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Upload Enabled Across Iowa

Iowa flag on state outlineWe just enable “upload” for the entire state of Iowa. Now All musicians and bands in Iowa (not just central IA) with original music can setup a profile (for free) at

The player functionality of Locusic is still only live in central Iowa and the Minneapolis areas (as of today, April 1, 2014). The player, or listening, portion of Locusic will become active later in other areas of Iowa once we have a decent amount of music in those areas. (We don’t want to launch the player if there’s nothing to listen to).

Soon all bands across Iowa will be able to get free airplay to local listeners (the ones who are close enough to come to their shows) on Locusic.

So if you have friends in bands based in Iowa City, Cedar Rapids, Cedar Falls, Muscatine, Davenport, Dubuque, Sioux City, Council Bluffs, Waterloo, Marion, Bettendorf, Mason City, Clear Lake, Decorah, Clinton, Burlington, Ottumwa, Fort Dodge, Coralville, Carroll, Algona, Spencer, Fort Madison, Atlantic, Oskaloosa, Shenandoah, or Storm Lake (or any town in-between), let ‘em know what’s up with Locusic!


Please share this news with the musicians and bands that you know in all areas of Iowa!


Locusic’s New Look

We recently rolled out an all new redesigned version of the Locusic site!

Here’s a rundown of just some of the changes…

General Look & Layout

The whole look of the site has been refreshed. It now has what we call in the tech world, a Responsive Layout. That means it looks good on any screen of any size or shape (including tablets and mobile phones). As you change your browser window size, the components will re-size and re-flow to accommodate the new window size.



Menu Button & Menu

In the left of the header is a menu button. When you click it, you get the list of available actions you can take. That includes Player Settings (to change the location and/or genre your’re listening to), Artist List (to see the list of Artists that have music on Locusic), Account Settings (to update your profile, upload songs, etc.), …








Player Settings

Player Settings is the default page after you log in. It shows your location options (home and current) and the list of genres available at those locations. The genre list and number of songs for each one updates when you change your selected location. The first item in the Menu (shown above) takes you to the Player Settings. When music is playing, the Player Settings is available by clicking the gear/settings button in the updated player controls.



While Playing

When music is playing, the Artist’s image now fills the screen. Depending on your screen size/shape and the size and aspect ratio of the artist’s profile image, it may pan back and forth so you can see the whole contents.



Track Info

When a song is playing, the track info is now given in the space at the bottom of the screen. Also, it now includes a progress bar and track duration. Clicking the “More info” link brings up the Artist’s bio information. Depending on the size and shape of the screen, if in landscape mode, the Track Information section may move over to the right of the screen instead (see some of the screenshots below).



Thumbs Up/Down

The rating buttons (thumbs up/down) are now located along with the other track information.




Here’s a bunch more random screenshots – just for kicks… :)


Iowa Concert Photographers Reception

photo courtesy Cody Osen, Iowa Concert Photographers

There’s a great, unique event tonight (1/24/2014) celebrating the local music scene in Des Moines and some of best that choose to photograph it.

It’s a reception for a gallery exhibit of local concert photos by the Iowa Concert Photographers . The exhibit and reception are at Grandview University‘s Cowles Communication Center Gallery.

This group of talented concert photographers does some Amazing work! And their dedication to the local music scene has really shone a spotlight on music being made in central Iowa.

There’s another great article about this event on the Band Bombshell site.
My favorite quote from photographer, Cody Osen: “The fact that there was music this good coming out of Des Moines—and so much of it—just blew my mind.”

The same can be said of most local music scenes and that’s exactly why Locusic exists.

The gallery reception is from 6-8pm. For more details, check out the facebook event page.

If you can’t make it out tonight, the exhibit runs through Feb 14th.


Posted on January 24, 2014 at 12:59 pm by Jake · Permalink · 27 Comments
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Locusic Winners of 2013

I expect 2014 to be a pretty big year for Locusic.

We have lots of news coming – to be among the first to hear it – and to find out how you can help us out from time to time -put in a request to join our secret society group, Locusic Backstage, on Facebook (only for Locusic super fans).

