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Mason Jennings bring music from the woods to Englert

BRIAN DAU

February 19, 2009

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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...

Rubblebucket relies on music education for rock-band success

NICK FETTY

February 19, 2009

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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,...

Red and Eds, from basements to Yacht Club

NICK FETTY

February 19, 2009

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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...

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

BRIAN DAU

February 19, 2009

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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...

Music that never gets old

DAN WATSON

February 19, 2009

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In 1974, Joe Price was painting the flagpole at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Iowa City. He was nearly one-third of the way done when the height made him sick. Fed up with his day job, he climbed down the scaffolding...

Swinging and swaying to the music

REBECCA KOONS

February 19, 2009

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They didn’t have to travel far to find what they were looking for. The members of She Swings, She Sways didn’t even have to leave Iowa. The Ottumwa-based band will perform at noon on Friday at Java House, 211 1/2 E. Washington...

Menu: Chicken curry and kheer

DI ARTS STAFF

February 19, 2009

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Watching this weekend’s Academy Awards show, a night for celebrities to flaunt their bony bods, might bring on some mighty strong munchies to those whose careers don’t depend on cellulite (or lack thereof). Celebrate your...

Foxy Shazam, ‘Evel Knievel’ of rock and roll brings act to Picador

MELEA ANDRYS

February 18, 2009

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Though the name Foxy Shazam would be a perfect title for a blaxploitation film, five guys from Ohio think it’s also fitting for their own special brand of piano-driven punk. “[Foxy Shazam] was formed about the same way as...

Slumdog draws backlash from India

DAN WATSON

February 18, 2009

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A camera focuses on one tiny metal and concrete shack. It pulls away to reveal more huts, seemingly stacked on top of each other. One more zoom out and the audience is presented with the vast underworld of a faraway land; the...

Book review: Leering at Lear in Moore’s Fool

DAN WATSON

February 17, 2009

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“Shagging,” “boinking,” “boffing,” and “fuckery” may not be words one conjures up when thinking about Shakespeare’s tragedy King Lear, but they have their places in comic novelist Christopher Moore’s retelling,...

When times are dull, the dull make films like Confessions of a Shopaholic

RACHAEL LANDER

February 16, 2009

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** out of ***** Hi, my name is Rachael, and I’m a shopaholic. What? Now they have shopaholics-anonymous meetings? Well, I don’t know about the existence of said groups in reality, but they are oddly present in the new flick...

The ridiculous horror of Friday the 13th

JED MILLER

February 16, 2009

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** out of ***** Friday the 13th is a collection of ridiculousness. This movie seems to demand snark. During several moments, assorted whispers and giggles could be heard throughout the theater. Let’s start with this: Apparently,...