Tuesday, August 30, 2016


Posted May 25, 2016in Sound Notes

  The curators of the annual 515 Alive Music Festival are bringing a new festival to the Des Moines area later this year. Dubbed the Kosmos Music Festival, the event is geared toward electronic music fans and will feature music, yoga, live art, camping and more. Slated for the Avenue

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Posted May 18, 2016in Sound Notes, Uncategorized

  The Des Moines Music Coalition announced more bands for this summer’s 80/35 concert, including Dilly Dally, Jade Reed b2b Brad Goldman, Jeanna Calvert, Ravyn Lenae, France Camp, Lucky Chops, Dem Boyz vs RAGEthat, DJ Raj and Strobe Trotters. For a full list of acts, stages and times, check out

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Posted May 18, 2016in Sound Notes

CD REVIEWS

  Meghan Trainor “Thank You” Epic Meghan Trainor wants to be seen as the modern day embodiment of Girl Power. Problem is, she does not really seem to get the concept. As an album, even though “Thank You” has a more modern feel than her debut release, it ultimately rings

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Posted May 11, 2016in Sound Notes

  Local indie label Station 1 Records is getting ready for its first summer in the city and is kicking things off with a pre-release listening party for its first release, Sires’ “Soul for Sale.” The event takes place at the Des Moines Social Club, 900 Mulberry St., on Thursday,

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Posted May 04, 2016in Sound Notes

  The Pleasant Hill Chamber of Commerce has announced the dates and acts for this year’s “Chill on the Hill” summer series. Music will be provided by acts including Standing Hampton, Abby Normal and Gimikk among others. For a full rundown of event times, a list of bands and other

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Posted April 27, 2016in Sound Notes

Guided By Voices

  “Please Be Honest” GBV INC.   It’s impossible to definitively say what Guided By Voices actually is. There was a time when you could define it loosely as “Robert Pollard and a semi-rotating cast of musicians,” but “Please Be Honest” is an album that features Pollard by himself. And

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Posted April 20, 2016in Sound Notes

  Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler is the latest addition to the Iowa State Fair’s Grandstand lineup, performing Aug. 20. Tickets are available via Ticketmaster and will run $45-$65. You wanted the best, you got the best. KISS will bring its legendary brand of hard rock to the 2016 Iowa State

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Posted April 13, 2016in Sound Notes

  Thus far, 2016 has been a hard year in the world of artist deaths. April shows no signs of slowing the trend, as Merle Haggard passed away last week, on his 79th birthday. Diana Ross announced a show at the Civic Center this July 21. Tickets went on sale

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Posted April 06, 2016in Sound Notes

The Des Moines Music Coalition made its initial lineup announcement for 80/35 this week, and it included headliners The Decemberists and Nas. Also among the bands announced were Lotus, Wolf Parade, The Black Lips, Jeff Austin Band, Thao & The Get Down Stay Down, Craig Finn, Lizzo, Colleen Green, as

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Posted April 01, 2016in Sound Notes

The Des Moines Symphony is putting on a special concert showcasing “Engelbert Humperdink’s Favorite Songs to Hum.” Eschewing their instruments, the avant garde performance will feature the symphony performing such Humperdink hits as “Release Me,” “The Last Waltz” and “After the Lovin’” through “a variety of non-verbal vocalizations.” Contact the

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