But first, to put the wrap on 2013, we’d like to recognize our top artist and listener of the year – according to the Locusic data banks (for central IA and MSP). So without further ado…


Most Popular Artist

The artist with the most “Thumbs Up’s” on Locusic in 2013 was:

Bonne Finken of Des Moines, IA

The Runner-Up was Randy Burk and the Prisoners, also of Des Moines.


Biggest Local Music Supporter

The user who listened to Locusic the most in 2013 was:

Tim Rons of Ames, IA


To the winners (Tim, Bonne, Randy, and their respective band members)… you are all eligible for a free Locusic T-shirt or some random local music merch item of our choosing. Contact us by Feb 1 however you would prefer (facebook, twitter, email, contact page, etc.) and we’ll figure out how to your prize to you.

Thanks everyone!



Posted on January 5, 2014 at 6:29 pm by Jake · Permalink · 46 Comments
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Holy White Hounds Interview

The Des Moines band, Holy White Hounds, have a new EP out. It’s called, “Oh Mama” and it sounds amazing!

They’ve gotten a whole ton of press lately. So here’s some more!

We caught up with frontman Brenton Dean of HWH for a quick interview…

Locusic: For those unfamiliar with your music, how would you describe it?

HWH: We don’t describe it really. You could call it rock but I don’t like doing that too much. The word rock covers everything from Katy Perry to Bob Dylan depending on who you ask. I believe it was the great John Frusciante who said, “I feel that when you speak about things your diarrhea’ing all over them. You just ruin whatever your talking about.” That kinda sums up my fear of describing our music.

Locusic: From what I’ve heard of the new album, it sounds really well produced. Where did you have it done and what was the recording process like?

HWH: We recorded the EP at Sonic Factory here in town. Branden Darner produced it and Micah Natera engineered. So yes, very well produced. Those guys do great work. We spent some time mixing out at ARC studio in Omaha as well. That was a great time. The recording process was pretty laid back. We put in a couple long days and then took our time putting the touches on it here and there over the next couple weeks. We ate and drank a lot throughout the recording. So I guess we kept it pretty loose.

Locusic: What do you guys do when you’re not working on your music?

HWH: That’s a tricky question because I’m never without music. It sounds fuckin’ corny, but truly, I am so rarely without a song developing in my mind. If that wasn’t the case I don’t think I would play music at all. What would be the point in putting myself out there like that if I didn’t feel innately driven to do it? It’s hard work, being in a band. Luckily I got someone like Ambrose [Lupercal], who is a super disciplined guy. If we are not working on our music we are probably talking about working on our music… working on not pushing up daisies.

Locusic: Where can people get a copy of the new album?

HWH: Best way to get a copy is certainly to come to a show and buy one! Although, for the lame ducks out there, it will be up on iTunes very soon.


Speaking of shows, you can go see Holy White Hounds at Octopus College Hill in Cedar Falls on 11/15 or at the Gas Lamp in Des Moines on 12/28.

Also, be sure to follow them on Facebook and Twitter and listen for them on Locusic (in Des Moines under Rock). And checkout their latest video for Switchblade off the new EP.


Posted on November 5, 2013 at 12:47 pm by Jake · Permalink · 49 Comments
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How To Meet Other Musicians

Photo courtesy of

Ready to get out of the basement? Have you perfected your signature guitar moves in front of the mirror? It’s time to meet up with some like-minded musicians and start something! Once you have the itch to start up a band of brothers or sisters, it must be scratched. It seems so simple, just go find other musicians, but people don’t religiously flock to venues to swap ideas as much as they used to. You know, that whole internet thing eliminated some of that. Here are ways you can find other musicians and start living the ‘How We Met’ portion of your future ‘Behind The Music’ special.


1.       Shows

Is there a local band you really like? Go see them. Talk to them afterwards. Chances are they would love to talk about music, aspirations, people they know looking for a band, etc. The easy access of the internet has made people less likely to be bold and be the first to approach someone, but BE BOLD.

