Iowa City Weekender: May 16-19

Thursday 5/16

NERV w. Xerox | 9:00 p.m.| The Crowley Castle | Free

Another DIY show this week, same venue as last week, this time featuring the best local Iowa City punk there is. NERV is on their way out on tour starting Saturday and this will serve as their going away show. Consistently entertaining, these dudes put on one of the best live shows in town; and in a basement, it couldn’t be better. Xerox features members of Solid Attitude and also share a member with NERV, it’s new, it’s good. If you don’t know where this is, same deal as last week, ask somebody!

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Milk & Eggs w. Doug Mains & The City Folk, Nora Petran | 9:00 p.m. | The Mill | $8 | 19+

For those not of the punk persuasion or afraid of basements, The Mill hosts local talent Milk & Eggs and others for an intimate evening. From The Mill website: Born on the bluffs of the Mississippi in Burlington, Iowa, visual artist Jordan Sellergren began actively songwriting in 2009 while living and working in Auckland, New Zealand. After returning to Iowa in the spring of 2010, she started playing her songs locally under the name Milk & Eggs. In July 2011, Milk & Eggs recorded and released her eponymous first full-length, self-produced album, with instrumental accompaniment from John Waite, Gabe Baillargeon, Jim Leland, Andrew Conley and David Zollo.

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Friday 5/17

Party on the Patio | 6:00 p.m. | Gabes | All Ages

The weekly hangout continues this Friday with guest DJ XXL spinning the discs this time around. No cover, free food and cheap drinks!

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Limbs w. Modality | 9:00 p.m. | Blue Moose Tap House | $5 | 19+

Blending jam, hip-hop and dance into one smooth silky mousse, Limbs releases their first proper album at this show. Joining them will be the Quad Cities’ Modality…don’t know much about this band other than what’s on the Facebook event: “Think Incubus meets Rage Against the Machine”. Hmm.

On Blast! Tour 2013 | Gabes | 10:00 p.m. | $8 advance/$10 door | 19+

The list of killer Twin Cities hip-hop on this show is insane! MC Rentz, Knonam, Sector 7G, Dem Atlas and AWTHNTKTS will be throwing rhymes in your face all night long. Bios and links to all the artists are on their Facebook page, check it out!

The Mill Karaoke | 9:00 p.m. | The Mill | Free | 19+

It’s karaoke, it’s at The Mill, and that’s all there is to it. As a karaoke enthusiast, the stage presence you get at The Mill’s karaoke is second to none. So if you really want to make an ass of yourself, or you really wanna show off, I’d highly recommend attending!
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Saturday 5/18 and Sunday 5/19

There’s not a whole lot happening on either Saturday or Sunday, there are graduation dance parties at both The Mill and Gabe’s, so if you graduated, whoopie you get a dance party! I’m sure others are invited as well but with graduating four years ago I think I’d feel a little creepy. And I’m sure those people with years left of schooling won’t be so damn excited either. My recommendation: go for a walk, sit on a porch, barbeque, play some some sort of sport, or just sleep through the nice weather. A lot of cool stuff happening next week, stay tuned! In the mean time, check out the quick hits below.

Quick Hits

Saturday at Gabe’s: Deuce Funk Monsters w. Dana T, The Nemo Orchestra at 8:00 p.m.
Saturday at Uptown Bill’s: Music by Brad Pouleson at 7:00 p.m.
Saturday at Yacht Club: Soap w. Black Forrest Ham, Matthew and the Arrogant Sea at 10:00 p.m.

Sunday at The Mill: Benefit for musician Sonny Lott at 6:00 p.m.
Sunday at CSPS Hall (Legion Arts): Balfa Toujours at 7:00 p.m.
Sunday at Blue Moose Tap House Comedy showcase w. Daniel Frana, Bobby Ray Bunch, Kristy Hartsgrove, A.J. Grill, Andrew King, Megan Gogerty at 8:00 p.m.

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