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Album Review: Emperors Club – Killer Companions

The full-length debut from Emperors Club, Killer Companion, is a surprisingly opulent pop record. At its core, it is wiry and ready to rock, but with all the glorious harmonies, subtle keyboard lines and intertwining guitar work, the sonic palette is as rich as the emotional one. […]

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Iowa City Weekender: May 2-5

The must-see show this weekend, both Fielded and Gel Set are redefining solo electronic/dance music of this century with their haunting vocals and unique songwriting. Both have visited Iowa City before separately, and in a stroke of genius they are finally touring side-by-side. […]

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Live Music Preview: April 24 through May 1

William Tyler is a busy man. Even if you’ve never heard of him, it is likely you’ve heard his music in some form. Tyler has been a longtime member of Lambchop and has appeared on records by Bonnie “Prince” Billy, Silver Jews, Charlie Louvin and Wooden Wand. […]

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Mission Creek: Kent Williams’ electronic music picks

I do listen to most every genre of music–dance music, rock, hip hop, country, classical and so on. I even have a soft spot for easy listening conductor arranger Hugo Winterhalter. But what I’m most interested in for my own listening are the many branches and leaves of electronic music’s tree. […]

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On The Beat: What shows are in store for the winter migration

Iowa City has been pretty quiet over the past few weeks. That tends to be the case when a big chunk of the population migrates to Chicagoland (or wherever), and another chunk goes into hibernation. We all must accept the fact that less people in town means fewer shows. That is not to say that […]

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On the Beat: Party Time

As the year winds down, December is a time when I generally become pensive. Looking back on the past twelve months, I can safely say that 2012 has been an excellent year musically. There have been solid releases in all genres of music. Artists like Chromatics, Kendrick Lamar, Wild Nothing, Japandroids and Tame Impala have […]

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Album Review: Iowa City Song Project

Iowa City Song Project maximumamesrecords.com   As a teenager hungry for a scene larger than the veritable cultural island of Bellevue, IA, at night I would arrange and rearrange my radio antenna to try to capture KUNI to get a glimpse of the world of music around me, which included bands from Iowa City. It […]

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On the Beat: Iowa City Song Project

I try to collect as much Iowa City music as I possibly can. When I can’t buy a record at a show, I scour Bandcamp pages for the ones I don’t have yet. I spend hours creating and editing mixes of my favorite songs for my friends and family—people who aren’t familiar with the Iowa City […]

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Iowa City Weekender: September 7-9

Yes, that is T-Pain’s big silly portrait inviting you to come on in and read the Little Village Weekender column. This week we have hip hop superstars, some local literature, an indie band and oh yeah – the President of the United States. Let’s begin. THURSDAY T-Pain  // Hubbard Park // 8:30 PM // Free […]

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Iowa City Weekender: June 28-30

This is about to be a fantastic summer weekend. There’s a bike in movie, a mini music festival, a farewell show and more. But let’s go back to the festival before we discuss anything else. Firecracker 500 Festival // Gabe’s // Thursday – Saturday, 6:00 PM – 2:00 AM // $10/Day, $25/Three Day Pass I’m […]

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