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 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...

An Iowan’s View on Hollywood Exclusion

The countdown to this year’s Academy Awards was fraught with controversy over a lack of racial diversity in the acting nominees. Other major award...

Thao & The Get Down Stay Down: A Man Alive (Ribbon) Review

If you follow the career of Thao Nguyen, then you have restless ears. Through a string of albums as a solo artist, with her band...

Yoko Ono: Yes, I’m a Witch Too (Manimal) Review

For being 83 years old, Yoko Ono hasn’t exactly been slowing down. In the last six years alone, she’s released tons of new music,...