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JTrey CD Release Tonight 1/31 @ Gabes

JTrey are an Iowa Hip Hop Group that has been making CDs for some time, but the CD “Blue|Soul” is on a whole new level. They’ve progressed from an electronic beats + rhymes setup to a full band, and incorporated the amazing Jasmine as a third featured vocalist. I’ll save most of my praise for a full review in the next LV, but suffice it to say tonights CD release party is an event worth being a little sketchy tomorrow morning at work for. […]

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Kris Wadsworth: Techno returns to Gabe's

Ain’t no party like a Detroit party at Gabe’s — Sophistifunk w/Kris Wadsworth.

DJ Jethro & DJ Uplift (Jeff Ryon & Brandon Richerson when the cops pull them over) are starting a new monthly dance event at Gabe’s they call Sophistifunk. Veteran DJs who’ve rocked the stage at Gabe’s back in the day many, many times, they’re bringing Kris Wadworth from Detroit to headline. […]

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First Announcements: Mission Creek Festival 2011

The first announcement about 2011 Mission Creek Festival dropped today. It should be obvious that the Little Village staff overlaps with the Mission Creek staff, and that we have been in the past and will be forever huge cheerleaders for the Mission Creek Festival. So full disclosure: we don’t pretend anything resembling objectivity here — we’re huge fans, we’re friends, we’ve held each other’s hair while we’ve puked. […]

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Album Review: Distant Train – Congratulations on Your Suicide

Distant Trains is the solo project of Iowa musician Chuck Hoffman, who plays in Des Moines band Why Make Clocks, among other varied musical projects around the state. Web developer by day, rock and roll animal by night, Chuck is the sort of musician who keeps the Iowa rock scene exciting: he knows everyone, has been in a band with almost everyone, and he’ll be down front at your show grinning and head-nodding, even if he has to work in the morning. […]

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Caroline Smith & The Good Night Sleeps Sun. Jan 2 in Fairfield!

Caroline Smith & The Good Night Sleeps opened the Leslie & The Lys show at the Englert during the Mission Creek Festival, and while they were not as outre as Bitch or as goofy as Leslie Hall, they were some quality music. Caroline Smith has an unconventional voice, recalling Billy Holiday’s fragile, intimate delivery, but […]

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In Praise Of "A Charlie Brown Christmas"

This post has been making the rounds this week and I had to respond. Not so much because it needs defending, but because I believe this post fundamentally misunderstands Peanuts and A Charlie Brown Christmas. “F*ck You, Charlie Brown.” Poor Charles Schultz would cringe to see that; he was a pretty old fashioned guy for […]

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Rant: Who Did Iowa Just Elect Governor?

Before Chet “The Big Lug” Culver, there was Tom “I never, ever look as though I’m enjoying myself” Vilsack. And before that, Terry “The Caretaker” Branstad. Before I go on, let me say that I speak only for myself, not Little Village Magazines, it’s overlords, minions, or lackeys. Terry Brandstad was Lieutenant Governor during the […]

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Kent Williams on Noise Radio KRUI 12-04-2010

I’ve been filling in for Vince Woolums on his long-running Noise Radio show on KRUI this fall — he’s coaching debate at City High and travels mosts weekends. The last few shows I’ve brought in records — you know, the round, usually black things that go round and round — and done my best to […]

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