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Sound Notes Pick o’ the Week


Iowa Public Radio and the Des Moines Music Coalition have kicked off this year’s 80/35 play-in. For the next week, the selected bands will play live on IPR’s Studio One, with one band ultimately being selected to perform on the main stage of this year’s 80/35 music festival. The event kicked off on April 29 with Holly and The Night Owls, who were then followed by Emperors Club on April 30 and TWINS on May 1. Up next: The Mittens on May 2, Two Peace on May 6, Dylan Sires and Neighbors on May 7, FireSale on May 8 and Uniphonics on May 9. Fans are encouraged to participate in the glorified battle of the bands by listening to performances and voting on their favorites online. Fan vote will then be added to votes from a panel of judges, and the bands will be chosen to play in the finals at Wooly’s on June 6.

The Des Moines Symphony Academy is unveiling its new chamber orchestra at the end of the month. Founded by Symphony Academy and Orchestra violinist John Helmich, the Chamber Orchestra consists of Des Moines Symphony Academy faculty and Des Moines Symphony Orchestra musicians. The Chamber Orchestra’s debut performance will be on May 20, with future performances to be scheduled. For more information, check out

Speaking of the symphony, the organization is set to put a bow on its 75th anniversary season on May 11 and 12, with performances of Edvard Grieg’s “Piano Concerto,” and Gustav Mahler’s “Symphony No. 5.” Tickets range from $15 to $55 and are also available at

On Friday, May 3, Gas Lamp plays host to the CD-release party of Ira Grace and the Bible Belt Prophets. The show kicks off at 9 p.m. with Scott Lemon opening, and the cover is just $3 at the door.

Also on May 3, House of Bricks has Faith No More tribute band Midlife Crisis, playing along with Violent Fade and Heroes End. That one starts at 9:30 p.m.

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Moving on to Saturday, May 4, Vaudeville Mews has notable Beatles-offspring, James McCartney performing in the early show. Paul McCartney’s boy comes to town to promote his new double-disc EP and performs an all-ages show at Mews starting at 7 p.m. Tickets to the show are $15, available at the door or in advance through Adam Zwig opens.

Also on May 4, Wooly’s has Logan Mize, performing along with Randy Burk and the Prisoners. Tickets for that one run $8 in advance — available through — or $10 at the door. Things get started at 8 p.m., and the show is open to anyone 16 and older.

You can fulfill your weekly quota for both specialty beers and double entendre on Tuesday, May 7, as el Bait Shop has Deep Dickens performing, starting at 8 p.m. No cover.

Finally, the Sound Notes Pick o’ the Week is on Wednesday, May 8, as Gas Lamp welcomes in Berkley, Calif.-based rockers The Atom Age, performing along with Lipstick Homicide. The place proceeds to rock at 9 p.m. and cover is $5. Mahalo. CV

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