Oct
17
8:30 PM20:30

Rhythm and Poetry: a spoken word showcase and open mic.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/rhythm-and-poetry-a-spoken-word-showcase-and-open-mic-tickets-50987173007

"RHYTHM and POETRY: 
a spoken-word showcase and open mic."

Doors: 8pm (arrive early to sign the open mic list! Artists/musicians must purchase ticket.)

Showtime: 8:59pm sharp!

Admission: $5 in advance (Eventbrite only.)
$10 at the door.

hosted by: University of Iowa, School of Music's professor of Hip-Hop, Brandon Alexander Williams!

featured acts of the night: Stark (of H.U.E.Y.),
The Law (of H.U.E.Y.),
and Mani Jurdan (of H.U.E.Y.)

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FMWT #13: Charalambides
Oct
18
9:00 PM21:00

FMWT #13: Charalambides

Charalambides founders Tom & Christina Carter create a vision of iconoclastic music as transformative force. Touching on the outer limits of acid folk, psych rock, and improvisation, their sound remains uniquely personal & consistent.

Since 1991, Charalambides has released many recordings on labels like Siltbreeze, kranky & Wholly Other. A self-titled 2LP is forthcoming on Drawing Room in 2018

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Aseethe, New Standards Men, & Bob Bucko JR
Oct
19
8:30 PM20:30

Aseethe, New Standards Men, & Bob Bucko JR

Three Band Cage Match at a Vegan restaurant on a Friday in Iowa City. What could go wrong.

Aseethe: Iowa City doom merchants + all around swell dudes. Edibles friendly.
http://www.thrilljockey.com/artists/aseethe

New Standards Men: Denver noise/post whatever/metal band. Some drunk dude said we sound like Flipper meets My Bloody Valentine. We’ll go with that. PCP friendly.
https://newstandardsmen.bandcamp.com/album/people-wonder

Bob Bucko Jr: Iowa’s favorite sonic traveler touches down for a night to share a bit of that soul he is known for. Hugs friendly.
https://bobbuckojr.bandcamp.com/

Doors @ 9, show @ 9:30
$7. All ages.

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Thrifty Bitch Presents: Spooky Sounds & Flea Market
Oct
20
5:00 PM17:00

Thrifty Bitch Presents: Spooky Sounds & Flea Market

🔮 Spooky Sounds n Flea will be bringing you all that your baddest dreams desire. Come shop some of the most vicious vintage + haunting handmade the Midwest has to offer 🔮

Vendors: 
• Thrifty Bitch (DSM) 
• Good Style Shop (Madison) 
• Kid Sheets Vintage (Madison) 
• Hot Puppy Shop (DSM) 
• Moon Moods (DSM) 
• Nightmare Imagery (Iowa City) 
• Samuel Benson (Iowa City) 
• K8E Official (Iowa City) 
• Bathroom Art By John Huffman (DSM) 
• Karen Meat’s Handmade Good’s (Iowa City) 
• Sarah Dirks (Iowa City) 

The flea will run from 5 PM til 9 PM. 
Then the spooky sounds shall commence.  

Doors 9 PM • Show 9:30 
Cult Of Volac from Iowa City 
Night Stories from Des Moines 
And then DJ Skyhawk will be closing the gig out with a killer dance party! 
$7 • all ages 

Come buy some cool stuff and hear some cool tunes all while supporting local artists! 

P.S. costumes are encouraged cuz duhhh it’s halloween 

👻🎃🕸🕷

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Halloween Cover Band Benefit Show at Trumpet Blossom
Oct
26
8:00 PM20:00

Halloween Cover Band Benefit Show at Trumpet Blossom

Awesome bands covering awesome bands for the benefit of the Rape Victim Advocacy Program!

