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Beer, Hotdogs and Explosives – Show Preview: Barnstormer IV – July 4, 2010 – Maquoketa, IA

When Joseph Pope, Nathaniel Rateliff’s touring guitarist, got offstage after a recent show
at the Mill, he said he thought his set went well—well, he qualified, for a non-barn show.
Pope had just come off a week of performing in 19th-century barns throughout rural Iowa,
Illinois, and Wisconsin, as part of Daytrotter’s latest Barnstormer tour.

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Show Preview: Barnstormer IV – July 4, 2010 – Maquoketa, IA

When Joseph Pope, Nathaniel Rateliff’s touring guitarist, got offstage after a recent show at the Mill, he said he thought his set went well—well, he qualified, for a non-barn show. Pope had just come off a week of performing in 19th-century barns throughout rural Iowa, Illinois, and Wisconsin, as part of Daytrotter’s latest Barnstormer tour. […]

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Show Preview: Aktar Aktar, June 12 at Gabe's

If David Byrne, Slash, and Joe Strummer united to form a rock supergroup—and if, miraculously, things really clicked—that band would likely sound something like Aktar Aktar. The Chicago four-piece will headline Gabe’s this Saturday night, borrowing the best ingredients of art rock, cock rock and punk rock and mixing them into their tasty signature blend. […]

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Show Preview: Aktar Aktar, June 12 at Gabe's

If David Byrne, Slash, and Joe Strummer united to form a rock supergroup—and if, miraculously, things really clicked—that band would likely sound something like Aktar Aktar. The Chicago four-piece will headline Gabe’s this Saturday night, borrowing the best ingredients of art rock, cock rock and punk rock and mixing them into their tasty signature blend. […]

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Show Review: Local Natives/Suckers – The Mill, 5/18/10

The Local Natives/Suckers tour is one of indie rock’s big draws right now, with sold out shows in cities from New York to Los Angeles. Both bands are riding a wave of accolades and glowing reviews. The Local Natives have been praised by scenesters and squares alike (Pitchfork loves the band; so do NPR and […]

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Show Review: Local Natives/Suckers – The Mill, 5/18/10

The Local Natives/Suckers tour is one of indie rock’s big draws right now, with sold out shows in cities from New York to Los Angeles. Both bands are riding a wave of accolades and glowing reviews. The Local Natives have been praised by scenesters and squares alike (Pitchfork loves the band; so do NPR and […]

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Local Natives with Suckers: The Mill, 5/18

This Tuesday night at the Mill, The Local Natives and Suckers, two bands on Frenchkiss Records, split the bill. LA’s Local Natives are touring in support of 2010’s Gorilla Manor, 12 upbeat indie gems bursting with incantatory vocal harmonies and propellant drums. Sonically, the band can look through both ends of binoculars: often, they’ll use […]

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Show Review: Barnstormer III – May 2, 2010 – Maquoketa, IA

The Codfish Hollow barn has been referred to as the crown jewel location of the Barnstormer tour, and it’s easy to see why. Concertgoers pulled cars into a large meadow, and then waited in droves by the gate. After a few minutes, a smiling, coveralls-clad man pulled up in a tractor, and encouraged everyone to […]

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Show Review: Barnstormer III – April 27, 2010 – West Liberty, IA

The Secret Octagonal Barn in West Liberty, IA. The Secrest Octagonal Barn in West Liberty is a vast, open space built in the eight-sided style popular in 1883, when it was built. On the night of the show, a line of cars stretched all the way down the dirt road leading to the barn—with license […]

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