Archive for February 2008

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This year, we’re teaming up with our homeboys (and homegirls) — the School of Flyentology — to bring the best electronica show to Iowa City in several years. We’ve put together a bill of acts ranging from heady treats to butt-shakin’ beats. Headlining this bill is the undeniable champion of mash-up hits, the Hood Internet. [...]

Freakin’ Weekend: 2.28 - 3.2

March may come “in like a lion, out like a lamb” in whatever lame town you come from, but here in Iowa City, the third month is coming in like a lion and going out like a genetically-modified zombie lion with an AK-47 in one hand and a crack pipe in the other. That’s right, [...]

Rockin’ for Reproductive Rights!

If anything makes a better pair than peanut butter and jelly, or coffee and cigarettes, it’s sex and rock’n’roll.  Which is why we’re stoked for the 2nd annual Emma Rocks! benefit show, which pits local bands against each other to see who reigns supreme.  The whole thing is sponsored by the Emma Goldman Clinic, who [...]

New Music: Neva Dinova - Clouds (Saddle Creek)

As previously mentioned, Neva Dinova will headline a show this year at the Picador on April 3rd with Headlights, Evangelicals, and the Western Front. But the good news doesn’t stop there. This just in: Jake Bellows and Co. will unveil their 3rd full-length on April 8, just 5 days after they rock our humble little [...]


Thank the heavens for Daytrotter, our number one source for the latest and greatest in new music. The good people at Daytrotter, who live just under an hour away from us in the Quad Cities, are about to take the Mission Creek Festival to the next level. In an effort to strengthen this wonderful corridor [...]

Preview: Solon Saturdays - Mission Creek at Redhead!

Last month, we presented the inaugural night of our monthly Redhead Series, which takes place at the Redhead Café in Solon. If you were there, you know that this is the place to be the first weekend of each month. We experienced a night of music celebrating local songcraft and one of our [...]

Exclusive mp3: Brighton, MA - It’s Not Our Fault

We’re are extremely excited to welcome back Chicago’s Brighton, MA for their third Mission Creek appearance this April. Remember, they’ll be headlining the first night of the festival on a totally awesome and diverse bill at the Mill with Iowa City’s own Pieta Brown and a couple of awesome DC folk artists: These United States [...]


How about a taste of that good ole’ indie-folk? We’ve teamed up with our friends over at SCOPE to bring in Bon Iver for this year’s festival. Bon Iver (via Jagjaguwar: pronounced “bohn eevair”; French for “good winter” and spelled wrong on purpose) is the stage moniker for Justin Vernon, a folk artist with a [...]

Music Video: Headlights - Cherry Tulips

You should already know that Champaign’s Headlights will be blowing up one of this year’s hottest bills, April 3rd at the Picador alongside Neva Dinova, Evangelicals, and the Western Front. Their new album, Some Racing, Some Stopping is out now via Polyvinyl and is a Freak fave - you can read the nice words our [...]

New Music: Casiotone for the Painfully Alone

Casiotone mastermind Owen Ashworth emerges from his lair, early in 2008, to remind us that this year, like all those before it and all those after it, will leave its own trail of murky romances and subsequently confused aftermaths. Casiotone has put up an unreleased 4-track home demo of the young heartbreak anthem “New Year’s [...]