Iowa City Weekender: June 23-25

Following the excellent party that Little Village had for its tenth anniversary with Del at the Blue Moose, I’m not sure that this weekend can stack up. It will certainly try, but I cannot say that it will necessarily succeed. That being said, there is some cool stuff happening this weekend that you should check out if you can. Without any further hesitation, let’s begin.


Matt Truman Ego Trip w/ Matthew Grimm // Iowa City Yacht Club // 9:00 PM // $5, 19+

Hailing from Bowling Green, OH, The Matt Truman Ego Trip is not nearly as pretentious as their name sounds. Rather than being some sort of high-minded art pursuit with people playing saws through phase pedals or something equally ridiculous, The Matt Truman and his band use three guitars and a rhythm section to rock the faces off of audiences throughout these United States of America. Merging straight ahead rock and roll with glam rock coolness and garage rock sweatiness, The Matt Truman Ego Trip snarls and rips through the speakers because, at the end of the day, they want to get their audiences moving and having fun. With Matthew Grimm opening up for them, this ego trip is one that everyone should enjoy.


13 Assassins // Bijou Cinema // 8:00 PM // $5 Public, Free for UI Students; 18+

There have been many samurai movies made over the years. Many of them have been of average to poor quality, featuring people who clearly should not be samurai (Tom Cruise, I’m looking at you) and lacking the necessary intensity to be engaging. There have been standouts such as the Lone Wolf & Cub series, Lady Snowblood or the many meditations that Akira Kurosawa did on samurai culture. To this much more elite list can be added 13 Assassins. Directed by Takeshi Miike, 13 Assassins follows the titular group as they protect the nation from the menace of a tyrannical lord who wishes to gain power and declare war in feudal Japan. Action packed and relentless in its visual and narrative styles, 13 Assassins has gotten raves from both fans as well as critics. This Friday offers an opportunity to check this film out at the Bijou. If you are a fan of the samurai genre or just like action films, this is one to definitely check out.


Music IC // Trinity Episcopal Church // 7:30 PM // Free, All Ages

As we all know, writing can influence many parts of a person’s life. Whether it is where they go on vacation to what they wear, the words of another can be highly influential. The words of writers have been inspirational to musical minds for many years. To present this connection to the public, the School of Music and the Iowa Summer Writing Festival have collaborated to create Music IC, a festival that will celebrate the intersection of literature and music here in Iowa City. Aside from lectures, Music IC will consist of three performances by the Maia Quartet at Trinity Episcopal Church in downtown Iowa City over the weekend. This Saturday performance will consist of two sets of pieces, one for violin and piano and the other for cello and piano. Additionally, this evening will conclude with a performance of a piece inspired by Richard Dehmel’s 1896 tone poem Transfigured Night. To find out more about this festival and to read more about the pieces and the artists, visit the Music IC website at the University of Iowa.

Dream Thieves w/ Datagun & Ex-Action Model // The Mill // 9:00 PM // $5, 19+

Here at Little Village, we don’t just talk about the arts scene around town; we actively contribute to it. Case in point: LV contributor Andre Perry and LV columnist Craig Eley make up two-thirds of Datagun, an electronic band. Over the past 18 months or so, they have been continuously putting out new material. This show is a release party for the new 7″ that they just finished recording. They will be sharing this moment with the amazing, ethereal Dream Thieves and IDM selector Ex-Action Model. This will be a great show to see the electronic sounds permeating this town as well as learn more about the music the LV staff likes to produce when they aren’t writing here.

This weekend is the calm before the storm. Not to put anyone into a panic, but next weekend, there are TWO huge festivals, a guitar goddess and a little thing that I like to call the 4th of July coming to town. I don’t know if you’ve heard about that day, the 4th of July. It’s a pretty big deal. Given the pure excitement that next weekend will be, I’m going to write an extended weekender to cover all of that. As you wait on pins and needles for that to come out, enjoy yourself this weekend.


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