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Posted October 02, 2013in Sound Stage

Maximum Music Fest is an Ames showcase

The Maximum Ames Music Festival took place this past Thursday through Sunday, and the event is a testament to the hard work of a small group of people. A group [...]

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Posted September 25, 2013in Sound Stage

Let’s jam

Jamie Grimm does his best to please. “Let’s play ‘Fat Bottomed Girls,’ ” says a fellow named Mike, tuning up his guitar. Grimm shakes his head affably. “I don’t know [...]

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Posted September 18, 2013in Sound Stage


The inaugural Bushwak Music Festival took place this past Saturday and Sunday in the barely charted wilds of St. Charles, just south of Des Moines. A hundred or so music [...]

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Posted September 11, 2013in Sound Stage

Polar opposites

Gas Lamp was home this past Friday to two of the scene’s strongest female personalities who teamed up for a show that had its share of bright spots, even in [...]

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Posted September 04, 2013in Sound Stage

Playing for no one

Mid-week music is a tough sell in this town. I don’t understand why, because people still go to late movies and to bars and to baseball games, but stick a [...]

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Posted August 28, 2013in Sound Stage

A tale of two shows

This past Saturday, downtown Des Moines was witness to two big shows at different ends of the downtown corridor, and attending both was an exercise in contrasts, to be sure. [...]

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Posted August 21, 2013in Sound Stage

Downhill from the start

To the heart of things: Last week at Gas Lamp, Rumble Seat Riot — Des Moines’ own three-piece purveyors of Rockabilly — wound up opening for a couple of New [...]

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Posted August 14, 2013in Sound Stage

Young acts leave rockin’ first-impressions

Vaudeville Mews played host to three young acts this past Sunday. Originally part of a larger event with seven bands slated to perform, various difficulties cut the lineup down to [...]

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Posted August 07, 2013in Sound Stage

Weirdly entertained

There’s something about Weird Al Yankovic’s work that’s always struck me as kind of manic. Maybe it’s because most of us became acquainted with his work when we were kids [...]

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Posted July 31, 2013in Sound Stage

Single Ladies and Walking Sluts

Gathering together for the third time in Des Moines, a group of forward-thinking ladies and gentlemen (but mostly ladies) marched downtown to the State Capitol as a part of the [...]

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