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A-List: Old Capitol City Roller Girls Host First Responders Appreciation Night Sat. March 9

Old Capitol City All-Stars vs Fargo Moorhead Northern Pains Saturday, March 9 7 p.m. (doors at 6:15) The Old Capitol City Roller Girls are back in action! Roll on down to the Coralville Marriott Convention Center as the All-Stars host the Northern Pains from the Fargo Moorhead Derby Girls of North Dakota. Get rowdy with […]

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Mission Creek Festival Spotlight: Julianna Barwick

Barwick loops layer after layer of her ethereal voice over understated piano and guitar samples. You’ve likely heard loopers before, but not like this. She takes the popular looping mechanic and elevates it to a level that borders on gospel, creating sweeping, meditative music that’s fit for a cathedral on the Seine. […]

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Patrick Reed’s “Drought Behavior” opens tonight at PS1 (embeds NSFW)

Iowa City artist Patrick Reed has a show opening tonight at Public Space One, and is giving an artist talk there at 6:30 p.m. Below is a photo essay of his we ran seven years ago exploring the public sexuality of college nightlife. We got in a ton of trouble for this one–complaints from advertisers, […]

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Iowa City Weekender: March 7-9

Hello and welcome to another edition of the Weekender. This weekend we have a reading at Prairie Lights, a terrific show at Blue Moose Tap House that’s easy on the wallet, and a unique opportunity to enjoy the classic Blake Edwards flick, Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Enjoy! […]

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Mission Creek Festival Spotlight: Pete Swanson

Pete Swanson is, in a word, experimental. His music is a mash-up of industrial noise, pulsing electronic dance music and pure, minimalist expressionism. He draws from a varied and complex pool of musical subcultures, resulting in a product that often transcends more well-established music genres. […]

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Prairie Pop: For those about to pop

Regular Prairie Pop columnist Kembrew McLeod has turned over this month’s edition to Umläut Nideldick—the famous German song doctor and rock and roll life coach. The following text is drawn from Nideldick’s keynote address at the 2012 conference of the Eurovision Academy of Musical Arts. […]

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Six of our favorite performances at Public Space One

As of today, the future of Public Space One is still unclear.

Live performances are expected to transition into PS1’s sister location, PSZ, though venue director John Engelbrecht isn’t ruling out proposals to retain PS1 as a performance space on some level. PS1 will likely operate in an entirely different capacity should discussions with city officials prove fruitful. […]

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Mission Creek Festival Spotlight: Détective

LA-based rock group Détective will be playing the Yacht Club on Wednesday, April 3. The group is comprised of former Guided By Voices bassist James Greer, alongside Guylaine Vivarat (former member of Useless Keys), and Chris Dunn. Together, they mix the hazy sounds of French surf-rock with catchy indie-pop hooks to make accessible, yet vaguely melancholic tracks. […]

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Aesop Rock of Rhymesayers performing at Blue Moose Tap House

Tonight at Blue Moose Tap House you can catch Aesop Rock, member of the critically-acclaimed Rhymesayers record label and pillar of the underground hip hop community. Since taking the stage name of Aesop Rock in 1996, 36-year-old Ian Bavitz has collaborated with several independent hip hop groups including The Weathermen, Two of…
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Mission Creek Festival Spotlight: Mucca Pazza

Chicago’s self-described Circus-Punk marching band Mucca Pazza will perform at the Englert Theatre on Saturday, April 6. This 30 piece band is known for their spontaneous live shows and ability to get audiences involved. The group prefer moving raucously through crowds (or busy offices, as seen in the video below) to stir up excitement, putting on a performance that’s as much for the eyes as it is for the ears. […]

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Your 2013 Mission Creek Festival guide

With numerous shows and readings taking place across multiple venues, trying to stay on top of the week-long Mission Creek Festival is no easy task. Stay ahead of the curve with our 2013 Mission Creek Festival guide. In this special Little Village insert, We discuss all of the festival’s must-see events plus a whole lot more. Won’t you join us? […]

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