How did Keith Moon become the drummer of The Who? He talked to them after a show and told them he was better than their drummer. Courtney Love talked her way into Faith No More after a show while wearing a wedding dress. Don’t be afraid to put yourself out there. Chances are, there are musicians at the show doing the exact same thing you are…so find them, too!



Band Mix is basically a for musicians to check out each other’s profiles and find matches for their band or music project. No love connections here, just individual musicians seeking band mates. Band Mix allows you to search by location, genre, instruments played, and even vocal range. Your profile allows you to upload audio, photos, and specify what kinds of musicians you’re seeking.


3.       Music Stores (Equipment, Records, Head Shops…)

Flyers, conversation, and recommendations! Oh my! Generally, people who work at music stores are musicians, or aficionados of the local music scene. Ask questions. They’re at work and they’re bored. (See: High Fidelity)

They would love to talk with you about the latest gear, latest band, or latest band that broke up. (Stray musicians! Go find them!)


Already in a band? How did you find your band family? We want to know!


Posted on June 4, 2013 at 11:55 am by Liz · Permalink · 125 Comments
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Hear Here DSM (5/9 – 14)

Thursday, May 9th

*Dillinger Escape Plan (with The Faceless, Royal Thunder, The Maw, The Curse of Hail) – Wooly’s @ 7 p.m.

Open Jam with Fat Tuesday & the Greasefire Keys – Gas Lamp @ 9 p.m.

Rock Island Rollers – Music in the Junction @ 5:30 p.m.

David Zollo – Coda Lounge @ 6 p.m.

Ben Wantland – Confluence Brewing @ 7 p.m.

*Open Mic With Mary McAdams – Ritual Café @ 7 p.m.

Soul Searchers – Greenwood Lounge @ 9 p.m.

Brigette Newman, Big Joe Kinser Band – The Underground @ 9 p.m.

Friday, May 10th

Damien Jurado (with Canby) – Vaudeville Mews @ 6:30 p.m.

*Young Man (with Dustin Smith & the Sunday Silos, Annalibera) – Vaudeville Mews @ 9:30 p.m.

Chad Elliot – Café Baratta’s @ 11:30 a.m.

Drew Nelson – Ritual Café @ 7 p.m.

Jade & Company – Fire Creek Restaurant @ 7 p.m.

James Biehn – Greenwood Lounge @ 9 p.m.

Alvarez Gots Crabbs – Underground @ 9 p.m.

Infuzion – Bourbon Street @ 9 p.m.

*Randy Burk & The Prisoners – Hull Ave Tavern @ 9 p.m.

Work Release Party with Bob Pace & the Dangerous Band – Gas Lamp @ 4:30 p.m.

Wrap Around Jacket – Gas Lamp @ 9 p.m.

Parlours & Mint (with Glacier Island) – Wooly’s @ 8 p.m.

*Dark Mirror, Patient, Blacked Out World, In Troubled Times – House of Bricks @ 9:30 p.m.

Tech N9ne – Val Air Ballroom @ 8 p.m.

Saturday, May 11th

Colin Gilmore (with Sonny Humbucker Band) – Vaudeville Mews @ 6 p.m.

The Laureates (with New Member Charles, Wolves In The Attic) – Vaudeville Mews @ 9:30 p.m.

Bill Matykowski – Smokey Row @ 7 p.m.

Home Grown with Tajh – Mars Café @ 7 p.m.

David Zollo – Raccoon River Brewing Company @ 9 p.m.

James Biehn – Star Bar @ 9 p.m.

Signal – Greenwood Lounge @ 9 p.m.

Crooked Mile – The Thirsty Sportsman @ 9 p.m.

Kelly Steward & The Restless Kind – Gas Lamp @ 9 p.m.

*Thankful Dirt, Deadnote, Madam Jules, The New Bodies, Jacob County and the Damaged Goods – House of Bricks @ 7 p.m.

Sunday, May 12th

Iowa’s Lyricist Lounge Networking Show – Vaudeville Mews @ 5 p.m.

