It can be easy to forget how great the Beach Boys were. People remember the fun-loving surfer sound, and they remember the album “Pet Sounds.” But when discussing the greatest bands of all time, it is the rare person who will toss the Beach Boys name in alongside acts like The Who and the Rolling Stones. Not because they do not belong on the list (they do), but because something about their legacy has not seemed to endure in the same way as the other great bands have.Read More
There are people who feel that Los Angeles is a city you know about right away: you pull in, and immediately know in your gut if you're going to love it or hate it. Conversely, I've heard that LA is so big, so diverse, that you really need to spend a couple of years submerged in it before you really have a handle on how you feel about it.Read More
We've talked about it before, but one can not put too fine a line on it: indie artists know they aren't going to make money on their self-funded tours, so every expenditure becomes vital to track. Anywhere you can find to cut costs, and potentially extend your tour one more day, you do it.Read More
There's nobody here. That's not even that big of an exaggeration: the crowd is so small, that at one point Sara Routh makes everyone go around the room and introduce themselves. And yet, this place is what you wish every show could embody.Read More
Rae Davis' cousin came to see her play tonight.
"All this time, I didn't even know we were living in the same city," she says afterward, still in disbelief. "Then I look up from the stage, and there she is."
The Davis clan is not the only one represented in the Des Moines Social Club's Basement Bar tonight, either. For both Davis and Sara Routh, the venue is full of parents and relatives and friends and loved ones. It's full of family.Read More
In 2006, Producer/Director Bryan Singer what might well be regarded as the most successful flop in Hollywood history: “Superman Returns.” Filmed for nearly a year on location in Australia, the film debuted at number one at the box office, and would go on to make $390 million worldwide (on a $200 million budget), receive two Oscar nominations, and win five Saturn Awards.
Warner Bros, however, never looked upon the film as a success.Read More
If you thought that family life would slow Nate Logsdon down, you were sadly mistaken. Proud Ames native Logsdon has brought his boundless energy and positive attitude to everything he does, which has included fronting the band Mumford's, his own solo music, booking shows for DG's Taphouse, co-founding indie label Maximum Ames Records, and running the Maximum Ames Music Festival.Read More