Featuring:
Piss Exorcist as Creedence Clearwater Revival
Starry Nights as KISS
TIRE FIRE as AJJ (JL & Ian of Zuul)
Punx Play Nirvana (Gabe, Joe M, Kyle M)
HITTER (Chicago rock ft. Adam "Lucky" Luksetich)

Also there will be a costume contest and the vegan jello slurps will be making a return!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Doors at 8, music at 8:30, bar open til 1:30am!!!
$7 suggested donation to RVAP
All ages

If you can't make it to the show you can still donate to RVAP -
https://rvap.uiowa.edu/support/

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FMWT #14: Forest Management w/ The Christine Burke Ensemble
Oct
27
9:00 PM21:00

FMWT #14: Forest Management w/ The Christine Burke Ensemble

******R E S C H E D U L E****** (from 6/2)

Forest Management:
"John’s material tends toward longform drones that accrue stardust as they stretch out to fill space. The sound is comparable to some French and German composers of the early 1970s, but his take is a bit more different than anything that comes easily to mind." - Wire Magazine

Forest Management is John Daniel (b.1989 in Hemet, CA), an American musician currently living and working in Chicago, Illinois. The project began in 2011 in Daniel’s hometown of Westlake, Ohio

“A venue doesn’t have to be just a room. It can be an extension of the musician and his or her craft. Case in point: Forest Management, the ambient/drone project of Cleveland musician John Daniel. In any other setting, Daniel’s music would be enjoyable, a lush and intricate mix of slow-swelling synths and found sounds that eventually reach levels of movement bordering on actual life. In this venue, a rustic community center that’s easily 100 years old, it became grand and theatrical, filling the 200-person auditorium with an ethereal hum. Even amid an audience of a couple dozen, paltry numbers for the space, it was hard to not feel moved and part of something bigger than you. For someone just getting into the realm of ambient, Forest Management’s set was a powerful display of the genre’s universality.“ - Chris Coplan, Senior Staff Writer, Consequence of Sound (POP Montreal 2014)

The Christine Burke Ensemble:
The Christine Burke Ensemble is a group of musicians from the Iowa City area who compose and perform experimental, improvisatory music. Members also perform with Wombat, JCjp and the University of Iowa Center for New Music, and have written works for the JACK Quartet, Alarm Will Sound and the United States Air Force Band, among others.

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FMWT #15: Escape-ism (Ian Svenonius)
Oct
29
9:00 PM21:00

FMWT #15: Escape-ism (Ian Svenonius)

Introduction to Escape-ism shouldn’t only be reviewed in the music press but in the “world affairs” column of a conspiracy-minded newspaper, on a hot-rod review TV show, or possibly at an important conference by a renowned astrophysicist. It’s that important!

Why? Because it’s the first “solo” record by Ian Svenonius—of groups The Make-Up, Chain & the Gang, The Nation of Ulysses, XYZ, Weird War, etc. and author of underground bestsellers such as The Psychic Soviet, Supernatural Strategies for Making a Rock ’n’ Roll Group, and Censorship Now!!—and as such, it’s profound, prophetic, perverse, and poetic… It’s introverted glitter, violence against the state, obsessive desire; it stomps on convention, shreds constitutions, clobbers pre-conceived notions of what a record can be.

Yes, that’s right: a single-person performance by I.F. Svenonius—recognized by Performer Magazine as the “greatest performer on the planet”—Introduction to Escape-ism is a bite into a one-banana bunch.

A drum box, a guitar, a cassette player, and a single slobbering, sinful voice singing out…for a way out. Live, it’s a new paradigm of performance: raw, gestural, idiotic, sublime, revolutionary, poetic, faux naïf, unknowing, a drainage pipe that leads to who knows where.

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FMWT #16: Paul Metzger // John Saint Pelvyn
Nov
2
9:00 PM21:00

FMWT #16: Paul Metzger // John Saint Pelvyn

PAUL METZGER
A master on a self-built 23 string banjo, Paul Metzger's Idiosyncratic & deeply original long form improvisations bring to mind American primitive guitar, the sarod of Hindustani music, or the Chinese Erhu. But fundamentally his music grows from a deep commitment to exploring every possible expressive sound that can be extracted from his instrument. His 'home-made' aesthetic has drawn comparisons to DIY mavericks like Charlie Nothing or Eugene Chadbourne with his electric rake, but the depth of Metzger's explorations led David Keenan to assert in Wire magazine that Metzger "reveal(s) the true meaning of virtuosity." A key voice in the world of avant-garde & experimental folk, he creates a music evocative of some magical forgotten age, but is simultaneously deeply rooted in the eternal present when fingers touch strings.

"…Metzger’s banjo and guitar contain multitudes. Suspended between past and future, honouring the tradition while hijacking it, listening for its voice while revelling in its inarticulacies; this is how the thing sings. And the song, in the obsessive extensions of Metzger’s instruments, truly has no ending." - The Wire.



