Wednesday, July 8, 2015


Posted July 01, 2015in The Sound

Building an aesthetic

St. Lucia is, at its core, the brainchild of South African-born Jean-Phillip Grobler. But it is difficult to create anything in a void, and St. Lucia’s music is no different. So while Grobler may have created most of the music on St. Lucia’s self-titled debut, it is the work of

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Posted June 24, 2015in The Sound

Breaking down the wall

Chris Jericho made his name in the squared circle of World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). But from an early age, growing up in Winnipeg, Canada, Jericho wanted to be two things: a professional wrestler and a rock star. Fast-forward three decades, and the 44-year-old stands as a six-time WWE World Champion.

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Posted June 23, 2015in The Sound

Guitarists Rodrigo y Gabriela set to dazzle Des Moines

Inspired by the most interesting variety of music around — nuevo flamenco, heavy metal and jazz, to name a few — international artists Rodrigo y Gabriela’s performance this Thursday at Hoyt Sherman Place shouldn’t be missed. Musically, the Mexico City natives make no bones about where there hearts lie, however.

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Posted June 17, 2015in The Sound

The rise and fall (and rise) of Hugh Cornwell

In 1990, after nearly 20 years as frontman of seminal punk act The Stranglers, Hugh Cornwell walked away. The schisms within the band had been growing for years, and Cornwell increasingly believed that the band’s best work was behind it. Still, leaving one of the UK’s most successful punk acts

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Posted June 10, 2015in The Sound

Michael Franti and the drive to be new

Michael Franti doesn’t believe that music — especially live music — is meant to be a passive thing. The 49-year-old musician and poet has made a point of stretching the established boundaries of music and performance, beginning with his first group, The Beatnigs. Formed in the mid-’80s, The Beatnigs was

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Posted June 03, 2015in The Sound

Organic hip-hop: Developing Grieves’ Sound

It is a double-edged sword when a local artist makes it big. Around these parts, veterans of the local music scene remember all too well when Slipknot first broke into the big time and prompted a thousand local imitators, all of varying degrees of quality, none quite as good as

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Posted May 27, 2015in The Sound

Royal Blood keeps cool

Royal Blood is tired of hearing about the rebirth of rock. With an apologetically amp-driven sound, the Manchester duo of Mike Kerr and Ben Thatcher has been praised far and wide for being the saviors who will make rock and roll cool again. But if you think rock and roll

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Posted May 20, 2015in The Sound

No regrets

Ministry frontman Al Jourgensen has more than his fair share of faults, but you have to admit he is entertaining. Over the years, Jourgensen has claimed to have been visited by aliens, talked about writing as many as three autobiographies (he currently has one on the market), and once told

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Posted May 13, 2015in The Sound

Hopeful anger

Ten years after they released the truly excellent “The Terror State,” the members of Anti-Flag are still pissed off. As the band gets ready to head out on tour in support of its latest effort, “American Spring,” frontman Justin Sane admits that, while the album has its hopeful moments, a

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Posted May 06, 2015in The Sound

Patterns in the chaos

Life falls into more or less predictable patterns. Put a person or group of people into any given situation, and, while it may seem like chaos reigns for a while, eventually things   settle into routines. Clutch — the Maryland-based four-piece rock act — is no different. After 24 years together

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