Saturday, August 29, 2015

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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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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