Iowa City Weekender: February 10-12

Next week starts with the tragic/lovely holiday that is Valentine’s Day. While this is nice, I don’t really care too much. More important to me is the fact that a computer is about to play some Jeopardy!. I’m personally thrilled about this. I can’t wait to see what happens.

If you’re like me, you need to work out the excitement of now knowing about this, so let me provide some options for things to do. Weekends start on Thursday now, yeah?



Against Me! // Blue Moose Tap House // 6:00 PM // $13 Adv, $15 Day of Show, All Ages

A very long time ago, I saw Against Me! play in the basement of an old house. It was a bunch of dirty kids, strumming acoustic guitars and singing radical anarchist-themed songs. If that’s the band that you remember, the Against Me! coming on Thursday will be a drastic change. While the radical punk politics remain, the acoustic guitars have been replaced with clean electric guitar playing. They are much more refined now, but remnants of that old dirty band can still be seen in the music now. This will be a nice show for the young punk rockers about town to attend.


As we all know, there are a lot of musicians in this town of ours. They cover the gambit from crusty punk kids to sweaty house DJs to clean-cut soul men and women. This Friday will only reinforce this very idea.

Bermuda Report w/ The Blend & Toussaint Morrison // Blue Moose Tap House // 9:00 PM // $6, 21+

Former Diplomats of Solid Sound singer Abbey Sawyer is at the heart of Bermuda Report. While her voice hasn’t changed, the inspiration for the band’s sound has. Rather than calling that old Memphis soul sound like the Diplomats, Bermuda Report is coasting on the vibe of its namesake. Some songs have the tropical, smooth rhythm to them, recalling a Sade. Other are a little harder-edged, hitting deep. It’s a mature sound, but a good one. Only working on an EP, Bermuda Report should start appearing more and more around town as the time moves on and they continue generating material.

Larry “The Wizard” Sievers w/ Slut River & The Boxknifes // The Mill // 9:00 PM // Free, 21+

Aside from my obligation to list free shows as often as possible, this one holds another set of local talent. Local metal head Larry Sievers has been cranking out his own music for a little while, playing fantasy instrumentals with on-board beat backing. Although that could be construed as corny, I assure you that it is not. On the contrary, it’s totally rad. It’s the positive boost that one sometimes needs to get through the day. If you don’t believe me, the show is free. You’re welcome to check it out on your own while also checking out Slut River, a band that’s been getting a lot of chatter around these parts and it’s for more than just their name (which is totally awesome, just for the record).

So, the locals get the run of Friday. Who gets Saturday? Let’s see!


Dan Deacon w/ Wet Hair & Utopia Park // Gabe’s // 8:30 PM // $12, 19+

I’ve watched Dan Deacon videos, listened to his music, read about him, done any regular thing a person would do to find out more about an artist. Even with all I know, I find his music to be hard to describe. There is an intensely visceral component to it. Setting up on the floor and going for it, Deacon is not about showing himself off. In reality, he’s just trying to party with all the people crammed together who are sweating and smiling. Maybe, that’s the way to think about his electronic dance music. Rather than being about him, it’s about the dance party Deacon brings to every room he rocks. This is fitting as this show is a celebration of KRUI’s brand spankin’ new website. With Wet Hair and Utopia Park (a/k/a the band formerly known as Porno Galactica) in support, this will be a fun Saturday show.

If you were turned off at the word sweating, my last offering is for you.

Disco Dolls in Hot Skin // Bijou Theater // 11:00 PM // $5, Free for UI Students, 18+

After being shut down in rather controversial fashion last year, the annual porn screening is back on at the Bijou. Featuring John Holmes and the novel technology of 3d (you remember that, right? when things were red and blue and therefore 3d?), Disco Dolls in Hot Skin promises to be a good time and a welcome change to sweating at Dan Deacon. I mean, unless you’re into that sort of thing.

I was going to put an event in here, but I need to go check it out first before I give it the seal of approval.

The event: Apparently, for the next several Saturdays, there are to be viking reenactments in Scott Park. I don’t know what that means, so I’m going to find out. I should come back alive and whole. I’ll report in the future.

While I’m doing research, enjoy your weekend.


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