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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.

Symphony Tackles Challenging Work and Triumphs PDF Print E-mail
Music - Feature Stories
Tuesday, 15 April 2003 18:00
William Walton’s classic oratorio Belshazzar’s Feast is a monument in the British musical canon and a perfect example of the British fascination with large-scale choral music. Feast is a synthesis of massive orchestral composition (the work calls for double brass) and towering choral forces.

Upcoming Shows Feature Two Compelling Artists PDF Print E-mail
Music - Feature Stories
Tuesday, 15 April 2003 18:00
Matthew Clay, Crown Yourself King It’s pretty amazing what can come out of the do-it-yourself movement. Matthew Clay appears to be an artist with a new record on an indie label, but it doesn’t take much sleuthing to figure out that the Ottumwa, Iowa-based Freakin Records (as in, “Give me my Freakin Records”) is a one-man outfit, promoting only Clay.

Symphony Goes to Extremes PDF Print E-mail
Music - Feature Stories
Tuesday, 04 March 2003 18:00
After a one-month absence to allow for a guest conductor, Quad City Symphony Orchestra (QCSO) Music Director Donald Schleicher returned to the podium to conduct a concert of extremes on March 2: silly juxtaposed with the serious, German romanticism alongside “contemporary” American music, and program music leading into pure music.

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