Thursday, August 25, 2016


Posted August 09, 2016in Sound Circuit

Releasing the Hounds

    Holy White Hounds has been on a solidly upward trajectory for the past year. After the enormous local success of their album “Sparkle Sparkle” and its lead single “Switchblade,” the Hounds signed with New York-based label Razor and Tie, toured with The Cult, and have played a slew

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Posted July 27, 2016in Sound Circuit

From Madam Jules to Justice

Julia “Madam Jules” Mahlstadt has been performing on Des Moines stages for years. Whether as the voice of a band or as a solo singer-songwriter, Mahlstadt’s vocals have been heard on virtually every music venue’s stage in town at one point or another. But now she’s undertaking something that is

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Posted July 20, 2016in Sound Circuit

Randy Burk’s busy year and upcoming album

Randy Burk has kept himself hopping. With a special emphasis on hitting the road this year, Burk has logged a lot of miles and seen a lot of faces already in 2016. Along the way, he’s been putting the finishing touches on his next album, now a year in the

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Posted July 13, 2016in Sound Circuit

Simple music played well

Heath Alan has been playing saxophone for 30 years. But even before he picked the instrument up in fourth grade, music had been in Alan’s blood. His mother — Bluebird Page, a singer and an Iowa Rock and Roll Hall of Famer — raised him in a world surrounded by

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Posted July 06, 2016in Sound Circuit

Sires’ name change, new album and return to 80/35

It has been a transformative time for Dylan Sires, Ross Klemz and Graham Howland. After forming in Waterloo in 2012 as Dylan Sires & Neighbors, the trio released a full-length album in early 2013, won the 80/35 play-in later that year, then kicked that year’s festival off with a set

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Posted June 29, 2016in Sound Circuit

Whiskey drinkin’ stuff

Matthew James’ voice comes over the phone from his hometown of Carlton, Michigan. The 31-year-old musician moved to Des Moines two years ago, and now he has taken his new band on the road. “We’ve been out for a week,” he said. “Once we get back, we’re gonna finish editing

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Posted June 22, 2016in Sound Circuit

No Good Deed heads back into the studio

  In October of 2014, No Good Deed released its first album, “Looking for a Mantra.” Now, almost two years later and sporting a new drummer, the band is ready to do it again. “It’s a different experience,” guitarist Doug Hansen explained. “The last album was, ‘Let’s do everything we’ve

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Posted June 15, 2016in Sound Circuit

Dust Radio prepares for album release

When Dust Radio was first formed, the project began as something of a local super group. Guitarist James Nicholson started what is now Dust Radio with High Crest duo Kat Darling and Aaron Earl Short, and Brother Trucker’s Lyle Hogue and John Conklin. Over time, those four would be replaced

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Posted June 08, 2016in Sound Circuit

Davis bares her ‘Soul’

Rae Davis can be seen throughout the city as a part of a number of projects — fronting Rae & the Honeybees; supplying vocals for R&B powerhouse The Tighten Up; and bouncing between a number of instruments in her cover band, Cover Grrls. But for 2016, Davis has broken new

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Posted June 01, 2016in Sound Circuit - Online Exclusive

The luckiest guy in the world

Kansas vocalist Ronnie Platt talks to Cityview about his good fortune and what it’s like to front an iconic rock and roll band. Ronnie Platt used to be a truck driver in Chicago before getting a text message in mid-2014 that led to the long-time cover band singer becoming the

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