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This Blanket Continues to Grow PDF Print E-mail
Music - Feature Stories
Tuesday, 14 December 2004 18:00
Loud drums and a driving guitar kick off the album, and from most bands, this would hardly be remarkable. But coming at the beginning of a record from The Winter Blanket, it’s downright shocking. After all, this is a group whose sound rarely eclipses the musical equivalent of a whisper, following in the delicate, subdued, austere slowcore tradition of Low.

 
Rock Posters Top List of Year’s Best Music Books PDF Print E-mail
Music - Feature Stories
Tuesday, 14 December 2004 18:00
’Tis the season to shake off the cold and retreat under the comfort of hot chocolate, lots of blankets, and a good book. An armload of cool new selections are worth snuggling up with, aiming to feed your head and pop-culture addictions.

 
New Hipster Christmas CDs Restore the Holiday Spirit PDF Print E-mail
Music - Feature Stories
Tuesday, 07 December 2004 18:00
The culture war is rising like my heating bill. Macy’s and other Federated department stores have banned “Merry Christmas” from their customer greetings this season, so as not to offend. All references to Christmas are being stripped from public spaces, replaced with candy canes (sugar!), snowmen, and foil-wrapped presents (buy now!).

 
Guest Conductor Leads Symphony Through Demanding Program PDF Print E-mail
Music - Feature Stories
Tuesday, 07 December 2004 18:00
With a flick of the wrist and a sweeping downbeat, guest conductor Catherine Comet led the Quad City Symphony Orchestra into the first strains of its concert on Saturday, December 4. The musicians, under the graceful yet commanding baton of Comet, performed Georges Bizet’s Symphony in C and Aaron Copland’s Symphony No.

 
Willie Nelson Finally Brings His Ageless Act to the Quad Cities PDF Print E-mail
Music - Feature Stories
Tuesday, 07 December 2004 18:00
He toured minor-league baseball parks with Bob Dylan earlier this year. His latest album puts Tom Waits material next to Toby Keith’s, and includes duets with the popular jazz crooner Norah Jones and the ever-respected alt-country goddess Lucinda Williams.

 
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