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IC band Port Authority shines in Mission Creek début

IC band Port Authority shines in Mission Creek début

April 8, 2017

By Brett Shaw [email protected] A band created in the dorms of the University of Iowa by the name of Port Authority was excited to perform in the famous Iowa City festival that they have attended for years. The local band took Gabe’s stage on evening of April 7, opening for Tennis, an...

Cho’s radical brand of comedy burns brightly at Mission Creek

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April 7, 2017

By Brett Shaw [email protected] Strutting onto the Englert stage in a Christmas sweater, pajama shorts, torn leggings, and boots, Margaret Cho exhibited absolute fearlessness before delivering her opening bit about Donald Trump’s exotic sex life. Cho has had a thriving career throughout...

Mission Creek Review: Ghostface Killah

Mission Creek Review: Ghostface Killah

April 6, 2017

By Brett Shaw [email protected] It has been a long while since the Wu-Tang Clan has released music; however, as audience members threw up the iconic ‘W’ and chanted along to verses, it was clear that these fans had far from forgotten about the popular 90s hip-hop group. On Wednesday evening,...

Sarah Louise re-imagined folk arrives at Mission Creek

From Sarah Louise's bandcamp

April 6, 2017

By Lily Goodman [email protected] When asked to describe the kind of music she composes, the singer-songwriter Sarah Louise grew hesitant. It became clear that was a question she wasn’t too comfortable answering. “I appreciate people trying to put a genre to my music, and I get the...

Songbirds arrive at the Mill

Elizabeth Moen plays guitar while performing inside Shorts Burger & Shine on Clinton Street on Sunday, July 31, 2016. Moen frequently plays an indie folkrock soul set at Shorts on Sunday nights. (The Daily Iowan/Joseph Cress)

Claire Dietz, [email protected]

April 6, 2017

Elizabeth Moen has come a long way in a little more than a year. A soulful voice that took her to countries across Europe. Now the songbird has returned back to Iowa City. Now with a few new songs, Moen's songwriting has really begun to show through in this performance. A relaxed presence onstage shines ...

Electronica takes Mission Creek

Electronica takes Mission Creek

April 6, 2017

By Brett Shaw [email protected] Standing still, an appropriate distance between one another, gazes locked on the performers and moving images before them, the audience at Gabe’s on Tuesday evening absorbed the experimental electronic music concert as if the performances were a work of fine ar...

Recap: Mission Creek Festival comes to a close

photo by Jordan Gale/The Daily Iowan

April 11, 2016

By Girindra Selleck and Tessa Solomon [email protected] | [email protected] This year’s Mission Creek Festival, held April 5-10, saw hip-hoppers, krautrockers, proto-punks, slam poets, and iconoclasts descend on Iowa City’s downtown. Now that the festivities have wound down,...

Recap: Alison Bechdel at Mission Creek Festival

Recap: Alison Bechdel at Mission Creek Festival

April 6, 2016

Alison Bechdel partook in an informal Q&A, book signing, and lecture on Tuesday, April 5, as part of the Mission Creek Festival. By Tessa Solomon | [email protected] On the Englert’s stage a single wooden stool stands empty, illuminated by purple and white backlight. In a half circle...

Art on the edge

Art on the edge

April 6, 2016

Lisa Jane Persky, actress, photographer, and writer, will give a punk rock reading today at FilmScene. By Tessa Solomon [email protected] In the dim lights of a New York CBCG music club, Debbie Harry of Blondie belts into the mike. Her blonde hair whips in time with the beat, a famous vision in...

Son Lux in the moment

Son Lux in the moment

April 6, 2016

Son Lux will perform from its new album, Bones, at Gabe’s. By Tessa Solomon [email protected] With a haunting breathiness, the voice creeps over sharp clips of synth. Full backing vocals rise in wordless crescendos, trailing away. Suddenly the beat explodes into a cracking, metal rave. It only ...