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Posted December 06, 2017in Sound Check

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“In Tongues” Joji 88 Rising Music/EMPIRE Joji’s thoughtful music is the polar opposite of his abrasive YouTube character Filthy Frank. Where the two do converge is a DIY aesthetic, and [...]

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Posted November 01, 2017in Sound Check

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“Colors” Beck Capitol Records It’s been a long road to “Colors,” Beck’s 13th album. The first single, “Dreams,” was released more than two years ago, and the singer has teased [...]

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Posted October 04, 2017in Sound Check

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Gloom Balloon “Drying the Eyes of the Goddess of Gloom, Underneath the Stars and the Moon” Maximum Ames Records Probably the most polarizing Des Moines act of the last half [...]

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Posted September 06, 2017in Sound Check

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The Sleepover “No Sleep” Independent I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect on first listen to Des Moines band The Sleepover’s debut LP, “No Sleep.” Two-thirds of The Sleepover is [...]

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Posted August 02, 2017in Sound Check

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“The Fuss” The Fuss Independent Over the last two years, The Fuss has evolved from a solo project for singer Joey Lyons to a full-fledged band with the addition of [...]

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Posted July 05, 2017in Sound Check

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“Pure Torture” Green Death EMP Label Group Two years after “Manufacturing Evil,” and a year after the departure of founding guitarist Erich Tran, Des Moines metal band Green Death returns [...]

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Posted June 01, 2017in Sound Check

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“Bad Decision” Roxi Copland Independent It can be easy to take local musicians for granted when they’re performing regularly around town. Sometimes it takes them moving on to make you [...]

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Posted May 03, 2017in Sound Check

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“Whiteout Conditions” The New Pornographers Concord The New Pornographers seems like a band that should have imploded a decade ago. It’s made up of enough successful individuals (A.C. Newman, Neko [...]

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Posted April 05, 2017in Sound Check

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“Heartworms” The Shins Columbia Records Early in their career, a Natalie Portman character blessed/cursed The Shins with an endorsement that will follow the New Mexico band until its eventual demise. [...]

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Posted March 01, 2017in Sound Check, Uncategorized

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“Watchlist” Aaron Earl Short Independent During the last two decades, Aaron Earl Short has quietly established himself as a force to be reckoned with in the Iowa roots sound. From [...]

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