Escape The Fate (with Glamour o f the Kill, Twenty 2 Salute, Ignore The Script) – Wooly’s @ 7 p.m.

Matt Woods – El Bait Shop @ 8 p.m.

World Music Sundays – Star Bar @ 9 p.m.

Monday, May 13th

Falling in Reverse (with American Fang, Switchblade Saturdays) – Wooly’s @ 7 p.m.

The Midnight Ghost Train – Gas Lamp @ 9 p.m.

Tuesday, May 14th

Spongecake & the Fluff Ramblers (with Smoothsayers, Chick With Dick) – Vaudeville Mews @ 8:30 p.m.

* – Features Locusic Artist


Posted on May 9, 2013 at 10:14 am by Liz · Permalink · 39 Comments
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Hear Here DSM (4/25 – 4/30)

Thursday, April 25th

Early Graves (with Approaching Nain) – Vaudeville Mews @ 6 p.m.

Fort Frances (with Canby) – Vaudeville Mews @ 9:30 p.m.

Chad Elliot – Coda Lounge @ 6 p.m.

Andy Fleming – Confluence Brewing @ 7 p.m.

Soul Searchers – Greenwood Lounge @ 9 p.m.

Open Jam (with Fat Tuesday & the Greasefire Keys) – Gas Lamp @ 9 p.m.

Scott Holt – Gas Lamp @ 7 p.m.

Songwriter Night – House of Bricks @ 8 p.m.

Friday, April 26th

Pert Near Sandstone (with Mr. Babers Neighbors, Poppa Neptune) – Wooly’s @ 9 p.m.

Alex Kintzle, Joshua & Kristen Putney – Mars Café @ 7 p.m.

Women Writers in the Round (Jen Allen, Lavonne McRoberts, Kat Darling, Patresa Hartman) – Ritual Café @ 7 p.m.

One2Punch – Fire Creek Restaurant @ 7 p.m.

Tony Bohnenkamp – The Garage (Indianola) – 8 p.m.

Sutherland, Ankum & Thompson – Greenwood Lounge @ 9 p.m.

Los Saltinos – Star Bar @ 9 p.m.

The Smoothsayers (with Aries Rising) – The Underground @ 9 p.m.

Work Release Party (with Bob Pace & the Dangerous Band) – Gas Lamp @ 4:30 p.m.

North of Grand 10th Anniversary Show – Gas Lamp @ 9 p.m.

Lady Soal, Jym Crow, The Candeez – House of Bricks @ 9:30 p.m.

Viva Montesa (with The Usual Things, Bad Friends) – Vaudeville Mews @ 5:30 p.m.

My Gold Mask (with Clocks & Clouds, Is Home Is, Unknown Component) – Vaudeville Mews @ 9:30 p.m.

Saturday, April 27th

Dead Larry CD Release Show (with Mighty Shady, Useful Jenkins, Joey Ficken) – Wooly’s @ 8 p.m.

Unity, No One, Nest of Snakes – House of Bricks @ 5 p.m.

Driver, Ashes Armada, The Austin Taft Soundtrack – House of Bricks @ 9:30 p.m.

Joe Ghormley – Smokey Row @ 7 p.m.

Aquamarine Dream Machine – Lot 33 @ 8:30 p.m.

Max Eubank – Star Bar @ 9 p.m.

Randy Burk & The Prisoners – Raccoon River Brewery @ 9 p.m.

Crooked Mile – Greenwood Lounge @ 9 p.m.

Hymn For Her (with Molly Gene One Whoaman Band) – Gas Lamp @ 9 p.m.

Playing Our Part Earth Month Benefit (with Cause For Concern, Crystal City, The Getaway Scene, Stone Mills) – Vaudeville Mews @ 5 p.m.

H.D. Harmsen & the Electrophones (with Gloom Balloon, Derek Lambert) – Vaudeville Mews @ 9:30 p.m.

