The Daily Iowan

CD reviews: The Decemberists, Papa Roach, Eric Church, Pearl Jam

DI ARTS STAFF

March 24, 2009

The Decemberists delivers its most intricate story yet The Decemberists: The Hazards of Love What makes indie-folk band the Decemberists stand out from the crowd is its distinct ability to tell a story with its albums. After more than two years since the band’s last release, new album The Hazards of Lov...

A laugh an hour (or so)

KATIE HANSON

March 23, 2009

Film Review: Miss March If you’re set on seeing the brutally unfunny comedy Miss March, do yourself a favor and leave your brain at home. It will be overloaded by too many questions. Not the stimulating questions about society’s perception of morality and tolerance one might have at the end of...

Brotherly love ha-ha

DAN WATSON

March 23, 2009

Film Review: I Love You, Man Another movie made with connections to the “Apatow gang,” another comical — and probably financial — success. In I Love You, Man, today’s most prominent funnymen make another movie that lacks in story line but scores with witty dialogue and solid performances....

Cook-in-Progress: Stir-fry from Leftovers

DI ARTS STAFF

March 23, 2009

Conservation is so hot right now. And sometimes it’s much easier to dig around in your fridge than make a run to Hy-Vee for a bag of frozen veggies. That’s why we want to show you how to make a stir-fry from your leftovers. For this type of meal, creativity (and an open mind) is key. So what if you...

Not doing what others are

NICK FETTY

March 13, 2009

Playing tons of music festivals and performing all over the Midwest wasn’t enough for former Hunab bassist Derek Pulliam. He was also interested in the composition side of music, so he decided to start working on a one-man band he calls Johnny on Point. On Saturday, Johnny on Point will open for...

Not truly flying blind

RACHAEL LANDER

March 13, 2009

Some gauge musical success by the transition from gold records to platinum. Others use the number of Grammys won. Blind Pilot can chart its progress by means of transportation. The Portland, Ore., act will play the Picador, 330 E. Washington St. at 9 p.m. today with the Broken West and Oui Bandits. “[The...

Trendspotter: Girls with Low Self-Esteem

DI ARTS STAFF

March 13, 2009

It’s been a hard week, hasn’t it? You wrote a seven-page research paper on Monday, gave a group presentation on Tuesday, and took two midterms on Wednesday — all after losing an hour of sleep to daylight-saving time on Sunday (not that you had time to sleep, anyway). You need a break. Luckily,...

Roller derby becoming a hit in Iowa City

JED MILLER

March 12, 2009

Before I see her, I can smell her. It’s an acrid mix — both flowery and sweaty. In the cacophony of swear words and rubber squeaks, I look up with a jolt from my notepad to see a hulking woman barreling toward me. The errant roller skater has flown off the track. But just before the point of impact,...

Sioux City Pete prepare tribal, sexual Mill performance

DAN WATSON

March 12, 2009

Sioux City Pete and the Beggars’ performances follow the philosophy of the sexually driven rock and roll acts of the 1970s, often taking a tribal and primitive spin. Pete Phillips, otherwise known as Sioux City Pete, and his bandmates bring a stage presence typically unheard of in today’s average...

Fathers bad as they want to be at Picador

DAN WATSON

March 12, 2009

Los Angeles: home of angels, celebrities, traffic jams, and Bad Fathers. Nearly two years after leaving Iowa City, the rock/rap-based band will return to perform at the Picador, 330 E. Washington St., at 9 p.m. today. Bad Fathers sprouted its roots in Iowa City in 2002, establishing itself as the prime...

When an Englishman learns English: ‘The Foreigner’

KATIE HANSON

March 12, 2009

Visiting a foreign country can be exhilarating, terrifying, or spectacular. It can even be all three at once. But rarely is a trip abroad as ridiculous as Charlie Baker’s experience in the Iowa City Community Theatre’s new play The Foreigner, which will open on the JohnsonCounty Fairgrounds at...

Broken West: mixing Muppets with Shins and Byrds

MELEA ANDRYS

March 12, 2009

If James Mercer of the Shins and Byrds guitarist Roger McGuinn formed a band and enlisted Animal from the Muppets to play the drums, the resulting ensemble would sound a lot like the Broken West. At least that’s how Broken West bassist Brian Whelan describes his group’s power-pop aesthetic. With...