Entries Tagged as 'Ezgi Ustundag'

Album Review: Iowa City Song Project

November 25th, 2012 · 3 Comments

Maximum Ames Records has done it again. Perhaps Maximum Ames’ most ambitious LP release to date, the Iowa City Song Project has taken 31 musically disparate tracks and woven them into a single beautiful fabric of Iowa music history. The Iowa City Song Project, available for pre-order on Maximum Ames’s website, was commissioned by the [...]

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Album Review: Trouble Lights — The Endless Prom

September 30th, 2012 · 3 Comments

I love pop music, but, like many people who have been brave enough to listen to the radio recently, I am disillusioned by the characteristics songs on the market today: ridiculous lyrics (which isn’t a deal-breaker for me, most of the time), mind-numbingly boring beats, and similar-sounding vocalists. It seems to me that “popular” music [...]

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Ten Must-See Shows at the Maximum Ames Music Festival This Weekend

September 17th, 2012 · 1 Comment

You Iowans are so lucky. If I didn’t have a killer economics test on Wednesday, I’d probably be playing with the Maximum Ames Music Festival app on my iPhone. Hell, I’ve been doing that even though I have two tests and zero plane tickets to Iowa this week. But here’s my point: I’m approximately 1,000 [...]

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“A Straight Month of Thanksgivings”: Observing Ramadan in Ames

August 17th, 2012 · No Comments

Islam is the fastest growing religion in America, with more than 2.6 million adherents today, according to data from the 2010 census. Despite this rapid rate of growth (in 2000, there were just 1 million Muslims in the US), Islam remains outside the spiritual mainstream of many parts of the country, especially in the predominantly [...]

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Former Ames Electrician Jerry Lanser Runs for President

July 30th, 2012 · No Comments

Among the nearly 400 people who have filed with the Federal Election Commission to run for president in 2012 is a former Ames electrician named Jerry Lanser. A Pella native, the 60-year-old presidential aspirant says that the 2008 economic downturn spurred him from political apathy. Lanser left Ames for Longmont, Colorado, in 1982 because of [...]

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Album Review: Olsen Twinns — Found Things

July 9th, 2012 · No Comments

For anyone who has never met me, I should mention that I love doing several things at once. I love music, I love writing, I love writing while listening to music. So, naturally, I thought I would give the new Olsen Twinns album, Found Things, a listen while emailing/tweeting/writing other stories. It didn’t work. In [...]

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Starting Small and Staying Local, Store Brings Central Iowa Arts Scene to Main Street

June 27th, 2012 · No Comments

To both first-time visitors and seasoned shoppers, the Main Street Cultural District screams local. It’s a rare venue for the sale of Ames-made art, food, and music in America’s increasingly mass-produced culture. Lifelong Ames resident Shelley Jaspering wanted to take advantage of the booming central Iowa arts scene and the vibrancy of downtown Ames by [...]

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LGBT Rights Activist Plans Des Moines Benefit Concert

June 1st, 2012 · 1 Comment

Since President Barack Obama voiced his support for gay marriage (and since numerous pastors around the country have proposed beating, fencing in, or killing homosexuals outright), LGBT issues have been in the national headlines more frequently than ever before. With so many eager commentators and “talking heads” running around television, newspapers, and the internet, the [...]

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Album Review: Lesbian Poetry Live!!!!!

May 27th, 2012 · 2 Comments

Who is Lesbian Poetry? He is one person and a generation. His heart beats for an entire state. He is soft-spoken when conversing, but has a lot to say in his songs. Elliot Burke is one of the most creative lyricists in the central Iowa scene. He brings wit and humor into all of his [...]

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A More Worldly Ames

May 25th, 2012 · No Comments

Since I’m writing for a bunch of Iowans, I don’t need to go through all that “you would never expect Ames to be such a diverse city” mumbo-jumbo. This should be well-established by now: Ames is, in terms of the origins of its inhabitants, a microcosm of the world. I live in a Turkish-speaking household [...]

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