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Songwriting at Its Best PDF Print E-mail
Music - Feature Stories
Tuesday, 13 May 2003 18:00
As I was walking past our managing editor’s desk, the first thing I noticed about Quad Cities veteran players Driver of the Year’s latest EP, Some Girls Would Say … , was the artwork. It’s a plain black cover with a stylized green illustration of a nude woman lying with her head resting on the stomach of another nude woman.

 
Fewer Big Names, but Quality Reigns at the Quad Cities Jazz Festival PDF Print E-mail
Music - Feature Stories
Tuesday, 13 May 2003 18:00
This year’s Quad Cities Jazz Festival at first blush looks less impressive than previous incarnations. But appearances can be deceiving. You won’t find much contemporary jazz this year, yet fans of the classic styles won’t be disappointed.

 
Hornucopia Taps Into Diversity PDF Print E-mail
Music - Feature Stories
Tuesday, 13 May 2003 18:00
You won’t notice a lot of new features at this year’s Hornucopia, because – as the first festival this year in The District of Rock Island – it carried with it some uncertainty. Namely, questions about how far along reconstruction of the Great River Plaza was going to be.

 
At the Peaks of Their Powers PDF Print E-mail
Music - Feature Stories
Tuesday, 06 May 2003 18:00
Most artistically successful groups evolve toward obscurity – think most recently of Radiohead and Wilco – crafting an idiosyncratic vision that wins admirers and praise but threatens to alienate the bands’ core audiences.

 
Future Appletree Debuts Its First Full-Length, and It’s a Winner PDF Print E-mail
Music - Feature Stories
Tuesday, 22 April 2003 18:00
The local outfit The Marlboro Chorus has an easygoing, ambling style that’s belied by a keen attention to production and arrangement. What you’re left with on the group’s new album, “Good Luck” , is the lo-fi charm of a singer-songwriter such as Elliot Smith combined with playful but meticulous flourishes that remind me of The Flaming Lips.

 
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