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Album Review: MAIDS — These Days EP

MAIDS These Days EP Danny Heggen and Mickey Davis are the Des Moines electronic pop band MAIDS. They’ve been collaborating since 2012 on singles and some inspired remixes for...

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Album Review: TWINS — Square America

TWINS Square America Iowa’s very own princes of guitar pop are back with another slab of black vinyl densely grooved with their trademark harmonies and chugging guitars. Their 2014...

Max Jury
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Album Review: Max Jury – Self-titled

Max Jury Max Jury A series of strong singles in 2014 established West Des Moines native Max Jury as able to craft instantly-classic songs influenced by laid back seventies...

Photo by Heidi Ehalt
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Performing at the Englert: The dual personae of the Jayhawks

Jayhawks The Englert Theatre -- Sunday, May 22 at 7 p.m. ($30) Photo by Heidi Ehalt 2016 marks 30 years since the release of the Jayhawks’ self-titled debut album. Formed...

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Album review: Christopher the Conquered – I’m Giving Up on Rock & Roll

Listening to Christopher the Conquered’s new album I’m Giving Up On Rock & Roll, I can’t help but compare the epic, theatrical sound of the album to Springsteen’s Born to...

Hello Clyde
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Album Review: Hello Clyde – Rewind

Hello Clyde is the side project of Chris Rohr of The White Elephant, though Rohr tells me that he actually considers Hello Clyde his “main squeeze” while the other band...

Adia Victoria plays the Yacht Club as part of Mission Creek
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MCF Preview: Adia Victoria talks about getting back to her southern roots

Adia Victoria with Crystal City and Brooks Strause & The Gory Details Yacht Club -- Wed., Apr. 6 at 8 p.m. Adia Victoria joins Mission Creek Festival for a set...

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The Pines explore and preserve tradition

The Pines and photographer Danny Wilcox Frazier FilmScene -- Fri., Apr. 1 at 3 p.m. The Pines, with Bo Ramsey Englert Theatre -- Fri., Apr. 1 at 7 p.m. The...

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Album Review: Halfloves – Self-titled

It’s a ballsy move to rename your band after you’ve had some notoriety. The Olympics decided to go back into the studio after their 2012 album with renewed commitment...

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Interview deep cut: Freakwater on the intricacies of recording and touring

Freakwater The Mill -- Tue., Mar. 15 at 8 p.m. Freakwater hits The Mill tonight. Photo by Edward Neary. In this deep cut from Mike Roeder's interview with Freakwater, parts...

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Freakwater hits the road with their first studio album in nearly a decade

Freakwater The Mill -- Tue., Mar. 15 at 8 p.m. Photo by Tim Furnish Janet Beveridge Bean and Catherine Irwin have been collaborating, writing and performing for over 30 years...

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Album Review: Lissie – My Wild West

Lissie My Wild West “I want my forty acres in the sun” —“Hero” Lissie’s latest album My Wild West is at once a love letter and a breakup letter....

The Multiple Cat
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Album Review: The Multiple Cat – Intricate Maps

Quad Cities producer and engineer Patrick Stolley has been releasing albums as The Multiple Cat since 1994 with a rotating cast of sidemen. Stolley is one of the founding members...

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Album review: Lynne Hart, Pat Smith & Richard Wagor – Roots of Rhythm

Listening to the Roots of Rhythm album from the trio of Lynne Hart, Pat Smith and Rich Wagor, I am transported to a Woody Allen film in my mind. Allen’s...