Sunday, December 4, 2016


Posted November 30, 2016in Sound Check

Sound Check

St. Lenox “Ten Hymns from My American Gothic” Anyway Records A concept album about the experiences of Korean immigrants carving out a life for themselves in the Midwest released just weeks before the 2016 presidential election ran the risk of being lost in the political frenzy or worse, becoming instantly

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Posted November 02, 2016in Sound Check

Sound Check

Angle “Talkin’ Story” One Leg Up Productions For years, Jarid Catrenich has been an unsung hero of the local hip-hop scene, releasing material on a regular basis under the name Angle. On his latest album, “Talkin’ Story,” Angle shows that he still has incredible flow and the ability to put together

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Posted October 05, 2016in Sound Check

TWINS

“Square America” Maximum Ames TWINS’ 2014 debut “Tomboys on Parade” had an infectious pop quality, but for “Square America,” the Waterloo band has moved more toward a ’70s FM rock sound. It suits the quartet, with tracks like “Hot Stepper” and “Mary’s Sister Margaret” harkening back to the sound of

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Posted August 31, 2016in Sound Check

Quick Piss

“Rock ‘N’ Roll Impotence” Independent Short, fast and raw, the songs on Des Moines (slightly pop) punk band Quick Piss’ new album cling to the essential truth that a good punk song needs to be just over or under 2 minutes. Vocalist Stone Mills seems like he would be comfortable stepping

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Posted August 09, 2016in Sound Check

The Other Brothers

  “Rosetta” Independent The Other Brothers released a live album last year, but “Rosetta” marks its first studio effort. Recorded in a series of one-takes on vintage instruments and microphones, and using tiny 5-watt amps, “Rosetta” has a raw sound that frontman Eli Clark favors. The result might strike some

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Posted July 27, 2016in Sound Check

The Maytags

  “Love Lines” Independent   Make no mistake, The Maytags are straight baby-making music. Formed by frontman Dustin Smith as a way to indulge in his funky R&B side, the band quickly established itself as one of the most consistently popular acts in the city. “Love Lines,” the band’s debut

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Posted July 20, 2016in Sound Check

  The official record release party for Twins’ new album, “Square America,” takes place at Vaudeville Mews on Friday, July 22 at 9:30 p.m. Check this issue for a review, then go buy the album. The Sixth Avenue Corridor is hosting a multi-band, Jazz in July show on Saturday, July

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Posted July 13, 2016in Sound Check

The Avett Brothers

“True Sadness” American Recordings   “True Sadness” stands poised to be viewed as The Avett Brothers’ most polarizing album to date. Should the group now begin its fall into obscurity, purists will point to this album as the linchpin that started it all. “True Sadness” is, far and away, the

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Posted July 06, 2016in Sound Check

  The Maximum Ames Music Festival has announced its lineup for the 2016 festival, to be held Sept. 15-18. Headliners include pioneering gay country music artist Lavender Country, and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and NWA member DJ Yella. Local acts showcased include Maytags, Electric Jury, The Host

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Posted June 29, 2016in Sound Check

Iggy Azalea

“Digital Distortion” Def Jam   Iggy Azalea has not collapsed into a black hole of her own suck just yet. After her first release, “The New Classic,” was certified platinum off of what one can only assume were mostly hate-purchases, Azalea embarked upon a 2015 headlining stadium tour, which was

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