Danny Brown at Wooly’s, Sept. 27

Danny Brown at Wooly’s, Sept. 27

We here at DSM Shows are enthusiastic about local music. Our number one goal is to get people out to see what the musicians in our town have to offer. I mean, that’s why we all quit our jobs and now squat in an abandoned building next to a Starbucks (free wi-fi, free dumpster pastries). Seriously, we live for this shit. Well, with that said, the local scene can be damned because tomorrow Danny Brown will be in town. Known for his idiosyncratic vocal delivery, deep musical knowledge, and eclectic style, the Detroit MC is hands down one of the most important figures in rap music today. His wit, ear for atypical beats, and overall dopeness set him above the majority of his peers. And I haven’t even mentioned his live shows… In support of the highly anticipated Atrocity Exhibition, Danny Brown will be performing at Wooly’s with supporting acts Maxo Kream and ZelooperZ. Grab your tickets here, and preview the excellent “Really Doe” off of Atrocity Exhibition below: September 27 8 PM Wooly’s All Ages $25 Danny Brown Maxo Kream ZelooperZ More information available from the Wooly’s...
DSMShows Presents Dylan Boyle, Night Stories, UWEFTBH, Osario at Chapman House, Oct. 7

DSMShows Presents Dylan Boyle, Night Stories, UWEFTBH, Osario at Chapman House, Oct. 7

Summer is overrated. I don’t like the sun, I’m not into the daytime, and I prefer to wear sweatshirts. And that’s not to mention the season’s climate extremes which continue to rain destruction across our state on a more and more frequent basis. Therefore, I welcome October in Iowa. With it comes all those wonderful gradients of warm colors dancing and falling in the leaves on the trees. All the good foods are finally harvested and ready to enjoy. And people finally stop all of their summer procrastination and get back into their routine, whatever it may be. For us, it means throwing killer house shows! And October being the month it is, we decided to go a little dark and a little spooky with this one. The bill is comprised of all experimental-leaning electronic acts — a genre appearing more frequently from the dark corners of our burgeoning lil’ music scene here. In that regard, this show is like that black cat crossing just in front of you before scurrying off into the shadows from whence it came. Scary noises emanating from the dark corners of an old, creaky house. Candlelight dancing through the cracks and crevices. The chill of ancient spirits in the air. Attend at your own risk. October 7 7 PM Chapman House 1711 Ninth St. All Ages $5 Suggested Donation Underwater Escape From the Black Hole Dylan Boyle Night Stories Osario More information available...
Liz de Lise at The Basement, Sept. 21

Liz de Lise at The Basement, Sept. 21

Liz de Lise recently put out a self-titled album that is pretty damn compelling, and as much as I think you for sure should go listen to it (and in particular “Meat From Bone” and “Clouds Up Ahead”), I really think the thing to do to make sure you get your ass at this concert is watch their video for The Key, a Philadelphia musical publication. Watching them perform “Baby” as part of The Key’s Studio Sessions video series, even on my tiny little glowing screen, was a thrilling experience from start to finish. From the very first chord you are reminded of how precarious and delicate the process of performing live music can be. The recklessness with which these two musicians pursue their vision serves as a constant reminder that, at any moment, this whole thing could just fall apart. It almost seems like they’re piloting their song as close to that edge as possible just for the rush. In a lot of ways, their performance reminded me of seeing Furious 7 in theaters last summer. There’s this really great scene about 40-ish minutes in after the late great Paul Walker (RIP) has finally beat up all the bad dudes on this bus that was transporting the hacker, Ramsey, when he realizes that the bus is headed straight for the cliff. He manages to roll the bus and it stops short of falling off, but the cockpit of the bus, in which he is trapped, is dangling several feet from the edge. Miraculously he is able to exit through one of the side doors, and, as the bus...
SIRES, Halfloves, TWINS, Eklectica at Wooly’s, Sept. 16

