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June 21, 2012
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By Chad Taylor

Weeks of voting, campaigning and playing finally come to a head this week for the three finalists in the 80/35 play-in. On Thursday, June 21, Holy White Hounds, Seedlings and Love Songs For Lonely Monsters will take the stage at Gas Lamp and each play a 40-minute set. Doors open at 6 p.m. and $5 allows you to watch the proceedings in person, or you can catch the live broadcast on Iowa Public Radio. Holy White Hounds take the stage at 7 p.m., followed by Love Songs at 8 p.m. and Seedlings at 9 p.m. Folks can rate the performances both at Gas Lamp and online at The highest rated band will be announced on IPR’s Studio One at 7:35 p.m. on July 2, and the winner opens the 80/35 Main Stage at noon on Saturday, July 7. Good luck to everyone.

The 2012 Country Blast takes place on Sunday, June 24 at Water Works Park. Featured acts include Billy Currington, Clay Walker, Joe Nichols, Neal McCoy, Uncle Kracker, Jason Brown and the Robbie Michaels Band. Gates open at noon, and tickets can be purchased at for $40 in advance or $50 day of show. VIP passes are $150 and include two free meal tickets and eight drink tickets, as well as access to exclusive viewing areas and “private, air conditioned men’s and women’s bathrooms with running water.”

Do you like experimental, electro, wall-of-sound stuff? I know what you’re thinking. “Sure. Who doesn’t?” Well Rockets of Desire band mates Bryon Dudley and Tom Russell have gotten together with The Jerkles’ Matt Dake for a project they’re calling Stratum. Dudley admits that “it’s a little on the strange side of Iowa music (and) isn’t for everyone,” but they’ve got a two track EP up at, so if avant garde is your thing, go check it out.

On Thursday, June 21, Hoyt Sherman Place presents an evening with The Temptations. The MoTown legends take stage at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are $47.50 at the Hoyt Sherman box office.

Also on June 21, Unknown Hinson brings his country-tinged psychobilly to Wooly’s. Show starts at 8 p.m. and tickets are $20.

It’s summer time in Iowa, which means it’s time for Korn (puns!). The metal stalwarts take the stage at the Val Air Ballroom on Friday, June 22 at 8 p.m. Tickets will run $35 in advance or $40 at the door.

SoundNotes’ Pick o’ The Week: No Good Deed and Isaac James take their acts up Ingersoll Avenue to The Marquee on Saturday, June 23. Doors open at 9:30 p.m., with No Good Deed kicking things off at 10 p.m. $5 at the door.

On Monday, June 25 the Vaudeville Mews plays home to Holy Grail, with opening acts Dark Mirror and Nancy Grace Death Squad. Doors for the all-ages show open at 5:30 p.m. and tickets are $10. Mahalo. CV

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