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Kembrew McLeod

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Posted by Kembrew McLeod | Mar 4, 2014

Electronic Frontier Foundation Legal Director Cindy Cohn (shown here on the Colbert Report), sits down with Little Village to talk electronic surveillance. Iowa native and UI alum Cindy Cohn is...

Power Ballad time!
Posted by Kembrew McLeod | Jan 8, 2014

Power ballads: The most important art form of the 20th century. -- illustration by Ben Mackey Last year, Little Village turned over Kembrew McLeod’s “Prairie Pop” column to Umläut Nideldick—the...

Pee-wee's back with a newly restored Christmas special!
Posted by Kembrew McLeod | Dec 10, 2013

This year marks the quarter century anniversary of Pee-wee’s Playhouse Christmas Special, perhaps the most mind-bending holiday special ever aired by...

Posted by Kembrew McLeod | Oct 23, 2013

To paraphrase Grand Funk Railroad, Cowboy Junkies are a Canadian band—and a family band. It features siblings Margo Timmins on vocals, Michael Timmins on guitar, Peter Timmins on drums and...

Posted by Kembrew McLeod | Oct 10, 2013

Few works of literature have loomed larger over popular culture than Jonathan Swift’s A Modest Proposal. This classic 1729 essay created the template for...

Mobb Deep
Posted by Kembrew McLeod | Sep 10, 2013

“I got you stuck off the realness / we be the infamous”—Prodigy rapped in the opening verse of “Shook Ones, Part II,” Mobb Deep’s classic 1995 single—“you heard of us...

Bob Mould
Posted by Kembrew McLeod | Aug 7, 2013

-- Charcoal drawing of Bob Mould by a teenaged Kembrew McLeod (1989)On Thursday, Aug. 15, the Bob Mould Band will totally rock the roof off the Englert in support of...

Posted by Kembrew McLeod | Jul 11, 2013

Last year, Killer Mike and El-P steamrolled their musical competition with their respective albums R.A.P. Music and Cancer 4 Cure. Both artists have garnered plenty of attention over the years—Killer...

Yo La Tengo
Posted by Kembrew McLeod | May 23, 2013

Yo La Tengo thrives on spontaneity, as is evidenced by their in-studio sets during WFMU’s annual fundraising drive, in which listeners request songs and the band performs them live on...

Kris Kross
Posted by Kembrew McLeod | May 1, 2013

Editor’s Note: Kembrew McLeod’s two-year-old son, Alasdair, is sitting in for our regular Prairie Pop columnist this issue. Like many adult music critics, he likes to coin genre names, and...

Quirk
Posted by Kembrew McLeod | Apr 10, 2013

When Too Much Joy frontman Tim Quirk played Riverfest in the early-1990s, things didn’t go well. Mother Nature unleashed a shitstorm of epic proportions, so after a long delay, the...

Posted by Kembrew McLeod | Mar 6, 2013

Regular Prairie Pop columnist Kembrew McLeod has turned over this month’s edition to Umläut Nideldick—the famous German song doctor and rock and roll life coach. The following text is drawn...

Posted by Kembrew McLeod | Feb 5, 2013

Most proto-punk legends don’t write songs like “I’m a Little Dinosaur” or “Ice Cream Man,” but Jonathan Richman isn’t your typical rock ‘n’ roll dude. Since forming The Modern Lovers...

Posted by Kembrew McLeod | Dec 4, 2012

DOWNLOAD THE PLAYLIST If you’re like me, Christmas songs probably send you into a murderous rage that ends with a trail of bloody reindeer and a decapitated Salvation Army Santa...