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Ben Schmidt: Silt

Local Albums: March 2010 – Ben Schmidt is a guy who writes songs and plays guitar, which in Iowa City, means he has to work pretty hard to stand out from the crowd. Schmidt’s singing is precisely pitched and without ornament. His songwriting has a pleasant, relaxed accessibility. His guitar playing is accomplished, but Schmidt’s […]

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Surf Zombies: Something Weird

Local Albums: April 2010 – Being of a certain age, and having been a kid in 1960s California, surf music is totemic to me. From listening to my uncle’s Beach Boys records on a blonde-tolex-covered suitcase record player, to hearing “Wipeout” played by every garage band on my walk home from Booksin Elementary in San […]

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"Banjo Ninja" Jon Eric on Little Village Live (VIDEO)

Iowa City’s own banjo guru, Jon Eric, stopped by Little Village Live Wednesday to talk music and give us a few samples off his new album, “That Was Then, This is Now”. Jon carries a certain authenticity when discussing his craft, and it’s hard to miss the genuine enthusiasm that comes across as he plucks […]

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Iowa City Weekender: April 8-11

Ever wish Iowa City would slow down, just for 2 seconds so you could… Wait, what would you do?  Relax on one of her many patios?  Perhaps chillax, at College Green Park, where you are likely to catch Cirque Stupendo practicing their juggling?  Maybe pick up a copy of the latest Little Village and muse […]

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Archive: Mission Creek 2010

Photos by Matt Butler Yearning to relive the 2010 Mission Creek Festival? Below you’ll find every Little Village video, mp3, editorial and show review published throughout the week-long spectacle. This includes nightly photo galleries and dozens of videos, not to mention our in-depth show reviews and editorials! The event was headlined by legendary acts Booker […]

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Show Preview: The Black Keys at the Iowa Memorial Union, 4/8/10

Ohio’s rock duo,The Black Keys, will be performing Thursday, April 8 at the Iowa Memorial Union Main Lounge. Tickets for the 8:00 p.m. show are $30 ($26 for students) and can be purchased at the University of Iowa Box Office or any Ticketmaster location. The grungy blues-based group are currently promoting the May release of […]

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Mission Creek 2010: 4/3/10 (PHOTOS, VIDEOS)

Granted: 6 days and 6 nights into Mission Creek 2010, there were likely only a few frequencies still registering on my bruised and battered eardrums when the night began, but still, is it just me or did the Blue Moose sound spectacular for Camera Obscura on Saturday night? I’m very stoked about the Blue Moose […]

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The Wide Shot: Five fantastic bands you may have missed at Mission Creek

As we all begin to decompress from the week-long Mission Creek madness, it’s time to pause, take a deep breath, and then take stock of what the hell just happened. No doubt the major acts have settled well with us. Bomb Squad, Camera Obscura, Greg Brown, Xiu-Xiu, Meat Puppets et al. were amazing musical happenings […]

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The Mission Creek Experience, Days Five and Six (VIDEO)

The Mission Creek Festival has finally come to an end, and what a festival it was. Featuring over 100 musical performances, I spent six days endlessly jumping from venue to venue and still managed to miss out on a sizable chunk of the show. What I did happen to catch, however, was enough to leave my eardrums ringing for days. Having now had the respite of a holiday weekend to recover, lets jump in, shall we? […]

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