Concert

Mission Creek 2012: Comedy

Mission Creek 2012: Comedy

Here we are, the seventh year of Mission Creek Festival, and still coming up with fresh ideas. Not only does this year’s fest incorporate the awesome food here in Iowa City but it also introduces marquee comedians to the lineup for the first time in fest history. Now, comedy at music festivals is not a […]

Festival 2012: Little Scream

Festival 2012: Little Scream

Originally hailing from the state of Iowa, Laura Sprengelmeyer has been a long-time staple of the Montreal indie rock scene, a scene that has brought the world-either for its benefit or utter detriment, you decide-The Arcade Fire. Unlike that band, the music Sprengelmeyer releases under her stage name Little Scream is far less bombastic. Although […]

Festival 2012: Oberhofer

Festival 2012: Oberhofer

Brad Oberhofer released a fantastic EP in 2009 and has continued to steadily gain critical attention. He will make his biggest splash yet with the release of Time Capsules II, his first full length effort which was produced by Steve Lillywhite who has worked with such acts as U2, The Rolling Stones, Morrissey, and others. The […]

MISSION CREEK FESTIVAL 2012

MISSION CREEK FESTIVAL 2012

DIRTY BEACHES - (2011) BADLANDS This is the album by Alex (aka Dirty Beaches) Hungtai Zhang, a Taiwanese living in Canada that offered in 2011 an artful mixture of hazy rockabilly and psychedelic lo-fi with a unique “distant-crushed” humid tropical flavor in a sense of a low-energy/drifting vibe of a day spent. In this DIY […]

New Magnetic Fields Single,

New Magnetic Fields Single, “Andrew In Drag”

As their latest effort, Love at the Bottom of the Sea and subsequent Mission Creek show approaches, Magnetic Fields hit us with their first single from the new record. “Andrew In Drag” is a song about falling in love with a man who jokingly dressed in drag once. It’s short, poppy, upbeat and kind of tragic […]

Mission Creek Headliners, Magnetic Fields Announce New Album

Mission Creek Headliners, Magnetic Fields Announce New Album

Magnetic Fields just announced the release of their latest effort, Love at the Bottom of the Sea. Their tenth studio album is scheduled to drop on March 6th, just a few weeks before their Mission Creek Fest debut at the Englert on March 28th. Stephin Merritt, the songwriter and driving force behind Magnetic Fields has […]

Review: Pieta Brown @ The Englert 10/08/2020

One of the things that is a mixed bag about writing the Weekender column is that I have to look into all of the concerts that are going to be in town. Some weeks, this consist of nothing but jam bands and punk-pop bands (I have a straight up beef with jam bands. I’ll write […]

Review: Ty Segall @ The Blue Moose 10/04/11

This show was one that I had been looking forward to for quite a while now for a number of reasons. The first was that I had been really into the Ty Segall albums that I’d been listening to over the summer. His take on psyched-out garage rock hit a really good spot in my […]

Show Preview: Ty Segall @ The Blue Moose

Sorry about the lateness of this post. I did mean to put this up a day or so ago, but just ran out of time to do so. It’s much in the same way that I haven’t had time to actually update the infrastructure of this blog, which is going to happen this week. You […]

Put It On Your Radar: Alloy Orchestra @ The Englert

I recently showed my kids Scorpio Rising, an early Kenneth Anger film, and made them write a response paper about it. Many of them said the exact same thing: they didn’t like the movie because it didn’t have any words. It had an awesome soundtrack, full of choice cuts from the 1950s and 1960s but […]