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Mission Creek 2010: 4/3/10 (PHOTOS, VIDEOS)

Granted: 6 days and 6 nights into Mission Creek 2010, there were likely only a few frequencies still registering on my bruised and battered eardrums when the night began, but still, is it just me or did the Blue Moose sound spectacular for Camera Obscura on Saturday night? I’m very stoked about the Blue Moose […]

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The Mission Creek Experience, Days Five and Six (VIDEO)

The Mission Creek Festival has finally come to an end, and what a festival it was. Featuring over 100 musical performances, I spent six days endlessly jumping from venue to venue and still managed to miss out on a sizable chunk of the show. What I did happen to catch, however, was enough to leave my eardrums ringing for days. Having now had the respite of a holiday weekend to recover, lets jump in, shall we? […]

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The First Family of Folk

Pieta Brown said she gets so nervous when she opens for her dad that she can “barely talk.” “It never goes away, that dad factor,” she told the Englert crowd, “specially when it’s that dad.” And who can blame her? That Dad’s voice, guitar-playing and presence get more imposing with each passing year. Who other […]

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Mission Creek 2010: 4/2/10 (PHOTOS, VIDEOS)

Friday night was another epic evening in Iowa City. Unfortunately there isn’t much here yet from the early short sets from 6-8 pm, Dawn’s at Dusk. This was actually a highlight of the evening. about 10 different acts, each doing a ten minute set, often with no set up in between, this was a very […]

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Les Dames du Burlesque with Cirque Stupendo

Even the word coming off of someone’s lips in a casual conversation–burlesque–drips like satin off the shoulder.  Its an old fashioned word, one that my Nana would have used only in one of her raciest jokes to her closest girlfriends.  Somehow through its mythology I only had a vague notion of this kind of performance. […]

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My Mission Creek schedule for tonight

My Mission Creek Festival agenda for tonight (gonna need my bike for this…) 6-8 Dawns at Dusk (I’m late! gotta go!!) 8:00 – Shame Stevens The Englert Theatre 8:20 – Samuel Locke Ward and the Boo Hoos at the Mill 8:50: Porno Galactica at PS1 9:05: Joe Jack Talcum at Mill 9:25: The Western Front […]

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The Mission Creek Experience, Days Three and Four

We’re just past the Mission Creek Festival’s halfway point, and the realization that Iowa City will soon return to its normal non-festival routine is a sad one. To be fair, there’s never a shortage of live music to see in our beloved city, but Mission Creek grabbed an adrenaline shot and slammed it straight into the heart of Iowa City. […]

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Apologies to Mr Bazan

Dear Mr. Bazan, I wanted to come to your show because I just can’t make up my mind about you. Sometimes I love you, sometimes I find you grating and self-indulgent. But last night I realized that in the face of historic acts like Acid Mothers Temple and Bomb Squad, and after getting Xiu Xiu […]

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