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Mission Creek Night Cap: Weekend Photos

I hope you’ve all had time to recover from last week’s festivities and that you’re now counting the days until Mission Creek ’14. I wanted to leave you all with one last set of photos. In this post you’ll find photos of Deerhoof, Wet Hair, Love Songs for Lonely Monsters, Brooks Strause and the Gory […]

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Mission Creek Festival Spotlight: Deerhoof

On April 7 at The Mill, the San Francisco indie group Deerhoof will take the stage alongside Love Songs for Lonely Monsters and Wet Hair. The group has released 11 self-produced albums since forming in 1994, garnering a reputation for their raucous, high-energy stage presence. […]

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On The Beat: What shows are in store for the winter migration

Iowa City has been pretty quiet over the past few weeks. That tends to be the case when a big chunk of the population migrates to Chicagoland (or wherever), and another chunk goes into hibernation. We all must accept the fact that less people in town means fewer shows. That is not to say that […]

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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 […]

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Iowa City Weekender: October 4-7

Welcome to another edition of the Weekender, and oh, is it an exciting one this week! This weekend you can pick and choose from world class comedy to world music and a whole lot in between. Mission Creek makes sure to stay on our radar with a killer indie show, the Barnstormer crew in Maquoketa […]

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Album Review: Wet Hair – Spill Into Atmosphere

Wet Hair Spill Into Atmosphere De Stijl Records Wet Hair’s fourth LP, Spill Into Atmosphere, is the band’s most accessible to date—a claim I lavished on their third album, 2011’s In Vogue Spirit. The Iowa City trio soldiers along, refining their Krautrock infused ragga even further. Justin Thye (Goldendust) has joined Shawn Reed and Ryan […]

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On the Beat: Summer listening guide

Summer in the Clubs! Live Music Venue GUIDE Iowa City is what is known in the biz as a ‘small market.’ Acts on national tours book shows in Iowa City based on it’s geographical position within a half-day’s drive of Chicago, Minneapolis, St. Louis and Kansas City—it’s a great place to shoehorn a show in […]

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Iowa City Weekender: April 26-28

Hello, hello. Come on in. Get settled in for another dose of the Weekender. Here’s how it’s going to work this week: This weekend, especially Thursday (tonight) is nuts and there is simply too much to write about. For the most part my blurbs are unnecessary for these things. For example, I think we all […]

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Show Review: Dirty Beaches @ Gabes 3/30/12

  Mission Creek started low and quiet Friday night as people slowly filed into Gabe’s to see the lo-fi bill that promised a night of dreamy textures and pop sensibility. Kicking off the night was Iowa City’s own Savage Young Taterbug and Wet Hair, both known for their hauntingly loony storytelling and spastic syncopation.  Together they […]

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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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Iowa City Weekender: February 23-25

Welcome to another edition of the Weekender. This week we get to check up on what the Night-People folks are up to, attend a mini festival and as always of course, bask in all sorts of  local/regional music sprinkled in between. Let’s get to it. THURSDAY Wet Hair w/ Cuticle, Goldendust // The Mill // […]

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