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Dreaming Big: An interview with Big K.R.I.T.

Big K.R.I.T. with Casey Veggies, BIG SANT // Blue Moose Tap House // July 15, 2012 // 7:00 p.m. $16-18 And they said rap would never last. Thirty-one years after Blondie’s “Rapture” video first appeared on MTV featuring Fab 5 Freddy and Grandmaster Flash, the genre has taken on uncountable incarnations, from “golden era” hip-hop […]

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Preview: Firecracker 500 Festival 2012 – June 28-30 at Gabe’s

This weekend at Gabe’s, the Firecracker 500 Festival is back! Twenty-five bands from Iowa City, Chicago, Tennessee, Alabama and other primarily midwestern spots will be creating enough noise to make your ears bleed for weeks. Beginning in 1997, the original Firecracker 500 featured The Exotics, The Delstars and Iowa City’s own The Bent Scepters (who […]

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LVTV | Groove Theory on Little Village Live! // 6/13/2012

  Iowa City’s very own Groove Theory playing live at Public Space One on June 13. —-           Part I Part II   “Groove Theory is a contemporary jazz ensemble from modest beginnings in the small college town of Iowa City, IA. Dedicated to original compositions, Groove Theory has placed a […]

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Review: Moonface at the Mill – June 17, 2012

Moonface isn’t normally the kind of music that makes you want to get up and dance. But at their show on Sunday at the Mill, I found myself shuffling, nodding, swaying … riding a crescendo of sound that culminated in the closest approximation to “dancing” this non-dancer can manage. Yeah, it was that kind of […]

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Show Preview: Goldenboy at The Mill – 4/10/12

Goldenboy w/ Colloquialisms, the Noble Octopus | The Mill | April 10 | 9 p.m. | $8 | 21+ after 10 p.m.   Goldenboy is fronted by Shon Sullivan, a native of suburban LA. His big break came as a multi-instrumentalist in Elliott Smith’s band, and Goldenboy grew out of that experience. “It started as […]

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A-List: The Tanks Record Release – 2/17/2012 – Gabe's

The Tanks w/ Jabberjosh, Los Voltage // Friday, Feb. 17, 10 p.m. // Gabe’s Have nothing planned between Valentine’s Day and Sunday Feb. 19, the night of WWE’s Elimination Chamber pay-per-view? And were you just planning on spending Valentine’s Day home alone anyway, eating a quart of Blue Bunny and watching Maximum Overdrive? And do […]

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Country Night! Justin Townes Earl added to Whitmore/Tetons bill – Mission Creek – Blue Moose – 3/30

Justin Townes Earle takes country back to its roots in old-time Americana. Son of the rebellious singer-songwriter Steve Earle, Justin inherited his father’s addiction troubles as well as his musical and lyrical talent, and uses his own journey to rock bottom – and back — as inspiration. His voice sounds wounded and wary, but his […]

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On Sale Friday: Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 – Englert – March 31

Seun Kuti is the 27 year old son of the legendary Nigerian musician Fela Anikulapo Kuti. Seun (pronounced Shay-oon) has inherited his father’s booty shaking creation, Afrobeat, which mixes African highlife music with western influences like jazz and James Brown. Seun, like Fela, makes Afrobeat as primarily dance music that is also actively political. “In […]

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Current Science Illustrated Vol III is out now – Also, Wandering Bears are in town tonight – 12/16 at Blue Moose

This has been a great week around here. We launched the new littlevillagemag.com, started hearing all the awesome news about Mission Creek 2012, met with Andre Perry and Hugh Ferrer to pick out a Hot Tin Roof winner for January, and even made it out to a house show last night at Brendan Records, where […]

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Mission Creek 2012: First Shows Announced!

With the first snowfall just a few days behind us, it is officially time to start talking about spring, when it will get here, and the many joys it will bring. I’m not talking about tank tops, raindrops, or flower pots… I’m talking about Mission Creek, yo! Mark your calendars and turn in your time-off […]

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