New CD from Ducharme-Jones!

Ducharme-Jones, one of Des Moines’ favorite good times Americana groups, just put out their latest CD Vagabonds & Poets. Whether this is a full group or just the founding two-member husband and wife live show, they always tend to turn the atmosphere into a warm inviting event. Not too heavy and not too soft, this… Read more »

New Single, “Siamese Twin,” from The Fuss

New single “Siamese Twin” by The Fuss is turning heads online and it’s no surprise. The song is amazing!  Groovy, jazzy, hip, and today. They’ve been added to over four Spotify playlists this Summer. Check out this excellent review from Caitlyn Champ at Imperfect Fifth. Get this song on repeat on your phones, computers, and… Read more »

Halfloves Announce New Album

The 80-35 and GDP vets, Halfloves, have just announced release information on their new LP, Dazer. The album will officially drop August 30th, and you can pre-order the album by going to, and you really should. These guys have been hitting the road, working with some of Iowa’s best producers and studios, and putting… Read more »

New DMMC Program Coordinator – Jordan Mayland

Hello! I’m Jordan Mayland, the new Des Moines Music Coalition Program Coordinator. I am so very excited to be involved in the DMMC and I look forward to helping continue the growth of the music culture of Des Moines. A few things about myself: I graduated from Central College, I have played in many Iowa… Read more »

Margi Weiss: David Hurd Community Supporter of the Year – Backstage Ball 2019

For more than a decade, Margi Weiss has worked as a consultant for the DMMC, providing her personal experiences and insight into benefiting the expansion of our music community. Over the years she has focused on educating the public, from childhood to adulthood, about the positive impacts arts can have on a community. We are… Read more »

Jen Carruthers: Amedeo Rossi Innovator of the Year – Backstage Ball 2019

Jen Carruthers has been heavily involved in the Des Moines music scene over the years. She’s dedicated to expanding the Des Moines music scene both in size and inclusivity through her work with Girls Rock! Des Moines, establishing her business 11 Eleven Productions and working with the DMMC in various capacities. It is through her… Read more »

Darlis Honnold: Volunteer of the Year – Backstage Ball 2019

Des Moines’ music scene is expanding with more people attending live events each year. But for Darlis Honnold, attending wasn’t enough – she wanted to get involved. Honnold has volunteered her time to several music focused organizations where she worked hard and made great friends and many memories along the way. With 9 years of… Read more »

Backstage Ball 2019: DJ Church

Photo: Danny Carman DJ Church moved to Des Moines from Omaha about three years ago and has been hitting it hard in the music scene ever since. As a self taught DJ, she got into it for the love of music. You’ll often find her doing sets at Heroes, Lime Lounge and Silent Discos. She’s also… Read more »

Backstage Ball 2019: Foxholes

Photo: Clark Wegner Des Moines indie rock group Foxholes features a propulsive rhythm section, jangling electric guitars, smokey vocals, and a healthy dose of reverb to define the band’s 80’s alt throwback sound. Following the band’s debut full-length ‘Can’t Help Myself,’ their sophomore release delivers more strong hooks and expansive tracks and can be found… Read more »

Backstage Ball 2019: Pink Neighbor

Photo: Eva Lewin Groovy. Intimate. Loungey. And of course, neighborly. These are the words Pink Neighbor embodies in sound and vibe. Based in Grinnell, Iowa, multi-instrumentalists Katie In and Erik Jarvis have worked patiently on their songwriting crafts since their teenage years. The deft and diverse output of Pink Neighbor makes this apparent, as they… Read more »