JOHN SAINT PELVYN
Guitarist, thereminist, singer, and player of some species of dismantled electrified folk, John Saint Pelvyn is a musical enigma of the best kind. At the root of his playing is something akin to traditional stride, but rich with quivering whammy bar wobble and shimmering feedback. He often plays the tailfin strings of his archtop like one would play harmonics, or retunes seamlessly mid-stream to create a shifting temperament across the length of a piece. An affinity for the likes of John Fahey and Loren Mazzacane-Connors can be heard here, but the comparisons quickly fall away as one takes in this ambidextrous musical sensibility. He will sing otherworldly vocal duets with his theremin while simultaneously accompanying himself fingerpicking, or will throw modulated feedback tones across otherwise inviting harmonic landscapes based on blues & folk motifs, overshadowing them with clouds of squelch that loom like an approaching post-noise squall, but that ultimately swell and punctuate more like the tone clusters of Henry Cowell or the lyrical saxophone of Frank Lowe.

“When wandering the stage singing into the F-holes of his electric arch top bringing forth arpeggios of feedback, or waving the neck of his guitar in the vicinity of a howling theremin, indeed, he seems to be playing the very air itself.” - Electro Motive Records

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Gif from God / Meth / Closet Witch
Nov
13
8:30 PM20:30

Gif from God / Meth / Closet Witch

Gig of the year, right here. All-star lineup. Legendary status. 

.gif from god (RVA)
legendary screamo-violence from Richmond, VA
https://giffromgod.bandcamp.com/album/defragmented-reformatted

meth (IL)
chaotic noise/screamo/grind from Chicago-land
https://methil.bandcamp.com/album/i-love-you

Closet Witch (IA)
THE quintessential Iowa heavy band. Absolute legends
https://closetwitch.bandcamp.com/

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Bike, YOGA, Brunch
Oct
14
8:30 AM08:30

Bike, YOGA, Brunch

The plan is to meet at 8:30 am in the World of Bikes parking lot. If you plan to drive, I recommend that you park in the Big Grove Lot and bike to World of Bikes. If you aren't too far from World of Bikes just bike there! We will plan to leave from the World of Bikes Parking lot to the Grey Area grounds at 9AM sharp! The ride is approximately 11 miles. As mentioned before it is a very friendly route. We will go out on Gilbert, past Terry Trueblood and make a left at the 4 way stop ( 520th Street) we will continue to Utah and make a Right. Our place in on the corner of Utah and 540th. There is 1 mile of gravel on Utah. It is no big deal. We will be riding as a group with a leader and a sweeper to make sure no one is left behind and everyone gets to the destination safely :) The ride will take approximately 1 hour. When we arrive we will have some light snacks / drinks available as well as some coffee from Wake Up Iowa.

The Yoga Session with Sarah from Breathing Room Yoga will start at 10:30 and will last approximately 1 hour.

After the session, we will ride back on the same route which should take another hour putting us at Trumpet Blossom Cafe for a lovely Vegan Brunch around 1:00. 

You do NOT have to bike , but we encourage you to do so. The ride is pretty dang flat and you can go at your own pace :) There are 2 choices on the pay link - one is for just bike and yoga and the other is for bike yoga and brunch :) Pay here:
http://www.breathingroomyoga.net/new-products/

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A Different Sky - Release & Reading
Oct
11
9:00 PM21:00

A Different Sky - Release & Reading

"A PSYCHOGEOGRAPHICAL OCCULT DETECTIVE STORY! A LOVECRAFTIAN COMING-OF-AGE TALE! A REVEALED MYTHOLOGY OF IOWA CITY! THE HIDDEN MEANING OF THE HAWKZ LOGO!"

Greetings, everybody! Very excited to invite you to the release and reading of my new comic book, A Different Sky. It's a 50-page tale, set entirely in Iowa City. Except for the parts that take place in the Void, Hyperspace, and deranged spiritual visions. But those are kind of in Iowa City, too.  

The show will be a full reading of the comic. Pages will be projected onto a big screen. Musical soundtrack will play. I'll have a microphone, saying all kinds of things. The presentation will last about an hour.

Afterwards, copies of A Different Sky will be available to purchase, if you so please. Also on deck that night will be previous comic book releases, Long Gone Comix #1 + #2 and A Frog Smile.

Doors are at 9pm. Show will start 9:30pm.
Free admission.  
Hope to see ya there!

