New Music: Native - Ponyboy

As if this weekend wasn’t packed enough with music, Birth Rites main bros Native (not to be confused with Our Brother the Native or Local Natives) will be rocking PS1 on Sunday night with some ramshackle math rock tunes. Native have completed their debut record, Wrestling Moves, which comes out in late August via Sargent [...]

New Book: Gooseberries: Portraits by Sterling Andrews

Back in April (ancient history, I know), one-time Iowa City resident Sterling Andrews released a book via Eenie Meenie Records. The book, entitled Gooseberries, features portraits of indie artists from the California music scene, specifically Southern California, where Andrews currently resides in Los Angeles. Part art project, part piece of art, Gooseberries features a series [...]

Freakin’ Weekend: 07.10-07.12

Things are kinda getting slow around here. It’s past the 4th of July, and while June was a hot month for shows, you can bet things are going to creep to a halt by the time mid-August gets here. That’s not to say that things are by any means dead - July boasts acts like [...]

New Music: Olivia Rose Muzzy

Iowa City’s favorite double bass-wielding loop mistress has a Daytrotter session. Over the 4th of July weekend while we were bathed in jazz and/or indie rock and fireworks, our good friends over at Daytrotter posted the hotly anticipated (in certain circles) session from Ms. Olivia Rose Muzzy. Olivia turned in four splendid performances of songs [...]

Preview: 80-380 Free Show Extravaganza

While some of you no doubt will be heading west for this weekend’s Independence Day festivities in Des Moines, we’ve got our own shindig right here in town tonight. No, not that one (that’s cool in a different way). But tonight, you can get all the free music you can handle at the Picador as [...]

Tuesday Night Social Club: Junk Culture

It is extremely difficult to stomach that tough, nailbiter of a loss by the United States to Brazil just now - even tougher because the US executed just about as perfect a first half of football as you can hope for, only to be overwhelmed by the Brazilian assault in the second half. Luis Fabiano’s [...]

New Music: Rock Plaza Central

A little late on this post, but June has inexplicably been off the chain for music performances, with more coming up. It’s hard to top some of the reunion shows coming up, but we’re particularly excited for the return of Toronto’s Rock Plaza Central, who previously rocked a Mission Creek birthday bash in September and [...]

New Music: So Many Dynamos

If we here at Mission Freak were going to have a “release of the week,” it would shamelessly have to be this, or less shamelessly and just plain admiringly this, but we don’t. And besides, you ought to already have your finger on the pulse of those two records. What you might have missed is [...]

Freakin’ Peek: Porno Galactica

‘Round here we can get a bit full of ourselves, but I don’t think it’s any stretch to say that the Porno Galactica stuff on KRUI last night was pretty freakin’ awesome. You heard tracks four and five—”Sea Beast Released” and “Spills and Thrills” respectively—off the duo’s debut full-length Romance in the Modern World out [...]

Preview: Our Brother the Native

Saturday night will see some epic swathes of droning noise with a hint of synth-pop thrown in for good measure. Our Brother the Native come to town in support of their newest LP on Fat Cat Records, Sacred Psalms. Our Brother the Native came together in 2006 as a product of various collaborations between their [...]