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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....

Trevor Sensor
Posted by Genevieve Trainor | Apr 7, 2016

Trevor Sensor Texas Girls and Jesus Christ www.trevorsensor.com Illinois-born Trevor Sensor, recently seen opening for the Halfloves at the Englert Theatre in Iowa City, has spun his songwriting skill --...

Bob Bucko Jr
Posted by Genevieve Trainor | Mar 21, 2016

Unless you are a devotee of uninterrupted streaming, or 5-disc CD changers, you know that there’s an eerie silence that lingers after an album is over. It can shock you...

Halfloves
Posted by Michael Roeder | Mar 16, 2016

It’s a ballsy move to rename your band after you’ve had some notoriety. The Olympics decided to go back into the studio after their 2012 album with renewed commitment...

Pigs and Clover
Posted by John Hiett | Mar 7, 2016

Pigs and Clover are Matt and Jamie Kearney, reliable participants at political protests and labor rallies around Johnson County. If you hear someone blowing a conch shell at a demonstration,...

Posted by Genevieve Trainor | Mar 3, 2016

The members of Iowa City-based folk quartet Sweet Cacophony have been playing music collectively for many decades. However, these lifelong musicians didn’t meet each other until recently. Life threw them...

Lissie
Posted by Michael Roeder | Feb 18, 2016

Lissie My Wild West www.lissie.com “I want my forty acres in the sun” —“Hero” Lissie’s latest album My Wild West is at once a love letter and a breakup letter....

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...

The Multiple Cat
Posted by Michael Roeder | Feb 5, 2016

Quad Cities producer and engineer Patrick Stolley has been releasing albums as The Multiple Cat since 1994 with a rotating cast of sidemen. Stolley is one of the founding members...

The Pines
Posted by Matthew Steele | Feb 4, 2016

On Dec. 8, 2015, a great hero for social justice in the United States passed away. John Trudell was a Santee Dakota-American poet, musician, actor and activist associated with the...

Posted by Michael Roeder | Jan 22, 2016

Listening to the Roots of Rhythm album from the trio of Lynne Hart, Pat Smith and Rich Wagor, I am transported to a Woody Allen film in my mind. Allen’s...

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...

Posted by Michael Roeder | Jan 7, 2016

Pieta Brown Drifters www.pietabrown.com Listen to the album online. Pieta Brown and her band had a very productive four and a half days at Justin Vernon’s April Base Studios recording...

LOBAS
Posted by Genevieve Trainor | Jan 6, 2016

Land of Blood and Sunshine Lady and the Trance www.cartoucherecords.com Lady and the Trance, the upcoming release from Marshalltown’s Land of Blood and Sunshine, is the kind of record that...

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....