Author: Sommer Sharon

Another Lost Year LIVE – Krazee Kafe, Des Moines, IA

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Krazee Kafe in Des Moines, Iowa kicked off its first event for the venue’s Bike Night Concert Series on April 11, 2013 with Another Lost Year headlining, and local act Brutal Republic opening. The venue is known to have one of the largest bike nights in the state of Iowa; this year is its first… Read more »


PROSPECT HILL – Impact

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Prospect Hill released their album Impact in August 2012.  But the powerful, commanding first single, Come Alive, just hit radio stations in February 2013.  Impact was constructed with the help of platinum record producer Anthony J. Resta (Collective Soul, Blondie) and it is Prospect Hill’s first album to garner much national attention. Prospect Hill is fronted… Read more »


Inside The Industry with Tammy Prock

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Networking has brought Tammy Prock this far in her career, and it’s about to take her further as she launches a company which could revolutionize the music industry; the idea behind it is based solely on the concept of networking. It’s all about who you know. “Knowing people” is how Prock made her own break… Read more »


SHAKRA – PowerPlay

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Swiss hard rock band Shakra released their 9th album, PowerPlay, in January through AFM Records. The Shakra crew is John Prakesh (vocals), Thom Blunier (guitar), Thomas Muster (guitar), Dominik Pfister (bass) and Roger Tanner (drums). They’ve seen some lineup changes through the years, including a few different vocalists. Past vocalists were Pete Wiedmer and Mark… Read more »


SAXON – Sacrifice

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Saxon’s 20th album, Sacrifice, releases in the United States on February 26, 2013. The album was produced by Saxon’s vocalist Biff Byford, with Andy Sneap mixing it and Jacky Lehmann engineering it. If you’ve been a Saxon fan throughout their other albums, you’ll no doubt find something to like on the newest release. Sacrifice is… Read more »


TAPROOT – Episode of Surrealism

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Holed up in a blue-painted, small attic room with exposed plumbing pipes and bricks, is where we met up with Taproot’s vocalist Stephen Richards before the band played their set at the 12 Days of Xmas Tour show held in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.  We stood just inches apart so Richards could be heard over the… Read more »


12 Stones – One-Part Communication One-Part Inspiration

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The 12 Stones is possibly best known for their positive effect on others.  In an interview with frontman Paul McCoy before they hit the stage on their 12 Days of Xmas tour show in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, he told us why that is, explained their issues with being labeled a Christian band, and told us… Read more »


ROYAL BLISS – Earning the Title “The Unluckiest Band in Rock”

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They’ve been called the unluckiest band in rock, and with a slew of mishaps – a car wreck, near paralysis, a stabbing, and record company promises unrealized – they’ve rightly earned the title. Sitting on their bus before a show in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Royal Bliss’ Neal Middleton (lead vocals), Taylor Richards (guitar), Dwayne Crawford… Read more »


3 DOORS DOWN – Making History and Paying It Forward

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Can you believe 3 Doors Down has offered up post-grunge rock n’ roll for more than a decade? When you first heard their music you may have still been in high school or college, and now you’re driving the minivan with two kids in the back. They’ve had a long successful career thus far, achieving… Read more »


BRANDON GIBBS – Making His Mark, And No Longer Just A Guitarist

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Iowa boy Brandon Gibbs has seen the ebb and flow of the music industry, garnering success while taking the hits. He and twin brother Brent started performing with their parents in a band when they were only 10 years old. As the brothers matured into the teenage years, and wanted to do their own thing,… Read more »


3 DOORS DOWN – The Greatest Hits

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Why a greatest hits album? Could they really have enough music under their belts? Have they defined any period of time, making them “greatest hits” worthy? Well it appears so. These guys have been around – if you can believe it – for 15+ years, more than a decade. Many of their current fans were… Read more »


Eric Brittingham/Brandon Gibbs LIVE – Krazee Kafe, Des Moines, IA

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Eric Brittingham is well-known for his work as Cinderella’s bassist, but fewer have heard of newcomer Brandon Gibbs; particularly as a solo artist. He was the guitarist in The Gibbs Brothers Band, with identical twin brother Brent, before they ceased touring together in 2010.  Brent wanted to pursue a different career yet they were opening… Read more »


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