Amon Amarth Announces Fall Tour with...

June 7th, 2014
Viking Metal giants Amon Amarth have been crushing heads and leaving a trail of devastation in their wake for many moons, and they'll continue to do so this fall. With the recent Deceiver of the Gods still fresh in memory, the band will be hitting the road with the anthemic Sabaton and our favorite blackened thrashers in Skeletonwitch. The tour will be hitting smaller markets, so make sure to check out the arena-ready tour when it comes to you:

09/25 Riverside, CA – Riverside Municipal Auditorium
09/26 Santa Cruz, CA – The Catalyst
09/27 Sacramento, CA – Ace of Spades
09/29 Portland, OR – Wonder...

80/35 2014 Releases Second Wave of Artists...

June 7th, 2014
After much waiting and anticipation, the venerable Cake has been announced as the second headliner for this year's 80/35 Festival in Des Moines, IA. Also announced in the second wave of bands include Surfer Blood, Those Darlin's, Pert Near Sandstone, Boy and Bear, The Whigs, King Fantastic, and more. They join already announced acts such as Conor Oberst, Dr. Dog, and Ziggy Marley. The festival takes place July 4th and 5th in downtown Des Moines, and all pertinent details can be found at www.80-35.com.

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Live Review: Sky Ferreira / Trouble Lights

June 3rd, 2014
Live Review: Sky Ferreira w/ Trouble Lights
Blue Moose Tap House, Iowa City, IA, 5/8/14

Each year the University of Iowa tries to spur civic duty with the 10,000 Hours show. If one logs at least ten hours of volunteer work, one gets a free ticket to a concert. In the past, the show has featured such acts as Ben Folds, Cake, Guster, and Girl Talk. This year, our friends at SCOPE brought the rising Sky Ferreira to the Blue Moose Tap House.

Opening the show were our good friends in Trouble Lights. I’ve spoken at length about the duo in the past, and everything I have said remains true. ...

Riot Fest 2014 to feature The Cure, The...

May 13th, 2014
The past two Riot Fests in Chicago's lovely Humboldt Park have made me swear off that bigger, lamer festival farther east. Now in its tenth year, Riot Fest Chicago has broadened its horizons and started adding less so-called 'punk' bands and spread its wings to welcome everyone. The lineup this year is an absolute motherfucker, and you can find it below:

Live Review: Mountain Goats & The...

April 28th, 2014
Live Review: The Mountain Goats (Solo), The Lonelyhearts
First United Methodist Church, Iowa City, IA - 4.21.14

For the second year in a row, our good friends at SCOPE have taken on the unique challenge of producing a show inside Iowa City’s First United Methodist Church. The church has taken on an unlikely alter-ego as a sonically pristine place that houses some truly unique shows. Tim Hecker and Best Coast broke the venue open as one of the most unusual and amazing venues to see a show in the state, and SCOPE continued the trend with this year’s iteration featuring The Mountain Goats and The...

10,000 Hours Preview: Sky Ferreira

April 9th, 2014
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 universities, and if you get on the horse now, you can get your ticket to catch this year’s show featuring Sky...

Live Review: Mission Creek Festival 2014,...

April 5th, 2014
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 Bashi, & !!! all sold out this year, and the crowds came out early for the biggest night of...

Live Review: Mission Creek Festival 2014,...

April 4th, 2014
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 that I had found fault with on record was rectified live. The band was able to deliver the...

Live Review: Mission Creek Festival 2014,...

April 3rd, 2014
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 Cross, H. Jon Benjamin, and Jon Glaser. This year, the festival was able to get Chicagoans CJ Sullivan and...

Live Review: Mission Creek Festival 2014,...

April 2nd, 2014
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 onset of Mission Creek week. The first week of April finds Iowa City’s patrons of the arts gathered around the...

Mission Creek 2014 Artist(s) to Watch #2: ...

March 31st, 2014
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 things gnarly and local with the annual Angry Hour. Located at the infamous Deadwood Tavern’s cavernous...
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