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As Bill Murray says in a movie I thought I'd never seen but once we got halfway through watching it last night I realized I'd totally seen it before: The past is done, the future isn't here yet, so I guess all we have is the present.
German band Blue Angel Lounge, whose 2010 album was produced by the Brian Jonestown Massacre's Anton Newcombe, were able to conjure up a chilly gloom redolent of the Velvet Underground, Joy Division, and Spacemen 3-- despite having to borrow local band the Chatty Cathys' amplifiers and drums. Note the full-time tambourine player.
Devin Frank of the Poison Control Center sat in with Human Satan's Nate Logsdon (Mumford's, Christopher the Conquered) and Matthew Crowe for a totally unrehearsed set of free jazz that still wound up spellbinding the few of us in attendance.
Derek Lambert & the Prairie Fires put on such a killer set of folk-tinged rock opening for Christopher the Conquered that I was never able to come close enough to the stage again to get usable photos of Christopher the Conquered (that's CtC's Chris Ford pounding away on the drums, though).
Anni Rossi played flighty, pitch-perfect folk-pop with a violin she can wail away on like a guitar.
Secret Cities put on a promising set of engaging indie rock.
The Blow. Grinnell College (Grinnell). April 29. All Ages & Free
Mantis Pincers (Wolves in the Attic's Eric Moffitt, the Autumn Project's John Huffman, Nuclear Rodeo's Jordan Mayland, the Poison Control Center's Devin Frank and David Olson) opening for Shipbuilding Co., with Dresden Style, Dustin Harmsen. Vaudeville Mews. April 29 (late). 21+ $5
Pieta Brown with Eric Kennedy. Vaudeville Mews. April 29 (early). All Ages $10
The Des Moines debut of Party! Party! (live band karaoke). Hessen Haus. May 1 $5 litres 8 p.m. to close
Bob Schneider. Vaudeville Mews. May 6. 21+ $15/$18
Mark Mallman with Volcano Boys. Ames Progressive (Ames). May 7. All Ages $5
Wheels on Fire with the Seed of Something, the Chatty Cathys and Pocket Aristotle. Vaudeville Mews. May 9. All Ages $5
Bon Jovi. Wells Fargo Arena. May 12. All Ages $19.50-$129.50
Bastard Sons of Johnny Cash with Randy Burk & the Prisoners. 504 Club. May 12. 21+ $5
La Strange with the Brave Youth, Nathan Kalish & the Wildfire, Scattered Trees. Vaudeville Mews. May 13. 21+ $7
The Other T Party: A Benefit Show for Transformations Iowa: Patrick Tape Fleming of locals the Poison Control Center with LadySoul, Peace Love and Stuff, North of Grand, Lipstick Homicide. House of Bricks. May 14. All Ages $5
Ira Glass. Hoyt Sherman Place. May 21. $45-$125.
Why Make Clocks with Noah's Ark Was a Spaceship and the Answer Team. Vaudeville Mews. May 27. 21+ $5
Taylor Swift. Wells Fargo Arena. May 29. All Ages $27-$71.50
Derek Lambert & the Prairie Fires, opening for Growlers, with January Rabbit. Vaudeville Mews. May 31. 21+ $7
The Poison Control Center Record Release Party with Love Songs for Lonely Monsters (late show), the Seed of Something, the Chatty Cathys (early show). Vaudeville Mews (early and late!). June 3. Early show all-ages, late show 21+, both $7
Iron & Wine with the Head and the Heart. Peoples Court. June 9. All Ages $25
Rebel Creek with the Go-Getters, Reservoir Dogs. Vaudeville Mews. June 10. All Ages $5
Wiz Khalifa. Val Air Ballroom. June 15. Sold Out
Joe Jack Talcum (of the Dead Milkmen), with the Bassturd, Coolzey, Samuel Locke Ward. Vaudeville Mews. June 18 (late). 21+ $8
Fitz & the Tantrums. Peoples Court. June 19. $16/$18
Yo La Tengo with Jonny. Englert Theatre (Iowa City). June 21. $25
Bright Eyes. Val Air Ballroom. Aug. 8. All Ages $27.50