Daytrotter Barnstormer Round 2 Announced

The Daytrotter Barnstormer is back already, and will once again be visiting the Octagonal Barn in West Liberty, this time on October 12. In case you’ve forgotten, we tipped you off to this event earlier this year, when it made its inaugural run through the small communities of Iowa. Now you better hope for some [...]

Preview: Fflur Dafydd

In her short stead in Iowa City, Fflur Dafydd has already made some pretty impressive rounds: a reading at Prairie Lights, a reading at Shambaugh House, and a performance at The Mill. For once saying the girl gets around is a compliment. Granted, as a writer in residence with Iowa’s International Writing Program, Dafydd is [...]

Preview: Wye Oak

Sunday night we welcome Wye Oak back into the arms of our fair city for a show at the Mill. Wye Oak played at PS1 back in April, but this time they’ll be toting their new album. The Knot centers the focused songwriting of Jenn Wasner across swathes of melancholy. As on their first album, [...]

Freakin’ Weekend: 09.17-09.19

Wavves with Wet Hair, Sheetrock / Grinnell College / 9pm / FREE
Everybody’s favorite lo-fi hand-breakin’, public melt-downin’, hated-on-by-peers band Wavves comes to Grinnell for a free show with Iowa City’s own Wet Hair. Love ‘em or hate ‘em, this one is gonna be worth the drive.
MothUP Iowa City / PS1 / 7pm / FREE
The first [...]

Preview: Joe Jack Talcum

It gets a little funny tonight in Iowa City. A handful of the finest and oddest pop craftsmen are on display this evening at the Mill. Headlining this motley crew: Dead Milkmen guitarist Joe Jack Talcum. Talcum’s still writing jangly pop gems with healthy dollops of irreverence and humor (check “U Turn Me On” and [...]

Freakin’ Weekend: 09.10-09.12

Ahh, there’s nothing quite like a fresh hard drive to make your computer super slick and zippy. It’s a rather expensive fresh start that you never asked for. And yeah, pretty much all my data is gone but on the sunny side it’s also not there to clog up simple things like posting on the [...]

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 [...]

Contest: Titus Andronicus Limited Edition 12″

Mission Freak hasn’t run a contest in a minute, but this is one that you’re not going to want to miss out on. The folks at XL Recordings have offered to give away ONE copy of a super-limited edition Titus Andronicus 12″ vinyl LP: The Innocents Abroad: Live in London, 23/02/09 features our favorite New [...]

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 [...]

Freakin’ Weekend: Media Dump

It’s upon us again. It’s Iowa Hawkeye football. And while that means that traffic and studying come to a grinding halt, but that doesn’t mean the arts don’t keep on truckin’. We already gave you a rundown the weekend, but it’s chock full ’round Iowa City for Labor Day, so strap yourself in for a [...]