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In the beginning was High Fidelity, at least as far as I’m concerned. An actor I’d never noticed before by the name of Jack Black was channeling Generation X energies like nobody else on the silver screen. His Barry, the record-store slacker-snob, stole the show and left me with the firm conviction that a new […]

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Album Review: Joe McNertney | Colloquialisms

Joe McNertney Colloquialisms Mr. McNerty is one of Eric Rohm’s collaborators in The Noble Octopus, and like his label mate on the enigmatically named Pelletier Comes Alive! label, McNerty is not a shouter.  This CD is anchored in the acoustic folk songwriting tradition, but also contains generous helpings of sonic experimentation.  Some stuff he does […]

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Album Review: Noble Octopus | Noble Octopus

The Noble Octopus The Noble Octopus The Noble Octopus was started by Eric Rohn and friends at Grinnell College before moving to Iowa City. With the emphasis on clean guitar sounds and low-key vocals they recall the softer side of Yo La Tengo. The Steve Reich-esque looped guitar piece “Droplets and Isolations” immediately had me […]

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Album Review: Bowerbirds | Upper Air

Bowerbirds Upper Air Dead Ocean www.myspace.com/bowerbirds The sophomore release from North Carolina’s Bowerbirds opens simply and unassumingly with an acoustic guitar and the voice of lead singer Phil Moore. Upper Air isn’t making a grand statement, nor is it declaring a grand departure from the group’s debut Hymns for a Dark Horse, it is quietly calling […]

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Album Review: Public Property | work to do

Public Property work to do www.publicprop.com Recorded in the famed Anchor Studios in Kingston, Jamaica, Public Property’s new album features some big-name contemporary reggae musicians like Toots Hibbert from Toots and the Maytals–who is playing with the band for their July 2 CD release show in Des Moines’ People’s bar–Ticklah from Dub Side of the Moon,and […]

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Iowa City Weekender – July 9-12

Greetings Weekenders! Thanks to Big Ben Hansen for being our special guest last night on Little Village on the Air!  You can find Ben – along with the fairest of the fair trade coffee – at The Clean Bean Cafe, a new espresso cart currently posted up on Prentiss St. (down S. Gilbert St, in […]

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Iowa City Weekender – July 2-5 – JAZZ FEST PREVIEW

Perhaps freedom isn’t free, but 4th of July weekend is! Jazz Fest (July 3-5) is bringing some of the biggest names in Jazz to downtown Iowa City — all for our very free enjoyment — AND, when the festival finishes around 9:30/10?  The Mill is inviting the musicians over for jam sessions both Friday and […]

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Iowa City Weekender – June 25-28

The IC Weekender is sponsored by the Mississippi Valley Blues Festival, July 2-4, 2009 **** LATE ADDITION: Official Michael Jackson Tribute Dance Party at the Picador tonight (Thursday 6/25, no cover downstairs, dress like Mike (and Farrah) would like! ***** Iowa City has been very kind to LV this week~~  First, special thanks to the […]

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