Freakin’ Weekend: 01.08-01.10

Well, good reader, it’s a whole new year - 2009. This, for us, is very exciting. Why? Because it means lots of music to get excited about. Out with the old, in with the new! The first half of this year is particularly scintillating because it means a couple of things - first, we’ll be announcing acts soon for the fourth annual installment of the Mission Creek Music Festival in Iowa City. All I can say so far is that some hot shows are going to be going down. Also, we’re eagerly anticipating the first two releases for our fledgling record label. Very soon you’ll have releases from both Wolves in the Attic and Porno Galactica to get you pumped. In the mean time, the December doldrums are being quickly whisked away and replaced with a spring touring schedule heavy on shows. So, without further ado, your official first Freakin’ Weekend of the new year for Iowa City.

The Tanks, Old Panther, Bear Weather, The Boo Hoos, Dunebuggy / PS1 / 9pm
Thursday night shitshow of bands at Public Space One featuring current IC indie poster boys the Tanks. The new album, Keep Breaking Down, has put them squarely back on the map, and they’ll be joined by some excellent openers. Not gonna give ‘em all the rundown, just know that you ought to be there. Donations are encouraged.

Yuppies, Dadkids, Supersonic Piss / The Mill / 9pm / $6
Omaha noise-pop band Yuppies roll into the Mill Friday night for a sweet show featuring two local bands killing it right now. We’d support anything Ed Bornstein does, but he just makes it so easy by having all 10,000 bands he’s in be awesome. Dadkids doesn’t let down. Supersonic Piss does what they do, bringing noise, thrash, and all things grimy together. And Yuppies recall their Omaha contemporaries in Capgun Coup as well as bands like Times New Viking with their fuzzed out pop.

D’Bari, Head Held High, The Blissters / Picador / 9pm / $5
A (mostly) local showcase of some bands making their debut appearance in our collective musical conscience. QC’s Head Held High write the kind of fist-pumping 90s rock that justifies listing “Weezer, Smashing Pumpkins, HUM” as influences, while D’Bari add a little gothic to their indie pop. Chicago’s the Blissters round out the bill with power pop to the max.

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