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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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Posted March 11, 2015in Sound Circuit

Getting strong now

Strong Like Bear is an alt/jam/prog/rock four-piece out of Ames. For those familiar with the band, its willingness to experiment and get a little weird with its sound is the act’s biggest hallmark. Frequently seen messing around with surrealist blues outfit Electric Jury, the two bands have joined forces for

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Posted March 04, 2015in Sound Circuit

Other brotherhood

For the past few years, people have known Eli Clark as the frontman of Viva Montesa, the rock two-piece with the three-piece sound. But starting this winter, Clark’s new project, The Other Brothers, is poising itself to be your new favorite band. “I kind of felt like I’d hit, not

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Posted February 25, 2015in Sound Circuit

The man

If you are going to get into Des Moines hip-hop, there are a few names you should definitely know. And no matter who you talk to, that list is always going to start with one name: Gadema. “I’m inspired by pain, by love, by joy — all that stuff,” he

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