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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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Posted October 05, 2016in Sound Circuit

Son of the Morning

A touch of Satan Superchief guitarist Jason Monroe was looking to do something a little different in his free time from the Des Moines rock band. He grew up listening to Kiss and Alice Cooper, and in recent years, the Swedish metal band Ghost has been in heavy rotation. Monroe

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Posted August 31, 2016in Sound Circuit

Des Moines mourns Jimi Strychnine

Last month the Des Moines music scene lost Jimi Scribner, AKA Jimi Strychnine, after a long battle with cancer. If you ever attended a show at House of Bricks, you saw Jimi. He was the venue’s soundman and head chef. He continued with the latter position when HOB changed to

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Posted August 09, 2016in Sound Circuit

Releasing the Hounds

    Holy White Hounds has been on a solidly upward trajectory for the past year. After the enormous local success of their album “Sparkle Sparkle” and its lead single “Switchblade,” the Hounds signed with New York-based label Razor and Tie, toured with The Cult, and have played a slew

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Posted July 27, 2016in Sound Circuit

From Madam Jules to Justice

Julia “Madam Jules” Mahlstadt has been performing on Des Moines stages for years. Whether as the voice of a band or as a solo singer-songwriter, Mahlstadt’s vocals have been heard on virtually every music venue’s stage in town at one point or another. But now she’s undertaking something that is

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Posted July 20, 2016in Sound Circuit

Randy Burk’s busy year and upcoming album

Randy Burk has kept himself hopping. With a special emphasis on hitting the road this year, Burk has logged a lot of miles and seen a lot of faces already in 2016. Along the way, he’s been putting the finishing touches on his next album, now a year in the

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Posted July 13, 2016in Sound Circuit

Simple music played well

Heath Alan has been playing saxophone for 30 years. But even before he picked the instrument up in fourth grade, music had been in Alan’s blood. His mother — Bluebird Page, a singer and an Iowa Rock and Roll Hall of Famer — raised him in a world surrounded by

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Posted July 06, 2016in Sound Circuit

Sires’ name change, new album and return to 80/35

It has been a transformative time for Dylan Sires, Ross Klemz and Graham Howland. After forming in Waterloo in 2012 as Dylan Sires & Neighbors, the trio released a full-length album in early 2013, won the 80/35 play-in later that year, then kicked that year’s festival off with a set

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