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Posted April 04, 2018in Sound Circuit


Ever-evolving While Ryan Stier does wear glasses, the title of his solo project is not a nod to the extra vision they provide. The name goes deeper than that and instead references Stier expanding his mind. “I feel like I’ve spent a lot of my life trapped in my own

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Posted February 28, 2018in Sound Circuit

Ancient Posse

Beauty in mystery In the days of social media and over-sharing, Ancient Posse stand out for their secrecy. The duo — Steven Bergeron (keyboards and vocals) and Kamillah Jonaé (vocals) — don’t like to discuss the band’s origin story, except to say they began making music together in 2014. They

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Posted January 31, 2018in Sound Circuit

Heath Alan Band

Virtuoso blues player Heath Alan — founder, singer and songwriter of the Heath Alan Band — got his start, and found success, in music early on in life. Alan plays a number of instruments, including saxophone, guitar and piano. However, it was the saxophone that took him places. Alan played

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Posted January 03, 2018in Sound Circuit

The Vahnevants

They don’t care what you think “We don’t give a fuck what really anybody has to say,” Vahnevants bass player James Brittenson says. “Personally, I’m just trying to impress this little hunting party,” singer Micah Surdevant says. Since their first release in 2014, the four-piece 1960s garage rock band (the

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Posted December 06, 2017in Sound Circuit

The Fuss

DIY guitar pop goodness “It was cold, it was fall, it was depressing,” Joey Lyons says of how The Fuss was born. While he had been casually writing and recording music prior to The Fuss, Lyons began recording solo under the name The Fuss in 2014 and released an EP

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Posted November 01, 2017in Sound Circuit


Metal for people who don’t even know they like metal Back in 2014, Sump Pump Records put out “The Des Moines 4 Track Compilation Vol. 1,” an assortment of songs by Annalibera, The Seed of Something, Fetal Pig, Gloom Balloon and others. Among the tracks was “Spirit Compass” by Druids,

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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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