P.S. check the comments for the flyer and a sneak-peak trailer

P.P.S. - comic will be available to order from afar at https://longgonecomix.storenvy.com a day or two after the reading ✌️

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FMWT #12: Glenn Jones (Thrill Jockey) w/ Black Stork
Oct
5
8:30 PM20:30

FMWT #12: Glenn Jones (Thrill Jockey) w/ Black Stork

Glenn Jones
Glenn Jones is a master of American Primitive Guitar, a style invented in the late 1950s by John Fahey, whose traditional fingerpicking techniques and wide-ranging influences were used to create modern original compositions. Jones, who led the post-rock ensemble Cul de Sac, brings his own made-up tunings, the use of custom-crafted partial capos, and a highly skilled picking style on both banjo and guitar, to create personal compositions that are lyrical, emotive and elegant. What sets him apart from the myriad guitarists playing today is his ability to tell stories with the guitar and banjo, and to convey a range of emotions. This process starts with the compositions themselves and carries through to his selection of recording environment and engineer.

Jones has written extensively about the leading lights of the American Primitive guitar style, namely John Fahey (with whom he was friends for nearly 25 years), and Robbie Basho (Jones was friends with the guitarist until Basho's untimely death in 1986, and hosted the guitarist / singer's final tour of the East Coast).

Jones has also performed with Peter Lang, Steffen Basho-Junghans, Cian Nugent, James Blackshaw, Paul Metzger, Peter Walker, Meg and Laura Baird, Harris Newman, Sean Smith, MV + EE, Dredd Foole, Sharron Kruaus, Tom Carter, Yo La Tengo, Thurston Moore, Chris Corsano, and many, many others.

...an incredibly adept fingerstyle guitarist whose technique always remains in service of the song... His vigorous leaps are daring but never reckless, and nearly always sublime. - Utne Reader

...captivating... Jones' slide work on the resonator guitar sounds especially meaty, and when all six, and sometimes 12, strings start chiming as he fingerpicks, the effect is shimmering. - Harp


Black Stork
Black Stork is a solo project of the Spanish composer and performer Carlos Cotallo Solares. It combines elements of metal, math rock, and hardcore punk and reinterprets them through the acoustic guitar. Cotallo Solares’ compositions have been performed in new music festivals in Germany, Spain, Finland, Poland, and the US, by ensembles like the JACK Quartet, POING, handwerk, and Ensemble Chronophonie. As a performer, he has collaborated with Ensemble Alarm and Ensemble Container, and was a member of the rock bands El Mamut and Pato Grande. Currently, he is finishing a PhD in composition at the University of Iowa and is one of the organizers of the concert series iHearIC. He performs regularly with the free improvisation band Wombat.

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Googleplexia, Samuel Locke Ward, & Douglas Kramer Nye
Sep
28
8:30 PM20:30

Googleplexia, Samuel Locke Ward, & Douglas Kramer Nye

It's the Googolplexia debut at Trumpet Blossom Café! After playing the finest venues known to Iowa City, it's time for this, the crowning achievement. I'm taking my new car on a brief tour mostly in Iowa. Thus, the Googolplexia CRASH TEST DUMBASS Tour. Let's test this thing's mettle AND metal.

http://Googolplexia.BandCamp.com

Also appearing live! My oldest IC pal (I mean I've known him longer than anyone else I know in Iowa City, not that he's actually the oldest of all the people I know in Iowa City. But that might be true too!), Samuel Locke Ward!

http://SamuelLockeWard.BandCamp.com

And Douglas Kramer Nye, the only other act (besides Googz I mean) I've ever known to do the HAVE GUN--WILL TRAVEL theme song, "The Ballad Of Paladin":

http://DouglasKramerNye.BandCamp.com

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FMWT #11: Bill MacKay (Drag City) w/ Vero Rose Smith
Sep
27
8:30 PM20:30

FMWT #11: Bill MacKay (Drag City) w/ Vero Rose Smith

Bill MacKay
Bill MacKay is a Chicago based guitarist-composer-improviser. He has energized experimental folk, rock, and avant-garde scenes with his radiant songs, and creative and unpredictable approach to the guitar.
Bill MacKay's blissful harmonic control and just-outside-the-box guitar mastery are one with his compelling songwriting. 
His creative voyage and imaginative influences are fully displayed on his Drag City debut, Esker, and his live performances are unmatched. 
MacKay cut his teeth in various bands and projects spanning genres across the U.S., and has created an extensive body of original work, while energizing the folk, avant-garde and experimental diaspora.

