Monday, August 29, 2016


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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Posted June 01, 2016in The Sound

Looking back with Boston’s Gary Pihl

  Bands go through lineup changes all the time. Whether it is through one musician leaving and another taking his or her place, or a lineup expansion, the longer an act continues to work, the greater the chances are of needing a new face along the way. But it is

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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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