Category: Local Blogs

Nate Logsdon: The Mind Behind Maximum Ames Music Festival

Written by Chad Taylor Nate Logsdon loves everything in life more than you’ll love anything in life. Endlessly upbeat, infectiously positive and overwhelmingly intense, Logsdon has two settings: Full Speed and Sleeping. As the front man for the band Mumford’s, Logsdon has become a minor legend in the central Iowa music scene for an intense… Read more »

Trey’s Week in Review

Words and photos by Trey Reis I lived in Portland for a number of years and while there is something to be said about shows coming to you, there is nothing quite the like the excitement of driving somewhere to go to a show you are hell-bent on seeing (even if you have to work… Read more »


Photo courtesy of MR NASTI’s Facebook page Written by Erika Owen MR NASTI hits the road with Annalibera today for a three-week tour that ends in a bang at the Maximum Ames Music Festival. If you haven’t seen his act before, make sure to catch Nicholas Naioti in a city near you. His sound is… Read more »

Q&A: Annalibera

Written by Trey Reis Des Moines four-piece, Annalibera, are a hard band to pin down. To start, they’ve been playing great show after great show around the central Iowa area over the past few months, including a stage spot at the 80-35 Music Festival, and a number of well-attended shows at the Vaudeville Mews. They’ve… Read more »

Show Review: Tom Goss at the Vaudeville Mews

Words and photo by Chance Hoener For my first write-up, I also made my first adventure to Vaudeville Mews since moving to Des Moines about a year ago and plan to go back soon. After driving around downtown looking for a place to park, I finally made it up the street and stepped into the… Read more »

Q&A: Kevin Jenkins

Written by Erika Owen Not only did he release a new album yesterday (“Step Inside”), he’s opened for acts like Michael Jackson, The Police, and BB King. Kevin Jenkins is a badass on the bass. “Step Inside” marks his first time behind the mic of a full-length album. Check it out here and see what he has… Read more »

Q&A: Bonne Finken and Sharika Soal

Bonne Finken (left) and Sharika Soal (right) // Photo courtesy of Des Moines Cityview Written by Chad Taylor of Des Moines Cityview   Ed Note: The following Q&A is the transcript from Chad’s time with Bonne Finken and Sharika Soal. Read the story here. Sex sells. It’s probably the least original opening ever, but that doesn’t make it a… Read more »

Concerts at Grinnell College (IA) That You Can’t Miss

Photo borrowed from KDIC88.5′s website, Grinnell’s college radio station Written by Trey Reis With the excitement of the new semester comes the anticipation of the release of the Grinnell College concert schedule. Often taking a less heavy-handed approach to booking shows than Iowa State University’s Maintenance Shop, Grinnell College’s Gardner Lounge has housed some of… Read more »

Q&A (NYC): EdTang & The Chops

New Jersey-based band Ed Tang & The Chops  is out with a full-length album, “Goodbye, Zen5, Sushi Dinner.” A gravelly vocal set mixed with a sticky sweet feminine balance throughout, this borderline folk/indie/alternative/slightly country has a song for everyone. If you’re a  fan of Margot and the Nuclear So and So’s, give “Two Old Friends” a listen…. Read more »

Venue Spotlight: The M-Shop // Ames, Iowa

Photo courtesy of the venue’s Twitter account Written by: Trey Reis The Maintenance Shop in the Memorial Union at Iowa State University holds a place in my life not unlike my first memories of riding a bike, eating sushi, or being devastated by a book. Since the ripe age of 15, as a teenager attending… Read more »

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