What makes a Deer Tick? John McCauley talks new instruments, parenthood and his band’s upcoming acoustic tour

Deer Tick

Deer Tick has evolved and adapted over the years where similar indie-rock bands have faltered and burned out. While not without their share of a hard-partying and rock and roll lifestyle, their sincerity keeps their craft authentic and their fanbase steadily growing… […]

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Documentary double feature at FilmScene

Documentary double feature: Louie Bluie & Crumb FilmScene — Thu., Mar. 17 at 7 p.m. and Sun., Mar. 20 at 2 p.m. (More showtimes to be announced.) Terry Zwigoff will visit Iowa City on Apr. 7 as part of the Mission Creek Festival. FilmScene starts a retrospective of Zwigoff’s films tonight at 7 p.m. Leading […]

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Seminal publisher and critic Gary Groth talks past favorites and new discoveries

When it comes to comics, Gary Groth is both a champion and an iconoclast. Equally committed to the notions that comics deserve the full range of critical attention and that superheroes are simply ridiculous, Groth has earned the status of legend in the industry through his ongoing work with Fantagraphics Books and The Comics Journal. […]

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Faust’s Jean-Hervé Péron on touring in the U.S., Dada and his group’s utter disdain for ‘practice’

Photo courtesy of Faust

Mission Creek Presents: faUSt, with Mammifer and Bob Bucko, Jr Gabe’s — Tue., Apr. 5 at 8 p.m. Faust has always seemed mythical and legendary. Perhaps naming a band after a legendary work of literature will do that. But Faust is truly a rare and wonderful band. In a world where struggle, irrelevance and obsolescence […]

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Mission Creek Festival announces full 2016 literary line-up

More than 30 events, mostly free, make up the literary track of this year’s Mission Creek Festival, which kicks off on Apr. 5. The emphasis is on “Literature Within & Beyond Text,” a concept highlighted by festival headliners Alison Bechdel, who rose to fame with her graphic memoir Fun Home (recently adapted into an award-winning […]

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Mission Creek Festival offers a teaser event at Iowa River Landing

Mission Creek @ IRL Various venues — Saturday, Feb. 20 at 2 p.m. Mission Creek Festival, in conjunction with the Iowa City/Coralville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau and Iowa River Landing, is presenting a free series of events on Saturday afternoon at the Iowa River Landing complex in Coralville. Framed as “a taste of Mission […]

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Mission Creek Festival full 2016 lineup announced; Kevin Smith, Deer Tick, PHOX and more added

Kevin Smith at Mission Creek

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] It’s no secret any longer: the complete lineup for this spring’s Mission Creek Festival is here, and it’s full to the brim with fantastic additions to an already-exciting schedule. Filmmaker, comics writer and podcaster Kevin Smith tops the list. The newly added headliner will be bringing his well-known “An Evening with Kevin Smith” program […]

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Mission Creek Festival residency program brings Ian Svenonius to Iowa City

Ian Svenonious descends on Iowa City

An Evening with Ian Svenonius Trumpet Blossom Café — Friday, Jan. 29 at 9 p.m. Acclaimed Washington, D.C.-based musician Ian Svenonius is headed to the chill midwest to take part in Mission Creek Festival’s artist-in-residence program. Best known for his work with bands Nation of Ulysses, The Make-Up and Weird War, Svenonius’ residency here will […]

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Mission Creek announces Saul Williams, Marc Maron, Alison Bechdel and more

Marc Maron

Mission Creek Festival has made its first lineup announcement for the eleventh annual event, set for April 5–10, 2016. Festival passes ($135/$350 — see below for details) will go on sale Dec. 11 at noon, online at Midwestix… […]

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How to Mission Creek: A guide to Saturday and Sunday

Father John Misty

Hopefully, you’ve been Mission-Creeking-it-up all week (seriously, Amen Dunes! Silver Apples! Real Estate! Freddie Gibbs! How to Dress Well! Foxygen!), but if not, there’s still enough music, film and literature to satiate your soul for weeks — all happening in just one weekend. […]

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How to Mission Creek: A guide to Thursday night

Here, Little Village‘s Tube columnist, Melissa Zimdars, offers her recap of last night at Mission Creek, and her plans for this evening. I know only nerdiest television columnist would fact-check a comedic routine, but in case anyone in Iowa City raised an eyebrow at the Cameron Esposito show last night like I embarrassingly did between […]

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Interview: Jim Jarmusch and Carter Logan on finding inspiration in Man Ray’s experimental films

Jim Jarmusch, the iconoclastic independent filmmaker, is headed to Mission Creek, along with bandmate and filmmaking associate Carter Logan, to perform… […]

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