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Interview: Daily Show co-writer Lizz Winstead’s Vagical Mystery Tour heads to The Mill

The Lady Parts Justice League is bringing its Vagical Mystery Tour to Iowa City on June 20 at The Mill at 8 p.m. The performance will feature Lizz Winstead, musician Tina Schlieske of Tina and the B-Sides and comedians Alex English, Dina Nina Martinez and Joyelle Johnson. The 19+ show is co-presented by Little Village. General admission tickets are $15. […]

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Interview: A chat with Tim Kasher ahead of his stop at The Mill as he tours with the first album on his new label

Tim Kasher will bring his five-piece band to the Mill on Sunday, 11 June, as part of a tour promoting his newest album, No Resolution, which accompanies a movie of the same name that he wrote and directed. […]

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Exploring the visceral and diaristic music of Mykki Blanco

Mykki Blanco has gained prominence in the past few years as an artist that blows up conventions — in the hyper-masculine world of hip hop, she’s queer, HIV positive and gender fluid, a gay man performing as a woman without being either trans or drag. Her songs are, as she says “diaristic,” speaking about personal fears and feelings in a genre known for bragging about expensive cars and coke-dealing and violence. She is both Mykki Blanco and Michael Quattlebaum Jr, she and he — an artistic creation, but never artificial. […]

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Interview: Pieta Brown on ‘Postcards,’ pen pals and Flat Black

The songs for Pieta Brown’s latest album, Postcards, were written while she was on a solo tour. The isolation and distance and the challenge to stay connected inspired the songs. When it came time to assemble them into an album she compiled a list of her dream collaborators and sent them “musical postcards.” The credits for the album read like a who’s who of American folk, and those familiar with her career will see some notable musicians she’s worked with or toured with including Calexico, Mark Knopfler, Carrie Rodriguez and the Pines. […]

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Interview: A ‘thrilling return home’ for TCR’s new executive director

Last Thursday, March 16, when Theatre Cedar Rapids announced their 2017-18 season (see below), they welcomed with it a new executive director. Katie Hallman, most recently of New Orleans, took the reins from Jim Kern. Kern had been serving as interim executive director since Casey Prince announced his departure in October, after a decade of […]

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Linn County Supervisor candidate Stacey Walker on how government can serve its citizens — all of them

It’s probably not election season if you don’t encounter Stacey Walker: He’s worked on a number of Democratic campaigns, including Barack Obama’s 2012 run, but he can also be found watching election results roll in with the crowds at The Mill. As a correspondent for Little Village, he contributed an essay last fall called “The […]

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Interview deep cut: Freakwater on the intricacies of recording and touring

Freakwater

Freakwater The Mill — Tue., Mar. 15 at 8 p.m. In this deep cut from Mike Roeder’s interview with Freakwater, parts of which were published in issue 194, Catherine Irwin and Janet Beveridge Bean talk about the record industry, their new album and touring with the band that built it. Freakwater plays tonight, Tuesday Mar. […]

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An Interview with Memoryhouse

Memoryhouse is a quickly rising band from Guelph, Ontario, Canada. Made up of friends Evan Abeele and Denise Nouvion, their music is dreamy, hypnotic and reminiscent of a lazy day. I had a chance to talk with them when they played at The Mill with Chicago indie poppers Tiny Fireflies in support of their new release […]

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The Times Club: Interview with Manager and Curator Pete Schulte

Pete Schulte came on board as manager and curator at the Times Club over the summer with hopes of changing how a social space such as a coffee shop can be activated and perceived anew through thoughtful curation and mediation. Since Pete’s first show Gone to the Other Side in September, The Times Club has […]

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School Of Seven Bells Interview/Audio!

Check out an interview and full audio set from the recent School of Seven Bells show! It’s been a couple of weeks since the School of Seven Bells show at the Blue Moose. Lisa Edwards, AC Hawley and I were there to represent the LV. Lisa videotaped AC interviewing the band and put together this video.

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