Vero Rose Smith
Vero Rose Smith is an artist, curator, an educator based in Iowa City, Iowa. Her musical work centers on collective memory and the intersection of culture and environment. She is also fascinated by the role of visual imagery in scientific literacy, and the potential of tactile data. In performance, she seeks to assemble impromptu ensembles and improvised compositions collaboratively in real time.


Vol.3, 11th edition:
Bill MacKay
w/ special guest: Vero Rose Smith
Thursday, September 27th 9pm
Trumpet Blossom Cafe
$8 or open to patrons

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Annalibera, Sinner Frenz, Squirrel Flower
Sep
22
8:30 PM20:30

Annalibera, Sinner Frenz, Squirrel Flower

Sinner Frenz - Sinner Frenz are Luke Tweedy and Brendan Lee Spengler, who previously played together in the underground supergroup ft(The Shadow Government). Since then, Tweedy has cultivated Flat Black Studios in Lone Tree, Iowa and Spengler has continued to perform in various acts including Viva L’American Death Ray Music. Together, they have collected a pile of modular synthesizers and an evolving sound system that they use for their act. Sinner Frenz is equal parts beats and melody, electronic music for people that listen to rock music, and hi-fi dance music for noise punks.

Annalibera - inconsistent pop out of Des Moines - annaliberamusic.com

Squirrel Flower - prairie pop from Grinnell/Boston - 

8:30pm // $7 // all ages

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American Cream with AJ Worden
Sep
21
8:30 PM20:30

American Cream with AJ Worden

Please join me for the release of my new record, "Slouching Towards Tomorrow" which will be available to purchase on cassette tape. I will be be joined by one of my favorite bands I have played with, Minneapolis' American Cream. Me and my band members will also be spinning records throughout the night. Doors will be at 9pm and show will begin at 9:30. Entry fee is $7. 

Anthony Worden and the Illiterati
//Anthony Worden has cut his teeth in the Iowa City the past two years. His advocacy for DIY show spaces in town has led him to perform alongside various inflections of rock and roll, from the psychedelic to singer-songwriters. He’s allowed these influences to shape the trajectory of his newest full-length release, “Slouching Towards Tomorrow”, forthcoming September 21, 2018. Recorded at Flat Black Studios, Worden’s sophomore album expands the soundscapes from the structures of his debut. 

Where “Ideal Conceptions of the Beautiful and Good” was composed with a finger on the pulse of canonical and indie rock, Worden’s sequel gives us that same delicate swagger but enveloped in textures both angular and capacious. Easily compared to the syncopated colloquialisms of Lou Reed, Worden showcases a range that coalesces with his atmospherics. “Slouching Towards Tomorrow” kicks off with buoyant flares, then washing adrift towards where our “innocence is drowned”--a truly Yeatsian destination. The revolution begins with love, empathy and togetherness

American Cream (MPLS)
//"Anyone can listen and listening is the key to having a conversation. Jazz was always for the punks" Nathan Nelson (fmrly of STNNG) heads the illustrious Minneapolis configuration, American Cream. With an ever changing line-up as well as musical inspiration, every show that Nathan and the group puts on provides the listener with a truly unique experience. I am more than happy to have the band back to Iowa City.  

Doors 9/Show 9:30/Entry $7

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Benefit for Twain Elementary Library
Sep
15
7:00 PM19:00

Benefit for Twain Elementary Library

Due to many stressors on the kids at Twain there is always an annual shortage of funds to replace lost books. Last year the library had to raise $1400 to cover those costs beyond their normal budget. This year we as a group of musicians want to help give the library money before books go missing so no kid needs to go without during the school year. Come and have wonderful food and listen to some great music while doing a great thing for your community.

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FMWT #9th: Timeghost, John Bender, Gabi Vanek
Sep
10
8:30 PM20:30

FMWT #9th: Timeghost, John Bender, Gabi Vanek

Timeghost:
Timeghost performances focus primarily on multi-channel compositions, some of which is fed into tactile speaker sheets that can be warped both physically and sonically. Timeghost live shows rely on multi-sensory experience: utilizing projected video camera feeds, phantasmagoric lighting effects, and synthesizers controlled by sensors placed inside the performer's body.

