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A Patchwork from the Past: Foxholes, February 1 at Rozz-Tox; In Rooms, January 25 at Rozz-Tox
Written By: Jeff Ignatius
Section: Music

Category: Feature Stories

2014-01-22 19:16:02

The Des Moines band Foxholes formed in late August 2012, and its first album is set to be released March 1. Can’t Help Myself is a surprisingly mature work, in the sense that a band this new has a clear sonic identity – rooted in late-’80s/early-’90s alternative rock – yet it doesn’t use its touchstones as crutches; the songs in no way suggest a group trying to find its feet over its first year-plus, or an ensemble beholden to its influences.

But the quartet – which will be performing its first show outside of the Des Moines and Ames areas at Rozz-Tox on February 1 – has indeed been a work in progress. And with a second full-length album planned for later this year, it’s evident that Foxholes moves quickly.


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A Re-Birth for Emo – and a Band: The World Is a Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid to Die, January 22 at Rozz-Tox
Written By: Jeff Ignatius
Section: Music

Category: Feature Stories

2014-01-08 18:02:58

In reviewing The World Is a Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid to Die’s Whenever, If Ever, Pitchfork.com said it’s “a rare debut that’s powered by an almost frightening will to live, a desperation that strongly suggests the people involved have no other option to deal with what’s inside of them.”

That’s a somewhat ironic assessment, given that the band almost didn’t complete the album. “We weren’t sure if everybody was going to break up or if we were going to finish the thing ... ,” guitarist Greg Horbal said in a phone interview last week. “I think for a while, even I was kind of like, ‘If we get this record done, it’ll be a miracle.’”


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No Joke: Har-di-Har, October 26 at Rozz-Tox
Written By: Jeff Ignatius
Section: Music

Category: Feature Stories

2013-10-22 15:08:37

Har-di-Har. Photo by Taylor Creery Photograpy.

There are many unusual things about the married-couple musical duo Har-di-Har, including the way songs swerve, shift, collapse, explode, die, and rise again with little warning. But it’s unlikely that you’ll get to hear their strangest songs when they perform at Rozz-Tox on Saturday.

Some odd bits first:

• The name Har-di-Har is drawn obliquely from the theme music of Star Trek: The Next Generation, and that information is as helpful as any of the other explanations given by the band.

• The pair shares a drum kit, with Julie Thoreen playing the “hands” and Andrew Thoreen the “feet.”

• People who purchase a USB drive with the band’s two EPs will get all future Har-di-Har releases uploaded to it for free at a live show.

• The Thoreens decided to pursue music before they’d played a single show as a band.

• Har-di-Har’s Facebook page calls its music “psychedelic dream pop intricately composed and played the way three-legged contests are won.”

“We cannot do anything the way other people do it,” Julie Thoreen said in a phone interview last week.


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The Turtle in the Race: The Sumner Brothers, June 11 at Rozz-Tox
Written By: Jeff Ignatius
Section: Music

Category: Feature Stories

2013-06-06 13:43:30

The Sumner Brothers

Several reviews of the Sumner Brothers’ second studio album, I’ll Be There Tomorrow, start similarly. No Depression’s begins: “There’s no reasonable explanation why I have not heard the Sumner Brothers before ... .”

Actually, there is a reasonable explanation. The Vancouver duo – playing Rozz-Tox on June 11 and recording a Daytrotter.com session while in the Quad Cities – has built a following in western Canada and the U.S. west coast over the past seven years; but it has never played “out east,” in Brian Sumner’s words. I didn’t ask, but I think “out east” likely includes the Midwest.

“We’re the turtle in the race, where we just kind of slowly grow every year,” he said in a phone interview last week.

But I’ll Be There Tomorrow is bringing a lot of new ears to the group following a self-titled studio album and two collections of home recordings. “It’s just careful planning on our part,” Brian said of the positive attention the 2012 release has received. The brothers have conscientiously cultivated media relationships, he said, which paid off when the record came out in September.


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The Reluctant Entertainer: John Fullbright, May 30 at Rozz-Tox
Written By: Jeff Ignatius
Section: Music

Category: Feature Stories

2013-05-23 14:09:45

John Fullbright. Photo by Vicki Farmer.

When John Fullbright plays at Rozz-Tox on May 30, expect a certain amount of ambivalence from the songwriter and musician.

I asked him in a recent phone interview whether he considers himself a good performer. “I think sometimes I am,” he said plainly.

It’s not that the 25-year-old Oklahoma native and resident doubts his chops, which earned him a Grammy nomination for his debut album, From the Ground Up. Rather, he’s not particularly comfortable in front of an audience.

“I don’t like getting on stage and saying the same jokes and doing the same thing and having a show,” he explained. “But at the same time ... that’s what people are paying for.”


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