Des Moines, yet another place where Bugs Bunny took a wrong turn on his way to Pismo Beach, is the home of Holy White Hounds, a genre-defying alt-rock band that flouts definition including that of genre-defying alt-rock band. Founded in 2005, this fearsome foursome plays angular rock with a refreshing newness and differentness powered by aggressive guitar beneath plaintive melodies.
You might think they do, but musicians don't owe you a damn thing. Now I'm not speaking of those shallow showbiz shills with all their kowtowing and condescension, but about artists who brilliantly marry words and melody together.
This show is for all you six-string aficionados, you swingin' Guitarzans, and guit-fiddle mechanics. Presenting the guitar from its muddy roots to its stratospheric vapor trail will be this expansive double bill starring blues legend Buddy Guy and innovative guitar master Jeff Beck.
While most performers struggle to establish an identity, Horst Christian Simco, better known as Riff Raff, spills out multiple aliases at a continuous pace: Jody Highroller, The Neon Python, and The Peach Panther are just a few of this rapper's alter egos. Riff Raff became an Internet sensation with tunes like "Bird on A Wire," a collaboration with Action Bronson that earned the pair millions of views, "Yesterday" with Snoop Dogg, and "Spazz Out," featuring drummer Travis Barker.
A staple on the music scene in Kingston, Jamaica, since 2009, JAH9 and The Dub Treatment is fronted by dub poet and social activist Janine Cunningham. JAH9 promotes messages of positivity and empowerment, layering poetry about gender and the African diaspora over playful, effervescent grooves, and the group's upcoming album, "9," due out in September, is listed by United Reggae as one of the "most anticipated reggae albums in 2016."
If you've ever watched shows like "Justified," "Sons of Anarchy," or "Preacher," there's a certain aesthetic of music that might immediately come to mind. It's a down and dirty brand of blues-rock, and Julie Rhodes embodies all that is wonderful about that genre.
Sometimes you just want to scratch the classic rock itch, but you like to keep your ear to the metaphorical ground when it comes to what's new. The Boston quartet Quilt has somehow concocted a wonderful mix of 70's balladry and modern dream pop that's landed them everywhere from NPR to "Last Call with Carson Daly."
Music at Incarnate Word is collaborating with the M.K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence for "Song of Peace," a concert described as "a choral celebration of peace within our community," and consists of a wide range of music from classics by Mendelssohn and Gerald Finzi to contemporary composers Dale Warland and Joan Szymko. The concert will be performed by East Ave Chorale (Colin Mann, conductor); pianist Kevin Nitsch; and Thatcher Lyman, the church's music director.
Last month's mass shooting at Orlando's Pulse nightclub was a horrific tragedy. But in the aftermath, many have been inspired to heartfelt acts to raise awareness of LGBTQ issues and to help the Pulse survivors and their families.
Dawes has an earnest and easy quality to its folk-drawn rock. The band's fourth and latest album, "All Your Favorite Bands," is full of honest, effortless vocals weighted with full snares and resonant, clean guitar lines.