"Providence, Rhode Island's Adam Morosky pours modular synthesis, drum machines, found sounds and spoken prose into dense, hot compositions, then squints delightedly at the results. His methodology is a tug of war between chaos and control, allowing stray sounds to cycle off at random, but giving them space to work their way back into the fabric."
Louis Pattison, The Wire

John Bender:
This will be John Bender's first true tour, having been a pioneering composer of Minimal Wave electronic music in the late 70's - 80's, but living a mostly private life for the past 30 years. He began performing live in 2016, mostly improvising with modular synthesizers at select festivals

"John Bender is without a doubt the protagonist, if not the inventor, of the musical genre known as minimal wave. His synthesizer sounds carried elements of techno and acid a decade before the invention of either genre. His voice and his somewhat sentimental, mournful lyrics made his music outstanding and extraordinary, an unprecedented mixture of elements. His three self-released LPs are must-haves for every serious collector and anyone interested in coldwave, minimal synth, and techno sounds." - Vinyl on Demand

Gabi Vanek: 
Gabi Vanek is a cultural imperialist and rabble-rouser and interdisciplinary bassoonist and scholar currently residing in Iowa City. Her sonic interests are primarily the aesthetic and tonal crossover often found between contemporary classical music and harsh noise. She has had the privilege of performing as both a soloist and part of chamber ensembles at experimental music festivals and concert series around the Midwest and beyond including appearances at the KNOB New Music Festival, nief-norf,
20/20 Sound Festival, Iowa City’s own IhearIC, and most unusually, as a virtual exhibitor at the Osaka University of the Arts Electro-acoustic Music Festival. Her scholarly credits include presenting at the University of Southern Denmark-Odense’s “Extreme Music: Hearing and Nothingness” conference on death metal greats Gorguts and a recently published follow up article in Metal Music Studies.

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 Language Enthusiast Tailgate (for nerds & football fans)
Sep
1
11:00 AM11:00

Language Enthusiast Tailgate (for nerds & football fans)

Love languages? Love the Hawks!? Come geek out with other language lovers and Hawk fans before the game! We'll be hosting this pre-game "tailgate" at the best vegan restaurant in town. Vegan!? Whaaaaa?? Yahhhh....because they have the most beautiful bar in town, a great selection of draft beers, and City's best VEGAN REUBEN + sweet potato fries.  

English language nerds, Spanish language nerds, Chinese Language nerds....all nerds & football fans are welcome!

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Little Village and Dead Coast Present: Willy Tea Taylor
Aug
9
8:30 PM20:30

Little Village and Dead Coast Present: Willy Tea Taylor

Little Village and Dead Coast Present: 

A Listening Room Performance Featuring
Willy Tea Taylor

with special guests
Brian Johannesen & Tom VandenAvond

Thursday, August 9th at The Trumpet Blossom
8:00PM Doors | 8:30PM Show
$12 in advance | $15 at the door

Willy Tea Taylor is a father, brother, and son. His remarkable ability to sing about profound subjects in a simple way makes his songs a great place to lose yourself. Much of that comes from his upbringing.

Willy grew up surrounded by rolling hills and horses in the small town of Oakdale, California. Known as the “Cowboy Capital of the World” for breeding so many world champion rodeo cowboys, Oakdale is still Willy’s home and the setting for many of his songs.

Despite coming from a long line of cattlemen – his grandfather Walt was one of the most respected of his generation – Willy’s first love was baseball. As a catcher, he had a gift for the nuances of calling a game from behind the plate. When a knee injury ended his ability to catch, Willy turned his attention to music.

At the age of 18, a discerning and intimate set by Greg Brown at the Strawberry Music Festival inspired Willy to pursue life as a folk singer. Strawberry would play an integral role in Willy’s development as a musician, going from spectator to stagehand, to performer. He made his main stage debut with his band the Good Luck Thrift Store Outfit at the 2009 festival. In 2015, Willy made his solo debut on the main stage. Willy has charmed fans at some of the best festivals in the country.

Willy calls John Hartford, Roscoe Holcomb, Bob Dylan, KISS, Weird Al Yankovic and Willie Nelson his biggest influences, but is always quick to advocate for his favorite contemporary songwriters which include Tom VandenAvond, Nathan Moore, and his Good Luck partner in crime, Chris Doud. He and VandenAvond have travelled the country together on a series of tours they call “Searchin’ for Guy Clark’s Kitchen” where each evening’s show is just a precursor to an endless quest for the kind of serene late night scene depicted in the cult classic documentary Heartworn Highways.

