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Authentic Records News
April 12th, 2011
The Damnwells: Alex Dezen

“The Damnwells are a musical group revolving primarily around the songwriting efforts of Alex Dezen.” –

In a world of mediocre cover bands and auto-tuned popstars, Alex Dezen is a reliable source for great music. In short, Alex Dezen is a rockstar. Lead singer/guitarist of the Brooklyn-based rock band, The Damnwells, Dezen packs each song with poetry, cliche’less love, and intrigue. Fans of The Nadas will quickly identify with The Damnwells music as Mike Butterworth and Jason Walsmith have been covering the musical gems “Kiss Catastrophe” and “I Am A Leaver” for years. (more…)

December 30th, 2010
Nico Stai

Nico Stai is a remarkable artist based out of Los Angeles, California. His voice is energetic and beautiful while simultaneously haunting in songs like “Maybe Maybe” and “The King Aside”. Growing up in Spain, Nico has a unique sound that challenges the traditional pop/alt rock formula and is infused with the indie rock flavor of a West Coast artist. Redefining what qualifies as “good” indie music, Nico’s sound is perfect when married with lyrics that move, inspire, and intrigue his audience. (more…)

December 21st, 2010
“…and James” : James Biehn Benefit Compilation

James Biehn has earned fans around the state and across the country not only for his amazing talent as a musician and teacher, but for his easy going demeanor, friendly smile and willingness to help anyone in need. Recently, James, a husband, father, self-employed musician and small-business owner, was diagnosed with lymphoma. The Des Moines community is pulling together to provide support for James and his family as they are facing financial hardship while he fights this illness.

In support of James and his family, we are offering the compilation album “…and, James”. All proceeds from your purchase of “…and, James” will go to James Biehn and his family. Please go to for more information on how you can help a great man in such an important time.

Anybody who has seen James perform knows he is one of the most talented musicians and instructors in the region. It’s such a universal opinion that James is often THEE go-to by other musicians and songwriters to perform on their record. When you’re listening to some of your other Des Moines favorites, a lot of times, you are listening to James Biehn too.

In addition to performing in bands and as a solo artist around Central Iowa, James has taught hundreds of students of all ages to appreciate music and encouraged them to create their own. As founder of the Central Iowa Music Lab, James has provided a professional training ground for future musicians and created opportunities for other musicians to share their passion with students.

If you’re a fan of James, you won’t be surprised to hear all the different styles represented on this complication disc, entitled “…and, James”.

This compilation album is just a snapshot of what he has done over his career. From Pop/Rock to Country – here are some songs that all have a touch of James magic…

1. Strike Me Down – The McKenzies
2. Do Right – Bonne Finken
3. Greed – Mary McAdams
4. Feel Better – The Nadas
5. Maya – Hyde Park
6. Crash My Monday – The McKenzies
7. Possibly Impossible – Bonne Finken
8. Sonny Liston – Soapbox Prophets
9. Carve Your Name – The Nadas
10. Bubbles – Mary McAdams
11. Apartment Zero – Soapbox Prophets
12. Sweetness – Bonne Finken
13. Snozberry – Hyde Park
14. Clear – The Nadas
15. Little Sister – The McKenzies
16. Found My Cure – Mary McAdams
17. Ghost of the Ocean – The McKenzies

Buy “…and, James” now.

December 10th, 2010
Uncle Lucius

During multiple trips to Austin, TX for the annual SXSW (Professional conference equivalent for the Music & Film Industry), we get the opportunity to see tons of music. some we have heard and are already fans of, some we run across and become fans of. First time I came across this band, Uncle Lucius from South Austin, TX, was on the way home after a weekend of fun (I mean professional conferencing). They were actually set up in the airport terminal jamming. Where else in the world other than Austin can you find a live band playing in the airport terminal? Well anyway, I had the chance to hear a couple of songs before I boarded the plane for home. Thought they were really good, so I looked them up online, bought a couple of songs, and pencilled them in as a must see for next year’s SXSW. (more…)

July 29th, 2010

Foxboro is an exciting new band making a big noise in Des Moines. Made up primarily of music majors from colleges all around the country, the band’s excellent songwriting abilities and superb musicianship help them to create music that is funky and fresh. When asked to describe their music, drummer Jeff Oatts has this to say: “We have never been able to place a genre to our music, so we just call our music Progressive Funk. Our live shows can best be summed up as FUN(ky).” These shows have been creating quite a following for the band, and I would encourage anyone who has the opportunity to check one out. You will not be disappointed by Foxboro’s high energy entertainment. (more…)

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