Well, no one called me on my error on Friday, so either that means that no one reads the blog or no one really noticed, but I might as well call myself out on it now: in this week’s Freakin’ Weekend I blatantly misread the calendar at the Mill and wrote the Shame Train was playing on Friday night. I discovered, while having drinks there on Friday, that Shame Train had actually been there the night before, and Catfish Keith was playing. Apologies to anyone who took my advice and missed Shame Train. Either way, this weekend has been a little slow musically, hence the emphasis on the still ongoing Landlocked Film Festival. Tomorrow night, however, things pop off and you get your choice of some solid shows. Without further ado: the freakin’ Sunday.

It’s hard to ignore a band that’s previously gone platinum when they’re playing at the Mill, even if it is some 16 years after those hits were all over the radio. It’s even harder when that band rose out of the ashes of a beloved indie band. In this case, Cracker formed in the early 90s when Camper van Beethoven broke up after a strong run at the end of the 80s. Who knows whether or not they’ll play hits like “Low” or “I Hate My Generation.” Their new album is out now and entitled Sunrise in the Land of Milk and Honey. Detroit garage rockers The High Strung open. 8pm. $15 with limited tickets at the door.

Earlier this decade, The Intelligence began as something of a side project for the drummer of Seattle band the A-Frames. Now a full-time touring outfit, their album Fake Surfers has been getting a lot of burn within the lo-fi hipster sect that’s crossing over into mainstream music. They call In the Red their recording home, which is pretty awesome too. Viking Fuck and the Living Ghost open this one. 9pm. $5.

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Olympia’s Desolation Wilderness are one of the newer bands to join the K Records family. Their new record, New Universe is full of spaced out, bubbly guitars and pretty, textural harmonies. This one’s gonna be super low-key, with a trio of electronic based local musicians joining them: Horsepital, Make Believe Bombs, and Rene Hell. 9pm. Suggested donation is $5, please make sure to bring some money.

Can’t find something to your liking? Landlocked Film Festival is going on. You can go see Mine, a documentary about animal rescue and the ethical/ownership issues it arises at 7pm at the Englert. Actually, you could go see that and probably see some of all of these shows, if you wanted. Just saying.

About the Author


Todd is a transplant from the East Coast who came to Iowa City to live life, love music, and enjoy cheap beer. In addition to working on Mission Freak and Mission Creek Festival, he writes semi-regularly for Tiny Mix Tapes and Daytrotter and books music and other events at local non-profit venue Public Space ONE.

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