Preview: Margot & The Nuclear So and So’s

You may have noticed (save Charles Berry at Homecoming), this semester has been devoid of Scope productions at the University of Iowa.  Well that pesky flood put Scope’s primary venue — The IMU — out of commission til at least the Winter, and that’s a hopeful estimate. So in lieu of the IMU, Scope has commandeered Old Brick (on the corner of Clinton and Market) for a couple shows this Fall. The first of those shows is tonight and features Margot & The Nuclear So and So’s from Indianapolis.

The 8 Hoosiers (not one of whom is named Margot!) will roll into Old Brick with their kitchen sink (as in everything but-) arrangements and excitement of the imminent release of their “double”-disc sophomore album Animal!/Not AnimalAnimal! is the band’s actual second album, while Not Animal is a collection of songs from the same sessions that their label, Epic prefers (and yes, some songs are included on both).
You can get a great preview of both their album and tonight’s performance from the band’s Daytrotter session here.

Joining Margot’s musical menagerie is Nashville singer/songwriter David Vandervelde as well as the self-proclaimed progressive/classical/black metal (I’m as confused as you are) group Judgement Day out of Oakland, CA.  This pretty much sounds worth it to see the double takes or whiplash occuring when things shift from Judgement Day to Vandervelde.

Who: Margot & The Nuclear So and So’s w/ David Vandervelde and Judgement Day
Where: Old Brick (corner of Clinton and Market)
When: Tonight, 9/30
Doors: 7:30
Tickets: $13 (visit the University of Iowa Box Office, now located in the Old Capitol “Mall,” for tickets)

Post Script: After listening to Judgement Day’s material on myspace, I agree whole-heartedly with the band’s assessment of itself, progressive/classical/black metal is pretty much the only way to put it.

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john c.

University of Iowa graduate with BAs in English and Cinema Studies. John bides his time as a staff writer for and with contributions to Little Village Magazine ( John hosts an hour-long show on Monday's at 5 pm through the University of Iowa's radio station 89.7 FM KRUI ( dedicated to Iowa music. "Corn Fed Music" is a showcase for Iowa artists, musicians formerly from Iowa, and acts visiting Iowa. This is a forum open for guest DJs, in studio performances, interviews, and new material offered to those who may not have access to larger media outlets. If you're interested in getting a song played, an interview, or performing a short set (20-45 min) in studio you can contact John at

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