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Posted April 30, 2014in Status Quote

Q&A: The Steepwater Band’s Jeff Massey

The Steepwater Band was formed in Chicago, Illinois in 1998.Their signature sound is a nod to early British blues, combined with a modern, raw and gutsy musical approach. Jeff Massey is the vocalist/guitarist of the band who talked to Cityview’s Mark Skaar prior to the band’s May 2 show at

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Posted April 30, 2014in News of the Weird

Florida’s battle of the alter egos First-term U.S. Rep. Ted Yoho of Florida is already among the House’s most conservative members, but his Republican primary challenger claims to be even more so as a quixotic, longtime hobby as a costumed, role-playing “gamer.” Challenger Jake Rush (in his day job, a

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Posted April 30, 2014in Sound Notes

The Civic Music Association is in search of a new executive director. Outgoing director Carrie Clogg leaves the CMA on May 2, to take a position as Kum & Go’s new director of philanthropy, leaving big shoes to fill. Interested applicants can get the full details at www.civicmusic.org/news. The local Blues community comes

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Posted April 30, 2014in Belly Up

The chic Beaver, Tally’s offers unique vibe to quaint neighborhood

Sometimes you need a break from the endless corn and small-town feel that is Iowa. Sometimes you need that break enhanced with a strong drink named The Flaming Beaver. In which case, Beaverdale is not far. Named after Natalie, the owner and chef Robert Sanda’s daughter, this little restaurant/bar might

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Posted April 30, 2014in On The Tube

Jack Bauer, criminal

Counterterrorism agent Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland) returns for another season of “24,” but not as a hero this time (Monday, 8 p.m., Fox). Bauer has been a fugitive during the series’ four-year hiatus, hunted by the U.S. and Russia for a vengeful killing spree. He turns up in London during

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Posted April 30, 2014in Tech Talk

Web wars come down to court rulings

The last few months have been extremely tumultuous pertaining to the future of the Internet. Prior to a federal Appeals Court ruling in January, all Web content was legally required to be treated the same: Streaming video needed to be loaded on users’ computers at the same speed as someone

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Posted April 30, 2014in Your Money

Paid for by taxpayers in… Des Moines.

Amount: $30,278.64 To: ABM Janitorial Services For: Payment for cleaning services for the municipal buildings for the months of March and April.   Amount: $8,750.01 To: Mark Godwin PLC For: Total payout amount approved for legal services as per city council resolution (Roll Call No. 14-0056, dated Jan. 13).  

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Posted April 30, 2014in Food Dude

New café charms Orchestrate’s restaurant lineup

A basic tenet of good messaging is rarely heeded in these days of abundance and excess: What’s left out is as significant as what’s included. Malo, a new Hispanic-American-themed restaurant in the historic Des Moines Firehouse, has covered up all traces of fire poles, making it clear that this place

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Posted April 30, 2014in Sore Thumbs

‘NES REMIX 2’    (E) *** Nintendo Wii U “NES Remix” games have a very specific target audience: Nostalgic Nintendo fans who are too lazy to dust off their old, eight-bit cartridges and — even if they weren’t — too riddled with ADHD to play a single game for more than

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Posted April 30, 2014in Sound Check

Bonne Finken “Fairytales/Love Affairs” Independent I’m just going to say it: This is the best thing Bonne Finken has ever done. Originally planned as a double album (something teased in the split title), Finken condensed “Fairytails/Love Affairs” down to 14 tracks, and there’s not a song on the album that

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