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Live Blog: They Might Be Giants

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They Might Be Giants performing at The Englert Theatre in Iowa City on October 30, 2011

Tonight, I was lucky enough to be in the front row at the sold out They Might Be Giants concert. The show was the tenth installment of our college radio station’s “Low Frequency” concert series. The Brooklyn-based duo, made up of John Flansburgh and John Linnell, was the perfect fit for a show sponsored by a campus radio organization. Why? Because they got their start in the music business when their self-titled EP was a smash hit on American college radio stations…and have been successful ever since!

Check out my “Storify” assessment of the whole, wonderful night, and let me know what your favorite They Might Be Giants song is in the comments section.

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Tuesday is for Tape Labels

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Remember me, your pal Cassette Tape? Dust off your Walkman, because I'm back!

One of the biggest reasons I like college radio stations so much is because they broadcast music made by people I actually know and love and want to support with my hard-earned dollars.

One local tape label in Iowa that I enjoy purchasing from is Sweat Power Records. Run by the boys of Utopia Park, every tape is $5, and all six of the bands with current releases are full of marvelous songwriters and performers.

If the idea of a tape label still existing in this day and age is a foreign concept to you, get with the times! My friend Caitlin just wrote about the cassette tape’s comeback story this week, and she’s right! College kids, indie bands, and other genres of thrifty souls are bringing back the cassette because of one reason and one reason only: it’s dirt cheap.

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