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Posted January 03, 2018in Sound Circuit

The Vahnevants

They don’t care what you think “We don’t give a fuck what really anybody has to say,” Vahnevants bass player James Brittenson says. “Personally, I’m just trying to impress this little hunting party,” singer Micah Surdevant says. Since their first release in 2014, the four-piece 1960s garage rock band (the

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Posted December 06, 2017in Sound Circuit

The Fuss

DIY guitar pop goodness “It was cold, it was fall, it was depressing,” Joey Lyons says of how The Fuss was born. While he had been casually writing and recording music prior to The Fuss, Lyons began recording solo under the name The Fuss in 2014 and released an EP

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Posted November 01, 2017in Sound Circuit


Metal for people who don’t even know they like metal Back in 2014, Sump Pump Records put out “The Des Moines 4 Track Compilation Vol. 1,” an assortment of songs by Annalibera, The Seed of Something, Fetal Pig, Gloom Balloon and others. Among the tracks was “Spirit Compass” by Druids,

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Posted October 04, 2017in Sound Circuit

The music of Night Stories

It was a sunny Monday afternoon, and Phil Young and Greg Meister had asked me to meet them at Woodland Cemetery. The location is near Young’s Sherman Hill home, and it seemed like a fitting area to discuss Night Stories, The Wheelers duo’s side project is creating horror movie-inspired music.

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Posted September 06, 2017in Sound Circuit

Cover singer finds his own voice

For the last several years, Royce Johns has been making his living as a musician using the oft-necessary sin of playing covers. He’s regularly playing more than 20 shows a month, for hours each night. This month he’s releasing his first EP, and while he’s using it to focus on

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Posted August 30, 2017in Sound Circuit - Online Exclusive

The inevitability of Broken Social Scene

As you read through articles about the Canadian band Broken Social Scene, the word “collective” is used a lot. The band’s membership ranges from around a dozen people to approximately every Canadian musician ever. That includes fixture members like Kevin Drew and Brendan Canning, as well as collaborators like Emily

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Posted July 05, 2017in Sound Circuit

No pressure: Iowa greats Whitmore and Zollo unite for 80/35 set

William Elliott Whitmore and David Zollo first met while Whitmore was still a teenager. Whitmore gave Zollo a demo tape, a recording that Zollo said left him “stunned.” They became friends, and as their careers progressed, worked together occasionally, with Zollo performing on Whitmore’s “Animals in the Dark.” “For the

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Posted June 27, 2017in Just Released, Sound Circuit - Online Exclusive

MELISSA ETHERIDGE unabated: See her on July 22 at Hoyt Sherman Place

By Adam Rogan Melissa Etheridge holds many titles. Rocker. Guitarist. Singer. Advocate. Grammy Award winner. Lesbian. Kansan. Cancer survivor. She’s kind of a new-age hippy, even though she grew up during the hippie generation. Consistent, at the very least. Etheridge is all about peace and love and acceptance. She practically

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Posted June 01, 2017in Sound Circuit

After long wait, Apathy Syndrome captures sound with first album

It’s been more than five years since the Des Moines metal band Apathy Syndrome formed. In that time, they’ve toured in 10 states, put on their own Carnival of Razors festivals, performed at Lazerfest and opened for Taproot, Saliva and others. In that time, they’ve also released zero albums. That

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Posted May 03, 2017in Sound Circuit

Foxholes finds balance on new album

In 2012, Trevor Holt began putting together his band Foxholes while living in Ames. There were potential bandmates found (and later rejected) from Craigslist, but eventually Holt managed to pull together two steady members, guitarist Kyle Folvag and bassist Jessica Villegas. The trio (with no drummer) played their first gig

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