This past week, I was able to sit down with Nate Carabaugh (known as XIX) to talk about the local rap and hip hop scene in Iowa. Although they’re a rare breed around these parts, XIX discusses his upbringings as a musician with plans for future projects. His newest EP, “Hello :)”, can be found on Spotify and Apple Music right now, and you should definitely check it out!
This past Sunday, I was lucky enough to catch the one and only Jade Bird at Wooly’s in Des Moines with some of our other KURE members. Our first time seeing her live was this past summer at Hinterland in St.Charles, IA. Since then, KURE has been blown away with her projects, including her newest self-titled album. This past weekend’s performance was no disappointment.
KURE has ventured to downtown Ames Mainstreet to experience Maximum Ames Music Festival. This nine year running DIY music fest showcases a wide variety of local talent we have right here in our community. Venues include bars, the public library, and even a church. There’s something for everyone, no matter your age or music taste.
Overall, I can’t say Black a horrible album. Like I said before, Rivers has some good performances, and throughout the album you can tell he puts some effort into his singing, but meanwhile the music overall just isn’t that groundbreaking or interesting. I would say to try giving it one listen and see how you feel about it after. Pretty much just a mediocre album in the end. But hey, I’m just being honest.
With being one of the greatest soul rock bands (being biased here, but seriously!), Alabama-natives St.Paul & The Broken Bones have been on the rise since 2014. Their latest album, “Young Sick Camellia”, has definitely tested the band with bringing blues, soul, and a little southern rock to their sound. St.Paul will also be playing at Hinterland Music Festival in St.Charles, IA next week! I had the chance to chat with Paul Janeway, the lead vocalist and frontman of the band.