It’s Day Three of the Festival. Sleep’s getting low, but the jams are still kicking. I gotta stay brief today. I’m on the time grind.
Like I said yesterday, we’re fully in the game now. Today brings so much stuff, it’ll make your head spin. Remember follow us at @Missioncreekic and to tag your tweets with #mcf2012 or #getyourcreekon. As well, there are time tables for the day’s events on our Facebook page.
At PS1, there is another free show with dark Americana band American Dust, which is made up of members from Mondo Drag. They will be supported by local folkster Ed Gray. This show starts up at 6 PM. As well, feel free to show up any time before that to catch the live interviews and performances during the day that KRUI have organized. They have a schedule of who and when on their website.
The Blue Moose brings a bit of necessary weirdness to the festival. Co-headlining this show is former Moldy Peaches member and now solo lo-fi sensation Kimya Dawson. The other headliner is the ever slick dance-pop troupeLeslie and the Lys. If you haven’t seen Leslie and the Lys, definitely check it out; it will be worth your while. They will be supported by returning visitor Christopher the Conquered, who will be bringing his own brand of pop. Last on this bill is Weed Wolf, a side project of the leader of Muscle Drum (who played last night at Gabe’s). This show starts at 6 PM. Note the early start time. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door.
Following the success of Devotchka at First Methodist Church last year, we’re putting on another show there this year. This time, the music won’t be gypsy; it’ll be electronic. The headliner for this show is returning artist Tim Hecker, who has released new music composed for electronics and organ. As you might know, churches have organs, large pipe organs. I’ll let you add that up yourself. In support will be Brooklyn-based ambient artist Nathan Wheeler and local IDM artist Ex-Action Model. If you are in the air about your night, heavily consider this show. Hecker’s last performance here was excellent.
Following up from El Ten Eleven who killed it last night, The Yacht Club will be coming strong again with a wall-to-wall pop lineup. Headlining the night will be rising indie popper Oberhofer, whose recent album Time Capsules II is getting excellent reviews. In support will be Ames-based Mumford’s, who will bring their own quirky blend of pop. The horns of Mumfords will be offset by the acoustic based attack of Sudden and Subtle. The Iowa City-based Olympics round out the entire night of events. This show is $8 and starts at 8 PM.
The Mill will host a few returning visitors to Iowa City. The headliner at this show is Mike Doughty. Former member of Soul Coughing, his solo material is strongly based in the singer-songwriter tradition with a pronounced folk influence. Supporting Doughty will be Minneapolis-based Caroline Smith & The Goodnight Sleeps, who have been blowing people away with their folk-pop since they first came to town a couple of years ago. Last on this bill is the upbeat folk-pop group Death Ships, who started in Iowa City but now call Chicago home. This show starts at 9 PM and tickets are $12 in advance, $15 at the door.
Doughty will also be having a reading of his new work with Lindsay Hunter and Jason Lewis at The Motley Cow on Linn Street. This reading will start at 5 PM and is free to attend.
The last show on today’s bill is the only hip-hop show of the festival. Hailing from Detroit, Black Milk will be headlining the bill, mixing streetwise rhymes with smart, self-made production. In support will be A.Dd+, the Dallas-based upstarts who have been getting excellent reviews for their mix of the streets and the mind. Local acts Rich Rok and Ion will be starting the night right. This show starts going off at 10 PM. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door.
Along with Doughty’s reading at the Motley Cow, past U.S. Poet Laureate and all-around awesome dude Robert Hass will be reading as a part of the Ida Cordelia Beam lecture series. His reading will be at W10 Buchanan Auditorium. I have seen him before, and he is an excellent reader, not boring and stiff like so many other poets.