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Posted May 25, 2016in The Sound

Staying authentic

Every band — or at least every band that is doing it right — places a premium on authenticity. You should be true to the music, and the music should be true to your roots. If either end of that agreement is missing, your sound will lack soul and passion.

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Posted May 25, 2016in The Sound

Staying authentic

    Every band — or at least every band that is doing it right — places a premium on authenticity. You should be true to the music, and the music should be true to your roots. If either end of that agreement is missing, your sound will lack soul

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Posted May 18, 2016in The Sound

A final goodbye

  They say that all good things must come to an end. Try as we might, no matter how hard we hold on to the things we like in this world, they will eventually ride off into the sunset. For fans of Minnesota-based alt-indie act Motion City Soundtrack, that time

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Posted May 11, 2016in The Sound

Controlled chaos

In 2012, Baroness was almost dead. Literally. While on tour in England, the band’s tour bus plunged 30 feet off a viaduct, severely injuring three of the band’s members, including frontman John Baizley’s leg and arm so badly that doctors thought they might have to amputate. Baizley’s arm was saved,

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Posted May 04, 2016in The Sound

Hail to the Queensryche

  Queensryche has been through the ringer the past few years. After a very public and ugly parting of ways between the band and founding lead singer Geoff Tate, the hiring of new frontman Todd La Torre and a bizarre year-and-a-half period where Tate formed his own lineup that he

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Posted April 27, 2016in The Sound

Still useful

  Even if you’re not a fan of jam bands, it’s difficult to not be drawn in by the mentality. The idea of a group of people getting together, having a good time and just generally being groovy and happy to bask in the presence of one another is something

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Posted April 20, 2016in The Sound

Through the woods

  Last August, Iris DeMent released “The Trackless Woods.” A unique project, the album features lyrics pulled from poems by the Russian poet Anna Akhmatova that were set to DeMent’s compositions. Before that came 2012’s brilliant “Sing the Delta,” and before that were 16 long years of nothing, with only

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Posted April 06, 2016in The Sound

Straight outta flatbush

As far as the rap persona goes, Flatbush Zombies are a bit of an outlier. The idea of getting high is nothing new to hip-hop. But while the Zombies still rap about getting high, its drug(s) of choice are more pharmacological in nature: molly, mushrooms and acid, all of which

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Posted April 01, 2016in The Sound

Wooly’s sold to Kum & Go

  This week brought some of the most surprising news to hit downtown Des Moines in years, as Sam Summers, founder of the Hinterland Music Festival and owner of First Fleet Concerts, Up/Down and Wooly’s, announced that his empire would be one piece smaller this summer. After months of negotiations,

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Posted March 23, 2016in The Sound

Killswitch Engage continues to get creative

Everything old is new again. In 2012, nearly a decade after he originally left the band, Killswitch Engage reunited with founding lead singer Jesse Leach. “There was definitely a learning curve,” explained bassist Mike D’Antonio, talking about breaking Leach in on four album’s worth of material. “We let him choose

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