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.

Freakin’ Weekend: 11.19-11.21

It is, if I’m not mistaken, the last weekend before Thanksgiving break. It is also, absolutely, the final home game of what’s been a long and intriguing Hawks football season. So, I imagine this weekend is going to be a little crazy, what with some last minute pre-finals partying as well as some Hawkeye mania [...]

Preview: A Sunny Day in Glasgow

Forgive us the early notice, but it’s just Monday morning and I’m already downright giddy about next Sunday’s show at Public Space ONE, which features A Sunny Day in Glasgow. A Sunny Day in Glasgow is a Philadelphia sextet (when touring, at least) creating atmospheric, dynamic pop with sample and electronic based techniques. And [...]

Freakin’ Weekend: 11.12-11.14

The Hawks’ bubble finally burst against Northwestern last weekend. It was a good run, for sure, and I definitely have enjoyed following the team in their improbable run. Unfortunately, the streak had to end at the expense of Ricky Stanzi, who it now appears will be out for the rest of the regular season, if [...]

Freakin’ Weekend: 10.22-10.24

Freakin’ Weekend: late edition. Hopefully you’ve still got your rainy Thursday evening as a clean slate, because it’s gonna be a great show at PS1. I’ve been having computer trouble all day, so I’m just going to get this up before something dies again, but get out there and enjoy the music this weekend.
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Preview: Karl Blau & LAKE with Caleb Engstrom

Tomorrow night continues this year’s Pacific Northwest takeover of Public Space ONE, with two more K Records recording artists joining the likes of Calvin Johnson, Desolation Wilderness, and Arrington de Dionyso in our favorite basement below Subway. Karl Blau, ridiculously prolific out-songwriter has a new record. Zebra pays homage to the African music that Blau [...]

Preview: The Avett Brothers

It’s hard to compete with free at the Mill, but forgive me for stepping on John’s toes for a minute. I just wanted to remind you that the Avett Brothers show up tonight at the Englert Theatre in support of their extremely great new album, I and Love and You. Rick Rubin produced this one, [...]

Freakin’ Weekend: 10.15-10.17

Calling all zombies: this Saturday at noon, Public Space ONE will be hosting zombie auditions for the upcoming short film Cheating Death, from rising New York Film Academy student Shani Patel, an Iowa native. For his thesis work, he chose to return to his home state to shoot his new offering to the rising “zom-com” [...]

Free Show/Free Songs

We’ve been vocal about our enjoyment of Caroline Smith and the Goodnight Sleeps and Brighton, MA in the past, so it should be no surprise to see them performing tonight on what amounts to the 1 year anniversary of the now institutional Tuesday Night Social Club at the Mill. You may not know about Portland’s [...]

Contest: Headlights

Midwestern brethren Headlights return to Iowa City this week for the first time since this year’s Mission Creek Festival. Now they’ve got a new album, Wildlife, which has just come out via Polyvinyl Records. The best part about said new album? We’re giving it away! In celebration of the band’s appearance at the Mill this [...]

Freakin’ Weekend: Barnstormer

Let’s face it - unless you’re hankering for some jam rock, it’s going to be a pretty slow weekend for the arts in Iowa City. You’ve got chances to catch up on Euforquestra, Public Property (Yacht Club) and Dennis McMurrin (the Mill), but other than that the pickings seem rather slim. So consider this your [...]