VIDEO PREMIERE: VOIDDWELLER – “SNAKES”

VoidDweller, whose Illegal Content album we reviewed here, returns with  a new single, "Snakes." The video, shot by Angelo Rossi - who has established himself as a photographic documentarian of many Iowa bands and scenes - and manipulated in post by Mr. VoidDweller himself, features the artist sitting down at a desk in something of an interro…

BLACK STEEL IN FLYOVER COUNTRY

“Armageddon, Been in Effect. Go get a late pass. Step.” My local newspaper once highlighted a local hair band, quoting the lead singer snottily saying, “Rap has never been popular in Dubuque.” While The Summer of 1988 was a seminal point in the history of Hip Hop, a time when old school rap stars—at that point, the rap artists of only …

CLAIRE SAYS

(Photograph by Dasha Denger) Here's an interview with Claire Lambach (bass, vocals) of Chicago minimalist psych-pop duo GOSH! I first heard GOSH! in 2015 when Ruix booked them at our old space, and was lucky enough to have done some tour dates with them last fall. It's been rad to see them change and grow over those few years. The group has …

Thollem’s Hot Pursuit of Happiness

  For our first entry in Ruix's archival series, we have an essay from 2013 about the prolific musician and peripatetic traveler Thollem McDonas. Thollem is presently on tour, playing and singing his songs, presented under the name Hot Pursuit of Happiness.  With Thollem playing at Monk's Kaffee Pub in Ruix's home base of Dubuque, I…

Mentoring Youth: Live Performance and Songwriting

In late 2015, members of the Dubuque Area Arts Collective developed a new program building on the organization’s mission statement to mentor and empower young artists. Project 1 was devised to encourage young musicians to work together toward learning the fundamentals of live performance and songwriting. This goal was to be achieved with assistan…