Friday, July 3, 2015


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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Posted April 08, 2015in Sound Notes

The Iowa State Fair has announced its grandstand ticket prices for this year. They range from a low of $32 for Casting Crowns up to $60 to check out Carrie Underwood. Full prices and schedules are available at www.iowastatefair.org. Speaking of the Fair, on Sunday, Aug. 23, the grandstand will

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Posted March 31, 2015in Sound Notes

The Des Moines Music Coalition has announced that all of the free stages at this year’s 80/35 Music Festival will be populated by Tibetan throat singers… Indie darling two-piece MAIDS announced recently that they have actually just been playing the same song over and over, and they are a little

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Posted March 25, 2015in Sound Notes

The Iowa State Fair continues to roll out its Grandstand acts for this year’s edition. Latest to be added to the list: “All About That Bass” singer Meghan Trainor. Trainor will take to the stage on Saturday, Aug. 22, with opening act and ticket prices still to be determined as

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Posted March 18, 2015in Sound Notes

Shania Twain has announced a Des Moines date for her “Rock This Country” tour. The country superstar will hit Wells Fargo Arena on Aug 6. Tickets went on sale March 13, so grab yours soon by hitting up the Wells Fargo box office, www.iowaeventscenter.com, or one of the remaining Dahl’s

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Posted March 11, 2015in Sound Notes

The Hinterland Music Festival has already experienced healthy success in terms of sales for its inaugural season: VIP tickets for the event sold out in 10 seconds. Now, festival organizer Sam Summers is listening to fan requests and adding camping space for the two-day event. Camping passes will range from

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Posted March 04, 2015in Sound Notes

The Iowa State Fair is starting to roll out its musical lineup for the coming summer. Grandstand shows announced thus far include Casting Crowns on Aug. 13; Justin Moore on Aug. 14; Def Leppard, Styx and Tesla on Aug. 15; Reba McEntire on Aug. 16; and Alabama on Aug. 20.

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Posted February 25, 2015in Sound Notes

It is once again time for the Nate Niceswanger’s monthly Des Moines Music Collectors Show. The event takes place at the downtown Holiday Inn and features collectors hawking CDs, LPs, cassettes and maybe the occasional wax cylinder — whatever floats your musical boat. This month’s show is unique, however, because

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Posted February 18, 2015in Sound Notes

The Des Moines music landscape has been running a bit gun shy during the past couple months as a number of venues — House of Bricks, Hull Ave. Tavern and El Bait Shop — have either closed or dramatically cut back on their music. Those jitters have been given new

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