Saturday, June 16, 2012
Listen to YOU! by Fierce Bad Rabbit
Hailing from Fort Collins, Colorado, the tight melodies and well-crafted lyrics delivered with disciplined passion by front man Chris Anderson combined with the powerful yet perfectly nuanced viola and supporting vocals of Alana Rolfe and the rock-solid rhythmic backbone of Dayton Hicks on bass and Adam Pitner on drums to create a constantly changing but consistently fulfilling musical experience for the listener.
The band clearly shares the influences of such indie favorites as Arcade Fire and The Shins, and there is a certain kinship with other leading-edge artists like The National, Iron & Wine and Band of Horses. But the music this Ft. Collins, Colorado-based quartet makes is all their own. Alternately joyful and somber, forceful and laid back, playful and contemplative, their songs challenge you to decide whether you should stand and listen intently or grab the person next to you and dance the night away.
Listen to Emancipation Blues by The Brothers Burn Mountain
Listening to Wisconsin based The Brothers Burn Mountain, one senses that their music is spirited out of a “fierce” discipline. Their songs have a deliberate and masterful quality, each distinct, yet part of a whole that is greater than any one song. For Ryan and Jesse Dermody, songwriting is a discipline and music is their life.
The music of The Brothers Burn Mountain is simple, yet complex. It is original and new, yet hauntingly familiar. They create songs that seem to have always been. Removing distractions from their lives, they are keen to remove sounds that are not the song. The music of The Brothers Burn Mountain is destined to stand the test of time.
Listen to A Better Man by MINT
Des Moines-based MINT is Bradford Johnson (The Magazines, Rozefield Rivals), Christian Peters (Hat Trick Heroes), and Scott Gratton (Canby). Formed last year as a writing and recording project while we were all taking breaks from other projects. MINT has played with the likes of Johnny Lang, Buddy Guy, Little River Band, and Vanilla Ice.
Listen to Here Now by James Biehn
Des Moines’ own James Biehn got his first taste of music when he began playing the trumpet at the age of 10. He picked up a guitar shortly after and hasn’t stopped since.
James continues to play live as a solo performer as well as with bands such as the McKenzies, the Nadas, the Jeff Banks Band, Hyde Park, and Soapbox Prophets. He is a first-call studio musician in central Iowa, and has contributed to albums by the Nadas, Bonne Finken, the Josh Davis Band as well as various commercial works. He has opened for national touring acts such as Buckcherry, Mike Doughty, Gov’t Mule, Big Head Todd and the Monsters, King’s X, and many more.
Main gate, Market: 4pm
BIKEIOWA night! Details