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Portland’s Mean Jeans to rock the Trumpet Blossom Cafe

Mean Jeans

With the recent glut of garage rock bands gaining more and more traction, Mean Jeans have a refreshingly lackadaisical approach. In interviews, they seem proud of the fact that they barely ever practice.

Taking extensive cues from The Ramones (right down to the band members’ themed stage names) the Portland-based trio specialize in two things: slammed-out power chords and snotty lyrics. […]

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Iowa City Weekender: May 23-26

4onthefloor

School’s over, and what that mainly means to me is less country rap on my block and more parking for my gigantic vehicle. What it might mean to you is that you’ve got a bunch of time on your hands and nothing to do. Well, here it is: some stuff to do this Memorial Day […]

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Iowa City Weekender: February 28 – March 1

Hello and welcome to another edition of the Weekender. Starting with Thursday, Alex and Francis White of the “fiery” bother/sister duo White Mystery will be heading to The Mill alongside Good Habits and We Shave. Details of this show and more after the jump. […]

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On The Beat: Aesop Rock, White Mystery and more coming to Iowa City

Aesop Rock

Right now, Mountains may be one of the best in the business when it comes to ambient, experimental music. Longtime friends and bandmates Koen Holtkamp and Brendon Anderegg got together and released two albums in 2005 and 2006 under their own label, Apestaartje. […]

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Music: King Pop – An Interview with Paul Collins

“One of the things I enjoy most about touring now is playing with up-and-coming bands.” This was one of the first things Paul Collins said to me when we recently chatted about his 2013 Midwest tour. It makes sense because thirty years ago, Paul Collins was in two up-and-coming power pop bands, The Nerves and […]

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Show Photos: Good Habits Cassette Release Party – 12/14/12

Ugh! I am such a procrastinator and the week is already slipping away from me. Despite my faults, I didn’t want to pass up an opportunity to share some photos and details from Good Habits’ Cassette Release show last week. Yes, folks, bands still release albums on cassettes…really good albums, too. Last Friday at Gabe’s, […]

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Show Photos: Good Habits’ Cassette Release Party – 12/14/12

Ugh! I am such a procrastinator and the week is already slipping away from me. Despite my faults, I didn’t want to pass up an opportunity to share some photos and details from Good Habits’ Cassette Release show last week. Yes, folks, bands still release albums on cassettes…really good albums, too. Last Friday at Gabe’s, […]

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