Tuesday, May 3, 2016


Posted April 27, 2016in Sound Circuit

Dead Horse Trauma on the road again

  Dead Horse Trauma has enjoyed a reputation for being some of the hardest working guys in the Des Moines scene. Relentless promoters and tireless performers, the band spends the majority of its time on the road or in the studio, coming out long enough to play a select number

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Posted April 20, 2016in Sound Circuit

Just a little…

  Ira Grace & The Bible Belt Prophets — the Des Moines duo consisting of Marc Bailey and Sara Williams — has been a busy act. But for the past year, the pair has been making a deliberate effort to be more deliberate in its approach. That effort was crystallized

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Posted April 20, 2016in Sound Circuit

Lita Ford

  “Time Capsule” Steamhammer When Lita Ford released “Living Like a Runaway” in 2012, she swore up and down that a long, toxic relationship had short-circuited her career and that ex-husband Jim Gillette’s control over her life neutered some of her best work. After getting the chance to hear “Living

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Posted April 13, 2016in Sound Circuit

Keep Des Moines fresh

Des Moines has been slowly cultivating its local hip-hop scene for years. From bonafide local legends like Asphate and Gadema to the next crop of talent like Toby Diligent and Angle, there is plenty of quality hip-hop being created in the capital city. Adding to that scene is a new

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Posted April 06, 2016in Sound Circuit, Sound Circuit - Online Exclusive

He ain’t heavy

For years, Aaron Earl Short has been known as half of the husband and wife duo The High Crest, where his sharply honest lyrics and bluesy sound have drawn fans from around the country. However, when The High Crest has some down time, Short indulges in an act he formed

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Posted April 01, 2016in Sound Circuit - Online Exclusive

Barking up the right tree

  Mickey Davis has proven himself to be one of the brightest young minds in the city. Serving as the Des Moines Social Club’s program director, Davis has brought innovative, highly successful classes and performances to the downtown space and has helped establish the Kum & Go Theater and The

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Posted March 23, 2016in Sound Circuit

Izzy for real

Izzy Starchild & The Psychedelic Rose sound nothing like what might initially conjure in one’s mind after hearing the name. With tracks that are thick with grunge-heavy guitar riffs with a light dusting of funk influences, the closest comparison might be Lenny Kravitz or mid-career Red Hot Chili Peppers. The

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Posted March 16, 2016in Sound Circuit

Genuinely Krause

Last November, Courtney Krause was finally able to do something that had been nearly seven years in the making: release her first CD. The 26-year-old had been writing music all her life, but that CD, titled “Thoughts and Sound,” served as a sublime timeline for Krause’s growth and maturation as

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Posted March 09, 2016in Sound Circuit

Hail to the Chief

Superchief released its album “Trophy Room” last year. With Kevin Neal at the helm at Redd No. 7 studios, the album was recorded at a snail’s pace compared to the band’s debut platter, “Corporate Dynamite.” While “Trophy Room” resulted in a more finished-sounding product, the band found the length of

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Posted March 02, 2016in Sound Circuit

Max in a nutshell

With the start of 2016, Des Moines welcomed to the world a unique musical experience in the form of Noce, the only jazz club of its kind in the state. It is an idea whose time had come. There are plenty of jazz-starved fans in the city, and programs like

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