Friday, October 21, 2016

Posted October 05, 2016in Sound Check


“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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Posted June 22, 2016in Sound Check

  The Iowa Blues Challenge held its finals this past weekend at the downtown Mariott Hotel. This year’s winners were Bare Bones and the Jeff Banks Band. Both acts received prize packages that include free studio time and entry into the 2017 International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tennessee. This week’s

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Posted June 15, 2016in Sound Check

New Member Charles

“Rock and Roll Alligator” Independent   New Member Charles does the quirky, oddball indie thing properly. It is something that many bands in town attempt, but few manage to do while remembering to make the music good. What you will find in “Rock and Roll Alligator” is going to be

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