A blistering mix of pop and punk heads to Public Space One this Thursday as Little Ruckus, Toopin and Lipstick Homicide join forces for a night of high-BPM mischief. The show kicks off at 8 p.m. and costs a measly $5.
All three of these bands are absurd amounts of fun — a refreshing departure from the more common jam and folk sets that tend to dominate Iowa City’s ad hoc flyer kiosks. Iowa City’s Lipstick Homicide, in particular, are one of the few local bands where I just can’t seem to get enough. The group’s latest album, recorded by Luke Tweedy at Flat Black Studios, is a must-listen.
And then there’s Fairfield, Iowa’s Little Ruckus, a self-described “sweaty pop dance troupe” who write some of the best pop songs the state has to offer. There’s plenty of evidence to support this notion (not many regional musicians end up opening for Girl Talk, for one), but if you have any doubts, head over to their website and bask in the sweaty, aerobic glory of it all.
Last but not least is Toopin, hailing from New Lenox, Illinois. The suburban trio’s debut album, released earlier this year, is a fast-paced collection of pop-punk ballads that hearken back to the genre’s headier days. There’s no shortage of angst with this group, but it’s deftly handled in a way that feels more akin to homage than kitsch.
Check them out below: