Backstage Ball 2018: DJ Need-A-Stack

Bob Nastanovich has always been surrounded by music. Whether it was growing up on the eastern seaboard, performing as a member of seminal alt-rock groups Pavement and Silver Jews, or now spinning records under the moniker DJ Need-A-Stack, new tunes have always seemed to find his ear. Bob talks to us about his influences, releasing… Read more »

Backstage Ball 2018: Ancient Posse

Anyone who’s caught an Ancient Posse show can pay testament to their gripping performance. Kamillah Camp-Bey slides across the stage, her distinctively colored hair trailing every twist as she contorts her body to partner Steve Bergeron’s soaring keys. They’re performers through and through. Every show as gripping as the last. The duo’s played just a… Read more »

Now accepting nominations for Backstage Ball!

Know someone making a positive impact on the Greater Des Moines music community? Each year at the annual Backstage Ball, DMMC recognizes individuals and organizations who have made a meaningful contribution to the improvement of the Des Moines music scene. Fill out the form below to tell us who you’d like to see recognized and why:  

An Interview with Thao (of the Get Down Stay Down)

Thao (of the Get Down Stay Down) has been incredibly generous for this year’s Little BIG Fest (Nov. 4) including taking the time to thoughtfully answer our questions (below) and hosting a special songwriting workshop for the campers of Girls Rock! Des Moines! In our interview, Thao reveals her impression of Des Moines after her 80/35 2016 performance, what we can expect for her solo set… Read more »

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 »