Entries Tagged as 'Reviews'

Album Review: Iowa City Song Project

November 25th, 2012 · 7 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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Tags: Ezgi Ustundag · Of Local Importance · Reviews

Album Review: Jaw Harp Potential — My Boyfriend, Your Cat

August 17th, 2012 · 1 Comment

As a teenage songwriter, I have had the opportunity to listen to the music of countless other songwriters. My friend Luke is in a punk band called Gunpowder Fatty and he writes songs about nursery rhymes and getting drunk other people getting drunk.* My friend Eva used to be in a band called Vivacious Bean [...]

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Album Review: Little Ruckus — Tank Girl vs. Cape Girl

July 13th, 2012 · No Comments

I’ve been following Dominic Rabalais for a number of years now, having become friends through the musical collaborations of the Ames, Des Moines, and Fairfield scenes. I’ve seen him go from Porno Galactica to Utopia Park to Coyote Slingshot to Little Ruckus, pretty much always taking it to the next level with each new project. [...]

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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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Tags: Ezgi Ustundag · Reviews

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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Album Review: Christopher the Conquered and His Black Gold Brass Band — The Fate of a Good Man

March 27th, 2012 · 2 Comments

The third album from Christopher the Conquered finds songwriter Chris Ford not only singing and playing piano, but also using his role as bandleader for the first time in his recorded history. Ford assembled his crew to perform the music of his sophomore effort, You’re Gonna Glow in the Dark, and the band rehearsed the [...]

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The Space Celebrates Three Years

February 23rd, 2011 · 1 Comment

On Saturday, February 5, the Ames Progressive Space celebrated its third anniversary. A birthday party of sorts, it was a success by any stretch of the imagination – as a community event, as a cultural display, as a coming together of musicians and local activists, and as a celebration of everything that is good about [...]

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Tags: 2011 · AP Issues · February 2011 · Reviews

Nuclear Rodeo’s Revenge

December 23rd, 2010 · No Comments

It’s been a little over a year since Nuclear Rodeo released their last record, Something Bad’s Happening (reviewed in the November/December 2009 issue of the Progressive), and now they’ve returned with the follow-up, Revenge.  There aren’t a lot of surprises to be had here, but that’s not meant in a negative way. Nuclear Rodeo are a [...]

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Tags: 2010 · AP Issues · December 2010 · Reviews