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Posted by Kent Williams | Aug 16, 2016

Samuel Locke Ward Dunwich Piano Recital samuellockeward.bandcamp.com/album/dunwich-piano-recital Samuel Locke Ward hasn’t had an album reviewed in Little Village in over a year. Given that he released 12 full-length albums in...

Posted by Michael Roeder | Aug 16, 2016

Devin Frank The Vanishing Blues www.facebook.com/thevanishingblues Poison Control Center’s hiatus in 2011 gave Devin Frank time to explore new projects. He formed Mantis Pincers with Jordan Mayland and Eric Moffitt...

Posted by Liv Carrow | Aug 2, 2016

Nora Petran & Curt Oren 2% www.curtoren.bandcamp.com Iowa City underground music celebrities Nora Petran and Curt Oren went inside the Maquoketa Caves on a cold, rainy, muddy day and emerged...

Posted by Kent Williams | Aug 2, 2016

Josh Fina Feel Me EP www.kindgesturerecords.com Electronic dance music’s natural habitat is a dark room with the sound system turned up until the bass hits you in the solar plexus...

Posted by Michael Roeder | Jul 6, 2016

MAIDS These Days EP www.thisismaids.com Danny Heggen and Mickey Davis are the Des Moines electronic pop band MAIDS. They’ve been collaborating since 2012 on singles and some inspired remixes for...

Posted by Genevieve Trainor | Jul 6, 2016

The Maytags Love Lines www.themaytags.com Seven-piece Des Moines band The Maytags continues their rise to the top of the modern soul scene with their full-length debut, Love Lines, out July...

Posted by Michael Roeder | Jun 14, 2016

TWINS Square America www.facebook.com/Twinstheband Iowa’s very own princes of guitar pop are back with another slab of black vinyl densely grooved with their trademark harmonies and chugging guitars. Their 2014...

Posted by Luke Benson | Jun 14, 2016

Blake Shaw Listen Hear www.blakeshawbass.com Listen Hear is the latest release from Iowa City composer/musician Blake Shaw. Recorded at Flat Black Studios, Listen Hear is an incredibly accessible jazz album...

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....