Welcome to another edition of the Weekender. This week we get to check up on what the Night-People folks are up to, attend a mini festival and as always of course, bask in all sorts of local/regional music sprinkled in between. Let’s get to it.
Wet Hair w/ Cuticle, Goldendust // The Mill // 9:00 PM // $3
You could say that Wet Hair, the baby of Iowa City’s own tape label, Night-People, is hot right now. What began as a solo side project for front man/label founder, Shawn Reed, has become a full band affair. Their 2011 release, In Vogue Spirit is the band’s most coherent and accessible record to date, grabbing the attention of critics and underground hipsters alike. Wet Hair hasn’t let go of their experimental roots, but tends to have songs that sound more like songs these days – songs that feature minimalist synth lines, drums and sometimes take 5-8 minutes to find themselves. The band is careful not to overdo it on their home turf; they haven’t played a show in town since October. Fellow Night People, Cuticle and Goldendust open.
The Envy Corps w/ Bright Giant, The Olympics // Blue Moose // 9:00 // $8 Adv., $10 Day of
The Envy Corps have released three records, five EPs, been featured on film and TV soundtracks and toured with The Killers, making them one of the biggest bands to come out of Iowa in the past decade. After some time on a major label, the band decided to release their latest album, It Culls You on their own. Self produced and self released, the record captures The Envy Corps at their best. There is a Raygun shirt with the text, “The Envy Corps: Radiohead for Coldplay fans” and the comparison is fairly accurate. Their songs are less piano driven than Coldplay, but front man Luke Pettipoole’s vocals have Thom Yorke written all over it. Des Moines band, Bright Giant and Iowa City’s The Olympics open.
Bandwith Fest // Gabe’s + Yacht Club // 8:00 PM // $7-11
Put on by online radio website, Bandwith.org, the Bandwith Festival is a celebration of local and regional bands. The event is held in Iowa City over the course of one evening and takes place at both Gabe’s and the Yacht club. The fest costs $7 at the door at each venue, or $11 for both venues if you buy your ticket here. Here’s what the lineup looks like:
IC Showcase w/ Pete Balestrieri, Douglas Kramer Nye, + More // Pizza on Dubuque // 9:00 PM // FREE
I’m a huge fan of seeing live music in place that live music doesn’t/shouldn’t normally happen. This is something that Mission Creek tries to push every year, hosting shows in places like Catherine’s Boutique, the Tobacco Bowl and the bead shop. This week’s “IC Showcase” features Pete Balestrieri, Douglas Kramer Nye, Stinky Jones and Adam Weinstein. It’s going to be a treat to see such a stellar lineup in an intimate and unusual space. Check out some wicked Pete Balestrieri saxophone from a few weeks ago:
Kids These Days // The Mill // 9:00 PM // $8 Adv., $10 Day of
Chicago band, Kids These Days are not too far off from childhood themselves. Fresh out of high school, the eight piece ensemble has performed at Lollapalooza and Milwaukee’s Summerfest with their fusion of rock, blues, jazz and hip hop. They describe themselves as having four parts: “horns, a rapper, a blues-rock trio and a female singer” and claim that they are a genre-defying band while still having a “sound.” While they struggle with defining themselves, Kids These Days is not your average teenage garage band; most of its members have advanced training with multiple instruments, attending improv jazz classes at the Merit School of Music. The show is put on by SCOPE.
Zath w/ Bongrider, Blizzard at Sea // Gabe’s // 10:00 PM // $4
Metal show! Chicago’s Zath features members of Cacaw, Cave and Ga’an, all of whom are no strangers to us in Iowa City. I’ve never seen them personally and they have virtually zero presence on the web, but word on the street is that Zath just kills it. They play alongside Alex Body’s metal project, Bongrider which will feature a new lineup, and Blizzard at Sea. Four bones. You can’t go wrong.
Have a fantastic weekend!
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