Category: Local Reviews

LBF Band Hype: Thao (of the Get Down Stay Down)

Drumroll please, for the almighty Thao Nguyen. Folk rock, indie pop, whatever you want to call it, Thao’s music is catchy AF. Anchored by her Cat Power-esque singing voice and airy arrangements, Thao’s music is ever-evolving and hard to categorize. It’s the kind of music that you find yourself inexplicably dancing to and don’t remember… Read more »

LBF Band Hype: Izabel Crane

Two words: Ozark jazz. Let’s let that marinate for a minute. OK, what is it? Well, the Ozark Jazz Society (yes, that’s a thing) describes it as “traditional jazz around the Lake of the Ozarks area. The originators had Dixieland in mind but we are branching out into a combination of Dixieland, Ragtime & Big… Read more »

LBF Band Hype: Her Crooked Heart

Fans of Regina Spektor and Feist will most definitely be drawn to the alternative folk music of Her Crooked Heart. Hailing from Minneapolis, Rachel Ries — the multi-instrumentalist behind the name — released her first EP “To Gentlemen” under the new moniker this past May, with a full album debut titled “To Love To Leave… Read more »

LBF Band Hype: Diva & the Deacons (ft. Tina Haase Findlay)

Tina Haase Findlay and husband Brandon Findlay’s newest musical manifestation comes in the form of Diva & The Deacons (formerly Bella Soul). Tina is a local blues and jazz vocalist legend, and she brings her signature stage presence and swag to Diva & the Deacons. The band’s freewheelin’ style means you’ll never know which direction they’ll… Read more »

LBF Band Hype: Lily DeTaeye

Community-Selected Artist and wunderkind Lily DeTaeye is on the up-and-up. At the beginning of 2017 she signed with Station 1 Records. In July, she played at 80/35’s Kum & Go stage. If you didn’t catch her there, you might recognize her from playing covers at nearly every outdoor event in Des Moines this summer — always… Read more »

LBF Band Hype: Rae Davis

Rae Davis is a familiar and prominent presence in the Des Moines music scene. Active since 2007, Davis has made many contributions to the scene over the years, but her latest solo work is 2016’s EP “Soul & Skin.” At five songs, the EP is short and sweet — my deepest apologies for the cliché,… Read more »

LBF Band Hype: Juliana & A Soul Purpose

You would never guess that Juliana Logan is just 18 years old. The Davenport native sings with a confidence and maturity that musicians many years older wish they possessed. I’m not kidding. When I first listened to this band I thought it was a seasoned crew of road-tested musicians. Instead, it’s a bunch of teenage… Read more »

LBF Band Hype: Greyhounds

Trube and Farrell first met while living in California, where an L.A. Weekly classified ad brought them together. The connection between the guitarist and keyboard player was instantaneous, and the remarkable magic they conjure together has since earned them widespread attention from critics and peers alike. Derek Trucks raved that “Greyhounds make real music, the… Read more »

LBF Band Hype: Daphne & the Mystery Machines

Daphne Culver (chief architect, namesake) and Jenn Palmer (angelic-voiced firebrand) utilize familiar yet unorthodox pop sensibilities in their songs to exercise the demons of life, love and loss that we have all faced or will surely face in the not-too-distant future. The testament of a great song is in its ability to transcend genre and… Read more »

GDP Band Hype: DJ Eight Ten

There’s a real art to DJing. Between curating playlists, playing to the crowd, and seamlessly mixing between often disparate music, there is an undeniable amount of artistic ability required in order to DJ. It’s a form of music-making rooted in as much history as any other style of musical performance. Not to mention all the… Read more »

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