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Album Review – Mad Monks: Mad Monks

When bands strip it down to guitar, bass and drums, I get unstuck in time. People have been exploring that musical space since at least 1967. Mad Monks are definitely standing on the shoulders of giants–as they cite on their Facebook page: Jimi Hendrix, Captain Beefheart, King Crimson, Muddy Waters, Buddy Guy. Interestingly, Hendrix influenced […]

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John Waters

This Filthy World Friday, April 1 – Englert Theatre John Waters first became famous–or infamous–for a series of movies that plumbed the depths of depravity and bad taste. Pink Flamingos, Female Trouble, and Desperate Living were about murder, rape, cannibalism, sexual fetishes and an unhealthy affection for eggs. They were also wickedly, deliriously funny. He […]

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Kurt Vile

w. Brooks Strause, The Lonelyhearts, Paleo Sunday, April 3 – The Mill Kurt Vile’s music seems like the perfect distillation of his parent’s record collection. While he might seem to be channelling Mick Jagger, Bruce Springsteen and Marc Bolan, his originality arises from channelling them all at the same time. His early albums, Childish Prodigy, […]

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Kent Williams (AKA Chaircrusher) 2011-02-12 KRUI Show

Hi this is me, Kent Williams, your A&E Editor for your Little Village, shamelessly self-promoting. I help out on Vince Woolums long-running (since the mid 1990s!) KRUI show Noise Radio, while Vince is off coaching Debate for City High. This set was driven by a trip to Dave’s Records in Chicago, where I crouched on […]

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Live Sets Pete Balestrieri, Tim Krein, Doug Nye 2-8-11 @ The Mill

Tuesday Night Social Club, Kids! Pete Balestrieri, him of the Ghostly Trio, Violent Femmes and Horns of the Dilemma, Iowa City’s favorite saxaphonist, plays a solo set of popular songs. Tim Krein, the 3 chord genius behind The Rusty Buckets, goes straight for the roots. Doug Nye, up and coming Iowa City songwriter has a […]

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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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