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Posted February 12, 2018in The Sound Exclusive

Eight questions with Béla Fleck

Superstar banjo slinger Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn bring all the banjo you can handle to Des Moines on Saturday, Feb. 17 at Hoyt Sherman Place. The husband and wife duo have been dubbed the “the king and queen of banjo” by Paste Magazine, and have even won a Grammy

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Posted February 06, 2018in The Sound Exclusive

Handsome Ghost

Very much alive A friend’s bizarre joke, some weird vocal tricks and a former English teacher with a love of music, that’s what created the band Handsome Ghost. This isn’t just a man claiming to be a handsome ghost, because that’d be vain, according to the founder of Handsome Ghost,

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Posted August 30, 2017in Sound Circuit - Online Exclusive

The inevitability of Broken Social Scene

As you read through articles about the Canadian band Broken Social Scene, the word “collective” is used a lot. The band’s membership ranges from around a dozen people to approximately every Canadian musician ever. That includes fixture members like Kevin Drew and Brendan Canning, as well as collaborators like Emily

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Posted September 14, 2016in The Sound Exclusive

Skillet unleashed Rockers continue their holy mission with new album, tour By Darren Tromblay Photos by Joseph Cultice It’s a Thursday afternoon a few weeks prior to the launch of a massive world tour in support of his band’s brand new album, and Skillet front man/bassist John Cooper is as upbeat as

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Posted September 14, 2016in The Sound Exclusive

Lavender Country comes out singing

In 1973, Lou Reed snuck a coy reference to transgender actress Candy Darling into the hit “Walk on the Wild Side,” and David Bowie was blurring the line of sexuality with his Ziggy Stardust shows. But, believe it or not, the most groundbreaking LGBTQ musical statement was coming from a

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Posted August 31, 2016in The Sound Exclusive

Tattoos, turtles and misadventures

American post-hardcore band Pierce the Veil, formed by brothers Vic and Mike Fuentes in San Diego in 2006, has been on a steady rise in recent years. The band’s 2012 album, “Collide with the Sky,” reached No. 12 on the Billboard Top 200, with the song “King for a Day”

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Posted August 26, 2016in The Sound Exclusive

Walter Trout: Alive at Lefty’s

There are certain naming conventions live albums tend to stick to: “Live at Leads,” “Live at Budokan,” “Live at Carnegie Hall.” But Walter Trout’s new live album, “Alive at Amsterdam,” the slight deviation is what’s important. That’s because just two years ago, the blues rock legend wasn’t sure how much

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Posted August 19, 2016in The Sound Exclusive

KISS: still shouting out loud

Whether you like the music or not, there’s a certainty that comes with seeing KISS perform live on a big stage: You will be entertained. The pyro, lasers, video, thousands of lights and moving mechanical stage parts are as spectacular as anything a concert-goer will experience. Ever.  And of course,

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Posted August 17, 2016in The Sound Exclusive

To hell and back: Twisted Sister’s rise, fall and return to the top

On May 30, 2015, legendary East Coast hard rockers Twisted Sister played a 90-minute concert in Las Vegas — the first in a series of shows dedicated to A.J. Pero, the band’s former long-time drummer who had passed away suddenly just two months earlier while playing in another band, Adrenaline

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Posted August 10, 2016in The Sound Exclusive



Heaven’s sevens

Michael Sweet’s relentless pursuit of The Way

After more than 30 years of being in the crosshairs of pastors, parents and pundits alike, Michael Sweet knows that being the front man of Christian hard rock’s most successful and famous band requires a certain amount of thick-skinned living. He’s met pastors who claim that rock music is the

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