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Posted August 04, 2016in The Sound

They want you to (still) want them
A brief conversation with Cheap Trick guitarist Rick Nielsen

Cheap Trick is a Midwest music institution. Formed in Rockford, Illinois in 1974, the band has released 17 studio albums and several live albums, including the much-beloved, “At Budokan.” The band will be performing at the Iowa State Fair as part of the “Rock Hall Three For All Tour” with

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Posted July 27, 2016in The Sound

A smarter way to be Stoopid

San Diego-based psychedelic rock outfit Slightly Stoopid celebrated 20 years together in 2015. Now, as year 21 inches past its halfway point, the band is back on the road, doing what it does best. And while Slightly Stoopid has surprisingly experienced little turnover for a band beginning its third decade

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Posted July 20, 2016in The Sound

From Austin to the Graves

Alejandro Rose-Garcia, known by his stage name of Shakey Graves, was born in Austin, Texas, and honed his music in cities like Los Angeles and New York. But regardless of where he was living or playing, whether his music was in a bar or on YouTube, Rose-Garcia’s approach stayed the

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Posted July 13, 2016in The Sound, The Sound Exclusive

Hello, America!
The Temperance Movement vocalist Phil Campbell talks about the new album and bringing the band to the States.

Phil Campbell loves America — and then some. The Scotland-born singer of the blues-based rock band The Temperance Movement, Campbell — along with bassist Nick Fyffe, guitarists Paul Sayer and Matt White, and drummer Damon Wilson — is eager to get back on the road partake in all that is

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Posted July 13, 2016in The Sound

Regulating Warren G

Warren G considers himself a torch bearer of sorts. As one of the pioneers of the G-Funk style, G is a legendary name from one of the most iconic periods in rap history. He and his longtime collaborator, Nate Dogg, first hit the mainstream consciousness with 1994’s “Regulate…The G Funk

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Posted July 06, 2016in The Sound

Still Euforic

    Back in 2004, Iowa-City based funk/reggae act Euforquestra decided to put on an event as a way of showing its appreciation for its fans. Consisting of seven bands that first year, the small, local festival was dubbed Camp Euforia and took place on a farm just outside the

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Posted June 29, 2016in The Sound

The origin of Brooke Eden’s ‘Money’

  Brooke Eden has, over the past few years, written or co-written more than 100 songs. So it is somewhat ironic that her first big shot at mainstream success is likely to come from a song she did not have a direct hand in creating. The song is “Daddy’s Money,”

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Posted June 22, 2016in The Sound

Grand Funk comes to your town

  Grand Funk (Grand Funk Railroad, if you’re nasty) became mega-stars in the 1970s with hits like “We’re an American Band” and “Some Kind of Wonderful,” but infighting, personal conflicts and frontman Mark Farner’s desire to pursue a solo career led to the band’s breakup in late 1975, soon after

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Posted June 15, 2016in The Sound

KT Tunstall and the fear of vulnerability

Scotland-born KT Tunstall had her two most recognizable hits right out of the gate with the singles “Suddenly I See” and “Black Horse and the Cherry Tree” from her 2004 debut album, “Eye to the Telescope.” And while those hits have become the signature songs in her catalog, perhaps the

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Posted June 08, 2016in The Sound

Loud and proud

For 15 years, the Des Moines Gay Men’s Chorus has served as both a cultural ambassador for the city and an artistic outlet for Des Moines’ gay community. And for the past 10 of those years, Dr. Rebecca Gruber has helped direct the Chorus’ vision. Gruber, who serves as the

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