Freakwater hits the road with their first studio album in nearly a decade

Freakwater The Mill — Tue., Mar. 15 at 8 p.m. Janet Beveridge Bean and Catherine Irwin have been collaborating, writing and performing for over 30 years as Freakwater. Often saddled by media with the distinction of having pre-dated the insurgence of alternative country in the late ’80s and early ’90s, they will sarcastically attribute that […]

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Iowa City’s Seth Wenger to open for Burlington’s Eric Pettit Lion at The Mill

Eric Pettit Lion The Mill — Friday, August 21 at 9 p.m. Burlington, Iowa lends Iowa City their homegrown river folk rockers this Friday night, Eric Pettit Lion. These four guys, (Eric Pettit, Dave Schwarm, Tim Buhmeyer, Greg Floyd) will deliver organic story-like songs through their Americana stylings and raw lyrics. Their sound nods back […]

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Mission Creek Spotlight: Dead Rider, Foul Tip, Sweet Chariot

Dead Rider

Experimental noise, drum and bass, and progressive sludge metal. These are the styles of the three very different bands that will close out the Mission Creek Festival Sunday at The Mill. Chicago’s Dead Rider is the headliner… […]

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Catchy hooks galore: Dent May to play The Mill next week

Dent May - Warm Blanket

While his name sounds like a nom de plume, Dent May is the real name of this musician. May explores the commonalities of life — particularly love — and does it in inventive ways. On his debut album, The Good Feeling Music of Dent May & His Magnificent Ukulele, he sang his light pop songs with the accompaniment of an ukulele. […]

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Live Music Preview: 3/25 through 4/3

Kendrick Lamar

The Mission Creek Festival will soon be upon us, and Iowa City is holding its collective breath until it finally arrives. While Mission Creek’s main entrée is music (with healthy portions of literature and culinary arts), I won’t spend too much time explaining the festival here. That being said, much of this issue’s noteworthy live music doesn’t hit us until the fest starts on April 1. […]

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Your Town Now: The city council’s Chauncey decision is remarkably opaque

Your Town Now

The Iowa City Council’s 5-1 decision last month to move ahead with Marc Moen’s Chauncey building project settled the question of what is to become of the corner of Gilbert and College, but the decision also led some local dissenters to look upon the council with an eye of suspicion. One such group with the […]

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Album Review: Haunter- Perishing Road

Perishing Road

The full-length debut, Perishing Road, from Haunter (a.k.a. Kyle Arthur Miller) is ideal for late nights, headphones and staring out at the frozen tundra. Miller’s new collection of ambient compositions rewards those who put in the time, with headphones bundled around the ears. Perishing Road is a feast of guitar drone interplay. […]

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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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Mission Creek Festival Spotlight: Thao and the Get Down Stay Down

Thao and the Get Down Stay Down

Thao and the Get Down Stay Down bring their folky, Indie-pop style to the Mill on April 2. Thao Nguyen has found fame creating lyrics that can be as biting as they are playful. […]

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Mission Creek Festival Spotlight: JEFF the Brotherhood

JEFF the Brotherhood

Post-Grunge rockers JEFF the Brotherhood play the Mill Thursday, April 4. Their songs take listeners back to a time when guitar solos backed by heavy distortion, thick reverb and catchy lyrical hooks were the norm. […]

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