Saturday, May 30, 2015


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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Posted April 29, 2015in The Sound

Everything and nothing

It would be incorrect to say “Andrew W.K. is not who you think he is.” In point of fact, Andrew W.K. is exactly who everyone thinks he is. The fact that no two people think of him the same way and he is still able to convince everyone they are

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Posted April 22, 2015in The Sound

Back where they started

In many ways, a band’s relationship with a major label can be like a marriage. There is the trust involved; the hope that the artist and the label will both go further together than either could alone. Unfortunately, just like a marriage, when the relationship goes wrong, it has the

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Posted April 15, 2015in The Sound

Being Todd Snider

It can be easy to take Todd Snider the wrong way. Last month, the 48-year-old songwriter had a Kansas City Star reporter convinced that he was close to shelving his entire catalog. The month before, he had a writer in Cleveland worrying for Snider’s personal safety. It comes from the

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Posted April 08, 2015in The Sound

Dance the night away

In so far as it is possible for a tribute act to really, genuinely be referred to as “legendary,” The Atomic Punks fit that bill. Founded in 1994, The Atomic Punks are the only Van Halen tribute act officially endorsed by the actual Van Halen, and former members can be

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Posted March 31, 2015in The Sound

Fare thee well, Des Moines

For nearly a quarter of a century, Cityview has been a must-read destination for Des Moines’ music lovers. And for the past three-and-a-half years, I have been afforded the great honor of being the person responsible for that coverage. It has been an amazing ride, one full of wonderful people,

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Posted March 25, 2015in The Sound

Learning to fly

Flyleaf had an interesting problem on its hands. Normally, when an act achieves some level of success in the realm of “Christian music,” it is not uncommon to see that band attempt to downplay its ties to the Christian community. Not necessarily for any lack of faith, but out of

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