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Hex Girls Single/Video Release: “Electric Eel”

Cedar Falls’ most playful punk popsters (and currently one of Iowa’s best rock bands), Hex Girls have released a new single and accompanying video...
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Pandemic Music: Part 1

If there is a silver lining to the pandemic (and I’m not saying there is, because things remain terrifying), it would have to be...

Ames Musician Rudy Miller Details His Upcoming King Wylde EP

Rudy Miller is a musician and songwriter from Ames known for his charismatic stage presence as a guitarist for Kickstart the Sun and MarKaus....

Sexual Harassment, Booze, and Barbecue: Inside Bruce Gerleman’s Restaurant Empire

In early June, shortly after restaurant dining returned to Des Moines from the COVID-19 shutdown, Kelly Anderson Vizcarra took her two sons, ages seven...

Mumbi Kasumba on Rafiki, Songwriting, and Her Ongoing Connections to Ames Music

Singer and songwriter Mumbi Kasumba made a lasting impression on Ames music fans during her years attending Iowa State University, penning some excellent original...

Barbara Fisher, Ames Resident Featured in Tiger King, Reacts to Doc Antle’s Felony Indictment

On Friday, South Carolina Attorney General Mark Herring announced that Bhagavan "Doc" Antle, a central figure in the Netflix documentary series Tiger King, had...

Christopher the Conquered: I Am Christopher (Grand Phony Music) Review

It’s been four years since Chris Ford's Christopher the Conquered has released a full length album, and on that one he gave up on...

Brittany Prater: The Informer Interview

Brittany Prater is a New York-based filmmaker and artist who grew up in Ames and set her first two documentary features in her hometown....

Gloom Balloon: So Bergman Uses Bach… (Grand Phony Music) Review

This year has been filled to the brim with calamities for musicians across the globe, with temporary and all-too-often permanent closings of music venues,...

Jordan Mayland: The Color of My Soul (Birdroom Studio) Review

One of the fun things about following Jordan Mayland’s musical trajectory is that the guy has covered virtually every genre of music out there...