Leslie and the Lys to Go On National Tour: Celebrate with 7” Release and Ames Kickoff Party

Musician. Painter. Actress. Web Sensation. Prom Queen. Children’s Television Icon. Wedding Officiant. Gem Sweater Museum Curator. Leslie Hall’s resume is clearly one of the most unique. This legendary Ames figure and worldwide phenomenon has been a fixture in the Central Iowa artistic community for a long time. Now, this bedazzled and bespectacled superstar will launch her first national tour in almost two years.

Gross Domestic Product Set for April 14, Band Submissions Due Feb. 13

GDP_2012Clear your calendars for Gross Domestic Product on Saturday, April 14 at Hotel Fort Des Moines. This will be the seventh year we’ve put on GDP. The growth and continued support of this all-local music festival is a great testament to the music movement in Des Moines. Together, we can continue to build a stronger and more diverse live music economy. Please plan to be part of the movement and attend Gross Domestic Product. We promise you’ll discover some great local indie, hip-hop, metal, acoustic, electronic, and pop bands.

DMMC’s Backstage Ball, Feb. 23 at Gas Lamp

bsb2k12_webgraphicThe Greater Des Moines Music Coalition’s (DMMC) third annual fundraiser, Backstage Ball is set for Thursday, February 23 from 5:30-7:30pm at the Gas Lamp. Join us as we celebrate the growth of the music scene, recognize influencers, and raise money to further our mission to grow an independent, progressive live music economy.

2012 80/35 Call for Vendors

Interested in vending food or merchandise at 80/35 on July 6 and 7, 2012?  We’re looking for vendors offering great food and fun stuff to help make this year’s festival unforgettable!  Download all the information you need here.  The deadline for submissions is March 15th, so get on it!

Album review: Lick It Ticket

We all know what it is to listen to music that makes us feel dumber (remember Mmm Bop?). A few years back, a Cal Tech grad student actually charted this out, correlating ACT and SAT scores with students’ favorite music. Jazz and pop didn’t fare well on Virgil Griffith’s grid, but he clearly didn’t factor in the smart new release by Lick It Ticket. The Cedar Falls band has made a sophisticated sound its playground, fusing modern jazz and pop with indie, funk, blues, jam, progressive rock and IDM (look that up, Virgil!) and crafting it into a self-titled album featuring 12 bright, original tunes.

Video: Holy White Hounds documentary

Des Moines band Holy White Hounds is being immortalized in a music documentary from Jessica Kaemmer, who’s spending her own money to showcase their journey: from when they met, to their first project (The Dig Angees) to their current project.

Show Preview: Blues Pills, Jan. 19 at Headliner’s

While on hiatus from Radio Moscow, bassist Zack Anderson and drummer/guitarist Cory Berry began working on a side project with Zack’s girlfriend, Elin Larsson, called Blues Pills. While retaining the rhythmic intensity of Radio Moscow, having Elin on vocals took Blues Pills in a different direction, emphasizing melody and molding the blues/psychedelic sound into more of a Led Zeppelin direction, while also having its own sense of identity (Elin sings one of the band’s most popular numbers in her native Swedish tongue).

On-stage dispute mars Radio Moscow show in Ames

A psychadelic blues-rock group comprised of central-Iowa natives Parker Griggs, Zach Anderson and Cory Berry has disbanded after an on-stage dispute Jan. 7 in Ames that ended in a flying guitar and more than a dozen stitches.


According to a video posted on YouTube, bassist Anderson and drummer Berry had agreed to do a last tour with the current Radio Moscow lineup. But they then cancelled the tour and announced a break-up due to conflicts within the band – conflicts that were highlighted in the video.

Central Iowa Blues Society sets Winter Blues Fest for Jan. 28

It might be cold outside, but the Des Moines Downtown Marriott Lobby, Ballrooms and Rock River Lounge will be smokin’ hot Sat., Jan. 28, when the Central Iowa Blues Society welcomes 10 acts on 6 different stages.


Wristbands for BluesFest are $12 in advance and available online at www.cibs.org. Price is $15 at the door.


This year’s Winter Blues Fest has something to satisfy everyone’s Blues Soul!

Daymoths at Vaudeville Mews Jan. 12

St. Paul indie-pop duo Daymoths will be at the Vaudeville Mews on Thursday, Jan. 12 with Dresden Style and Hearts Without People. The 21-and-over show starts at 10 p.m. Tickets are $5.