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Seth Wenger, Constie Brown & Zoe Brown @ RSVP

Found out about this morning on Facebook — hey! social media works!!! ‘Brown’ is a musically evocative name in Iowa City. To make too much of Zoe & Constie’s parentage takes away from the loveliness of this musical performance with Seth Wenger. This is straight up homestyle front parlor folk music, presented in RSVP, surrounded […]

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SHOCKWAVES

It was the kind of animal insanity that takes quiet care to craft. Making people lose their minds with sound isn’t a matter of turning it up to eleven, but of leading them down a primrose path until all of a sudden they look around and haven’t got a clue how they ended up here. […]

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4/1 – PE/BOMB SQUAD/ACID MOTHER TEMPLE

There are nights out, there are nights out that melt your face off, and then there’s last night, which was an alien-chest-burster, singularity event. The Public Enemy “Fear Of A Black Planet” lecture event was a huge deal from me. As I told Chuck D afterwards, “It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us […]

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Mission Creek: 4/1/10 (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

Photos by Matt Butler for Little Village Created with Admarket’s flickrSLiDR. Dredge at Blue Moose, Photos by Cliff Thompson for Little Village Created with Admarket’s flickrSLiDR. Nethervoid at Blue Moose, Photos by Cliff Thompson for Little Village Created with Admarket’s flickrSLiDR. Videos by Drew Bulman for Little Village Caroline Smith and the Good Night Sleeps […]

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(AUDIO/RECAP) Little Village Live 3/31: Xiu Xiu + Talk Normal (Mission Creek 2010)

Xiu Xiu and Talk Normal visit KRUI to guest DJ the 3/31 edition of Little Village Live on KRUI Jamie Stewart’s band has visited Iowa City before, but this was their first Iowa City show with Angela Seo. Here’s the first single off their 2010 release Dear God, I Hate Myself, “Gray Death” Talk Normal […]

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Iowa City Weekender: 4/1-4

HEY – FRIENDS! Sorry, no Weekender today because this week the weekend doesn’t stop! It’s Mission Creek time – check their site for the final updated event schedule, and as always you can check littlevillagemag.com/missioncreek for more previews. In brief, my picks are: THURSDAY: Chuck D lecture, 7 pm at the Englert, followed by Bomb […]

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Xiu Xiu/Talk Normal/tUnE yArDs @Gabes 3-31 – Mission Creek

I rolled in about 1:30AM after yesterday’s show, and woke to my dog yakking up a tidy packet of dead grass. That’s neither here nor there, but sleep deprivation made the whole day seem floaty. Work was a blur. My Mission Creek phase began in the afternoon, participating in two interviews live on KRUI. The […]

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3/31/10: Mission Creek (PHOTOS, VIDEOS)

Wed 3/31 Photos by Matt Butler Created with Admarket’s flickrSLiDR. The drummer and bassist of the Booker T band stop in the Yacht Club for a drink at 2 a.m. and lay down an ILL ASS freestyle set. impromptu addition to the Mission Creek lineup. from Matthew Butler on Vimeo. Video by Matt Butler for […]

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Gabe's 3/27/10: Flavor Savers/The Post Mortems/Oh! Kuso (photos)

Some shots of Flavor Savers playing at Gabe’s opening weekend w/ The Post Mortems and Oh! Kuso Flavor Savers Created with Admarket’s flickrSLiDR. The Post Mortems Created with Admarket’s flickrSLiDR. Oh! Kuso Created with Admarket’s flickrSLiDR. […]

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The Mission Creek Experience, Day Two

Tuesday marked the first official day of the 2010 Mission Creek Festival, with ten performances spread across three venues. Despite simultaneous shows occurring at separate locales, having each of these venue positioned within a block of the pedestrian mall makes the festival feel surprisingly consolidated. Travel time is a non-issue, and attendees who find themselves […]

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The Kids These Days

The early show at Public Space One got Tuesday night off to an energetic start, beginning with Ames/Iowa City band So Much Fun. After an hour of solving the band’s technical problems, lead singer Nick Miller and his megaphone feverishly galloped about the Jefferson building announcing that the show was about to begin, but not […]

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What's New is Old Again: The 'New Gabes' 'New' Sound System

I didn’t mention in my last post having a long chat at the Mill with John Svec, owner & operator of Minstel Recording Studio, and live sound installation guru. He told me that an unexpected bonus of the Picador morphing back into Gabe’s was that the new owners gave him a free hand in renovating […]

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