Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Posted July 22, 2015in The Sound

Layers on layers

If you allow for the possibility that a metal band can be a “band’s band,” i.e., one of those acts that does all the little technical things that only other musicians really appreciate, then Between the Buried and Me is a band’s band. Formed 15 years ago in North Carolina,

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Posted July 15, 2015in The Sound

War never changes

When talking about bands making it big outside of Iowa, people tend to pose the question like there is a large amount of luck involved. “Who will be next?” — as though it is a lottery. That, of course, completely overlooks the fact that there is a ton of hard

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Posted July 08, 2015in The Sound

The Ataris’ many forms

If we are talking frankly, The Ataris, historically, have not been so much a band as they have been the work of front man Kris Roe and a revolving door of supporting musicians. Since the band’s inception in 1995, nearly two dozen musicians have come and gone at various points,

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Posted July 01, 2015in The Sound

Building an aesthetic

St. Lucia is, at its core, the brainchild of South African-born Jean-Phillip Grobler. But it is difficult to create anything in a void, and St. Lucia’s music is no different. So while Grobler may have created most of the music on St. Lucia’s self-titled debut, it is the work of

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Posted June 24, 2015in The Sound

Breaking down the wall

Chris Jericho made his name in the squared circle of World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). But from an early age, growing up in Winnipeg, Canada, Jericho wanted to be two things: a professional wrestler and a rock star. Fast-forward three decades, and the 44-year-old stands as a six-time WWE World Champion.

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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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