Des Moines Social Club, Racquetball Court
June 28, 8 PM
Stewardesses (Ames, IA)
BANAL ANML (Chicago, IL)
Katrina Stonehart (Chicago, IL)
Gem Jones (Iowa City, IA)
Juxwl (Ames, IA)
DJ DJ TANNER (Des Moines, IA)
“Chicago by-way-of-seemingly-everywhere-else resident Drew Gibson has always had a way of achieving a height of sound greater than the bedroom pop ceiling. Like tracking the path of guitar cords through the mountain of effect pedals and still finding yourself baffled by the sheer weight of sound coming out of the speakers. It’s a mystery that’s carried him through four Katrina Stonehart cassettes on the Lillerne Tapes label alone, in addition to a wealth of other solo material and his work with the always excellent Baby Birds Don’t Drink Milk trio.”
-Tiny Mix Tapes
"Watching Juxwl perform is a lot like observing a scientist in a lab full of bizarre future instruments. But when you listen to the music, he’s completely creating moods and soundscapes and rhythm patterns and, perhaps most importantly, a freewheeling sense of chaos. Electronic noise that is the sound of exploration."
-Bryon Dudley, All Iowa Noise Insurgency
DJ DJ TANNER:
"As his name suggests DJ DJ Tanner is indebted to the hip-hop tradition of vinyl sampling, but simultaneously brings to mind The Caretaker in his evocation of a ghostly, melancholic, nostalgic past. …Constructed of looped vinyl samples of soul, funk, gospel, oldies, there are (albeit brief) moment that almost get down into a head bobbing groove. However, the warts and all presentation, pops and hisses, along with the light manipulation, echo, reverb and slowing down, give everything a slightly dark, ghostly vibe. It’s like flipping through the radio in a taxicab caught somewhere between decades"
-Drugs To Do Music To
"Stewardesses pull electronic music forward like waves, following a similar straight line but cresting above and crashing below, meeting only in the middle where the ocean is filled with bleeps and bloops and a thin white outline of reverb. When these songs drop, they drop like a Midwest blizzard."
"Music that is polished and on point in its composition, but with enough thrash and imperfection to still fell human in its execution. The jams modulate themselves well, tastefully accomplishing the task of never wearing out the vibe honing riffs and vocal melodies. Never a wasted guitar solo and never a blown synth tone, nothing but the crucial sleaze needed to accomplish the uproarious, but well maintained, and respectable party atmosphere that will never get too sloppy, but will still freak out any and all narcs. It’s ultimately about love, but ultimately about respect too."
More information at the Des Moines Social Club website.