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Richard Buckner exploring the country vein

DAN WATSON

April 9, 2009

Ever heard the old joke that supposedly sums up the country music-genre? What happens when you play a country song backwards? — the singer reconciles with his wife, his runaway dog returns home, his overturned pickup rolls back...

Setting up the cry for Hue

DAN WATSON

April 9, 2009

Instrumental bands seem to have always been regarded as the science fiction of musical genres. Those bands, similar to science-fiction works, seem to garner attention from geeky individuals, send messages that are equally as...

Menu: A monochromatic meal

DI STAFF

April 9, 2009

It’s time for Easter dinner, and Grandma’s making her famous roast ham. Isn’t it about time you started pulling your weight around the dinner table? Here’s an easy side dish and a simple dessert you can make in under an...

Stairway to Zeppelin with all-female tribute band

RACHAEL LANDER

April 8, 2009

Led Zeppelin tribute band Lez Zeppelin will visit Iowa City tonight to fulfill all standing desires of hearing the hard-rock legends. However, the group brings a estrogen-flavored twist to the famous quartet. To some, four women...

Commentary: Cobain, running all around my brain

DAN WATSON

April 8, 2009

Kurt Cobain, an unwilling American icon, is remembered 15 years after his death. But what is his death’s significance? I still know every word to Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit.” Every grunt, every groaned out “yeah.”...

What the Academy Is

RACHAEL LANDER

April 8, 2009

The pop-punk sound of The Academy Is comes to the Picador, 330 E. Washington St., at 6 p.m. today with singer/songwriter Evan Taubenfeld. Tickets range from $10 to $12. The Academy Is started out as just the Academy, before tacking...

Not entirely banking on the Tyra mode

MERYN FLUKER

April 7, 2009

Tyra Banks might be her own worst enemy. Why else is it so impossibly hard to cheer for her? Tyra Banks is SO hot. With her mouth closed. As a big, busty, and dare I say beautiful black woman, I want to support my kin. I worship...

Augusten Burroughs not crying wolf

MELEA ANDRYS

April 7, 2009

Controversial memoirist Augusten Burroughs will speak tonight on fact, fiction, and A Wolf at the Table. What’s next for an author who has topped the New York Times Best-Sellers list, been ranked as number 15 on Entertainment Weekly...

CD reviews: Rascal Flatts good ol’ country-pop, Micachu & the Shapes forges a gem

DI ARTS STAFF

April 7, 2009

Micachu & the Shapes forges a gem out of the everyday Micachu & the Shapes: Jewellery Youthful Mica Levi of the UK-based Micachu and the Shapes adapted the practice of making her own instruments to customize a novel p...

A slow and ponderous way to drive a plot

KELLY DIGGINS

April 6, 2009

Film Review: Fast & Furious Fast & Furious fails to excite the viewers, despite trying with all the old parts. Since the 2001 opening of *The Fast and the Furious*, there have been two more installments of the franch...

A enjoyable journey, sans Journey tunes

KATIE HANSON

April 6, 2009

Film Review: Adventureland It’s no roller coaster, but this theme-park flick is worth the ride.

Cook in Progress: How to Hollow Out an Egg

MELEA ANDRYS

April 6, 2009

“Just put your lips together and blow.” Enjoy decorated eggs year after year by hollowing out the shell. Easter is right around the corner, and that means several things: candy-induced stomach aches, awkward family gatherings,...