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Iowa City Weekender: March 1-4


Welcome to March and welcome to another Weekender. The column is coming at you a little later in the day than usual due to some technical difficulties, so I hope no one’s lives are too out of alignment at this point. Don’t worry though, there’s still plenty to do. The theme this week seems to be two person acts. There are at least 4 out of town duos worth checking out as well as, you know, other awesome stuff. Dig in.

THURSDAY
Memoryhouse w/ Tiny Fireflies // The Mill // 10:00 PM // $8

The birth of Canadian dream pop duo, Memoryhouse was never really expected. Composer Evan Abeele set out to make a multimedia project involving his music and the photography/film/other visual art of Denise Nouvion. The decision to add Nouvion’s vocals to the project was well received and the band’s aesthetic began to take its shape. The name “Memoryhouse” is an homage to the 2001 album by German composer, Max Richter, who Abeele cites as one of his biggest influences. These minimal and mellow influences are certainly present in Memoryhouse, but make no mistake, these are pop songs that are often compared to those of Beach House. Their latest album, Slideshow Effect was actually released a few days ago (2/28) via Sub Pop. Memoryhouse will be joined by fellow dreamy indie popsters out of Chicago, Tiny Fireflies.

FRIDAY
White Mystery w/ Liberty Leg, Skye Carrasco, Caterwaulla // Gabe’s // 10.00 PM // $5

White Mystery is an all-out garage rock duo on the rise. In 2011, they shared the stage with Weezer and the video for their song, “Birthday” was named third best of the year by MTV. The group consists of fiery red-haired brother and sister, Alex and Francis White. While they bear no relation to any other rock act with that surname, comparisons to the White Stripes are abundant seem to be welcomed by the band. Just check out the video below. See how much fun everyone is having? This show’s going to be hot. Opening the show is a stellar cast of local acts: Liberty Leg, Skye Carrasco and Caterwaulla.

SATURDAY
Old Thrashers V // The Mill // 10:00 PM // $4

What began five years ago as a birthday party/reunion of yesterday’s Iowa City punk bands has now become an annual fixture at The Mill. The event features the same musicians playing in their current bands. Old Thrashers has not only become a reunion, but also a benefit show for United Action for Youth, which provides a safe place for young folks to learn and explore their creativity. Here’s what’s on the menu (stolen from the Mill’s website):

Baggy Spandex – featuring the iconic guitar work of Quentin Duarte they promise a memorable driving set. 
A Chance In Hell – Crunchy and thrashy are the best adjectives to describe this band. This isn’t retro Thrash Metal it’s the real thing.
Illinois John Fever – Boot stompin, hell raising, beer swilling, good time blues music! If you can sit through this set, you just ain’t human. 
Acoustic Guillotine – Two words sum it all up “Guitarless Metal.” These two guys deliver so much gut punching metal you’d swear they were a nine piece band. 
HOTT – SUPER KICK ASS GOOD TIME STUPID ROCK!!! Be prepared to have some of the most stupid fun you could ever have! 

SUNDAY
An Horse w/ The Company We Keep // Blue Moose // 7:30 PM // $10

Our final two piece act of the week visits us from the other side of the globe to feed us some bright and shiny indie pop. Australia’s An Horse has been known for touring with bands like Death Cab for Cutie, Tegan and Sara, Silversun Pickups and Cage the Elephant. They released their sophomore album last year and the single, “Trains and Tracks” was featured as iTunes’ Single of the Week. Kicking things off for this early Saturday evening show will be The Company We Keep. You might know these guys better as “the guy from Motion City Soundtrack’s new band.”

Enjoy yourself.

~LV

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