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Posted July 27, 2016in Sound Notes

  515 Alive went off without a hitch once again this past weekend, pulling an estimated 10,000 people down to Western Gateway Park for two days of dancing and bass [...]

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Posted July 20, 2016in Sound Notes

Jeff Beck

“Loud Hailer” Rhino Jeff Beck, even at the age of 72, remains one of the most gifted guitarists alive. More than anything, what has kept the virtuoso fresh and at [...]

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Posted July 13, 2016in Sound Notes

  More good stuff from Hoyt Sherman Place, as the venerable Sherman Hill venue has announced that Buddy Guy is coming to town on Nov. 17 for a show at [...]

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Posted July 06, 2016in Sound Notes

Bat For Lashes

    “The Bride” The Echo Label   As a story, “The Bride” follows a standard narrative arc: girl meets boy, boy leaves girl, girl embarks upon a journey of [...]

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Posted June 29, 2016in Sound Notes

  There is more good stuff coming to you courtesy of Hoyt Sherman Place. Last week, the venerable Sherman Hill venue announced the addition of “The Fab Four: The Ultimate [...]

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Posted June 22, 2016in Sound Notes


  “A Moon Shaped Pool” XL Recordings   There is a lot about “A Moon Shaped Pool” and the events surrounding it that could be construed as Radiohead giving up. [...]

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Posted June 15, 2016in Sound Notes

Slipknot front man Corey Taylor underwent back surgery last week, which will keep him sidelined through the originally scheduled start of Slipknot’s summer tour. To accommodate the recovery time, the [...]

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Posted June 08, 2016in Sound Notes

Tegan and Sara

“Love You to Death” Vapor   Tegan and Sara, the identical twin musical geniuses from Calgary, reached what could have been considered their artistic apex in 2013 with the release [...]

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Posted May 25, 2016in Sound Notes

  The curators of the annual 515 Alive Music Festival are bringing a new festival to the Des Moines area later this year. Dubbed the Kosmos Music Festival, the event [...]

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Posted May 25, 2016in Sound Check

Bob Dylan

    “Fallen Angels” Columbia When Bob Dylan released 2015’s “Shadows in the Night,” the idea of an iconoclast like Dylan covering Sinatra seemed ridiculous. But the resulting album proved [...]

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