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Posted September 06, 2017in The Sound

Listen to the clown

Slipknot unleashes new concert film For the last three months, M. Shawn Crahan, better known as Clown from Slipknot, has been living on a houseboat with his family. When you’re a Grammy-winning percussionist for one of the biggest metal bands in the world, where do you park that boat? Lake

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Posted August 02, 2017in The Sound

Get spoiled by Foxygen at Hinterland

Ryan Adams, alt-J, Gary Clark Jr., The Head and the Heart, Dwight Yoakam and others will descend on St. Charles this month for the third annual Hinterland Music Festival. Among the lineup is Foxygen, a California psychedelic duo that is a mainstay of festivals, even though member Sam France doesn’t

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Posted July 05, 2017in The Sound

The secure attachment of Matthew Sweet

For fans of iconic alt rock singer-songwriter Matthew Sweet, it’s been a long wait for new original music since his 2011 album “Modern Art.” During that time, he moved back to his home state of Nebraska and dealt with the loss of his mother. Last month, Sweet released his 12th

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Posted June 01, 2017in The Sound

Avenged Sevenfold brings astrophysics to a Metallica show

Avenged Sevenfold is a big band, but when a band like Metallica comes knocking, it’s easy to see why they would take an opening gig slot. The California metal band will perform with Volbeat June 9 when the “Hardwired… to Self Destruct” tour stops at the Iowa Speedway in Newton.

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Posted May 03, 2017in The Sound

The dream of the 90’s is alive in Everclear

Take a deep breath, calm down, and accept that the music from when you were in high school is now essentially oldies. For five years, mid-to-late-’90s upstarts Everclear hosted an annual Summerland Tour, featuring acts like the Gin Blossoms, Sugar Ray, Live and Toadies. In 2017 Everclear is taking a

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Posted April 05, 2017in The Sound

Dressy Bessy returns to tell its own story

Eleven years ago, the Denver band Dressy Bessy was labeled “up and coming” due to the buzz regarding its album “Electrified.” The problem? “Electrified” was Dressy Bessy’s fourth album, and the band had been around nine years at that point. Last year Dressy Bessy released “Kingsized,” its sixth album and

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Posted March 01, 2017in The Sound

Antonio Sanchez brings ‘Birdman’ live score to Hoyt Sherman

Michael Keaton is the star of Alejandro Inarritu’s 2014 film “Birdman.” But during the course of the two-hour film, it becomes increasingly clear that that most important co-star isn’t Edward Norton, Emma Stone or Naomi Watts — it’s Antonio Sanchez’s drum score. It’s an ever-present force, amping up tensions setting

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Posted February 01, 2017in The Sound

Stories of politics and pain

Straight to the point with Dropkick Murphys vocalist Al Barr   Dropkick Murphys has a penchant for delivering blue-collar, pint-hoisting, Celtic punk rock in strikingly consistent fashion. With nine albums under its collective belt, including the January release of its latest platter, “11 Stories of Pain and Glory,” the Massachusetts-based

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Posted January 25, 2017in The Sound

Grounded and humble

Cody Johnson is billed as a country music “force of nature.” Some say the former prison guard is a real-deal superstar and possibly the hottest new act on the country scene. Record labels are reportedly pursuing him, but Johnson is doing just fine recording independently. His songs have been streamed

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Posted January 04, 2017in The Sound

Winter Jam is coming

For Christian rock bands, you don’t often get platforms bigger than Winter Jam. Outside of a few big names, Christian artists are often touring at churches or affiliated venues. Winter Jam changes that, putting acts like Crowder, Britt Nicole and Tenth Avenue North into venues like Wells Fargo Arena, where

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