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Posted August 27, 2014in The Sound

Secretly good

The Secret Sisters — a neotraditional country duo consisting of not-so-secret sisters Laura and Lydia Rogers — have all the right hallmarks to appeal to anyone with a sense for rich music history. The pair hails from the music mecca of Muscle Shoals, Alabama; their lilting, sumptuous harmonies have often

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Posted August 20, 2014in The Sound

Rare air

Atmosphere comes from a different time. In the mid-’90s when Atmosphere got its start, gangster rap reigned supreme and the violent posturing of the rap lifestyle was at its most decadent peak. Atmosphere started down a similar path but made an interesting and important pit stop. “In 1995 I released

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Posted August 13, 2014in The Sound

Always learning

The key in life is to continue learning. Not every decision that doesn’t pan out is automatically a mistake, as long as you can take something away from it. It’s that ability to learn and grow that’s got Katelyn Epperly where she is now. The Des Moines native has been

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Posted August 06, 2014in The Sound

Homeward bound

We’ve had to deal with 311 a bit longer than everyone else. For most of the music-listening world, 311 seemed to start around 1995, with the release of its self-titled album that contained the mega hits “Down” and “All Mixed Up.” But by the time the rest of the world

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Posted July 30, 2014in The Sound

Defining success

Success is a relative term. For example, by being signed to a major label, Sevendust can ostensibly be deemed more successful than 90 percent of the bands out there. However, by any purely commercial measure, the band’s success has always been of the middling variety. But it’s safe to say

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Posted July 23, 2014in The Sound

Taking the long view

The evolution of Fitz & The Tantrums can be viewed in microcosm in their music. One song, specifically: 2013’s “Out of My League.” “Out of My League” was a song the band had always believed in. When it was initially released last year, the single was a middling success, but

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Posted July 16, 2014in The Sound

Almost famous

People who aren’t Jerry Lee Lewis fans might not know the answer to the question inherent in the phrase, “What made Milwaukee famous.” In the instance of Jerry Lee’s song, the answer is “Schlitz beer.” But for the Austin, Texas, band by the same name, the answer could arguably be

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Posted July 09, 2014in The Sound

Bringing the heat

Music can use a little more Kenny Powers. Powers, the main character from the television show “Eastbound and Down,” doesn’t mince words or spend a lot of time on nuance. As a former Major League pitcher, Powers believes in just one thing: bringing the heat. Let the college-educated pansies worry

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Posted July 02, 2014in The Sound

Family life

Family is important to Delta Rae. It’s a concept that permeates the band, in just about every conceivable way. It starts with the fact that the band is built around a core of three siblings: Ian, Eric and Brittany Hölljes. Then there’s the band name, Delta Rae, which is pulled

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Posted June 25, 2014in The Sound

Bringing Glenn Miller Home

It’s practically impossible to understate how big Glenn Miller was in his day. The Clarinda native wasn’t just the preeminent musician of the 1940s, he was the preeminent entertainer, full stop. He was already immensely popular all over the world before World War II. Then, after joining the U.S. Air

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