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

Elizabeth Moen performs at the Englert Theater on Friday, September14, 2018. The concert was part of Elizabeth Moen's LP

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 performs at The Mill on Wednesday, September 18, 2019.

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 Portraits. CREDIT: Allison Michael Orenstein

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 performs during the 61st Grammy Awards at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019. (Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

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 Portraits. CREDIT: Allison Michael Orenstein

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 ...

Diane Coffee returns to Iowa City


Austin J. Yerington, Arts Reporter

September 9, 2019

With the appearance of David Bowie and the energy of Mick Jagger, Diane Coffee brought that little something extra when they took the stage in Iowa City for the first time in three years on Sept. 5. Shaun Fleming has had an illustrious career, using their voice to bring characters from Kim Possible...

The bands behind Scope’s Battle of the Bands

Students gather to listen to music during the Battle of the Bands at the IMU on Wednesday, September 4, 2019.

Naomi Hofferber, Arts Reporter

September 4, 2019

Last night, five bands took to the IMU River Amphitheater to compete in SCOPE’s annual Battle of the Bands competition. Meet the bands that fought it out with musical style for first and second place prizes.

Local Iowa cover band to play on Vue Rooftop


Madison Lotenschtein, Arts Reporter

August 28, 2019

After graduating from high school together in 2002, Andrew Birdsall and Justin Goodchild decided to combine their musical abilities and their last names to create their cover band, BIRDCHILD.  Both Iowa natives, the duo has grown into a five-person band that tours Iowa and surrounding Midwestern...

Nashville-based singer-songwriter performs in Iowa for the first time

Alana Springsteen performs at Wildwood on Thursday, August 22, 2019. Alana Springsteen opened for Filmore.

Austin J. Yerington, Arts Reporter

August 25, 2019

With warming neon lights spilling from the windows, country singer and songwriter Alana Springsteen stands alone in the center of the stage of Wildwood Smokehouse and Saloon. The crowd is small when she starts, but that's normal when it comes to opening acts. Soon, after a few songs, the attendees begin...

Photos: Alana Springsteen at Wildwood (8/22/2019)

Alana Springsteen performs at Wildwood on Thursday, August 22, 2019. Alana Springsteen opened for Filmore.

Jenna Galligan, Photojournalist

August 22, 2019

Hinterland’s last day filled with sweet music

Singer Maggie Rogers sings at the Hinterland Music Festival on August 4, 2019 in Saint Charlies, Iowa.

Lauren Arzbaecher, Arts Reporter

August 5, 2019

After two hot yet blissful days of music, St. Charles finally reached the last day of the Hinterland music fest. This year was the first in the festival’s history that the programming extended across three days rather than two. The final day started with an artist exceedingly familiar to the Iowa City...