Category: Music

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 »

REVIEW: “Pop Sucker” – John June Year

Review by DMMC volunteer, Devin Wren John June Year is part of the thriving music scene in Cedar Falls/Waterloo area via Clinton, Iowa. They are a 5 piece band with 2 guitarist, keyboards, bass and drums. They have been attracting a lot of attention in music circles and recently released an EP that was produced… Read more »

Album Review: ‘Skies & Shadows’ – Ryan Sheeler

This review was written by volunteer contributor Jeff Stagg. Want to write for this website? Contact Us! Central Iowa’s Ryan Sheeler’s latest offering, “Skies & Shadows”, has nine heartfelt songs by the singer/songwriter.  All but two of the songs were written solely by the artist.  Mr. Sheeler lists as one of his influences, Steven Curtis… Read more »

Album Review: ‘Change’ – Crystal City

This review was written by volunteer contributor Patrick Tape Fleming. Want to write for this website? Contact us! ### Crystal City’s new album Change represents the results of a well-conceived collaboration between Dave Helmer and Sam Drella, two artists who’ve built up considerable goodwill in the Iowa music scene with first-rate song craft. In the past few years… Read more »

Album Review: “I Wrote It All Down” – Jordan Mayland & The Thermal Detonators

This review was written by volunteer contributor Christopher Ford. Want to write for this website? Contact us! Listen while you read: My favorite musical artists are typically individuals over bands. An individual comes to art with a vision and can execute it clearly without interference of priorities from others. This is why most bands do… Read more »

Album Review: Love Songs for Lonely Monsters – s/t

This review was written by DMMC volunteer contributor William Tarbox. Interested in contributing to this website? Contact us! Love Songs for Lonely Monsters play GDP on April 12th. Click here to buy advance passes and save $5!  Listen while you read: If you had told me a year ago that I would be surprised by Love Songs For… Read more »

EP Review: Holy White Hounds – “Oh Mama”

Written by volunteer contributor Tim Schmitt. See Des Moines band Holy White Hounds at this year’s Gross Domestic Product on April 12th, 2014. Details here. ### Five songs. Seventeen minutes. Not a lot of time in which to leave an impression. On their Oh Mama EP Holy White Hounds take advantage of every second and… Read more »

Album Review: “Hard Parent/Thick Child” – Har-di-Har

Written by volunteer contributor Bryon Dudley. Listen while you read: Har-di-Har are a ridiculously talented couple (Julie and Andrew Thoreen) who make really solid, adventurous records.  Their music is hard to describe, and I often wonder what they would say if asked what kind of music they make – “Cinematic orchestral indie-pop with choral vocals… Read more »

Album Review: “The Night Has Come” – In Rooms

Written by volunteer contributor Cady Colosimo Listen while you read:   Usually when you come back from Jamaica obsessed with steel drums the music tends to feel out of place and comical when you’re not on the island anymore. With their toned down Caribbean flavor, In Rooms can be taken anywhere. I can’t imagine a… Read more »

LBF Band Hype – Mighty Shady

This article was written by DMMC contributor Zoey Miller. Interested in contributing to this website? Contact us! Buy advance all-access passes to Little BIG Fest feat. The Soul Rebels right here and save! — Des Moines group Mighty Shady certainly has chops. Their guitars soar. Their rhythms groove hard. Their members interpretive dance… sometimes. Boasting influences… Read more »

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