Sunday, April 28th

Battle of the Bands (Kayla Marie Thompson, G24, The Beaches, Black Star Alliance, Elise Marie and the Southern Fried Chicken Cluckers, Cameron, Old Road Riot, Secondary Grey, Reed) – Vaudeville Mews @ 3:30 p.m.

Fruition – El Bait Shop @ 8 p.m.

Tommy Castro & the Pain Killers – Gas Lamp @ 7 p.m.

Monday, April 29th

Quiet Hollers (with Patterson 215, Ben Wantland, Luke Fox) – Vaudeville Mews @ 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, April 30th

Josiah Leming (with One Love) – Vaudeville Mews @ 6 p.m.


Posted on April 25, 2013 at 5:20 pm by Liz · Permalink · 68 Comments
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Hear Here DSM (4/17 – 4/23)

Wednesday, April 17th

Rebelution (with J BOOG, Hot Rain) – Wooly’s @ 8 p.m.

Josh Davis – Raccoon River @ 7:30 p.m.

The High Roller Express – Hull Ave Tavern @ 6 p.m.

Ben Wantland – Greenwood Lounge @ 8 p.m.

*Aquamarine Dream Machine – El Bait Shop @ 8 p.m.

Bob Pace & The Dangerous Band – Zimm’s @ 7 p.m.

Matt Logan – Fire Creek Restaurant @ 6:30 p.m.

J.D. McPherson (with Dustin Smith) – Vaudeville Mews @ 7 p.m.

Korby Lenker (with Ryne Doughty) – Gas Lamp @ 9 p.m.

Thursday, April 18th

99 Bottles (with Violent Knights, 6000 Wings & the Bended Bow) – Vaudeville Mews @ 5 p.m.

*Sorne (with Is Home Is) – Vaudeville Mews @ 9:30 p.m.

Rainbow Penley – Coda Lounge @ 6 p.m.

David Zollo – Confluence Brewing Company @ 7 p.m.

Soul Searchers – Greenwood Lounge @ 9 p.m.

Laradee & The Positives – Star Bar @ 9 p.m.

Gas Lamp’s Open Jam (with Fat Tuesday & the Greasefire Keys) – Gas Lamp @ 9 p.m.

*Joe Goodkin of Paper Arrows & Dustin Smith – Gas Lamp @ 7 p.m.

Friday, April 19th

GWAR (with Wilson, Warbeast) – Wooly’s @ 8 p.m.

The Jeff Bands Band – Greenwood Lounge @ 9 p.m.

*Bonne Finken (with Seth Hedquist, Scott Dawson) – The Grapevine @ 7 p.m. (must RSVP)

*Shady at Best (with Luke Fox) – The Underground @ 9 p.m.

Dhobi Fats (with Quick Piss, The Beaches, Stillborn Mammoth) – Vaudeville Mews @ 5 p.m.

Rex Manning Day: An Ode to the 90s – Vaudeville Mews @ 9:30 p.m.

Gas Lamp’s Work Release Party (with Bob Pace & the Dangerous Band) – Gas Lamp @ 4:30 p.m.

Tweed Funk – Gas Lamp @ 9 p.m.

R.S.V.P. – House of Bricks @ 9:30 p.m.

Saturday, April 20th

*Dead Horse Trauma CD Release – Wooly’s @ 5 p.m.

Euforquestra (with Blue Martian Tribe) – Wooly’s @ 10 p.m.

The End (Beatles Tribute Band) – Raccoon River Brewing Company @ 9 p.m.

Heath Alan Band – Greenwood Lounge @ 9 p.m.

Bill Matykowski – Smokey Row @ 7 p.m.

The Lowdown, Fancy Pants – The Underground @ 9 p.m.

The Shams (with Michelle McGuire) – Gas Lamp @ 9 p.m.

He’s My Brother She’s My Sister (with Ramona and the Swimsuits) – Vaudeville Mews @ 8:30 p.m.

Sunday, April 21st

*Broadway Calls (with Muddy Rails, No Good Deed, 515) – Vaudeville Mews @ 5 p.m.

