The main focus of this blog is to cover mid-week live music events in the Iowa City area — or that’s supposed to be the focus, anyway. Some things have kept me from going to shows lately, but I thought making a list of notable mid-week shows over the next couple months may inspire me to get out more (and maybe others will find a few of the picks appealing enough to check out for themselves). So here it goes:
(All shows are 19+ unless otherwise noted)
BATTLE OF THE BANDS (all Thursdays in September) – Yacht Club, 8 PM ($5). Features lots of Iowa City-based bands. Finals is on Saturday, Oct. 11.
Tues. 9/16: BLACK LIPS w/ The King Khan & BBQ Show, Younger – Blue Moose, 9 PM ($15).
Wed. 9/17: SHONEN KNIFE w/ Habibi – The Mill, 9 PM ($12 adv / $14 day of show)
Tues. 9/23: TWIN PEAKS w/ Ne-Hi – Blue Moose, 7 PM ($10/$12 *ALL AGES*)
Tues. 9/23: HEAVY GLOW w/ The Sapwoods, Milk Duct Tape – Gabe’s, 9 PM (Free)
Wed. 9/24: MODERN KIN – Gabe’s, 9 PM (Free)
Mon. 10/13: SHARON VAN ETTEN w/ Tiny Ruins – Gabe’s, 8 PM ($15, people under 19 can attend after 10 PM only if accompanied by an adult, according to the site…)
Thurs. 10/30: REIGNING SOUND w/ Alexis Stevens – The Mill, 9 PM ($14/$16).
After looking at the Iowa City venues’ calendars for next week, it looks like there are a few shows worth mentioning:
– THE SLEEPWALKERS, Twins (Yacht Club, Thursday 7/10, $5, 19+). Two power-pop bands take the stage. Judging from the online tunes I tracked down tonight, one is more influenced by ’70s power-pop like Badfinger and Thin Lizzy, while the other takes their cues from later ’80s power-pop music like The Replacements. If you like any of those bands, you’ll probably enjoy this show.
– WEEDEATER, aseethe, In the Mouth of Radness, O’enos (Blue Moose, Thursday 7/10, $10, 19+). If you’re into more hardcore music, this is the show for you. You may hear some drop-D (or possibly even drop-C) tunage, vocal grunting, dramatic pauses, sudden time changes, etc.
– SAPWOODS, Midwest, The Ashe Brothers (The Mill, Friday 7/11, $8, 19+). The Sapwoods headline a show next Friday. I’m not sure who / what “Midwest” is (very difficult to find them via internet search). The Ashe Brothers play a mix of folk, jam and psychedelia.
Of the three, I’ll probably attend (and eventually write about) the show at the Yacht Club. I haven’t seen Twins perform yet (although I had seen Teddy Boys — one of their earlier incarnations — perform at least once), The Sleepwalkers should be fun, the basement atmosphere of the Yacht Club is appealing, the show shouldn’t go on too long (just two bands) and the price is right.
I was initially excited about the Weedeater show, but I discovered they’re a band from North Carolina and not the sludge/rap band from Storm Lake, regrouping to play “Slacker” again (too bad). I’d hang out at The Sapwoods show but I’ll be out of town that night.
IC Noise will be taking a break from writing about shows this week. My tentative plan for next week is to cover a free performance by Minneapolis group Alpha Consumer on Tuesday, May 27th at Gabe’s. I’d also like to cover one night of the three-day Firecracker 500 Festival (at The Mill) but I don’t know if my schedule will allow it.
The venues Yacht Club and Gabe’s are hosting an “Iowa City Music Scene Showcase” both tonight and tomorrow night ($7 per night for access to both venues, I believe). I plan to catch some of tonight’s performances and share my experiences later.
I’ll probably spend more time over at the Yacht Club (since I haven’t featured that venue yet on the blog), but I may skip over to Gabe’s between sets. I doubt I’ll stay out for the entire night (the schedule indicates the event goes until 2 AM).