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Posted by Kent Williams | Jun 7, 2016

The Phineas Incarnation Liquid Karma www.thephineasincarnation.bandcamp.com Liquid Karma is the work of Phineas Brady, a 17 year old drummer from Iowa City. He wasn’t even born when the genre known...

Max Jury
Posted by Michael Roeder | Jun 3, 2016

Max Jury Max Jury www.maxjury.com A series of strong singles in 2014 established West Des Moines native Max Jury as able to craft instantly-classic songs influenced by laid back seventies...

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 Michael Roeder | May 10, 2016

Listening to Christopher the Conquered’s new album I’m Giving Up On Rock & Roll, I can’t help but compare the epic, theatrical sound of the album to Springsteen’s Born to...

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...

Hello Clyde
Posted by Michael Roeder | Apr 25, 2016

Hello Clyde is the side project of Chris Rohr of The White Elephant, though Rohr tells me that he actually considers Hello Clyde his “main squeeze” while the other band...

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...