Is/Is (with MediumPENIS) – Vaudeville Mews @ 9:30 p.m.

The Dark Royals – El Bait Shop @ 8 p.m.

*Vesta Salon Rockin’ Earth Month featuring Tony Bohnenkamp & Crooked Mile – Gas Lamp @ 4 p.m.

Monday, April 22nd

WhiteWater Ramble (with Tallgrass) – Wooly’s @ 9 p.m.

Tuesday, April 23rd

Vampirates (with Die Mutts, Nancy Grace Death Squad, Scarlett Isis and the Hooker Bodies, The Glashtens) – Vaudeville Mews @ 5 p.m.




Posted on April 17, 2013 at 5:41 pm by Liz · Permalink · 38 Comments
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Hear Here MSP (4/11 – 4/17)

Minneapolis Skyline

Thursday, April 11th

Matt Stanton, Rachael & The Ranch Hand Resistance – Lee’s Liquor Lounge @ 10 p.m.

Doug Otto and the Getaways – 331 Club @ 9:30 p.m.

Twenty one pilots (with New Politics, Five Knives) – Triple Rock @ 7 p.m.

STS9 (with Russ Liquid) – Mainroom at First Avenue @ 7 p.m.

The Protomen (with Young & Tender) – 7th Street Entry @ 8 p.m.

Friday, April 12th

The Union Suits, Whitey Morgan & the 78’s – Lee’s Liquor Lounge @ 9:30 p.m.

That 1 Guy (with Captain Ahabs Motorcycle Club) – Cabooze @ 10 p.m.

Prof (with Mac Lethal, I Self Devine, Haphduzn) – Mainroom at First Avenue @ 8 p.m.

The Men (with Gun Outfit, Fury Things) – 7th Street Entry @ 8 p.m.

Phosphorescent (with Strand of Oaks) – Turf Club @ 8 p.m.

Brian Laidlaw and the Family Shade, Phillips Phonograph – 331 Club @ 10 p.m.

Saturday, April 13th

Neil Dynamite & The Heartlights, The Joseph Bell, King Tuesday – Lee’s Liquor Lounge @ 9:30 p.m.

Prof (with Mod Sun, Culture Cry Wolf, Meta) – Mainroom at First Avenue @ 6 p.m.

Akron/Family (with Red Daughters, M. Geddes Gengras) – 7th Street Entry @ 8 p.m.

Family of the Year, The Mowgli’s (with Lydia Hoglund) – Triple Rock @ 8 p.m.

The Ike Reilly Assassination (with Little Man) – Turf Club @ 8 p.m.

Juno What?! (with Turkuaz) – Cabooze @ 10 p.m.

Black Church Service – 331 Club @ 10 p.m.

Sunday, April 14th

Monday, April 15th

Dan Lund & Buffaloaf – Lee’s Liquor Lounge @ 8:30 p.m.

Young Man (with The Weeks) – 7th Street Entry @ 7:30 p.m.

Pocahontas County, The Roe Family Singers, Mother Banjo – 331 Club @ 6:30 p.m.

Tuesday, April 16th

Hollywood Blvd – Lee’s Liquor Lounge @9:30 p.m.

Valley Meadows – 331 Club @ 10 p.m.

Purling Hiss (with Hollow Boys) – 7th Street Entry @ 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, April 17th

The Riverside Swing Band – Lee’s Liquor Lounge @ 9 p.m.

Trampled By Turtles (with Actual Wolf, Fever Dream) – Mainroom at First Avenue @ 7 p.m.

Trampled By Turtles 7th Street Takeover (with Fat Kid Wednesdays, Sans Souci Quartet, Next of Kin) – 7th Street Entry @ 7 p.m.

Now, Now and The Lonely Forest (with Prissy Clerks) – Triple Rock @ 7:30 p.m.

Soap (with Headband Jam) – Cabooze @ 10 p.m.

R.K. Mischo, The Dang O’ Tri’ole – 331 Club @ 7 p.m.


Posted on April 11, 2013 at 6:05 pm by Liz · Permalink · 31 Comments
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