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Out-of-"Office" Replies: Creed Bratton, September 19 at the Adler Theatre PDF Print E-mail
Music - Feature Stories
Written by Mike Schulz   
Friday, 06 September 2013 06:00

Creed BrattonThere are people who work in an office and dream of stardom. And then there’s Creed Bratton, who actually achieved stardom, and then went on to work in an office.

Of course, given that he wound up in the office of the Scranton, Pennsylvania-based paper-supply company Dunder Mifflin, this could hardly be considered a career demotion.

Tapping Into the Spirit: Chuck Ragan, September 18 at the Redstone Room PDF Print E-mail
Music - Feature Stories
Written by Jeff Ignatius   
Thursday, 05 September 2013 08:52

Chuck Ragan. Photo by Tom Stone.

When Chuck Ragan stops in Davenport later this month, his fans shouldn’t miss the opportunity to see him. He’s not likely to announce his retirement from touring any time soon, but he’s regularly talked about the difficulties of being a touring musician and the price that families pay.

And he said in a phone interview last week that someday he will hang up his guitar to spend more time with his family. “Absolutely,” he said. “I’m sure a lot of musicians would say the exact opposite. … [But] I really look forward to that in a huge way. And I don’t know when that is. ... I’ve always had a love/hate relationship with touring and the road. It does take a massive toll. But I think it takes more of a toll on our loved ones, who are on the other side of it.”

Ragan is not, I stress, stepping out of the spotlight soon – which should be apparent from both his recent activity and his plans.

Photos from the William Elliott Whitmore Concert, August 30 at RIBCO PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Anthony Patrizi   
Wednesday, 04 September 2013 12:20

Photos by Anthony Patrizi from RIBCO’s outdoor William Elliott Whitmore concert on August 30, 2013.

Photo by Anthony Patrizi

A Tantalizing Taste: The Effie Afton’s New EP; Playing RIBCO on September 6 PDF Print E-mail
Music - Feature Stories
Written by Jeff Ignatius   
Tuesday, 03 September 2013 17:38

The Effie Afton

The defining characteristic of the self-titled EP from the Quad Cities band the Effie Afton is a pillowy softness – from the singing to the playing to the layer of gauze over the whole affair. Its four songs over 17 minutes are on the somnambulant side, even on the up-tempo “Great Divide” and the standout closing track, “Say Goodbye.” But in a sly trick, this vibe masks a striking evolution over the course of the EP.

Photos from River Roots Live, August 16 and 17 in LeClaire Park PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Matt Erickson and Roberta Osmers   
Thursday, 22 August 2013 09:34

Photos from River Roots Live, held August 16 and 17 in Davenport’s LeClaire Park.

For more work by Matt Erickson, visit For more from Roberta Osmers on the Quad Cities music scene, visit

Vintage Trouble

Photo by Matt Erickson,

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