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Takes Tombs to tango at Picador

BRIAN DAU

March 12, 2009

The members of Tombs refuse to succumb to the status quo. By the time the post-metal threesome released their self-titled, seven-track début EP last April, they had written the 10 songs that would make up their next album. Not content to wait around for success to find them, the band released Winter...

When the Sun is kidnapped, pop-punk fury ensue

REBECCA KOONS

March 12, 2009

While the Heartland may not seem like a breeding ground for hard-core musicians, its welcoming atmosphere is what help set Kidnap the Sun’s punk/screamo music apart from other bands in the area. The sextet will play at the Industry, 211 Iowa Ave., at 8 p.m. Friday. Tickets are $5. Hailing from Cedar...

Histronic’s ‘livetronica’ goes live at Yacht Club

NICK FETTY

March 12, 2009

During its tour last spring the Histronic — a Minnesota band just over 1 year old at the time — nearly had its short history ended. When the group made a tour stop in Kansas, 18 tornadoes touched down in 24 hours, preventing the trio from playing the gig. In an attempt to make up for its lost...

Iowa City’s Stickman rockin’ for a long time

RACHAEL LANDER

March 12, 2009

Giving back to the local music scene is what this weekend means for Iowa City band Stickman. After band member Kylie Buddin successfully organized a reunion show last year of popular Iowa City bands from the ’80s, the group decided to hold the event again — but with a twist. This year, Stickman...

Menu: An Irish meal

DI ARTS STAFF

March 12, 2009

St. Patrick’s Day is quickly approaching — this means drunken renditions of “Danny Boy,” parades, and lots of pinching. But celebrating all things Irish means so much more than wearing green and cracking open a Guinness. Get into the spirit the right way and cook up an old-fashioned Irish meal. Irish...

Marlboro music royalty heading to Iowa City

RACHAEL LANDER

March 11, 2009

More than just a brand of cancer stick, Marlboro is a quaint town in Vermont. Passion, not nicotine, causes some of the world’s best musicians to travel there and dedicate their summers to the Marlboro Music School and Festival. Musicians from Marlboro, the Marlboro School’s touring chamber group,...

Commentary: Graphic novels are all grown up

BRIAN DAU

March 11, 2009

Once upon a time, the adventures of caped crusaders and boy wonders were available solely at the local convenience store for around 25 cents. Today, the eternal struggle between heroes and villains in ridiculous outfits overflows into nearly every medium. With the theatrical release of Alan Moore’s...

CD reviews: Kelly Clarkson delivers, Nat King Cole tribute doesn’t

DI ARTS STAFF

March 10, 2009

Re: A poor excuse for a tribute Nat King Cole, the velvety-voiced singer and one of the most celebrated jazz performers of all time, is probably rolling in his grave. From the timeless artistry of the King Cole Trio to the civil-rights landmark program “The Nat King Cole Show,” the first televis...

A taste of real Cuba coming to Iowa City with Afro-Cuban All Stars

RACHAEL LANDER

March 10, 2009

Time to pull out those dancing shoes and head out for a night on the town. Popular Cuban singer Juan de Marcos González will bring the Afro-Cuban All Stars to West High tonight for a culturally infused music performance worthy of some solid dance moves. González and the Afro-Cuban All Stars will play...

‘Watchmen’: The perils of staying too faithful

BRIAN DAU

March 9, 2009

Film Review: Watchmen The opening credits for Watchmen is one of the coolest, most effective film sequences I’ve ever seen, and it sets a new artistic standard in movie openings. It quickly establishes the rules of a Cold War-inspired alternate universe, an existence in which Richard Nixon is servi...

Youth center to promote HIV/AIDS awareness

KATIE HANSON

March 9, 2009

A week of events is using art to communicate the facts about an incurable disease. While it is now common knowledge among medical professionals that HIV/AIDS infects all types of people, public awareness about the disease is less widespread. “We think of Africa as the place where people get the virus,...

Cook in progress: Bananas

DI ARTS STAFF

March 9, 2009

Only one fruit is amazing enough to drive Gwen Stefani to include it in one of her many hits. The awesome power behind the tropical yellow goodness known as bananas — yes, B-A-N-A-N-A-S — created terms that can refer to someone or something going crazy, being angry, and most recently being extremely...