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Townie Hawk: In Defense of Fans

It’s not particularly hip to be a fan. Not that I’ve noticed, anyway. I’ve personally suffered many an eye-roll from less fanatic friends and I’ve seen fellow fans dressed in their Hawkeye garb just barely get a drink served to them in certain elite Northside establishments. I’ve felt a pang of embarrassment hearing a nearby […]

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Week one!

I’m kind of hoping that everyone is going to continue to end every chapter with a cliffhanger. What a great novel that would be! No slow, boring build up, no graceful decline, just all cliffhanger, all the time. Remembering all the minute details of each chapter and trying to keep everything consistent has emerged as […]

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Little Village vs. NaNoWriMo: Day 4

View all NaNoWriMo entries … What, exactly, is there to talk about Mr. Cervetti?” he asked. “Lenny.” “What?” “You can call me Lenny,” I said. “Nobody calls me Cervetti except for my P.O.” “Ah, still on parole then?” he asked, “I wonder how your parole officer would feel about what you’ve been doing out here […]

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Little Village vs. NaNoWriMo: Day 3

View all NaNoWriMo entries … The dentist began teasing the side of the deck with his forefinger, a smirk curling across his cheek. Sweat beaded on my forehead and I began to feel light headed. I was once again reminded of my minor heart attack episode. My thoughts danced across several decades of coffee, cigarettes […]

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Show Preview: Azure Ray @ The Mill November 4th 7PM

What with School Of Seven Bells recent visit to Iowa City, it seems like women singing close harmony is becoming a thing. Of course Azure Ray have been doing it for several years now, so if it’s a thing, it’s their thing. Go here and listen to “Don’t Leave My Mind” — Fleetwood Mac-esque harmonies, […]

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Show Preview: Jay Farrar at The Mill, Nov. 3

Nov. 3 | 8:00 p.m. A founding member of perhaps the most important alt. country band of all time, Uncle Tupelo, Jay Farrar shared vocal and songwriting duties with future Wilco leader Jeff Tweedy. After the Tupelo split-up, Farrar went on to form the seminal alt. country rockers Son Volt. He continues to be an […]

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Show Preview: Ghostface Killah at Blue Moose, Nov. 3

Nov. 3 | 7:00 p.m. One of the most popular rappers in the game right now, Ghostface Killah is an original member of the Wu-Tang Clan. Known well for his off-kilter, stream-of-consciousness flow which can shift from topics as extreme as dealing drugs to his diabetes as well as his straight love of wallabies (the […]

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Album Review: Katharine Ruestow – Self-titled

You might be familiar with Katharine Ruestow as one of the Diplomettes–the female vocal duo that fronts the Iowa City Soul and R&B group The Diplomats of Solid Sound–or as part of Iowa City band New Beat Society, which gigged around town in 2005 and 2006 and released one EP, Bare Essentials. Ruestow’s self-titled solo […]

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Little Village vs. NaNoWriMo: Day 2

View all NaNoWriMo entries … Kevin crept along like an old pro. A senile one. The Buick swayed and slithered along next to the row of parked cars, and I was sitting nervously in the back seat trying to keep my mouth shut. I had a pair of teenagers myself–you have to pick your spots […]

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Ticket Giveaway: Kate Nash at The Englert, Nov. 8

Greetings music fans. Here’s the deal. We have two pairs of tickets to see Kate Nash at The Englert next week, and it can be yours if you manage to overcome the grueling challenge we’ve devised. To win the prize, email editor@littlevillagemag.com with “Kate Nash” in the subject line. Winners will be randomly selected out […]

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Album Review: The Uniphonics – Crawl

One of the most unfortunate legacies of the 90s was Rap Rock. Guitars and rhymes together don’t have to suck but it seems like those bands were trying hard to do just that. Thankfully the Uniphonics have gone another direction, mixing rhymes with funk. What could be more natural, since hip-hop was built on beats […]

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