How to Keep Millions of Women and Children Out of Danger

We all know birth control was a catalyst for more women entering the work place. It’s increased our independence, given us greater command of our own bodies, and improved our sociopolitical standing. We know this. We also know that the recent changes to the Affordable Care Act eliminate requirements that not only make birth control…

Witness the Club Artist Revolution

This month sees a radical experiment among our local champions. It’s the logical next step in a community that has been quietly on the move for years. We forgot about them for a while. I blame the advent of the mp3 player and its shuffle mode – the very same invention that’s led us to…

Down to the Wire

This has become my annual thing. As the year winds to a close, every project I’ve started in the past 12 months suddenly weighs ten tons on my shoulders. It’s irrational because time isn’t real. The last day of December is as arbitrary a deadline as the fourth day in January or the nineteenth of…

You Had Us At Free Stuff

It would be killer if this event turned out to be huge. Iowa’s Latino population gets overlooked a lot. This month, the Figge is bringing back its Día de Muertos or Day of the Dead celebration. Unlike most things posted here, this one is totally family-friendly and a great alternative to some of the scarier…

Update on Jessica

This is hard to write. Mother Rona sent a message to supporters from Jessica’s GoFundMe page last night. Jessica’s doctors have told her there is no cure for her gastroparesis, and there is nothing more they can do. They have not officially given up. It sounds like they’re still running whatever tests they can think…

New Ragged Refreshes QC Music Industry Hub

Ragged Records continues to expand its QC presence with a second store on the other side of the river in Rock Island. Ragged Records and Music, like the original, has its own identity. Unique and unpretentious, you’ll not only find thousands of albums – from current top artists to obscure electro-folk acts featuring knock-off Muppets –…

Good Morning Midnight, Flat Black, and Other Dark Matters

Every fall, teenagers worldwide go off to college expecting to find a career and themselves. Most of what they find is disappointing. Like, instead of a road trip with a manic pixie dream girl, there’s an exciting if ill-advised romance with a lady who sticks her finger down her throat so she can drink more….

All Senses Will Rock All. Your. Senses.

“It’s the most unique fest going on in the QCA with a very left of center, diverse line-up… not aimed to please everyone, it is meant to be a boundary-pushing showcase of art.” That’s according to Jason Parris of RIBCO and Wake Brewing and possibly the most reliable dude in the area’s music industry. Hey,…

Yellow UFO Sighted

Paige Underwood is a name already familiar to fans of Daytrotter and Paste Music. Her newly-launched press and booking agency, Yellow UFO, stands to capitalize on that cachet. The venture is essentially a guaranteed success just by virtue of the many solid relationships Paige has cultivated over her auspicious career. Based in the Quad Cities,…