On his new release Knuckleball Prime, Willy received support from greats like Benmont Tench (Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers), Greg Leisz (Bruce Springsteen, Eric Clapton), and Gabe Witcher and Noam Pikelny of the Punch Brothers. Of the album’s title, Taylor says “most baseball players peak in their twenties, but knuckleball pitchers tend to blossom in their late thirties and early forties. I’m staring down my knuckleball prime.”

Led by producer Michael Witcher, the songs on Knuckleball Prime are arranged and accompanied magnificently by a first rate team of musicians and engineers. If you’re a fan of well-written lyrics, alluring melodies, and a voice that ties them together with emotion as deep as the artist’s own roots, you’ll savor Knuckleball Prime, and just about anything else Willy Tea Taylor has ever done.

 

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FEED ME WEIRD THINGS: Forbes/Billington Duo (of Tiger Hatchery), Sinner Frenz
Aug
3
8:30 PM20:30

FEED ME WEIRD THINGS: Forbes/Billington Duo (of Tiger Hatchery), Sinner Frenz

Forbes/Billington Duo (of Tiger Hatchery)
Reviews of Tiger Hatchery's album "Sun Worship:"
"Right away, it smacks you. The opening... attacks with the explosiveness of Albert Ayler, Ornette Coleman's frenzy and John Coltrane's scream, and doesn't let up until the closing... fades to silence. Saxophonist Mike Forbes rages like Peter Brötzmann, Evan Parker and John Butcher all morphed into one being, while Ben Billington's drums recall the pace of Rashied Ali and Han Bennink's solid insanity. Sun Worship is in-your-face brutality, an all-out assault on your preconceived notions of music." - Chuck Foster, The Big Takeover

"One of the best openings in music I’ve heard this year happens on 'Chieftain,' the first of three tracks on Sun Worship, a short and to-the-point CD by the young Chicago free-jazz band Tiger Hatchery. There's no lead-in, no windup: It's as if all members were running as hot as possible, frozen in time, and then unfrozen: Blam, drums and cymbals under attack, tenor saxophone gasping, electric bass on extreme low judder. Sun Worship is released on ESP-Disk, the imprimatur of some of the best New York free jazz in the early- and mid-'60s, but it feels different, especially after the initial onslaught, through its various episodes of velocity and mood. Andrew Scott Young, the bassist, uses the rugged tone you'd associate less with jazz than, say, the Jesus Lizard's David Wm. Sims; the tenor player Mike Forbes and drummer Ben Billington have 50 years of free jazz from around the world, as well as nearly that much of improvised noise, to assimilate. They bring these three pieces home rather elegantly, and begin the other two much more softly. But I’m fine with the record's first five seconds." - Ben Ratliff, The New York Times

Sinner Frenz:
Sinner Frenz are Luke Tweedy and Brendan Lee Spengler, who previously played together in the underground supergroup ft(The Shadow Government). Since then, Tweedy has cultivated Flat Black Studios in Lone Tree, Iowa and Spengler has continued to perform in various acts including Viva L’American Death Ray Music. Together, they have collected a pile of modular synthesizers and an evolving sound system that they use for their act. Sinner Frenz is equal parts beats and melody, electronic music for people that listen to rock music, and hi-fi dance music for noise punks.

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KEE AVIL (Montreal), Anthony Worden, Blank Thomas & Nadir Smith
Aug
1
9:00 PM21:00

KEE AVIL (Montreal), Anthony Worden, Blank Thomas & Nadir Smith

KEE AVIL (Montreal)
Kee Avil is a solo song project based in Montreal, QC. It combines guitar, voice and electronics into weird song forms that stagger between structure and improvisation. Kee Avil evolved from playing the guitar with broken cymbals and drumsticks into creating strange beats glued together by samples of screws dropped into crystal bowls.
https://keeavil.bandcamp.com

Blank Thomas x Nadir Smith (St. Louis)
Special collaborative set, sturdy beats and woozy synthscapes.
https://dismalnichetapes.bandcamp.com/album/human-conduit-2

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FEED ME WEIRD THINGS: Daniel Wyche w/ Justin K Comer
Jul
28
9:00 PM21:00

