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5 bands of students face off in a musical battle

5 bands of students face off in a musical battle

Michael McCurdy and Sarah Stortz

August 29, 2018

Five music acts will offer their own personal genres and sounds in their attempts to take home the gold at Battle of the Bands tonight. With this being SCOPE’s second iteration of the Battle of the Bands, talent buyer Savannah Lane wants to build on last year’s success by including more diversity...

Q+A: Grey Area music festival host discusses Iowa’s music scene and event planning

Q+A: Grey Area music festival host discusses Iowa’s music scene and event planning

Natalie Betz, Arts Reporter

August 9, 2018

From longtime record-store manager to organizer of a music festival, Luke Tweedy is no stranger to the Iowa music scene. Aside from co-running a recording studio, Flat Black Studios, and clothing store, White Rabbit, with his wife, Tweedy will host the second Grey Area Music Festival this weekend.   DI: What prompted yo...

Hofferber: Nathaniel Rateliff, Sturgill Simpson bending genre boundaries

Hofferber: Nathaniel Rateliff, Sturgill Simpson bending genre boundaries

Naomi Hofferber, Arts Editor

August 8, 2018

I have long held the belief that I hate all country music. Part of me blames my upbringing of Sublime, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Metallica over the country that played on the radio in my small town of 5,000 in the mountains of Pennsylvania. Another part of me blames my older sister, whose musical...

Hinterland’s first night closes, Tash Sultana a smashing standout

Hinterland’s first night closes, Tash Sultana a smashing standout

Naomi Hofferber, Arts Editor

August 8, 2018

ST. CHARLES, Iowa ​— The night of Aug. 4 is going to have to work hard to outshine the absolute talent that graced the stage here on Aug. 3. The day started off with the sun high as dirty shoes scuffled into the carved-out valley that is Hinterland. Thumping drums and futuristic sounds by opener...

Trombone Fest wraps up at Voxman

Trombone Fest wraps up at Voxman

Sabrina Shearer, [email protected]

July 16, 2018

The sound of trombones filled the Voxman Music Building this past weekend. The annual International Trombone Festival concluded its 47th year of bringing together students, professors, professionals, pedagogues, and enthusiasts to celebrate everything the trombone has to offer. This year’s fest...

Halloween comes early this Friday the 13th

Halloween comes early this Friday the 13th

July 11, 2018

Iowa City gets to have a spooky night in the middle of the summer at the Yacht Club for Friday the 13th. By Sara Avalos [email protected] The Yacht Club will hold a Friday the 13th event, hosted by Rock Hand Records, this Friday. Paul Houston, one of the organizers, said he is excited because the eve...

Hofferber: Kesha, Courtney Barnett, and the female energy Des Moines needed

Hofferber: Kesha, Courtney Barnett, and the female energy Des Moines needed

Naomi Hofferber, [email protected]

July 9, 2018

For 80/35 to have female headliners, and a healthy slew of female performers throughout the festival, they battled a nationwide trend of female performers being just a fraction of the male acts booked to play festivals. According to a May report by Pitchfork, despite having a 5 percent increase in femal...

80/35 gives a musical platform for an organization empowering girls

80/35 gives a musical platform for an organization empowering girls

Naomi Hofferber, [email protected]

July 7, 2018

DES MOINES — For young performers, getting a foot on the stage can be a big step, and 80/35 offers a special opportunity to make that happen. The Gen Z stage at 80/35 is set aside specifically for middle- and high-school-age performers, and some, through the nonprofit organization Girls Rock...

80/35 wraps up first day in Des Moines

80/35 wraps up first day in Des Moines

Naomi Hofferber, [email protected]

July 7, 2018

  DES MOINES — 80/35 was not always the music festival it is today. Nearly a decade ago, it didn’t exist. Brian Sauer, one of the founding members and the creative director of 80/35, remembers the first unorganized meeting that led to the inception of the festival. “I got invite...

Bad Bad Hats to cap show at Gabe’s

Bad Bad Hats to cap show at Gabe’s

June 27, 2018

The Minneapolis band will make its second stop in the state of Iowa as part of its tour. By Brooke Clayton [email protected] Kerry Alexander was majoring in creative writing at Macalester College in St. Paul when she met Chris Hoge, and the poems that she’d been writing turned into song...

Musician brings his country tunes to town

Musician brings his country tunes to town

June 27, 2018

Traverse City, Michigan artist Jonathan Timm will head to the Mill on June 28. By Jonathan House [email protected] Accompanied by some new tunes, an upcoming second album, and an in-key sense of resolution, Michigan musician Jonathan Timm will return to the Mill on June 28. Inspired by the clas...

Jazz Fest 2018 will showcase both national and international entertainment

Jazz Fest 2018 will showcase both national and international entertainment

Sabrina Shearer and Naomi Hofferber, [email protected]

June 27, 2018

To the delight of lovers of jazz, a variety of styles, sounds, and artists in the genre will grace the four stages erected downtown this weekend for the annual Iowa City Jazz Festival. Jazz Fest, as it’s known, was the brainchild of jazz-meister Steve Grismore and local businessman Marc Ginsberg in an...