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As Mission Creek concludes we are left with hangovers, memories and self-satisfied grins that will remain on our faces for weeks to follow.  And after a week of nearly 90 performances at over 20 venues why shouldn’t we be smiling?  There was something for everyone at this years festival that highlighted the best of Iowa […]

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Album Review/Interview: Oberhofer – Time Capsules II

Brad Oberhofer| 7:00pm | Yacht C lub | $8 | 19+ Even though Brad Oberhofer makes sweeping swathes of ornate, indie-pop, he hardly comes off as the dramatic frontman–with heart stitched on sleeve–he presents on his debut LP, Time Capsules II. Oberhofer spoke fairly quietly, at a measured pace when we talked in mid February. The Novocaine from the […]

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Album Review: Death Ships – Circumstantial Chemistry

Death Ships Circumstantial Chemistry deathships.bandcamp.com Death Ships w/ Mike Doughty, Caroline Smith and the Goodnight Sleeps // The Mill // Thurs, Mar. 29 Back in 2006 Dan Maloney and his band Death Ships were gigging regularly from his Iowa City home-base and gaining some notoriety. Life changes forced a do-over in Chicago which resulted in […]

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Think About It, America: David Cross and Amber Tamblyn Prepare to Invade Your Skulls

When I talked to David Cross he was leaving a celebrity poker tournament. It was a benefit for Dave Eggers’ non-profit youth-writing center, 826 Valencia. Cross was heading to the subway, then home to walk the dog and meet up with Amber Tamblyn—actor, poet and fiancé—for their friend’s thirtieth birthday party. I started with the […]

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Conversation: All His Little Words: An Interview with Stephin Merritt of The Magnetic Fields

In anticipation of this spring’s Mission Creek Festival, Little Village invited Iowa City novelist and alt-country raconteur Jason T. Lewis  to record a conversation about music and writing with Stephin Merritt of festival headliners The Magnetic Fields. Jason T. Lewis: What are you reading and listening to right now? Stephin Merritt: I’m reading a book […]

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On the Beat: Take a chance

As I sat at the Pressed And concert at the Mill on Feb. 7, I watched a couple of young men rock the stage. “Rock” might be inaccurate as they were sitting cross-legged for the show. Anyway, the spacey, hip-hop styled instrumental music that the two were making live fit well with the videos of […]

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On Sale Friday: Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 – Englert – March 31

Seun Kuti is the 27 year old son of the legendary Nigerian musician Fela Anikulapo Kuti. Seun (pronounced Shay-oon) has inherited his father’s booty shaking creation, Afrobeat, which mixes African highlife music with western influences like jazz and James Brown. Seun, like Fela, makes Afrobeat as primarily dance music that is also actively political. “In […]

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Mike Doughty of Soul Coughing to perform at Mission Creek 2012

Mike Doughty is a resurrection man. From 1992 to 2000 he fronted the MTV 120 Minutes-darlings band Soul Coughing. After kicking a heroin habit he took his intersection of folky beat-poetry alliteration and skat singing to a solo career with support from Dave Matthews and his label ATO. Since then he has released four formal […]

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Will Whitmore, Grand Tetons, Wet Hair announced for Mission Creek 2012

Today, the Mission Creek Festival announced some new confirmations, including local talents Will Whitmore, Grant Tetons and Wet Hair. William Elliott Whitmore cut his teeth strumming a banjo and opening for legendary Iowa City emo-core outfit Ten Grand. More than a decade later, Whitmore has five rough-hewn folk records to his name and sells out […]

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Black Milk and Tim Hecker added to lineup for Mission Creek 2012

Curtis Cross made his name–Black Milk–in Detroit, twisting the soul sounds of the previous generation around sharp, clean, bass-heavy beats. The J Dilla apostle released a series of ever-improving beat tapes before stepping out from behind his MPCs and synths to grab the mic on 2007’s Popular Demand. Since becoming a double threat, Black Milk […]

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H. Jon Benjamin and Jon Glaser to join David Cross at Mission Creek 2012

The Mission Creek Festival announced this morning that frequent collaborators H. Jon Benjamin and Jon Glaser will join David Cross at Mission Creek 2012. This lineup is not part of a tour or anything, just something these friends putting together for us here in Iowa City. If you are a fan of cartoons for grownups, […]

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