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Preview: Via Audio with Pattern is Movement

Totally forgot to put this in as I’ve been totally hectic this week. Thanks to Heather McKeag for writing up this preview, her debut on Mission Freak. Look for more from her in coming weeks. Via Audio will be headlining a show at The Mill on Thursday, March 11th with opening acts Pattern is Movement [...]

Mission Creek 2010 Festival Preview: Tim Hecker

Tim Hecker is a music critic’s wet dream. Every dripping piece of poetic hyperbole that can be lavished upon Hecker’s latest offering will be. When the New York Times characterizes your work as “foreboding, abstract pieces in which static and sub-bass rumbles open up around slow moving notes and chords, like fissures in the earth [...]

Preview: David Daniell & Douglas McCombs

A really intriguing experimental show is taking place tomorrow night upstairs at the Blue Moose Taphouse. Once the domain largely of the Picador, shows like this - featuring avant garde music such as noise, ambient, drone, and electronic - are being forced into new domains as the venue where so many great shows like this [...]

Tonight: Trampled By Turtles

Tonight: Trampled By Turtles

People have been talking about them for weeks, and now they’re here. Trampled By Turtles is playing tonight at the Yacht Club with opening act, The Boomchucks.
Trampled By Turtles has the classic bluegrass sound where you wonder if sparks will fly from the fiddle or if the banjo and mandolin players’ fingers will ignite, sending [...]

New Music: Lookbook

New Music: Lookbook

Tonight, Minneapolis dance duo Lookbook play Public Space ONE, alongside local acts Beast Wars and School of Flyentology. To get you stoked for the affair, we’re offering up a new track from their recent album, Wild At Heart. Lookbook make bedroom-dance music, not entirely lo-fi but certainly a part of a growing group of self-produced [...]

Mission Creek 2010 Festival Preview: Hood Internet

Mission Creek 2010 Festival Preview: Hood Internet

The Hood Internet are a 2000s curiosity, something that could only have gained “mainstream” recognition in that decade of piracy, mash-ups, and instant aquirability (matched with equal disposability). If you don’t know: the Hood Internet are a couple dudes from Chicago who have brains that play musical Tetris. They fit songs together so seamlessly, and [...]

Preview: Justin Townes Earle

Preview: Justin Townes Earle

For this preview of tonight’s show, we turn to regular contributor Brian Johannessen. It is hard for a musician to develop his or her own sound as the offspring of a revered musician. Take Sean Lennon for example. Dude has to live in the shadow of his parents. [Ed. note: Sean Lennon's last album, Friendly [...]

Preview: The Daredevil Christopher Wright

Preview: The Daredevil Christopher Wright

The Daredevil Christopher Wright will likely be one of those surprising new finds for many Mission Creek attendees this year. Driving but a handful of hours to Iowa City from Eau Claire, Wisconsin, the band has an enlightened sound without the frills of familiarity.
Perhaps that last statement is false. The Daredevil Christopher Wright [...]

Freakin' Weekend: 02.18-02.20

Freakin’ Weekend: 02.18-02.20

here are those that would detract from the NBA, saying that the regular season is pointless to watch and that the playoffs are all that matters. It is especially funny when baseball fans (I am a baseball fan, too) say this, as an aside. But for those who watch the NBA, today is a particularly [...]

Mission Creek 2010 Festival Preview: Headlights

Mission Creek 2010 Festival Preview: Headlights

In an ongoing series previewing 2010 Mission Creek performing artists, we turn to Brian Johannessen for a personal take on Headlights. I graduated from high school in 2006, while the vast majority of my high school friends graduated in 2005. Being from the western Chicago suburbs, many of my friends and classmates funneled into either [...]