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Album Review: Brian Johannesen — Northern Town

“Let’s go back to Maggie Valley,” lopes Brian Johannesen’s precision drawl at the outset of the opening track to his just-released Northern Town. Track two, “Cascade Mountain Nights,” embraces the chorus, “If I ever get out of Oregon …” Track three, “Two Hot Dogs and a Coke,” turns Johannesen’s adept storytelling skills to recounting childhood memory. […]

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‘The songs don’t care what you’re wearing’ — Brian Johannesen releases ‘Northern Town’ with a party at Big Grove

Iowa City’s Brian Johannesen celebrates the release of his first solo full-length album this weekend with an album release party Saturday, May 6 at Big Grove Brewery and Tap Room — Iowa City, which is quickly becoming a vibrant music venue, since its opening in March. Northern Town, which releases tomorrow, marks Johannesen’s second outing recording with Luke Tweedy at Flat Black Studios, following his 2013 self-titled EP. […]

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A warm welcome home for Brian Johannesen at The Mill

Brian Johannesen and friends The Mill — Saturday, July 2 at 8 p.m. A Nashville gem returns to Iowa City this weekend, for good. On July 2, The Mill welcomes Iowa City’s very own Brian Johannesen to celebrate a much-anticipated homecoming extravaganza. Expertly infusing the folk and country genres with a vintage rock ‘n’ roll […]

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Brian Johannesen to play free show at Gabe’s this Thursday

Iowa City’s favorite country-lovin’, whiskey-drinkin’ son, Brian Johannesen, now based out of Nashville, will be playing at Gabe’s this Thursday at 8 p.m. He’ll be joined by Chicago’s Ryan Joseph Andersen, of the roots-rock band Go Long Mule. […]

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Spend the weekend with Seldom Seen

Seldom Seen festival | June 28-29 | Monmouth, Iowa Seldom Seen returns to Mineral Crossing this weekend, and festival organizers have put together their biggest offering to date — by quite a margin, in fact. Since 2011, the quiet 625-acre farm in Monmouth, Iowa has brought people together to camp out and celebrate artistic endeavors […]

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Videos: Darren Hanlon and Grand Tetons

Here lies the second installation of Mission Freak’s YouTube channel. Below are two songs performed by Australia’s singer/songwriter and all around good guy Darren Hanlon and one by local band Grand Tetons.

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Review: Rock and LOLz at Pitchfork 2010

It has now been three days since the 2010 Pitchfork Music Festival wrapped up, and I’m still feeling it. My skin is flaking off, leaving behind a pinkish-red nasty burn, my muscles are sore from standing for hours upon hours, and my urine is still golden due to dehydration.

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