A preview of Nakatani Gong Orchestra’s performance at Witching Hour. (Image via Iowa City Daily Press-Citizen)
DEBIT kicked off the 2022 Witching Hour festival in Iowa City. Image via Never Apart.
DEBIT kicks off the Englert Theatre’s 2022 Witching Hour festival at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 17. Image via Pitchfork.
billy woods – Aethiopes On Aethiopes, billy woods reestablishes his strengths as a storyteller, with help from producer Preservation’s experimentally jazzy beats. By now, woods has cemented himself as one of hip hop’s greatest writers, and his brooding yet clever introspection sounds especially powerful over Preservation’s musical backdropping. Samples of pianos will twinkle across some tracks, and pound discordantly on others, while electric guitars ring and horns blow. By the time the harmonica enters the equation, the beats here are unparalleled. It is an enveloping atmosphere completed by excellent percussion, which moves between hand drums, full kits, and shuffling jangles … Continued
Ahzia Hester brought heat to Gabe’s on Friday evening. (Header image via Alyssa Leicht)
Overall, Soccer Mommy earned the headline spot at Mission Creek Festival with their bright-sounding indie underpinning the deeper, darker meaning looming in the lyrics. Sometimes, Forever releases June 24th and can be pre-ordered through her website.