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Posted October 04, 2017in Sound Circuit

The music of Night Stories

It was a sunny Monday afternoon, and Phil Young and Greg Meister had asked me to meet them at Woodland Cemetery. The location is near Young’s Sherman Hill home, and it seemed like a fitting area to discuss Night Stories, The Wheelers duo’s side project is creating horror movie-inspired music.

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Posted September 06, 2017in Sound Circuit

Cover singer finds his own voice

For the last several years, Royce Johns has been making his living as a musician using the oft-necessary sin of playing covers. He’s regularly playing more than 20 shows a month, for hours each night. This month he’s releasing his first EP, and while he’s using it to focus on

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Posted August 30, 2017in Sound Circuit - Online Exclusive

The inevitability of Broken Social Scene

As you read through articles about the Canadian band Broken Social Scene, the word “collective” is used a lot. The band’s membership ranges from around a dozen people to approximately every Canadian musician ever. That includes fixture members like Kevin Drew and Brendan Canning, as well as collaborators like Emily

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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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