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Show Photos: Mission Creek: British Sea Power, A Classic Education @ Blue Moose Tap House – 3/28

Mission Creek is off and running and I am trying to be everywhere all at once. i’ll be posting photos – with little to no editing – each day of the festival. I am keeping my chatting to the minimum, and the photos coming. The Festival Kicked off with A Classic Education and British Sea […]

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Mission Creek Day 1: Come dance now.

Instead of getting into the details of A Classic Education schooling their audience on powerhouse Brit-pop, The Wandering Bears plucking tambourines from a red-lit, skeletal branch whilst belting out sweet downhome harmonies, and an ecstatic audience parting for members of the U of I brass section to join Rubblebucket onstage for a thunderous finale, what I would like to write you instead is “please come do this.” […]

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Show Preview: Zomes, Skull Defekts, Alex Body & Joe Pavillion @ White Lightning 3/29/2011

On the 29th of March, Iowa City will a reunion of sorts as well as the return of a past festival guest. The returning guest is Daniel Higgs. A long-time staple of the underground, both internationally as well as in Washington, D.C. for his work in Lungfish and more general epicness, Higgs played a beautiful […]

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Interview: John Waters on ‘Pink Flamingos,’ the transformation of Divine and the changing face of indie cinema

Friday, April 1, 2011 | Englert | 6 p.m. Doors Everyone has their first time with John Waters. For me, it was the summer of 1976, when I took off from my Grandmother’s house in Provo Utah, after a weird, lonely, freshman year at BYU (don’t ask) and hitchhiked around the West. I ended up […]

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Unabridged: An Interview with John Waters

Everyone has their first time with John Waters. For me, it was the summer of 1976, when I took off from my Grandmother’s house in Provo Utah, after a weird, lonely, freshman year at BYU (don’t ask) and hitchhiked around the West. I ended up–rather crazed after sleeping rough alongside Interstate 5–in Berkeley, crashing with hippie friends. My first night in town they took me to see a midnight showing of… […]

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An Interview with Michael Sempert of Birds & Batteries

Mission Creek is gaining a reputation for opening on a high note — last year’s strange and wonderful Pocahaunted show at Gabe’s was an unexpected festival highlight. This year’s first-round lineup looks to be no exception, featuring an act I’ve become particularly excited about… […]

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Show Photos: Vagabonds, Ernie Hendrickson, Cory Chisel @ the Mill – 3/18IS

Local darlings and lullaby gurus, the Vagabonds, played for us last Friday. There are few bands that can hush the din of a bar on a weekend, but they do that pretty well. They have beautiful voices that capture peoples’ attention even when they sing quiet. They are also talented musicians. Among the three ladies, […]

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Show Photos: NERV, Los Voltage, Holy Sheet, Wild Child @ the Wherehouse – 3/15

Another Wherehouse show, another great line up. A little loud, a little weird, way good with front men flying everywhere!. NERV and Los Voltage are both locally grown bands, while Holy Sheet hails from Providence and Wild Child from Minneapolis. They all performed short, wild sets, so this was a night for those who like […]

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Englert Live 3/19/2011 — Live Recordings

Last Saturday Night was another in the “Intimate At The Englert” performance series, and I was on hand to record the proceedings. Phil Ochs started the event with some solo electric guitar. His finger-picking was transmuted by pedals into a shimmering haze of guitar sound. As int the work of Rhys Chatham, the harmonics and […]

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