Advice for Becoming an Active Audience Member

by DAN BOSCALJON Artistic performances, at their best, exceed our ability to process them. They provide a reprieve from a world increasingly monitored and measured by metrics, which make knowledge manageable. One could analyze the angle of a dancer’s leap or the musical style of a guitarist, but knowing these facts never equals the thrill […]

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A Conversation with: Julien Baker

DAN BOSCALJON Despite her youth, Julien Baker has already become a standout known for writing music of exquisite beauty and thoughtfulness. 2015’s Sprained Ankle, a sparse and ruminative album focused on Baker’s words, voice, and guitar, was widely acclaimed and ended up on almost every year end “best of” list. Last year’s Turn Out the […]

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A Conversation with: Wye Oak

DAN BOSCALJON Wye Oak was last in Iowa City to provide an unforgettable close of Mission Creek 2011 as part of their Civilian tour, and return for Mission Creek 2018 with a new album that will be released that month. The band has spent the brief hiatus following the release of 2014’s Shriek and 2016’s […]

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