

I don’t think there’s a single week that I don’t sit in my room and use my speaker to have music playing the background — this week, it’s been Hollywood’s Bleeding, the latest work from Austin Post, better known as Post Malone. Each song takes us through a new level of Post’s personal...

Audra McDonald to grace Hancher Auditorium with her signature soprano voice

Audra McDonald to grace Hancher Auditorium with her signature soprano voice

Sarah Stortz, Arts Editor

September 11, 2019

Dressed in a blue robe with her thick, black hair tied back, Broadway performer Audra McDonald played the frumpy waitress Frankie in Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune, which ended its Broadway run last summer.  Despite the character’s guarded, and sometimes harsh, personality McDonald exudes ...