Saturday, August 27, 2016


Posted August 09, 2016in Sound Notes

As one of this issue’s feature stories attests, August is time for the Iowa State Fair. Whether you are headed to the grandstand or just playing it free this year, there is plenty of music to be found throughout the Fair’s run. Ben Folds will perform at Hoyt Sherman Place

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Posted July 27, 2016in Sound Notes

  515 Alive went off without a hitch once again this past weekend, pulling an estimated 10,000 people down to Western Gateway Park for two days of dancing and bass drops. The event might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but it stands as a lasting testament to the power

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Posted July 20, 2016in Sound Notes

Jeff Beck

“Loud Hailer” Rhino Jeff Beck, even at the age of 72, remains one of the most gifted guitarists alive. More than anything, what has kept the virtuoso fresh and at the top of his game has been his constant desire to push his own creative grounds and team with musicians

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Posted July 13, 2016in Sound Notes

  More good stuff from Hoyt Sherman Place, as the venerable Sherman Hill venue has announced that Buddy Guy is coming to town on Nov. 17 for a show at 7:30 p.m. Tickets went on sale this past Friday and are available through Ticketmaster or the Hoyt Sherman box office.

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Posted July 06, 2016in Sound Notes

Bat For Lashes

    “The Bride” The Echo Label   As a story, “The Bride” follows a standard narrative arc: girl meets boy, boy leaves girl, girl embarks upon a journey of existentialist self-reflection and all-consuming metaphysical sorrow, girl meets new boy. It’s a tale that’s as old as time. And while

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Posted June 29, 2016in Sound Notes

  There is more good stuff coming to you courtesy of Hoyt Sherman Place. Last week, the venerable Sherman Hill venue announced the addition of “The Fab Four: The Ultimate Tribute” to its schedule. The Beatles tribute show will come to the venue on Sunday, Sept. 25 at 7 p.m.

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Posted June 22, 2016in Sound Notes

Radiohead

  “A Moon Shaped Pool” XL Recordings   There is a lot about “A Moon Shaped Pool” and the events surrounding it that could be construed as Radiohead giving up. There was the complete deletion of its online presence, the album’s alphabetical track listing and the nearly hook-less construction of

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Posted June 15, 2016in Sound Notes

Slipknot front man Corey Taylor underwent back surgery last week, which will keep him sidelined through the originally scheduled start of Slipknot’s summer tour. To accommodate the recovery time, the first 12 dates of the tour have been rescheduled, pushing the start of the tour back to June 28 in

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Posted June 08, 2016in Sound Notes

Tegan and Sara

“Love You to Death” Vapor   Tegan and Sara, the identical twin musical geniuses from Calgary, reached what could have been considered their artistic apex in 2013 with the release of “Hartthrob,” a synth-heavy throwback that featured some of the best musical writing of the twins’ careers. But for their

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Posted June 01, 2016in Sound Notes

  The Iowa State Fair announced its free stage lineups last week, and the results are the expected combination of nostalgia, fun and crazy. Acts include Color Me Badd, Billy Bob Thornton, Brett Michaels, RATT, and the usual crop of Fair stalwarts like The Blue Band, The Nadas and Hairball.

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