Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Posted May 20, 2015in Sound Circuit

Just a number

Grandchamp is proof positive that age is not a deal-breaking requirement for a good band. Each of the Grandchamp’s component members — frontman Charlie Cacciatore, bassist Andrew Jones, guitarist Nate Kouri and vibe-man Jack Reardon — is under 19, but they have already managed to take part in both this

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Posted May 13, 2015in Sound Circuit

Getting it covered

There is a special trick to making a good cover band. There is more to it than just grabbing some sheet music and following along. It is more complicated than musical karaoke. The really good, notable cover acts — we are not talking about tribute acts mind you, as the

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Posted May 06, 2015in Sound Circuit

Good things come…

This has been a long time coming. Dark Mirror has been working on its newest album, “Patterns of Chaos,” for what seems like forever. There have been technical difficulties, illnesses and a revolving door of guitarists. But you can’t keep good men down forever. “We had an issue with the

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Posted April 29, 2015in Sound Circuit

Keep rolling

Sometimes all a band needs is a linchpin. When drummer Pat Curtis joined the Monday Mourners a little over a year ago, he realized that he walked into a band that was sitting on a pile of great songs. “I didn’t really know these songs,” he admitted. “But I felt

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Posted April 22, 2015in Sound Circuit

Shave and a haircut, two bits

In a day and age when it seems like so much music is subjected to autotune, digital enhancement and computer generation, it can be therapeutic to dip back into a simpler time. That is where Ev Nau and the Pride of Iowa Barbershop Chorus come in. The Barbershop Harmony Society

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Posted April 15, 2015in Sound Circuit

Mutual benefit

If you know Lavonne McRoberts — and you should — odds are it is as the front woman for the band Peace, Love & Stuff. But when McRoberts isn’t busy writing some of the best rockabilly-tinged music in town, she works in education, helping children with special needs. Music and

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Posted April 08, 2015in Sound Circuit


There tends to be a stereotype when it comes to certain acts. You see an act get on stage dressed in costumes or masks, for example, and you assume there is going to be a lot of yelling and G-chord. So when you hear “husband/wife singer-songwriter duo,” certain images come

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Posted March 31, 2015in Sound Circuit

Envy Corps calls it quits

Arguably the most successful act not named Slipknot to come out of Iowa has walked away from the recording studio where they were working on their next album and decided to go their separate ways. In a move befitting central Iowa’s most intellectually emo act, the official statement released by

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Posted March 25, 2015in Sound Circuit

Whole lotta love

It has been a bit of an exciting year for Bonne Finken. The Des Moines music favorite released her latest album “Fairytales/Love Affairs” last year and has seen the album garner radio play on college radio stations around the country. She has gotten play on STAR 102.5, embarked on a

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Posted March 18, 2015in Sound Circuit

Death of a band

After this week, Diamonds for Eyes will be no more. Maybe you have heard of the band, maybe you have not. As local acts go, they were fairly prolific, turning out three albums in four years. They built their following the same way as thousands of local bands before them:

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