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10,000 Hours Preview: Sky Ferreira

  The University of Iowa brings an attempt to spur volunteering each spring in the form of the 10,000 Hours show. This specific show allows anyone with ten hours of documented volunteer work to get a free pass to the show, and these aren’t some warmed over has-beens or never wills. The 10,000 Hours show puts great effort into booking things that will make the time worthwhile - Ben Folds headlined the inaugural show, and acts like Jack’s Mannequin and Girl Talk have played in the years since. The idea has spread out to other... ...[read more]
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Live Review: Mission Creek Festival 2014, Day 4

  Live Review: Mission Creek Festival 2014 - Day 4
Jason Isbell, !!!, David Zollo & The Body Electric, Jason T. Lewis

By the time Friday’s absolutely stacked and almost entirely sold out plate of shows rolled around, those of us that have gotten three nights of shows under our belt are starting to fade. Or at least I am. These things happen when you get old. The festival cares not about age, however - Friday is when the heavy-hitters come out. The Head & the Heart, Jason Isbell, Kishi... ...[read more]
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Live Review: Mission Creek Festival 2014, Day 3

  Live Review: Mission Creek Festival 2014 - Day 3
of Montreal, Dessa, Ark Life, Toki Wright & Big Cats, Dylan Sires & Neighbors

We’re only three days into Mission Creek 2014, and already I have to eat crow. I recently reviewed Dylan Sires & Neighbors two albums from last year, and while I felt the band was talented, I just didn’t connect as strongly to the albums as I had hoped. The group’s opening set on Thursday proved that yet again, I most likely have had my head up my ass. Everything... ...[read more]
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Live Review: Mission Creek Festival 2014, Day 2

  Live Review: Mission Creek Festival 2014, Day 2
Hannibal Burress, Earth, CJ Sullivan, Taser Island, Curt Oren

Recent years have seen another golden age for comedy come about, and thankfully, the top tier acts have spread past the major markets to infiltrate our little corner of the world. Recent years have seen titans like Louis C.K. and Patton Oswalt visit the area, while Mission Creek itself has pulled such heavy hitters as Tig Notaro as well as a special one-time-only show featuring David... ...[read more]
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Live Review: Mission Creek Festival 2014, Day 1

  Live Review: Mission Creek Festival 2014, Day 1
Warpaint, Alex Body, Koen Holtkamp, Idpyramid

Each year for the past several years, the spring in Iowa City comes upon us in a variety of unpredictable ways. The weather can range from blizzards to the traditional airy springtime temperatures, hopes of a good basketball team may be raised or dashed to bits on various brackets, and we can be any number of weeks away from summer. One thing that has remained constant for quite some time now is the... ...[read more]
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Mission Creek 2014 Artist(s) To Watch #2: Angry Hour!

  Mission Creek Artist(s) to Watch #2: Angry Hour W/ Viet Cong Man Son, Centaur Noir, Los Voltage, Spray Paint (ATX), and Teen Daad

The lineup for Mission Creek varies pretty wildly each year. Each year we’ll get some more raucous shows like White Lung and Weekend, and every now and then the festival will dip its toes into metal like they did with Pallbearer and Lair of the Minotaur. While there’s no centerpiece ‘hard’ show this year, the festival always makes sure to feature all... ...[read more]
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Mission Creek 2014 Artist To Watch #1: Alexis Stevens

  Mission Creek Artist to Watch #1: Alexis Stevens

Each year, Mission Creek will book bands that we know will sell like gangbusters regardless of what any of us want or like - The Head and the Heart has been sold out for ages, Jason Isbell is getting close, and several more of the big names will fill up just fine. I like to take some time to spotlight some of the artists that some you may not have had the opportunity to investigate yet. The best shows of the past few Mission Creeks for me have... ...[read more]
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R.I.P., David Brockie / Oderus Urungus Of GWAR

  

It is with a heavy heart that I find myself in the position where I need to eulogize David Brockie, a.k.a. Oderus Urungus of GWAR. Brockie passed away Sunday, March 23rd at his home in Richmond, VA. No cause of death has yet been established.

Throughout GWAR's thirty years of existence, Brockie was the only member to have performed in every... ...[read more]
 
 
 
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