Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Posted September 30, 2015in Homepage Cover Story, The Sound

Down with the sickness

Evolution is not always a painless process. It is, however, vital for continued survival and growth. Abisha Uhl, front-woman for Minneapolis-based power pop act Sick of Sarah, has understood that and has been willing to embrace it. In 2010, Uhl and Sick of Sarah became one of the most downloaded

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Posted September 23, 2015in The Sound

Toro! Toro! Toro!

Toro y Moi (Columbia, South Carolina-born Chaz Bundick) is not the kind of guy for whom general labels mean much. In a way, that is good. Bundick is credited as one of the founding fathers of the sound described as “chillwave.” But to look back through Bundick’s catalog — there

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Posted September 16, 2015in The Sound

Buck wild

OK, look. Nobody here is going to try and tell you that Buckcherry is the second coming of Guns N’ Roses. Hell, they are not even the second coming of Velvet Revolver. But the one thing that comes close to redeeming the band in any way is the fact that

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Posted September 09, 2015in The Sound

Through fire and fear

Full Devil Jacket has been through hell and back. Formed in 1993 as the Voodoo Hippies, the band experienced a bit of mainstream success with two releases on the Def Jam label. But shortly after the release of its self-titled album in 2000, lead singer Josh Brown overdosed on heroin

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Posted September 02, 2015in The Sound

True to their hearts

Irish musical act Celtic Thunder has graced these pages before, having brought its highly theatrical show to the Civic Center last November. But in addition to touring and recording with the larger group, two of Celtic Thunder’s members have been engaged in a much more intimate act for the past

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Posted August 26, 2015in The Sound

Blood, Annie Lennox and crack: a conversation with GWAR

GWAR has been doing whatever it is they do for more than 30 years now. Known for a stage show that is full of blood, bodily fluids and plenty of fanboy sacrifice, the band of intergalactic misfits have developed a devoted following around the globe. Most costumed acts at least

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Posted August 19, 2015in The Sound

Jonny Lang and the power of inspiration

Jonny Lang took to music with the kind of effortlessness that few of us mere mortals will ever experience. After picking up a guitar at age 12, he independently released an album two years later and was signed to a label a year after that. “My memory of everything, since

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Posted August 12, 2015in The Sound

Witchy woman

Stella Katsoudas is no stranger to the Des Moines scene, though a large number of people may not actually know her by her full name. The Chicago native was first introduced to Des Moines audiences in the mid- to late-’90s by the pioneering minds at the dearly departed 107.5 FM.

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Posted August 05, 2015in The Sound

It’s Alive!

There is a lot that is unique about 515 Alive. For starters, it is the only event of its size in the state that caters exclusively to fans of dance, house and techno music. Basically, if you are a fan of DJs, 515 Alive is your nirvana. But beyond that,

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Posted July 29, 2015in The Sound

A new feel to old-time music

Old Crow Medicine Show — the Virginia-born, Nashville-based seven-piece — has been churning out music that calls back to an old-time country sound since 1998. The band’s sound has developed and matured over the years, thanks in no small measure to the guidance of producers David Rawlings and Ted Hutt.

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