I’m Baaaack (Almost)

Hey, errbody.

I’ve had the best summer in NYC, but I’ll be back in Des Moines on Tuesday (which I am really, really excited about). So consider this an invitation to let me know about any really awesome shows I should be seeing in the next couple of weeks.

And keep the updates coming! If you’re in a band and you’ve got something rad coming up, let me know. I’ll be sure to get something on the site for you.

See you soon, gals and dudes.

Musicians Needed

Hello, all of you musically inclined people out there. I’ve got a friend in need. He’s looking to start a new band–and an entirely new genre of music (bluegrass/dixie/ska).

If you know your way around a trumpet, drum set, guitar, bass guitar, mandolin, or fiddle, get at me. And by that I mean shoot me an email at dsmbandbombshell@gmail.com and I’ll get you in touch with my friend Patrick.

Listen local, dudes.

Summer Plans

It’s summer time and that means more awesome music to help you make it through the city heat. Unfortunately, I won’t be trolling the Des Moines music venues until August, but the talented Lindsay Fullington is going to take over covering the local shows for me. Never fear–there’ll still be Q&As and music reviews over the next couple of months.

For the next two months, I’ll be interning with GQ magazine–half of the time working and the other half of the time will be spent drooling over the male models. I’ll be bringing you the occasional music update from the streets of Brooklyn. Until then, keep hitting up those local shows, friends.

Jazz in Des Moines

Reported by Lindsay Fullington

Usually when people think of local music, their minds don’t jump to jazz. But Des Moines has a surprising amount of super talented jazz musicians that deserve your respect and your ears. And they play in venues you’d never expect. Here’s a list of the places to scout out the scene, and since there’s no cover charge, there’s no reason not to put these performances on your to-do list.

The Lift:

Where: 222 4th Street

When: Every Tuesday, 10-12pm

Who: The Uplift Quartet

Drinks: Specials on Old-Fashioneds slung by the D. Smith (hey, you should drink sassy, if you’re listening classy!)

Vibes: Good vibin’ and totally chill. Younger crowd is perfect for beginner jazz ears.

The Continental

Where: 428 E Locust St

When: Every Friday and Saturday, 9-12pm

Who: Varies

Drinks: Their sangria is worth the extra bucks

Vibes: Older crowd of the working type, but never gets rowdy. These people appreciate jazz.

Cosmo Lounge:

Where: 800 Locust St

When: Every Friday at 9

Who: Varies, but regular Paige Harpin’s voice is super sweet

Drinks: Their martini list puts other bars to shame and Sherry sure knows how to shake them

Vibes: Sometimes is full of tipsy out-of-towners from the adjacent hotel, but they’re legit.

Star Bar:

Where: 2811 Ingersoll Ave.

When: Every Wednesday, 9-12pm

Who: Varies

Drinks: Good beer selection

Vibes: Packed crowd, so get there early for a good booth and good food.

The Films of John C. Reilly Returns

Reported by Lindsay Fullington

After a four-year hiatus, The Films of John C. Reilly will be making a triumphant return to the Vaudeville Mews this Friday night. The band, made up of Clint Curtis, Joe Horn, Daniel Smith, Lincoln Decklever,  Jordan Mayland, and newcomer Pat Fleming from Poison Control Center, is opening for the  Mantis Pincers at 10pm. See event details here.

Besides bringing a rockin’ show, the band will be celebrating Clint’s 40th birthday. If you don’t know Clint, you should. He’s been the coolest bartender at the Mews for the past nine years and has acted in a commercial with James Franco (baller!). Juice recently profiled Clint. See the interview here.

So, bring your friends, pack the house, and get ready for your ears to tingle!

Also at the Mews that night:

Dustin Smith & The Sunday Silos with Christopher Stelling and Kate Kennedy @ 6