Primavera Festival: Day 3

Today the festival began proper. It was the first full lineup, with all the stages firing on all pistons. The day began auspiciously, with a...

Primavera Festival: Day 2

Hungover, we made our way to the dropoff point. My rat bastard editor still hadn’t come through on the care package, but as the...

Primavera Festival: Day 1

When the Iowa Informer said they wanted to send me to Barcelona, Spain, to review the Primavera Festival, I thought about it for a...

The Claypool Lennon Delirium: Monolith of Phobos (ATO) Review

I was a big fan of Sean Lennon’s 1998 album, Into the Sun. There was a lot of whimsy, and a lot of relaxed...

Ames’ Other (Somewhat) Recent Sculpture Controversy

After a handful of complaints and an ensuing email discussion, the city's Public Art Commission has decided against removing Wide Open Mind, a bronze...

City of Ames Discussed Removal of “Naked Lady” Sculpture

A longtime staple of the city’s downtown culture, the Ames Annual Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition has attracted unusual controversy this year after a Public Art...

Ames, City with Worst Music Scene and 2nd Most Hipsters, Now Rising in List...

The city and Chamber of Commerce rarely miss an opportunity to tout Ames' inclusion on national best-cities lists, no matter how dubious the methodology...
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Radiohead: A Moon Shaped Pool (XL) Review

The new Radiohead album came out today, after a long gap (King of Limbs, their last album, came out in 2011) and some...

In Memory of Prince, 1958-2016

We’re only a third of the way into 2016, and have seen the deaths of what feels like a higher number than normal of...
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The Last Shadow Puppets: Everything You’ve Come to Expect (Domino) Review

Eight years ago a side project album sort of came out of nowhere, a debut by The Last Shadow Puppets titled The Age of...