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Preview: Sleepy Sun

Tonight The Picador continues their amazing and diverse week of music closing out September and opening up on (R)October with Sleepy Sun. The indie-proggers are touring behind their expansive new record Embrace. The San Francisco outfit gets down the jammy traditions of it’s stomping grounds for some psyched-out grooves, with a nice dose of Pink [...]

New Music: Western Front

Iowa City’s kitchen sink indie-poppers The Western Front have themselves a new EP: The Balkanization of Epistemology.
The EP was recorded during their road waring summer in a sweaty, dingy trailer…and apparently fueled by Black Velvet. The four-song-EP breaks down into two sort of mini-suites. The two opening tracks (the title cut and “What Kind of [...]

Preview: John McPhee

A unique chance to connect with one of the titans of the American environmental movement takes place on Tuesday night, as John McPhee comes to Iowa City. He’s written 29 books in a 40+ year career that’s seen him elegantly blend journalism with aspects of novelistic writing. His first book, A Sense of Where You [...]

Freakin’ Weekend: 09.24-09.26

Yesterday was the first day of fall?! Did anyone else just not see that coming? I know that this was a mild summer and everything, but it just didn’t really occur to me that a.) it was still summer, or b.) that if it were summer, it was coming to an end. I guess maybe [...]

Preview: Brother Ali

Last minute reminder: tomorrow night, Minneapolis MC Brother Ali comes to the Industry as part of his Fresh Air Tour, which features fellow Rhymesayers MCs Evidence and Toki Wright, and his DJ BK-One. Brother Ali’s new album Us, just came out this week. As before, Ant of Atmosphere handled the production. Ali has come under [...]

Daytrotter Barnstormer Round 2 Announced

The Daytrotter Barnstormer is back already, and will once again be visiting the Octagonal Barn in West Liberty, this time on October 12. In case you’ve forgotten, we tipped you off to this event earlier this year, when it made its inaugural run through the small communities of Iowa. Now you better hope for some [...]

Preview: Fflur Dafydd

In her short stead in Iowa City, Fflur Dafydd has already made some pretty impressive rounds: a reading at Prairie Lights, a reading at Shambaugh House, and a performance at The Mill. For once saying the girl gets around is a compliment. Granted, as a writer in residence with Iowa’s International Writing Program, Dafydd is [...]

Preview: Wye Oak

Sunday night we welcome Wye Oak back into the arms of our fair city for a show at the Mill. Wye Oak played at PS1 back in April, but this time they’ll be toting their new album. The Knot centers the focused songwriting of Jenn Wasner across swathes of melancholy. As on their first album, [...]

Freakin’ Weekend: 09.17-09.19

Wavves with Wet Hair, Sheetrock / Grinnell College / 9pm / FREE
Everybody’s favorite lo-fi hand-breakin’, public melt-downin’, hated-on-by-peers band Wavves comes to Grinnell for a free show with Iowa City’s own Wet Hair. Love ‘em or hate ‘em, this one is gonna be worth the drive.
MothUP Iowa City / PS1 / 7pm / FREE
The first [...]

Preview: Joe Jack Talcum

It gets a little funny tonight in Iowa City. A handful of the finest and oddest pop craftsmen are on display this evening at the Mill. Headlining this motley crew: Dead Milkmen guitarist Joe Jack Talcum. Talcum’s still writing jangly pop gems with healthy dollops of irreverence and humor (check “U Turn Me On” and [...]