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The Damnwells: Alex Dezen

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

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.

April 12th, 2011

Posted in: On Our Radar

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.

December 30th, 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 jamesbiehnbenefit.com 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. …

December 21st, 2010

Posted in: General News

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.

December 10th, 2010

Elizabeth Arynn

The first time I listened to Arin Eaton’s (aka Elizabeth Arynn) music, it occurred to me immediately that she was a talented singer, piano-player, and poet. Her songs tell the story of taking chances, moving across the country, and standing strong even when you find yourself alone in South Carolina while your family and friends remain in Iowa. With a voice reminiscent of artists Regina Spektor and Ingrid Michaelson, you will swear you have already been listening to Arin for years on shows like Grey’s Anatomy. Though she shares that songbird appeal that both Spektor and Michaelson are known for, Arin boasts a unique performance independently and diversifies her sound when accompanied by Scott Yoshimura on vocals.

June 30th, 2010

Posted in: On Our Radar