FEED ME WEIRD THINGS: Daniel Wyche w/ Justin K Comer

Daniel Wyche is a Chicago-based guitarist, composer and improviser. Working with a wide range of physical preparations, extended techniques, and pedal instruments, his recorded work and live performances are characterized by long-form structured improvisations. Daniel’s early records are a methodical crawl through the timbral subtleties of the guitar through sweet and unhurried layering, inspired by the ambient and deep listening traditions. However, with Our Severed Sleep (Eh? 2016), his most recent solo record, he has returned to his earliest inspirations on the uncomfortable periphery of rock and free improvisation, in an extended exploration of the relationships between resonance, overtones, and noise. The result is a pair of compositions called “a blowout to wake the dead” by the Wire, “reverent music,” by Decoder, and “an infinite swansong of bliss” by Tiny Mix Tapes. Over the past several years, all of this work has become increasingly integrated with the exploration of multi-channel performance, the spatialization of sound, and site specific-composition, and new compositions for quad and 8-channel guitar are currently being developed.
Along with his solo guitar work and duo recordings with primary collaborator Ryan Packard (Fonema Consort, Skeletons), Wyche is involved in several regular collaborations. Most notable among these are a series of ongoing performances with Julian Lynch (Real Estate), and his trio with Mark Shippy (US Maple, Invisible Things) and Ben Baker Billington (Tiger Hatchery, ONO, ADT), which will release two new records in 2017 on the Astral Spirits and No Index imprints.
Daniel has been a curator at Elastic Arts in Chicago since 2013, has severed as part-time faculty at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and is an PhD candidate in the history and philosophy of religions at the University of Chicago.
Link to work- Daniel Wyche

Justin K Comer
Justin K Comer is a saxophonist, composer, and improviser living and working in the bustling metropolis of Coralville, IA. He experiments with noise, sampling, extended techniques, rhythmic phasing, and evolving repetitive patterns. His music has been used in dance, theater, and film productions. In addition to his solo work, he also collaborates with like-minded artists under the banners of JCϟjp, Wombat, and Emery Clair Comer Hart. In collective improvisations, he practices musical anarchy, where individuals are given complete freedom to pursue their own interests and cooperate as desired. He also organizes and hosts the iHearIC concert series and radio show. Find more at justinkcomer.com.

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Esmé Patterson, Elizabeth Moen, Brooks Strause
Jul
22
9:00 PM21:00

Esmé Patterson, Elizabeth Moen, Brooks Strause

ESMÉ PATTERSON:
Denver, CO’s Esmé Patterson has been making waves all around the country since going solo in 2012 (she was previously in Denver-based Paper Bird). Her voice is smooth and sweet when she wants it to be, and then fully rock and roll when you least expect it. Each of Patterson’s songs listens like and intensely personal diary entry, and you’ll likely find yourself relating to all of them with wide-eyed wonder.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0MYcKEi8zZs

ELIZABETH MOEN:
Elizabeth's sound and songs flow fluidly across many genres, inspired by artists from Alabama Shakes, Sharon Van Etten, and Angel Olsen to Stevie Nicks, Joni Mitchell, and Bonnie Raitt.
This summer will be stocked full of great shows and festivals in Iowa and the Midwest. Moen has previously released a self-titled EP in 2016 and a vinyl LP titled "That's All I Wanted" in 2017.
https://elizabethmoen.com/music/

BROOKS STRAUSE:
Sun in Aquarius, Moon in Virgo, Leo rising. Brooks has been making solo albums for 10 years: The Misanthrope and his Doubtful Faith(2007), Dead Animals(2009), Apostatize!(2010), My Foreign Right Hand(2011), Acid Casual(2013), Renaissance Beast(2014), Aeiouns(2014), The Chymical Wedding of Brooks Strause(2015), Christ of the Abyss(2016) and Benjamin(coming soon).
https://brooksstrause.bandcamp.com/

Doors 9pm
$10adv/$12dos

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FEED ME WEIRD THINGS: FIRE-TOOLZ / PURCHA$E
Jul
21
to Jul 22

FEED ME WEIRD THINGS: FIRE-TOOLZ / PURCHA$E

Can This Even Be Called Music? Imagine slowed-down, funky pop tunes from the eighties (or an original composition aimed at mimicking that aesthetic) with screams and blast beats that would fit nicely on a black metal album, as well as many audio glitches.

Check ‘em out on bandcamp
A cool review here

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