Lit Preview: Granta Presents: 10 Years Later

Esteemed lit magazine/publisher and Mission Creek Festival alum, Granta Magazine honors the release of its 112th issue tonight (Tue, Sep 6) at Prairie Lights. This magazine release event is part of a series of events surrounding the new issue of Granta. The issue features new writing from several authors regarding the 10th anniversary of the 9-11 […]

Preview: Warpaint

On a personal note: So, I’m sitting here in my room recovering from the mind-f*ck dance-party that was Caribou last night. Those guys really know what they’re doing. I’m wondering to myself how I can start off my week after such a ridiculous party and the only thing that is making me feel optimistic is […]

80-35: First Announcement!

Early lineup details have leaked for the annual Des Moines Independence Day romp known as 80-35. In it’s third year, this two-day outdoor celebration of music, nice weather, and the increasingly rad geography of downtown Des Moines promises to fill your days with a variety of indie, jam, and hip-hop. The first announcement includes indie […]

Mission Freak Year End #2: The Field

Mission Freak Year End #2: The Field

Axel Willner is best known as minimal techno / micro-house artist The Field. Willner’s debut, From Here We Go Sublime (2007), was a masterful record, one that engrossed its listeners with wildly manipulated samples stretched, reformed, and re-contextualized over a back drop of endless four-on-the-floor beats. With that record Willner created a sound and a […]

Preview: Lwa and more…

In her own way, Anni Rossi has proven to be more elusive than any of us would ever expect. The wonderful chamber-pop phenom, originally scheduled for a show tonight at the Picador has had to bow out amidst increasing tour fatigue (she has been on the road nonstop for months). She promises to return to […]

Funk vs. Fury: Mastersounds & Titus

It’s a big night. Heck, it’s a big week. What with five national bands touching down in Iowa City at the Picador, Mill, and Yacht Club over the next three days it’s kind of like we’re experiencing the intense punch of Labor Day Weekend all over again. Thank the heavens it’s an away game on […]

Preview: Anthology Returns!

It’s true: there are a lot of writers in Iowa City. Hell, I’m one of them, caught in the endless black hole of trying to hack-it-out, finish a book, and make even a speck of a name for myself. Why do we come here — to Iowa City — out of all of the places we […]

Mission Freak Records: Porno Galactica / Golden Birds / Alexis Stevens / And More!

Mission Freak Records: Porno Galactica / Golden Birds / Alexis Stevens / And More!

A dispatch from our record label: It’s been straight-up crazy time over here at Mission Freak Records. This past week has seen the release of several albums both physically and digitally. If you are interested in checking out the artists that we support there couldn’t be a better time than now to order a CD […]

Mission Freak’s Guide to 80-35

Some people can’t deal with music festivals because they hate having to make the tough decisions of choosing between two or three bands that are playing at the same time.  We, however, over here at the Freak love making those decisions and running in between stages to hear several different bands within constrictive time slots. […]

80-35 Festival (July 3rd - 4th!!!) Preview PART 1

Des Moines is about to get straight-up wild. Iowa’s biggest and best summer music festival returns for its second year and the theme is “something for everyone”. 80-35 will take place this Friday and Saturday on July 3rd - 4th in downtown Des Moines, IA. The whole shebang goes down in Western Gateway Park (at […]