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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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Posted April 05, 2017in Sound Circuit

World Port brings international sound back to Des Moines

For more than two decades, Paul Micich has been putting an Iowa spin on international music. His band, World Port, plays what Micich calls “music with an accent” at street festivals, farmers markets, wineries and other locations. After an eight-year stint in Mason City, Micich is back in Des Moines,

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Posted March 01, 2017in Sound Circuit

Dead Horse Trauma

Wrecked vans, live horses and new “Life” Over the course of a decade, Dead Horse Trauma has built itself into a band that can draw crowds in cities across the United States. The metal band recently signed with The Orchard, a Sony Music Distribution company that is getting the band’s

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Posted February 01, 2017in Sound Circuit

Daytrotter founder combining food and music for GAS Feed & Seed

For more than a decade, Sean Moeller has been one of the more prominent tastemakers in Iowa music. Moeller launched the website Daytrotter in 2006, featuring short sessions recorded in the Quad Cities by everyone from national acts like Norah Jones, Wilco and Glen Campbell to Iowa acts like Christopher

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Posted January 04, 2017in Sound Circuit

Teen blues musicians head to International Blues Challenge

At the end of the month, three Iowa acts will compete in the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tennessee. It’s an expensive trip to make, for both the musicians and the fans. On Jan. 28, you can save a bit of cash by seeing Jeff Banks Band, Bare Bones and

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Posted November 30, 2016in Sound Circuit

Des Moines’ Max Jury returns with soulful sound

Max Jury, 24, released his eponymous debut album in June and spent the summer on the European festival circuit, playing Vestrock in the Netherlands, A Summer’s Tale in Germany, Montreux in Switzerland and many others. This month he returns to his hometown for a show at Wooly’s, with Dustin Smith

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Posted November 02, 2016in Sound Circuit

Karen Meat gets personal

If you want to hear the new Karen Meat songs live, you’ve only got one chance. The Des Moines singer is releasing a new tape this month, “She’s Drunk Like the Rest of Us,” but a Nov. 10 show at Vaudeville Mews will be the last time she performs them.

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