Video Premiere: ‘I’m a Lover (at Close Range)’ by Mission Creek/Flat Black resident Ian Svenonius

Recorded last January in Lone Tree, Iowa as part of a residency program coordinated by Mission Creek Festival and Flat Black Studios, a full-length album from ESCAPE-iSM (Ian Svenonius‘ solo project) will be released soon. A video for the first single, “I’m a Lover (at Close Range),” was shot on location by Bill Adams, and […]

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Echoes of Mission Creek: A look back on some highlights

Kurt Vile at Mission Creek 2016

Mission Creek Retrospective Unlike the past four years, when Mission Creek has brought in the artist(s) responsible for my favorite albums from prior ten months (see: Exit Music, Warpaint, A Winged Victory for the Sullen, Ben Frost), this year’s lineup announcement had left me feeling oddly indifferent. I had enjoyed Waxahatchee’s Ivy Tripp when it […]

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Interview deep cut: Saul Williams on lifelong learning and the concept of “enough”

Saul Williams plays Mission Creek 2016

Saul Williams Q&A Prairie Lights — Sat., Apr. 9 at 4 p.m. Saul Williams with Psalm One, Akwi Nji & Lovar Davis Kidd The Mill — Sat., Apr. 9 at 8:30 p.m. In this deep cut from Heather ‘Byrd’ Roberts’ interview with Saul Williams, the first part of which appears in issue 196, the two […]

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MCF Preview: Fingerpickin’ good – Glenn Jones and the American Primitive

Glenn Jones at Mission Creek

Glenn Jones is a renowned blues musician with a robust career and unique guitar style known as “American Primitive,” which is categorized by fingerpicking guitar and banjo. He grew up playing with similar musicians and began his own band in the late eighties. He now plays as a solo musician and is touring the U.S. Jones will be playing a solo set at the Trumpet Blossom Cafe on Apr. 8, 2016 for the Mission Creek Festival. Tickets are $10–12.

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MCF Preview: Renowned rock journalist-turned-novelist Carola Dibbell on language, voice and identity

The Only Ones - Carola Dibbell

Carola Dibbell Lit Crawl; White Rabbit — Fri., Apr. 8 at 6 p.m. Carola Dibbell (reading) and Sarah Cram (performance) Mission Boutique; RSVP — Sat., Apr. 9 at 2 p.m. Carola Dibble was raised in Greenwich Village, New York. Her early career path involved teaching infants and preschoolers in London and New York; from there, […]

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Generifus and friends to perform DIY music showcase at Trumpet Blossom Cafe

Generifus/Us-mode/Liv Carrow Trumpet Blossom Cafe — Thu., Apr. 7 at 8 p.m. The Mission Creek Festival may seem to have swept through the entirety of Iowa City this week, but there are still some other great shows going on outside of its auspices. Tonight at 8 p.m., Trumpet Blossom Cafe will host Washington’s Generifus (touring […]

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Cartoonists, bookmakers and independent artists go out for ICE CREAM

ICE CREAM: the Iowa City Expo for Comics + Real Eclectic Alternative Media Public Space One — Sat., Apr. 9 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. For cartoonists, bookmakers and other independent artists, few outlets exist in Iowa City to share and sell work — but this year, Mission Creek Festival will include a space […]

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Interview: Saul Williams on his early writing, adolescence and latest album

Saul Williams - Illustration by Cheryl Graham

Saul Williams Q&A Prairie Lights — Sat., Apr. 9 at 4 p.m. Saul Williams with Psalm One, Akwi Nji & Lovar Davis Kidd The Mill — Sat., Apr. 9 at 8:30 p.m. Saul Williams, a poet, rapper, songwriter, musician, actor — pretty much an all-around artist — has been sharing his time and thoughts with […]

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Cherishing Terry Zwigoff: A chat with an auteur for our age

Terry Zwigoff

Illustrations by Adam Burke Mission Creek: An Evening with Terry Zwigoff FilmScene — Thurs., Apr. 7 at 7 p.m. (doors at 6 p.m.) In 2001, a New York Times article about Terry Zwigoff predicted that the filmmaker was “not likely to do a lot of pictures.” In the 15 years since, he has made just […]

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Pro Tips with Wayne Diamante: Where to camp and what to wear at the 2016 Mission Creek Festival

Pro Tips

Dear Wayne, I’ll be attending the Mission Creek Festival this year and I’m wondering if you can provide me with some tips for finding reasonably priced accommodation near downtown. Thanks, Bernice Bernice, Tip #1: You should have taken care of this a long time ago. Tip #2: You need to get your act together. Look, […]

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Sage Francis an exciting late addition to the Mission Creek lineup

Sage Francis joins Mission Creek lineup

Sage Francis with AWTHNTKTS Blue Moose Tap House — Thu., Apr. 7 at 9 p.m. Rapper and spoken word artist Sage Francis played Iowa City last summer, to a packed house at Gabe’s, and Mission Creek is bringing him back this year to perform at Blue Moose Tap House. Francis slides into the spot recently […]

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MCF Preview: Adia Victoria talks about getting back to her southern roots

Adia Victoria plays the Yacht Club as part of Mission Creek

Adia Victoria with Crystal City and Brooks Strause & The Gory Details Yacht Club — Wed., Apr. 6 at 8 p.m. A change in plans can often open up opportunities. For Adia Victoria, moving back to the South pushed her to start focusing on her songwriting and learning guitar. Nashville proved to be a fertile […]

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