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Flyin’ South: Iowa City Bands Prepare for SXSW

The mighty SXSW festival celebrates its 25th year in Austin, Texas, Mar. 13-18. A model for multi-venue festivals like Mission Creek, SXSW runs over 2,000 performers on more than 90 stages…and those are just the “official” ones. Somewhere along the line SXSW went from an industry showcase to a spring break destination, and now, label […]

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Show Photos: Firecracker 500 Garage Rock Festival, Day Two – 7/2/11

The second night of the Firecracker 500 was way less suffocating in terms of heat and the crowd, which made it significantly easier to get into the serious ear-pounding musical delights pouring from the speakers. I was able to make it to the Blue Moose for a few bands, wishing I had the energy and ability to stay for the whole damn shebang. For those of you who have been present for the entire festival, you have my respect. There has been a lot going on upstairs at the Moose, and all of it has been smooth as silk. The musicians, organizers and Blue Moose employees deserve a pat on the back for quick set changes, great sound and ice cold beverages all around. […]

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Show Photos: Mission Bleak: Super Sonic Piss @ Tobacco Bowl – 3/31

I love shows in places where shows don’t usually happen. I was especially stoked for this one – not only because SSP is the real deal, but also because I could smoke inside at a show again….a reminder of days of yore, before ordinances and laws messed it all up. Of course the Bowl was packed, the lights out, amps were cranked and the band was on pointe. […]

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