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Tenacious D rocks out in the Midwest

Tenacious D rocks out in the Midwest

Austin J. Yerington, Arts Reporter

July 29, 2019

It’s hot, it’s sticky, the rain has finally cleared off. I can see the steam from the ground rising around the seating. My best friend and I are waiting for a concert that is not just an almost four-and-a-half-hour drive across Iowa in the making but more than decade. We are waiting for “The Greatest...

SASAMI shakes the Mill to its core with dream-pop

SASAMI shakes the Mill to its core with dream-pop

Lauren Arzbaecher, Arts Reporter

July 22, 2019

Guitar reverberated around room, echoing amid a complex synthesized soundscape. The audience rocked along as dream-pop artist SASAMI performed at the Mill on July 21. The show was put on by Mission Creek as part of a collaboration between the Mill and the Englert for year-round programming. Claire...

Music takes over Des Moines on final day of 80/35

Music takes over Des Moines on final day of 80/35

Lauren Arzbaecher, Arts Reporter

July 13, 2019

The festival grounds were brimming with energy on the final day of the 80/35 music extravaganza in downtown Des Moines on July 13. The day started out a bit cooler than the previous one, clouds spotting the sky during And the Kids’ and Lady Revel’s indie-rock and soul performances. The big-band soun...

First day of 80/35 fills Des Moines with vibrant music

First day of 80/35 fills Des Moines with vibrant music

Lauren Arzbaecher, Arts Reporter

July 13, 2019

Amid blazing heat from the summer sun, the first night of the 80/35 music festival hosted a parade of talented artists of all genres. People took shade underneath the few trees spotting the festival grounds in downtown Des Moines, finding any cool spot to enjoy the music. A broken-down tour bus derailed Yungblud, th...

80/35 to light up Des Moines

80/35 to light up Des Moines

Lauren Arzbaecher, Arts Reporter

July 10, 2019

The music festival 80/35 will return to Des Moines for its 12th year on July 12 and 13. The two-day experience will run on the first night and all day on the second with headliners Elle King and Portugal. The Man closing out each night. The festival is run by the Greater Des Moines Music Coalition,...

Rock artist Thadeus Gonzalez to perform at Gabe’s

Rock artist Thadeus Gonzalez to perform at Gabe’s

Lauren Arzbaecher, Arts Reporter

July 7, 2019

Emphatic guitar fuels the heart of Thadeus Gonzalez’s music, driving home his inventive rock sound. Though the artist thrives in the rock genre, he takes influences from classic rock, metal, punk, and ’90s alternative styles. Gonzalez will perform at Gabe’s on July 13, with openers In the Attic,...

Jam band Frogleg to perform at Gabe’s

Jam band Frogleg to perform at Gabe’s

Lauren Arzbaecher, Arts Reporter

June 25, 2019

Jazzy brass alongside rock-fueled guitar with an underscoring of funk may seem like too many elements for one song, but different music styles blend together effortlessly in the band Frogleg. Featuring its unique multi-genre sound, the band will perform at Gabe’s on Friday. Frogleg began performing...

Review: The Raconteurs: Help Us Stranger

Review: The Raconteurs: Help Us Stranger

Austin J. Yerington, Arts Reporter

June 23, 2019

After more than 10 years away, the Raconteurs has taken a step in the contemporary world with the style and gusto the band does best. Raconteur lead songwriter and guitarist Jack White of the White Stripes and Brendan Benson take the reins again in Help Us Stranger after 11 years since their la...

People gain new experiences with art at Downtown Block Party

People gain new experiences with art at Downtown Block Party

Brooklyn Draisey, Summer editor

June 18, 2019

As Downtown Iowa City gears up for the third-annual Downtown Block Party, local artists and musicians prepare to inspire people’s curiosity with special shows and pieces. For this year’s Block Party, scheduled for June 22, the city has expand the event to all of Clinton Street, allowing for more...