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Kent Williams

FireSale
Posted by Kent Williams | May 24, 2016

FireSale Furry Noises firesale.bandcamp.com/album/furry-noises FireSale is a band made up of players currently finishing bachelor’s degrees at the University of Iowa College of Music. They share that musical pedigree with...

Posted by Kent Williams | May 5, 2016

Suspect Faux Empath www.raccoo-oo-oon.org/np Suspect (AKA Ryan Beck, Iowa City to Chicago transplant) is part of the ever-growing group of artists -- many with recordings released on former Iowa Citian...

The LonelyHearts
Posted by Kent Williams | Apr 22, 2016

Full disclosure: I am incredibly jealous of Andre Perry, Executive Director of the Englert Theater, musician, author and past contributor to Little Village. No one should be this good at...

Broken
Posted by Kent Williams | Apr 12, 2016

A432 (Iowa City’s Logan Stimmel) calls himself a sound artist, rather than a musician -- which means that I have high confidence many Little Village readers will not like Broken....

Dawn of Midi plays Mission Creek 2016 on Apr. 6
Posted by Kent Williams | Apr 5, 2016

Dawn of Midi w/ Tyondai Braxton Englert Theatre -- Wed., Apr. 6 at 6 p.m. Dawn of Midi plays the Englert Theatre on Wed., Apr. 6 as part of the...

Elizabeth Moen
Posted by Kent Williams | Feb 17, 2016

Elizabeth Moen Elizabeth Moen www.elizabethmoen.bandcamp.com On “Songbird,” the first track from her eponymous debut album, Elizabeth Moen sings, “Singing at the top of my lungs trying to get through.” It...

Jim Viner’s Incredible B3 Band
Posted by Kent Williams | Jan 21, 2016

Jim Viner’s Iowa City music resumé goes back a ways, at least to the 1990s, in the bands Head Candy, Bent Scepters and Brother Trucker. Jim Viner’s Incredible B3 Band...

Cedar County Cobras
Posted by Kent Williams | Dec 11, 2015

Cedar County, Iowa is home of West Branch, Springdale, Clarence, Lowden and the Cedar County Cobras. Their debut album’s title, Delta Avenue Juke Joint, is an inside joke: Delta Ave....

Dana T - tiny mind MASSIVE soul
Posted by Kent Williams | Nov 2, 2015

Popular music is a tug of war between artistic and commercial concerns, and at the center of it all lays genre. For an artist, genres have stylistic signifiers and limits....

The Ills
Posted by Kent Williams | Oct 8, 2015

Erika Ebola, Danny Dysentery, Molly Marburg, Tommy Tinnitus, Stella Salmonella; I think I’m sensing a theme here. This is definitely punk rock/hardocre straight out of the 1980s, reminiscent of the...

Posted by Kent Williams | Oct 8, 2015

See, also: Old Time Rock and Roll -- photo by Drriss & Marrionn For almost a year I worked after school to save at a Cedar Rapids semi-fine dining institution,...

Posted by Kent Williams | Sep 17, 2015

image via Brooks Strause Iowa City attracts songwriters; you might even say it creates them. The “Class of 1970,” which includes Dave Moore, Greg Brown and Bo Ramsey, set the...

Posted by Kent Williams | Sep 11, 2015

Howard Zinn in his graduate school years -- image via Howard Zinn Howard Zinn’s most famous book, A People’s History of the United States, was first published in 1980. Zinn...

Posted by Kent Williams | Aug 17, 2015

In June, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that same-sex marriage is legal across all 50 states. Less than 20 years ago, a bipartisan Congress passed the Defense of Marriage Act,...

Posted by Kent Williams | Aug 17, 2015

A lot of biodegradable soy ink has been spilled in the dissection and exegesis of “Attitude,” something Uranium Club has a ton of, mostly of the confrontational, transgressive kind. Attitude is...

Jeff Miguel
Posted by Kent Williams | Jul 27, 2015

Saxophonist Jeff Miguel is a recent graduate of the University of Iowa jazz studies program, which has in recent years spawned bands like Euforquestra and Koplant No. Perserverance collects eight...