Iowa City Weekender: March 22-25

Mission Creek is next week, but you will see that this weekend is no calm before the storm. As per usual we have events that are uniquely “Iowa City,” with some super powerful national/international acts throughout. The Weekender got a bit of a late release today, so I’ll waste no more time. Let’s get down to business.

Cursive w./ Cymbals Eat Guitars, Conduits // The Mill // 8:00 PM // $12 adv., $14 Day of

Growing up with Bright Eyes and other Saddle Creek label mates, Cursive has become one of the biggest names in indie music. Since their conception in 1995, the band has not let up in their pursuit to explore the potential of their sound. The 2000 release, The Ugly Organ introduced a new cello player and 2006’s Happy Hollow featured a 5 piece horn section that followed them in their national tour. Cursive dropped the horns for I Am Gemini earlier this year. Like Cursive fans have come to expect from front man Tim Kasher, Gemini is yet another conceptual narrative which revolves around the meeting of a good boy and his evil twin. Joining Cursive is Staten Island’s Cymbals Eat Guitars. With their release of Lenses Alien last year, the band created a promotional package which included the LP, cassette, web downloads, a t-shirt and a “unique pedal created by the band.” Their loud, indie rock albums are awesome and the live show is just as good. Opening up will be fellow Omaha band, Conduits, whose self-titled debut drops TONIGHT!

Three Brothers Theatre: Improv  // Public Space One // 8:00 PM // $5

The Three Brothers  is a local theater company busy this spring. Last week was a one act performance about the zombie apocalypse, this week is improv comedy. The vision of co-founder, Josh Beadle is to create a theater co-op that embraces not only theater, but other arts as well in a comfortable and collaborative environment. Next month, Three Brothers will put on a children’s show combining the stories of Little Red Riding Hood, Peter and the Wolf and Three Little Pigs.

Mansions on the Moon // The Mill // 9:00 PM // $10 Adv., $12 Day of

Straight out of L.A., Mansions on the Moon is currently touring in support of their impressive debut EP, Lightyears. The band crafts indie pop songs over an electronic and ambient textural backdrop. Lightyears sounds big, washed out and seems to be born from 80s nostalgia (in a good way). In addition to their work as a band, the group has been known to collaborate and tour with the likes of N.E.R.D., Mac Miller and Wiz Kalifa. The future looks bright for these dudes.

Lethal by Default w./ The Desolate, Blizzard at Sea, The Oculus // Gabe’s // 9:00 PM // $5

The posters are dubbing this show “Sacrametal Saturday.” Not sure if that’s going to be a weekly thing, but it very well could considering that at least one these bands is playing out just about every week. Lethal by Default comes in from Illinois with some straight up metal. These guys have been playing together since age 13, so you know they’re not messing around. Burlington, IA’s The Desolate brings us some of the most talented thrash metal acts around. Local favorites, The Oculus and Blizzard at Sea fill out the bill.

We Were Promised Jetpacks // Blue Moose // 8:00 PM // $10 Adv., $12 Day of

We Were Promised Jetpacks hails all the way from the ‘Burgh, Edinburgh, Scotland that is. Label mates, Frightened Rabbit and The Twilight Sad are certainly influential in their high energy indie rock sound. The band broke onto the scene with their first album, These Four Walls which reached #27 on the billboard “Heatseekers” chart. They toured with Jimmy Eat World and The Lonely Forest and have had their music featured on various television shows/films (Sons of Anarchy, One Tree Hill). Their latest release, In the Pit of the Stomach has been gotten substantial critical praise and contains some killer singles like “Act on Impulse” shown below.

Have a swell weekend.


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