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Sound Notes Pick o’ the Week


I am still waiting for my audition to be Superchief’s new lead guitarist. In the meantime… The Underground kicks things off this week with Leradee and The Positives, starting at 9 p.m on Thursday, Oct. 18.                

Alternately on Oct. 18, you can go bang your head over at People’s. Helping you in the endeavor will be Shadows Fall, in an all-ages show that starts at 5:45 p.m. Opening for them will be God Forbid, Thy Will Be Done, Trumpet the Harlot, As For You, Amass the Grave and Bloodtied. You can check the whole thing out for $18 in advance (available through, or $20 at the door.                

Vaudeville Mews keeps the metal flowing on Friday, Oct. 19 with Savannah, Ga.’s Black Tusk. The show is also all-ages and starts at 5 p.m. Dark Mirror, Thee Annunaki, Through the Darkness and The Desolate open. Tickets are $12.                

Also on Oct. 19, The Underground features The Brian Holtz Band, starting at 9 p.m. No cover.               

Sound Notes Pick o’ the Week: On Saturday, Oct. 20, Wooly’s plays host to California Americana act/Ron Burgundy exclamation, Hot Buttered Rum, playing along with Head For the Hills and Tallgrass. Tickets for the show are $15 in advance (see, or $17 at the door, and the playing starts at 9:30 p.m.                

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Also on Oct. 20, House of Bricks has a twin bill on tap for you. The early show features Mike Borgia and The Problems, playing along with the newly rebuilt Hath No Fury. That show starts at 5 p.m. and is $6 at the door.                

Then in the evening, HoB welcomes Jester to the stage, starting at 9:30 p.m. That show is $5 at the door.               

Gas Lamp has Eric Stepanian, all the way in from Boston, Mass., on Sunday, Oct. 21. The show kicks off at 8 p.m., and it’s just $3 to get in.                

Or head on over to the wrong side of the tracks on Sunday, Oct. 21 and indulge yourself at el Bait Shop’s Des Moines Marathon party. Featured that evening will be Truth Be Told, starting at 8 p.m. along with more beers than you know what to do with.              

Next up: Gas Lamp welcomes Old Man Markley to the stage on Monday, Oct. 22. Describing themselves as “an amalgam of L.A.’s finest punk bands and seasoned bluegrass musicians,” the California seven-piece sounds kind of like Flogging Molly, if you fed them a bunch of granola. You can see for yourself starting at 7 p.m. Admission is $5, and advance tickets can be purchased through               

The Vaudeville Mews has a couple of shows on tap for Tuesday, Oct. 23. First up is Albuquerque, N.M., experimental act Brokencyde, starting at 5 p.m. Nathan Ryan, The Bunny The Bear, Switchblade Saturdays and Idol of Athena open, and tickets are $16.                

Then, Chicago, Ill., experimental prog rockers Maps and Atlases play a show starting at 10 p.m. Tickets for that one are $10, and central Iowa favorites Tires open. Mahalo. CV

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