Monday, August 31, 2015


Posted June 17, 2015in Sound Notes

FairFest happens this week, down in tiny, weird Fairfield, Iowa. Get down there this June 19 through June 21 to check out 50 acts on three stages, including headliners Cyril Neville, Elephant Revival and Greg Brown. Other acts include Pieta Brown, Shook Twins, The Pines, Chad Elliott, Christopher the Conquered

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Posted June 10, 2015in Sound Notes

The Maximum Ames Music Festival has announced its lineup for this year. Headliners include Mount Goats, which headlined the very first Max Ames Festival, and Rock ’n’ Roll Hall of Famer Grandmaster Flash. This year’s festival takes place Sept. 10-13 and features nearly 100 performances. Check out www.maximumames.com for tickets,

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Posted June 03, 2015in Sound Notes

This week marked the start of one of the summer’s most popular traditions, Zoo Brew at the Blank Park Zoo. From now until the end of August, head on down to the Zoo every Wednesday evening to check out live entertainment and beverage sampling. Admission is free with your Zoo

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Posted May 27, 2015in Sound Notes

On Sunday, May 31, Girls Rock! Des Moines, in conjunction with the Des Moines Social Club, Confluence Brewery and Mullets, is presenting its “Girls Rock! Pedal Jam” benefit to raise money for the Girls Rock! program. Head down to the Social Club at noon on Sunday with your bike and

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Posted May 20, 2015in Sound Notes

Bonne Finken has released a new music video for her song “Fall,” and it is a veritable who’s-who of Des Moines music and entertainment. The video features clips of 30 different local musicians, artists and entertainers (and yours truly — whatever you’d call me) lip-syncing the song, intercut with clips

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Posted May 13, 2015in Sound Notes

City Sounds, the Des Moines public piano project, is gearing up for its “season opener” event. On Saturday, May 15, five of the eight public pianos installed throughout the city will be put to good use, as local musicians ranging from Brother Trucker’s Andy Fleming to Annalibera’s Anna Gebhardt play

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Posted May 06, 2015in Sound Notes

Nitefall on the River has added four additional acts and one venue to its schedule this week. Grace Potter and the Nocturnals (July 17, $30), The Ting Tings (July 23, $17.50) and Blackberry Smoke (July 25, $27) will all perform at Brenton Skating Plaza. Eric Hutchinson (Aug. 5, $15) will

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Posted April 29, 2015in Sound Notes

The Hinterland Music Festival announced its final three lineup additions for its inaugural year. Added this week were Justin Townes Earle, Madisen Ward & The Mama Bear, and Des Moines’ own Envy Corps. The Envy Corps will play on Friday, July 31, while Earle and Ward will both perform on

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Posted April 22, 2015in Sound Notes

The Des Moines Social Club is getting into the music business. The Club, which has hosted video production class and music lessons in its classrooms since opening the Firehouse, has announced the launch of its own music label, dubbed Station 1 Records. The Club has tabbed Sony Music Director of

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Posted April 15, 2015in Sound Notes

80/35 has made its initial lineup announcement this past week, with the headliners being announced as Wilco and Weezer. Other acts include Run the Jewels, Jenny Lewis, Talib Kweli and St. Lucia. For the full lineup (thus far), hit up www.80-35.com. In other festival news, the newly expanded 515 Alive

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