Maximum Ames Music Festival, Pridefest Canceled Over Coronavirus

Organizers of the annual Maximum Ames Music Festival announced in a Tuesday morning press release that the 2020 festival has been canceled in the...

The Poison Control Center’s Patrick Tape Fleming: The Informer Interview

Patrick Tape Fleming is a longtime central Iowa musician best known as the frontman for indie rock band The Poison Control Center, which released...

Bryon’s Music Roundup: Explosions in the Sky Play Wooly’s, Pridefest Coming to Bandshell Park

Last week started out rough, with the loss of Tom Petty. I'm still sort of processing that, and keep pulling out Wildflowers and realizing...

Album Review: Contakta EP

Contakta is a new Iowa group based in Des Moines, a project based on the singing and songs of Diana Weishaar, the featured singer...

Gloom Balloon: Drying the Eyes of the Goddess of Gloom Underneath the Stars and...

One of the things that Patrick Tape Fleming does perhaps better than anyone is to write confessional songs that are heartfelt, but not whiny,...

Album Review: TIRES, LP1

TIRES will always have a special place in Ames’ heart because the band started here at the tail-end of the legendary Liberty House era...
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Album Reviews: Wisconsin Roundup

Brett Newski: Land Air Sea Garage (Make My Day Records) Brett Newski is a singer/songwriter out of Milwaukee who’s toured large chunks of the world...

Goat: Requiem (Sub Pop) Review

This past summer, after poring over the first two albums by Swedish psychedelic Afrobeat revivalists Goat for the past four years or so, I...

The Workshy (Self-Titled) Review

Former Ames jam band The Workshy moved to Colorado a few years ago, and have been keeping busy playing gigs, teaching music lessons, learning...
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7 Overlooked Albums of 2016

2016 has been a pretty incredible year for music, depending on what you’re into. We’ve had “surprise” albums from Beyonce and Radiohead, Guns ‘n...