Locusic for Businesses

barThere’s now a business version of Locusic with a customer-friendly playlist to delight your patrons and coworkers!

You know how when you go into a bar, restaurant, coffee shop, grocery store, or elevator there’s music playing in the background? If it’s dead silent it seems kind of creepy right?

Locusic now has a great background music solution for businesses who want to celebrate the local music scene and not be creepy. It includes a completely ad-free, curated, business-friendly playlist.

The House Of Bricks in Des Moines is the first local business using Locusic as background music. They’ve been using it for a couple weeks now. If you’re in Des Moines, head on over there and check it out.

Use Locusic for Businesses to provide music for your customers (bar, restaurant, salon, gallery, store, tattoo parlor, etc.), or if you just want a fresh music solution for you and your co-workers.

If you run a business (in central Iowa or the Twin Cities) and need background music or want to show your support for local artists, let us know and we’ll get you hooked up!


Photo credit: Kent Wang on Flickr

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Locusic Android App


Locusic Android AppLocusic now has an Android App!

It’s available in Google Play now.

It works pretty much just like the web app, but:

  • It’s on your phone.
  • It has a cool icon you can put on your home screen.
  • There’s no unsightly url bar taking up space.
  • It plays and goes to the next song even if your screen turns off.
  • The music pauses, or the volume decreases if allowed, when another app (like navigation) needs to talk to you.
  • It pauses the music if you accidentally (or on purpose) pull your headphone plug out of the jack.

Currently (as of June 4, 2014), the app, just like the web app, will only play music if your current (or home) location is within 50 miles of Des Moines, IA or Chanhassen, MN.

So go download it and try it out. If you like it, give us a good rating in Google Play.

If something doesn’t work, or you have a request, let us know. We’re already working on a couple improvements.

For all our iPhone/iPad users, we’ll be releasing an iOS Locusic app in the near future, so stay tuned.

(Here’s the direct link:

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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!


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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.


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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!



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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.


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How To Meet Other Musicians

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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!


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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


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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.


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