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Why You Should Care About Tool PDF Print E-mail
Music - Feature Stories
Tuesday, 03 September 2002 18:00
Unless you’re of a certain age (under 30) and with a certain musical taste (complex loud music), there’s a good chance you’ve never heard the music of Tool. The band gets little airplay, rarely writes the standard verse-chorus-verse song, and – to the untrained ear – produces something more akin to formless noise than music.

Ulu Delivers at Rock Island’s Summerfest PDF Print E-mail
Music - Feature Stories
Tuesday, 23 July 2002 18:00
I was excited to check out New York’s Ulu when they came to Summerfest on July 12. I knew that they’d played at RIBCO a few months back, and I’d heard a snippet of Live at the Wetlands, Ulu’s second album, recorded in November of ’99.

Iowa City’s Pardekooper Not Mired in Mud PDF Print E-mail
Music - Feature Stories
Tuesday, 23 July 2002 18:00
Two years ago, Iowa City’s Kelly Pardekooper released Johnson County Snow with his Devil’s House Band, and I called it one of my favorite records of the year. Not among my favorite indie releases. Among my favorites, period.

Big Things Happening at Bix Festival PDF Print E-mail
Music - Feature Stories
Tuesday, 16 July 2002 18:00
It would be easy to forgive the Bix Memorial Jazz Society if its leaders were looking past this weekend’s Bix Memorial Jazz Festival. After all, next year marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of Leon “Bix” Beiderbecke, and the society has some big things planned, including a Caribbean Bix cruise in November 2003 and what’s sure to be a blowout centennial festival next summer.

A Rare Insight PDF Print E-mail
Music - Feature Stories
Tuesday, 09 July 2002 18:00
The photograph on the cover of Retrospective 1982-2002, the new overview CD by Cedar Rapids’ Gayla Drake Paul, might at first seem to be a concession to modern marketing. The photo, dating from 1988, shows Paul in a tank top and unzipped jeans, her hand reaching under her shirt, exposing part of a breast.

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