The Daily Iowan

Bands battle for spot at Wakarusa festival

DAN WATSON

February 23, 2009

In the music industry, many small-time acts are always looking for their next big breaks. Most of these opportunities come about simply by good fortune, but on Tuesday, six Iowa bands will battle for a chance to play at the Wakarusa Music Festival at Mulberry Mountain, Ark. Talent, rather than luck,...

Fired Up mostly fired down

REBECCA KOONS

February 23, 2009

Film Review: Fired Up The past few years of cinematic history have seen an onslaught of over-the-top, outrageously funny sex comedies, along the likes of Knocked Up and Superbad. The trailers for Fired Up indicate to eager audiences that they are in for more of the same — and boy, are they wrong. Fired Up te...

Cook-in-Progress: How to roast vegetables

DI ARTS STAFF

February 23, 2009

It’s a mantra you’ve heard since preschool from your mother, Marge Simpson, and every issue of Fitness magazine: Eat your vegetables. But that order can be tough to fill if you’re not into spinach or baby carrots — even when they’re drenched in ranch dressing. The solution to your veggie aversion...

Two kings of bluegrass play the Mill

RACHAEL LANDER

February 20, 2009

For Andy Carlson and Casey Cook, music has played an integral role in their lives for as long as either can remember. Carlson first picked up the fiddle when he was 5, thanks to his grandfather, while guitarist Cook toured the country with his family’s bluegrass band when he was 3. The two will play...

Hyentyte plays Industry with Dead Larry & the Zombie Girls

NICK FETTY

February 20, 2009

When the seeds of Minneapolis band Hyentyte were planted in 1998, the members thought of themselves as “good friends making good music for good friends.” Eleven years later, the band retains that motto. On Saturday, Hyentyte will play a show at the Industry, 211 Iowa Ave., with Dead Larry &...

Trendspotter: Man boobs

DI ARTS STAFF

February 20, 2009

Man cleavage is so in right now. Some dudes are showing off a part of their anatomies usually reserved for the beach. Get used to sitting in class or walking around downtown IC, only to see a luscious mane of chest hair and the sexiness of man boobs. V-neck tees have always been manufactured for guys,...

William Whitmore, prairie home compadre, returns to fans in Iowa City

MELEA ANDRYS

February 19, 2009

“The outhouse is pretty neat, but someday, I’m probably gonna get me some indoor plumbing,” William Whitmore said. “It’s one of my long-term goals.” It’s fitting that the cabin of the Iowa City music fixture is equipped with only an outhouse. The Lee County singer/songwriter, who still...

Drama on the quick-quick at UI play festival

DAN WATSON

February 19, 2009

Imagine the hustle and bustle going on behind the curtain during a play — the stage manager barking orders, actors rapidly changing costumes, stagehands shuttling on and off the set, and all of the other teeming associated with a production. Now imagine that times eight. Eight times the movement,...

Mason Jennings bring music from the woods to Englert

BRIAN DAU

February 19, 2009

In the style of his favorite authors, Mason Jennings likes to keep his music simple. Like Cormac McCarthy and Nicole Krauss (who penned his favorite book, A History of Love), Jennings subscribes to a “less is more” ethos evident in the relaxed tempos and straightforward guitar/bass/drums instrumentation...

Rubblebucket relies on music education for rock-band success

NICK FETTY

February 19, 2009

Getting a degree in music is often seen as a the pathway to becoming a music teacher. But for Afro-beat/rock band Rubblebucket Orchestra, getting a musical education was key to success as a rock band. With such a diverse instrumentation, ranging from trombone and bari sax to congas and “goni” —...

Red and Eds, from basements to Yacht Club

NICK FETTY

February 19, 2009

In the basement of a house on Lucas Street, three longtime friends rehearse for an upcoming show at venue they are quite familiar with. After a couple hours of playing their newest tunes, the three seem ready for their performance tonight at the Yacht Club, where the group hasn’t played for more than...

Seemingly divergent Gabriel Houck and Xu Xi find common ground in nonfiction

BRIAN DAU

February 19, 2009

Gabriel Houck and Xu Xi don’t have much in common. Born in different hemispheres (Houck in the United States and Xu in Hong Kong) and interested in different aspects of humanity, it’s difficult to imagine what could bring the two together. As it turns out, their shared interest in writing nonfiction...