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Album Review: Devin Frank — The Vanishing Blues

Devin Frank The Vanishing Blues www.facebook.com/thevanishingblues Poison Control Center’s hiatus in 2011 gave Devin Frank time to explore new projects. He formed Mantis Pincers with Jordan Mayland and Eric Moffitt of Volcano Boys and released one cassette. He moved to Columbia, MO in 2012 and, while writing a bunch of songs and demos, he joined […]

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Album Review: MAIDS — These Days EP

MAIDS These Days EP www.thisismaids.com 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 bands including Iowa artists Land of Blood and Sunshine and the Envy Corps. MAIDS latest release, a 5-track EP titled These Days, serves as a […]

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Album Review: TWINS — Square America

TWINS Square America www.facebook.com/Twinstheband 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 album Tomboys on Parade was a smart collection of guitar pop that I described in my Little Village review as being a “survey of power […]

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Album Review: Max Jury – Self-titled

Max Jury Max Jury www.maxjury.com 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 West Coast singer-songwriters. These singles, which included the tongue-in-cheek “Black Metal,” started the snowball of acclaim and fueled expectation of his self-titled debut album, out […]

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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) 2016 marks 30 years since the release of the Jayhawks’ self-titled debut album. Formed in 1985, the band is often credited as being an early — if outsider — band in the genre once known as alternative country (today it’s called Americana), along […]

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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 Run and Meat Loaf’s Bat Out of Hell. The pilgrimage that Christopher and producer Patrick Tape Fleming (of Poison Control Center) took to Memphis, to divine some of the magic that comes from the legendary Ardent Studios (where many of the hot Stax Records came from) brought forth a well of R&B gold. […]

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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 is on extended hiatus. “[Hello Clyde] is a revolving door of people that help color the songs I’ve made,” he says… […]

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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. A change in plans can often open up opportunities. For Adia Victoria, moving back to the South pushed her to start focusing on her songwriting and learning guitar. Nashville proved to be a fertile […]

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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. In the Little Village review of The Pines’ latest album, Above The Prairie (Red House Records), Matt Steele quotes an interview with Benson Ramsey: “[T]raditional music […]

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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. In this deep cut from Mike Roeder’s interview with Freakwater, parts of which were published in issue 194, Catherine Irwin and Janet Beveridge Bean talk about the record industry, their new album and touring with the band that built it. Freakwater plays tonight, Tuesday Mar. […]

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