SIRES, Halfloves, TWINS, Eklectica at Wooly’s, Sept. 16

Get transported to the peace-loving days of the 60s and 70s for the pre-release party of SIRES’ forthcoming album, Soul for Sale, available October 21 from Station 1 Records. Childhood friends Dylan Sires (guitar/keys/vocals), Ross Klemz (percussion/vocals) and Graham Howland (bass/vocals) have played music together for years and it shows in the tight, balanced mix of soul and seductive rock n’ roll. Formerly known as Dylan Sires and Neighbors, the band has spent time touring in Japan, played last summer’s 80/35 Music Festival, and even opened for Mumford & Sons on the “Gentlemen of the Road” Iowa stopover in 2015. After the release of their last album, No One, in 2014, the band decided to shorten its name and focus on their sound. Spoiler alert: it worked. The lyrics are heartbreaking and the three-part harmonies stay with you long after you’re done listening. SIRES has a lasting impact that can’t be mimicked.  If their soul is for sale, I’m first in line to buy it. Get a sneak peak of the new album with the recently released single, “She’s Into Me,” a music video (by our own Bruce Bales of DEFT) that would make Michael Jackson proud. Also on the night’s agenda are a fistful of regional powerhouses including Halfloves (formerly known as The Olympics), Waterloo’s TWINS and Omaha-based Eklectica. Clear your schedules because these are bands you don’t want to miss. September 16 7 PM Wooly’s All Ages $10 SIRES Halfloves TWINS Eklectica More information available from the Wooly’s...
The Host Country, Ben Schrag, I’m Gonna Die at Maximum Ames Music Festival, Sept. 16

The Host Country, Ben Schrag, I’m Gonna Die at Maximum Ames Music Festival, Sept. 16

The Maximum Ames Music Festival appeals to all music-listeners by bringing in a wide variety of local and national acts to steal the hearts of festival attendees. After a solid lineup of blues, pop and punk during the first day, the festival eases into day two with the powerful vocals of The Host Country. Back in 2009, Ty Wistrand (guitar/vocals) and Diana Weishaar (keys/vocals) were both attending the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls, Iowa, when they realized they had similar music interests and writing styles. So they decided to take a stab at collaborating musically; the result — The Host Country. The acoustic duo recorded an EP in May of 2011, but when it came time to release a full-length album in 2014, they moved towards a bigger sound with more instrumentation. Keeping with the same simplistic style as the EP, they brought in only two others — Tom Rue (bass) and Ethan Weishaar (drums). Walk Away, the band’s 2014 album, has the same laid-back rhythms and melody and harmony pairings, but it provides a more mature sound with a full band. The Host Country takes the popular song-writing topic of love to another level by using Wistrand and Weishaar’s impeccable harmonies to create an intimate connection to the emotional and heartfelt lyrics. Joining The Host Country are Ames-based bands Ben Schrag and I’m Gonna Die. September 16 6 PM Vinyl Cafe All Ages $5 The Host Country Ben Schrag I’m Gonna Die More information available from the Maximum Ames Music Festival...
Mumford’s, The Maytags, Twins, Wheelers at Maximum Ames Music Festival, Sept. 18

Mumford’s, The Maytags, Twins, Wheelers at Maximum Ames Music Festival, Sept. 18

When a local group of people create an entity with the purpose of changing their community, you can always tell they’ve succeeded when the entity becomes the focus of scrutiny by said community. From the festival’s start in 2011 until now you can see its growth. Some years, the lineups have really impressed and some years have been a little less desirable. That is the cycle of a music festival. It’s all a juggle of who’s available and within your budget. I was living in Ames when I first heard that my friends, Nate Logsdon and Chris Lyng, were going to start the Maximum Ames Music Festival. Both Nate and Chris play in the well-known Ames band, Mumford’s. It was a powerful time for the Ames music scene and the festival really raised the bar from year one. The idea that your friends and creative contemporaries could have a wild idea of putting on a music festival of that scale and then see them put it into action and have it succeed is amazing and empowering. But there is one specific show at MAMF that brings the thunder EVERY year. On Sunday, the last day of the festival, at a quaint towny bar called Deano’s on Main St., Mumford’s host a last hoorah of sorts. This year Mumford’s have been joined by The Wheelers (who have been joining Mumford’s for this show many years in a row now) as well as heartbreakers, The Maytags, and Waterloo power-pop outfit, Twins. Not only will this be an action-packed evening of fun and friends, but it’ll be one for the record books as Mumford’s have announced they will...