Author: Sommer Sharon

WAYLAND – Ames AND Boone, Iowa – August 10th and 11th

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After playing at the Full Throttle Saloon in Sturgis, SD for three consecutive nights, Wayland departed for Iowa. They had opened for Scott Weiland, Vince Neil and JACKYL (Wayland is managed by JACKYL’s Jesse James Dupree). After that exciting week at Sturgis, Wayland then headed straight to Iowa to play two Zylstra Harley-Davidson-sponsored shows. The first show was on Saturday, August… Read more »


4th Annual Todd Weaver Memorial Ride & Concert, Presented in Part By Screamer Magazine

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Music is the medicine of the breaking heart. ~Leigh Hunt During a 4-month period of time in 2009, a circle of friends in the Cedar Rapids, Iowa area suffered the losses of three people close to their hearts. Both individually and as a group, it was a soul-searching time. Looking for a reason to smile… Read more »


JANE’S ADDICTION – Live in NYC

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Before the 2011 album release of The Great Escape Artist, Jane’s Addiction had not recorded an album since 2003 when they released Strays. In celebration of the newest record they conjured up the idea to play and film/record a free show at New York’s Terminal 5 on July 25th, 2011. The show led them to… Read more »


DEVOUR THE DAY LIVE – Val Air Ballroom, West Des Moines, IA – June 16th

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Devour the Day was included in the lineup when well-known Hinder and not so well-known up-and-coming band Acidic, played Val Air Ballroom in West Des Moines, Iowa on Sunday, June 16, 2013. The Memphis, TN based band is considered the reincarnation of Egypt Central, with a much different sound than the now defunct alternative metal… Read more »


STARDOG CHAMPION – Exhale

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Stardog Champion consists of former Breaking Benjamin bassist Mark Klepaski and guitarist Aaron Fink, along with non ex-Breaking Benjamin members Nick Coyle (lead vocals) and drummer Josh Karis (originally from Leroy Justice). Coyle, Fink and Klepaski were all in the band Lifer together, before Fink and Klepaski decided to join Breaking Benjamin, a high-profile alternative… Read more »


ANOTHER LOST YEAR – The Next Creed?

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There is quite the chatter around the band Another Lost Year. Comments heard from their fans include “They’re the next Creed,” or “You don’t understand, these guys will be selling out arenas soon.” Other fans would argue the Creed association is a horrible comparison. And with the readers of Rolling Stone recently rating Creed as… Read more »


DEVOUR THE DAY – Time & Pressure

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After 10 years together and one year of inactivity, Egypt Central officially pulled the plug and broke-up in December 2012, announcing that vocalist John Falls and guitarist Jeff James would no longer be part of the crew. At the same time Egypt Central’s bassist Joey Chicago and drummer Blake Allison disclosed the formation of their… Read more »


GWAR – The Chaos Continues

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When you interview the members of the band GWAR you completely expect their answers to be bizarre, grotesque, demented, inappropriate and hilarious. So it’s no surprise that it went down exactly that way when we sat down with frontman Dave Brockie (aka Oderus Urungus) in the green room at Wooly’s in Des Moines, Iowa, before… Read more »


WILSON – Fuckery At Its Best

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The members of the band Wilson were all sitting in a row on a couch in the green room of Wooly’s in Des Moines, Iowa, ordering sushi and preparing for their show that night, when we had a chance to speak with them about their beginnings and where this tour is taking their careers in… Read more »


COJONES – Bend To Transcend

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Croatian psychedelic rockers Cojones released their newest record Bend To Transcend in November 2012. Largely unknown within the US, the band played Stoned From The Underground 2012 (one of the biggest underground music festivals) with the bands St. Vitus, Orange Goblin, Monster Magnet, Red Fang, and others. And they’ve toured extensively through Germany, Austria, Belgium,… Read more »


GWAR LIVE – Wooly’s, Des Moines, IA

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GWAR has played at other venues in Des Moines, Iowa throughout the years, but this stop on April 19, 2013, with Wilson and Warbeast was their first appearance at Wooly’s, one of the newest venues in the city. The crowd was fairly youngish at the show with a mix of some older and even a… Read more »


WILSON LIVE – Wooly’s, Des Moines, IA

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The expectations for an opening band most times are low. But when you have GWAR to contend with, you might want to step up your game. Wilson was just the band to do it when they opened for GWAR and Warbeast at Wooly’s on April 19, 2013, in Des Moines, Iowa. Wilson is fairly unknown… Read more »


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