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This 15-year-old songwriter from Des Moines is having fun writing sad music

Addilyn Erica is only 15, but successfully balances being a teenager with growing as an artist. This was made clear with the release of her debut EP Some Days on Nov. 4, 2022, in which the Des Moines singer-songwriter spins […]

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Five questions with Jinnouchi Power songwriter Patrick MacCready ahead of the band’s long-awaited album release party

After working on their newest album, Kaleidocoi, for close to eight years, Des Moines supergroup Jinnouchi Power is hosting an album release event at xBk on Dec. 9 to celebrate its release. The 11-track record will be streamable on all […]

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After making a splash at BET Awards weekend, Entre Luche is ready to enter the spotlight at home in Iowa

“It is the biggest adrenaline rush,” R&B artist Entre Luche said of performing. “I feel like I’m my truest self when I’m on stage. … Not being on stage is the hard part. When I’m up there I’m at peace.” […]

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The hip-hop horizon: Iowa rappers’ fall releases explore drug culture, punk and ‘ascension music’

This fall will see a wide range of releases from Iowan artists spanning the diverse rap and hip-hop spectrum. While this is far from a comprehensive list of what’s on tap for the next several months, here’s a cross-section looking […]

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Contact Buzz: What’s in a name? In his, musician DK Imamu Akachi finds, and spreads, empowerment

DeAn Michael Kelly has a vision. A creative one. He’s manifesting it through creativity, healthy choices, music and inclusivity — and it truly is inspirational. His personal evolution is the catalyst for the many projects he develops, as well as […]

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Review: The return of 80/35 this weekend was just what the doctor ordered

If Des Moines seemed to be asleep these past few years, it certainly woke back up this past weekend as 80/35 Music Festival returned for the first time since 2019. Maybe it was the large variety of food vendors or […]

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Canadian rapper Cadence Weapon is out to prove ‘the prairie’s got something to say’

“One thing that people maybe don’t know about Canada is that the places above and below the border are similar to each other,” said Rollie Pemberton, a Canadian MC who performs as Cadence Weapon. “I live in Toronto now, and […]

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Five questions with Rainbow Kitten Surprise, who just sold out Hoyt Sherman Place

After meeting at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina, Rainbow Kitten Surprise (RKS to fans) has gone from recording music in their dorm rooms to becoming a festival favorite. In 2022, they are embarking on their first national tour […]

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