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LIVE REVIEW: 80/35 Music Festival (Day 2)

The second day of 2015’s 80/35 will not be a day forgotten any time soon. Despite a little bit of heat, the entire day was filled with memorable sets all the way from the evening’s headliner down to the smallest local band. It doesn’t happen often in the festival world, but it just felt like […]

2015 80/35 des moines music festival

LIVE REVIEW: 80/35 Music Festival (Day 1)

Day 1 of 2015’s 80/35 is in the books. The weather was beautiful, the music sounded great, the crowd showed endless enthusiasm and feet soreness is at a manageable level. The main stage, as promised in the 80/35 preview, did not disappoint. But, aside from the top-of-the-bill acts delivering expectedly shining performances, there were some […]

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UTG PREVIEW: Everything To Catch At This Year’s 80/35

With festival season in full swing across North America and beyond, all eyes are set on the beautiful city of Des Moines, Iowa this weekend for the all-too-stacked two-day lineup at 80/35. More than just a slew of amazing artists playing across three stages this July 10-11, 80/35 is an entire experience—from the food to […]

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LIVE REVIEW: Yellowcard, Finch & One OK Rock At Wooly’s in Des Moines, Iowa (4/10/15)

The roughly 700-person capacity Wooly’s music venue in Des Moines’ historic East Village was on fire last Friday for the high-energy triple-punch show of Yellowcard, Finch, and One OK Rock. One OK Rock sufficed in warming the crowd up with their set of aggressive rock songs. The crowd seemed receptive and impressed with the band’s […]

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80/35 Is The Best 60 Bucks You’ll Spend All Summer

The eighth annual 80/35 music festival, held in Des Moines, Iowa, has packed some major bang for your buck in this year’s lineup. At 59 dollars for a two-day pass, you get graced with artists such as Wilco, Weezer, Jenny Lewis, Run The Jewels, and many others. Not into two days for the event? One […]

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LIVE REVIEW: The Eagles in Des Moines, Iowa (9/6/2014)

There was no heartache inside Wells Fargo Arena as the Eagles brought its ‘History of the Eagles’ to the Midwest last Saturday evening. “It’s good to be back in the heartland,” guitarist and singer Glenn Frey said to the sold out thousands who packed the arena. The tour, which is designed around the Eagles documentary […]

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Max Jury Delivers Clever New Single, “Black Metal”

Des Moines, Iowa’s own singer-songwriter Max Jury debuted his brand new single, “Black Metal,” off of the upcoming EP, All I Want: The Sonic Factory Sessions via Clash yesterday. The song is a clever demise of a damsel who enjoys…you guessed it, black metal. Jury is at his best when channeling his unique style of […]

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LIVE REVIEW: KISS and Def Leppard in Des Moines, Iowa (8/20/2014)

“You wanted the best, you got the best. The hottest band in the world…KISS!” Forty years later and the hottest band in the world hasn’t lost its shine. KISS delivered a full-throttle destruction of Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines on August 20, winning the crowd over with a mixture of celebrated songs and on-stage […]

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UTG INTERVIEW: Max Jury @ 80/35

Max Jury is one of the fastest solo artists moving. Creating a dazzling name for himself both nationally and internationally, Jury has a seductive style of songwriting that is able to sweep you off your feet. Opening up for Lana Del Rey both in Chicago and overseas (including a show in Cork, Ireland this week), […]

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UTG VIDEO PREMIERE: MAIDS – “Bandits”

Self-described as “Midwest Disco,” the Des Moines dance duo MAIDS have delivered a sensually satisfactory new single in “Bandits.” The song, produced by Luke Pettipoole and Brandon Darner (The Envy Corps, Imagine Dragons), is smooth and seductive, with a transposed sense of simplicity not often captured with such passive grace. Listeners will find the track […]

3OH!3 announce Summer tour dates

3OH!3 have announced a string of four summer concerts. You can view the dates below. Joining 3OH!3 for these performances will be the Secret Handshake (7/25 – 7/26) and the Photo Atlas (7/28). Tour dates: 7.25.11 – Chicago, IL – Metro 7.26.11 – Des Moines, IA – People’s Court 7.28.11 – Denver, CO – Bluebird […]