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...

Three New Iowa Albums You Need to Hear Now

Person Whale, Ghost Balloon Iowa is the most landlocked, beach-free place you can possibly imagine, so it seems fitting that when Person Whale plays surf...

The Ames Scene: July 29, 2016

Electric Jury Album Release Show at DG's The Ames prog-metal-via-the-blues quartet Electric Jury is celebrating the release of its first LP (on Nova Labs) at...