Thursday, June 30, 2016


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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Posted June 01, 2016in Sound Circuit, What's Brewing?

Catching up with The Other Brothers

    The Other Brothers has a lot going on. The rock three-piece released a live album, “Live at Gas Lamp,” in January of this year while simultaneously working with Ames-based Nova Labs on a studio album. For frontman Eli Clark, there is no time like the present. “We have

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Posted May 25, 2016in Sound Circuit

Building confidence

    Newton native Jacey Gutknecht has been interested in music virtually her entire life. By the time she was a freshman in high school, she was playing guitar and writing original songs. But for the 21-year-old, who now goes by just her first name, the road to the stage

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Posted May 18, 2016in Sound Circuit

Travel is a curse

  The Curse of Hail has been doing its thing in town for nearly a decade. But now, the current lineup of vocalist Ken Payne, guitarists Josh Adamson and Luke Haffner, bassist Ben Monroe and drummer Adam Baszczynski (pronounced: “Baszczynski”) are forging some new territory for the band as they

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Posted May 11, 2016in Sound Circuit

Showcasing the future

  For the past seven years, aspiring guitar players in Des Moines have had the option of learning from one of the best in the business, local guitarist James Biehn. Biehn’s Central Iowa Music Lab (CIML) has been operating across from The Shops at Roosevelt since 2009, and for the

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Posted May 04, 2016in Sound Circuit

Dan Tedesco’s organic growth

    Last year, Dan Tedesco released a self-titled album that featured songs recorded on an iPad from his home studio. Taking a decidedly new-tech approach to lo-fi music, the album was critically lauded and overwhelmingly received by fans. Tying in with the album, Tedesco made a music video for

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