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Posted February 01, 2017in The Sound

Stories of politics and pain

Straight to the point with Dropkick Murphys vocalist Al Barr   Dropkick Murphys has a penchant for delivering blue-collar, pint-hoisting, Celtic punk rock in strikingly consistent fashion. With nine albums under its collective belt, including the January release of its latest platter, “11 Stories of Pain and Glory,” the Massachusetts-based

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Posted January 25, 2017in The Sound

Grounded and humble

Cody Johnson is billed as a country music “force of nature.” Some say the former prison guard is a real-deal superstar and possibly the hottest new act on the country scene. Record labels are reportedly pursuing him, but Johnson is doing just fine recording independently. His songs have been streamed

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Posted January 04, 2017in The Sound

Winter Jam is coming

For Christian rock bands, you don’t often get platforms bigger than Winter Jam. Outside of a few big names, Christian artists are often touring at churches or affiliated venues. Winter Jam changes that, putting acts like Crowder, Britt Nicole and Tenth Avenue North into venues like Wells Fargo Arena, where

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Posted November 30, 2016in The Sound

Joey Jordison: Same fire, new perspective

More than three years ago, Joey Jordison wasn’t sure what was wrong with him. He was getting an excruciating tingling in his spine. He would wake up some mornings unable to walk. For his final shows with Slipknot in 2013, he had to be carried to his drum set. In

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Posted November 02, 2016in The Sound, Uncategorized

Davy Knowles reinvents the blues

It’s closing in on 10 years since Davy Knowles first came to America. Then 19, the blues rock musician came to the states from the Isle of Man with his three piece, Back Door Slam, to play the 2007 SXSW. He’s been living in America since that year, now calling

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Posted October 05, 2016in The Sound

Power to the partiers

Music and politics make for strange bedfellows. It’s a double-edged sword, with the outspokenness of musicians like Ted Nugent and Beyonce endearing them to half their fanbase and alienating them from the other half. Party enthusiast Andrew WK wants to shift the focus away from the partisan elements and toward

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Posted August 31, 2016in The Sound

Forever Mould

When you read recent articles about Bob Mould, you notice a common theme: career renaissance. The indie rock godfather has been making music consistently for nearly 40 years, with Husker Du in the ’80s, Sugar in the ’90s and under his own name since then, but his last three albums,

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Posted August 16, 2016in The Sound, The Sound Exclusive

Anything but dead

The Dead Daisies prepare to make some noise

The Dead Daisies is a “super group” if ever there was such a thing in the realm of classic rock. Featuring former members of Motley Crue, Whitesnake, Dio and more, the band released its third album,”Make Some Noise,” on Aug. 5 and will support KISS at an Iowa State Fair grandstand show

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Posted August 09, 2016in The Sound

Diving into the unknown with Grace Potter

Almost exactly a year ago, Grace Potter made the biggest decision of her career to date and set aside her band, The Nocturnals, to release a solo album called “Midnight.” Not only did the album put Potter out on a creative island, but it also marked an extreme musical departure

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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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