Advertisement

Portland’s Mean Jeans to rock the Trumpet Blossom Cafe

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. […]

Read More…

Album Review: Lipstick Homicide – Out Utero

It’s hard for me not to think of Lipstick Homicide as kids; they’re contemporaries of my children. I first heard them when they were barely old enough to drive, and now they’re all grown up, actual 20-somethings. Throughout that time they’ve been remarkably consistent—they play melodic punk rock. […]

Read More…

Iowa City Weekender: March 28-30

Hello and welcome to another edition of the Iowa City Weekender. We’ve highlighted three must-see events spanning three days, giving you just a taste of the happenings around Iowa City this weekend. Details after the jump! […]

Read More…

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

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. […]

Read More…

Iowa City Weekender: February 21-23

Hello and welcome to another edition of the Weekender. Starting with Thursday, Iowa City’s Home Ec. Workshop is putting on its fourth annual Craft Crawl this weekend. Attendees have four days (Thursday – Sunday) to purchase discounted items from 6 different local businesses, and participate in activities they have arranged… […]

Read More…

Iowa City Weekender: October 25-27

Hello and welcome to the “HalloWeekender!” If you’re planning on getting down in the name of Halloween, this is the weekend to do it. Over the next few days, I’m predicting that I’ll see 7 college aged Waldos, and crossing my fingers for at least two “Gangnam Style” guys. Is it weird that I can’t […]

Read More…

On the Beat: Iowa City Song Project

I try to collect as much Iowa City music as I possibly can. When I can’t buy a record at a show, I scour Bandcamp pages for the ones I don’t have yet. I spend hours creating and editing mixes of my favorite songs for my friends and family—people who aren’t familiar with the Iowa City […]

Read More…

Iowa City Weekender: June 28-30

This is about to be a fantastic summer weekend. There’s a bike in movie, a mini music festival, a farewell show and more. But let’s go back to the festival before we discuss anything else. Firecracker 500 Festival // Gabe’s // Thursday – Saturday, 6:00 PM – 2:00 AM // $10/Day, $25/Three Day Pass I’m […]

Read More…

Local Music Project comes to the ICPL

After loaning music for decades, the Iowa City Public Library has found an innovative way to support Iowa City’s music scene and stay abreast of the changing music climate. On June 7, the ICPL launched a new service called “The Local Music Project,” providing local music to residents at no cost. The project, pioneered by […]

Read More…

Iowa City Weekender: January 19-21

Hello and welcome to another edition of the Weekender. We’ve got a little bit of a party weekend ahead of us, complete with a dance party, an anniversary bash and, uh, a punk farm. A number of other musical and cinematic events are going down to fill out what’s about to be a pretty rad […]

Read More…

Iowa City Weekender: December 29-31

Hello there and welcome to this year’s final Weekender column. Many of us who skipped town for the holidays are back in Iowa City and ready to get out there again. This week features all musical events as other venues (Englert, Bijou, etc.) are still on a bit of a hiatus. We’ve got plenty of […]

Read More…