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Posted November 01, 2017in Sound Check

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“Colors” Beck Capitol Records It’s been a long road to “Colors,” Beck’s 13th album. The first single, “Dreams,” was released more than two years ago, and the singer has teased fans with a few more songs since then. Four years after “Morning Phase,” and we finally have more Beck. Like

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Posted October 04, 2017in Sound Check

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Gloom Balloon “Drying the Eyes of the Goddess of Gloom, Underneath the Stars and the Moon” Maximum Ames Records Probably the most polarizing Des Moines act of the last half decade or so has been Gloom Balloon, Patrick Tape Fleming’s collaboration with Chris Ford. Gloom Balloon’s live shows and recordings

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Posted September 06, 2017in Sound Check

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The Sleepover “No Sleep” Independent I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect on first listen to Des Moines band The Sleepover’s debut LP, “No Sleep.” Two-thirds of The Sleepover is comprised of members of the thrash metal band Dark Mirror, and while you can hear slight similarities to some of

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Posted August 02, 2017in Sound Check

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“The Fuss” The Fuss Independent Over the last two years, The Fuss has evolved from a solo project for singer Joey Lyons to a full-fledged band with the addition of Matt Nelson, Ben Waldschmitt and Nick Lucs. In 2017, the band has been playing out more, including a performance on

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Posted July 05, 2017in Sound Check

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“Pure Torture” Green Death EMP Label Group Two years after “Manufacturing Evil,” and a year after the departure of founding guitarist Erich Tran, Des Moines metal band Green Death returns with the short EP “Pure Torture.” It’s a little amuse-bouche to set the stage for the band’s future. “Pure Torture”

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Posted June 01, 2017in Sound Check

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“Bad Decision” Roxi Copland Independent It can be easy to take local musicians for granted when they’re performing regularly around town. Sometimes it takes them moving on to make you realize what was really lost. It’s been several years since jazz singer Roxi Copland left Des Moines for Milwaukee, but

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Posted May 03, 2017in Sound Check

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“Whiteout Conditions” The New Pornographers Concord The New Pornographers seems like a band that should have imploded a decade ago. It’s made up of enough successful individuals (A.C. Newman, Neko Case, Dan Bejar) that the band gets called a supergroup, making a Fleetwood Mac-style breakup all but inevitable. The band’s

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Posted April 05, 2017in Sound Check

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“Heartworms” The Shins Columbia Records Early in their career, a Natalie Portman character blessed/cursed The Shins with an endorsement that will follow the New Mexico band until its eventual demise. For a while, it seemed like the end might have already occurred, but following a hiatus and a five-year gap

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Posted March 01, 2017in Sound Check, Uncategorized

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“Watchlist” Aaron Earl Short Independent During the last two decades, Aaron Earl Short has quietly established himself as a force to be reckoned with in the Iowa roots sound. From The Creek Dwellers to his family band The High Crest to his other family band, Eastside Brothers, Short has shown

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Posted February 01, 2017in Sound Check

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David Bowie “No Plan” Columbia How do you write an epilogue for a life like David Bowie’s? The rock god’s final album, “Blackstar,” and his death two days later in early 2016 helped set the tone for the worst year ever. One year later, in what would have been his

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