Iowa City Weekender: 10/15-10/18

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Another weekend already!  Woot Woot!

Were you at The Sanctuary last night?  If so, give yourself a pat on the back, you get an A+ for the day in Iowa City 101 for having witnessed a rare performance by some Iowa City all-stars — like the equivalent of Mohammad Ali, Babe Ruth, Tiger Woods and Martina Navratalova, all on the same stage, all at the same time.  Nate Basinger, your little Schroeder piano is adorable.  Dustin Busch, ain’t nobody that sounds like you.  You sound like your daddy was born on a slave ship and your momma’s Lou Reed.  You’re gonna be a star, kid.  Josh Carrollhach, if anyone finds a musical genre you can’t beat a drum to, I’ll give them a million billion dollars.  Sarah Cram, if there is a church out there somewhere with pipes like yours in the organ, I’ll turn to God, nibble his ear, bake her a pie.

nate, josh and dustin at the sanctuarynate, sarah and dustin at the sanctuary

Sorry for the poor image quality, just pics I took on my phone….

If you weren’t at The Sanctuary last night, fear not, we are planning to have them on Little Village Radio very soon for an hour long in-studio live session.  Tune in to LV Radio on KRUI every Wednesday from 5-6 pm.  Oh, and Psssssst – Definitely tune in next week as we will feature an interview with The Avett Brothers, who are playing the Englert next Tuesday night, October 20th.

Now, on to this weekend –


Headlights w/ Birth Rites, Skye Carrasco | The Mill | 9 pm | $8
From The Mill:  ” ‘Indie-pop’ is a term that gets thrown around a lot but there are probably few bands more deserving of the descriptor than Champaign’s Headlights. This group, if for nothing else, is known for their exquisitely beautiful melodies and harmonies and their ability to serve up irresistible hooks. 2007’s Some Racing, Some Stopping took Headlights to the national level and saw them playing shows with the likes of Tilly and the Wall and Evangelicals. They return this fall with a new album called Wildlife on Polyvinyl Records. After their stunning opening set for Beach House and Fruit Bats at this year’s Mission Creek Festival we can only expect good things. Local Mission Freak Records alumi Birth Rites open up.”


Battle of the bands Finals | Yacht Club | 8 pm | $5

From jazz to punk, from folk legends to r&b and soul future tellers, some of the best bands around have recorded at Minstrel Studios.  After this weekend, a couple more names will be added to the list, for Friday night is the finals of the Minstrel Studios – Yacht Club – Fat Tire Battle of the Bands.  The winner gets a week of studio time at Minstrel Studios, and second place gets a keg of Fat Tire to help them make the most of one full day at Minstrel.  Head to the Yacht Club this Friday to help decide who’s gonna make the next great album at this legendary local studio.

Competing in the finals are:

5 in a Hand
Bold City Lights
Get V
Nifty Mountain PowWow


awful purdies

Early Show: Awful Purdies CD Release Party w/ Arthur Lee Land | The Mill | 5-7 pm | $8

Guranteed not to sing you to sleep, these chicks with picks are gonna throw a serious party and then go home on time to tuck in their babies.  Local favorites The Awful Purdies are sure to bring out a good crowd, so come on down, see who’s who in the folk scene and pick up your own piece of cred: a copy of their new self-titled album.  If you don’t have a beard, and if that makes you feel shy, don’t fret – they are setting up a beard and mustache painting booth!  For serious…

Late Show: Shame Train w/ Kasper Hauser and Ed Gray | The Mill | 9 pm | $6

A great time continueth at ye olde Mill.  Step one: don’t go home after Awful Purdies.  Step two: Have some lasagna.  Step 3: Have some coffee with yer whiskey.  Step 4: Be not disappointed by one of the best songwriters in forever, Sam Knutson, and his band Shame Train.


Former Ghosts | The Picador | Doors at 9 | $?

Former Ghosts refers to themselves as a synthpop-inspired project led by Freddy Ruppert (of This Song is a Mess But So Am I), consisting of Jamie Stewart (of Xiu Xiu) and Nika Roza (of Zola Jesus).  Stop by their myspace if you really want a preview, but based on the shows I’ve seeen of the previous incarnations, these are some intense performers that will create a universe of sound and flesh which is beyond pandering to aesthetic ideals or cleanliness of arrangement.   However, at the end of the day, you might be surprised to recall that the arrangements actually were fairly clean, and you’ll be shocked, maybe horrified, to realize that they had perhaps premeditated… that.

Have a Great Weeekend!


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