Friday, December 9, 2016


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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Posted June 08, 2016in Sound Check

  This is the weekend for Pridefest, and there is plenty of music to be heard in Des Moines’ historic East Village neighborhood. In addition to headliners Tina She, DJ Pain 1 and Be Steadwell, there will also be performances by local acts Cover Grrls, Run DSM, and Des Moines

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Posted June 01, 2016in Sound Check

The Monkees

  “Good Times!” Rhino Even in the best of times, back in its 1960s heyday, The Monkees were one of the most bubblegum acts ever assembled. The fact that the boys managed to grow into more than competent musicians did little to distract from the fact that the songs were

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Posted May 25, 2016in Sound Check

Bob Dylan

    “Fallen Angels” Columbia When Bob Dylan released 2015’s “Shadows in the Night,” the idea of an iconoclast like Dylan covering Sinatra seemed ridiculous. But the resulting album proved to be both heartfelt and sincere, and the mixture of Dylan’s nasal delivery and Sinatra’s memory proved strong enough to

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Posted May 11, 2016in Sound Check

CD REVIEWS

  Beyonce “Lemonade” Parkwood   “You ain’t married to no average bitch, boy.” Those words, taken from one of the more devastating tracks on “Lemonade,” should be enscribed on Jay-Z’s tombstone. This album does not mark the first time that an artist has publicly shamed a spouse, but it might

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Posted May 04, 2016in Sound Check

CD REVIEWS

Joshua Sinclair “Love Hate” Independent The tagline on Joshua Sinclair’s promotional material reads, “Writing breakup songs since 1998.” It is a statement to be believed, because if you close your eyes and listen to “Love Hate” in a void, that is probably the year you would guess it was from.

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Posted April 13, 2016in Sound Check

Bringing the heat

  Reverend Horton Heat is been best known — and rightfully so — for the guitar work of frontman Jim, “Reverend Horton” Heath. From the time the band was first unleashed upon the world with 1990s “Smoke ‘Em if You Got ‘Em” and its iconic single, “Psychobilly Freakout,” there was

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Posted April 13, 2016in Sound Check

Deftones

  “Gore” Reprise   The following statement might seem like a strong one to those who have, at some point, considered themselves to be a Deftones fan: “Gore” is the best album the band has ever made. Chino Moreno might very well be the best voice in metal music today,

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Posted April 06, 2016in Sound Check

Weezer “Weezer” (The White Album) Crush Music There was a point when Weezer set the bar too high for itself with the back-to-back thunderbolts of “Pinkerton” and the self-titled release that has colloquially become known as The Blue Album. Since then, the band has released an unbroken string of albums

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