Bratty punk duo Slutever played the Mews last week, were fun.
There have been some noteworthy shows around here recently that I wasn't able to give enough attention on the blog, such as Mantis Pincers' tape release party and Bright Eyes' weirdly belated Des Moines debut. And there should be some interesting stuff coming up before it gets too cold-- off the top of my head, my potential highlights: New York indie-poppers the Drums, mysterious electronic poppers Purity Ring (who are also touring with Neon Indian, and whose "Ungirthed" 7" I really wish I had bought before it sold out), the Seed of Something's tape release party, Blink-182 and My Chemical Romance (just because), Yelawolf, Explosions in the Sky, maybe Pretty Lights or Bassnectar (dubsteppy dudes), Gillian Welch.

Oh yeah, and I'm DJing outside at the PBR bar a second time on Aug. 27, which is free; I'll also be DJing inside between sets Aug. 30 for Patrick Tape Fleming's birthday party, headlined by Fishboy, a night that will be a highlight for sure, my record selections notwithstanding...

As always, please don't hesitate to tell me what I'm missing!

UPDATE: The indefatigable Chet Boom has reminded me I forgot about Ames and Grinnell. Which is a pretty big omission, considering the M Shop in Ames is getting Cymbals Eat Guitars (with Hooray for Earth, who I recently reviewed for eMusic) and Braids, and Grinnell College is bringing Dan Deacon, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Bass Drum of Death, and Dam-Funk, among others.



Slanted and enchanted.
It's been an eventful several weeks, not that you'd know it by my recent posting around here. Since Des Moines' own 80/35 Music Festival on July 4 weekend, I've been to Chicago twice, first for the Pitchfork Music Festival and then this past weekend for Lollapalooza (which I'd actually never been to before).

What direction should we choose?
At Pitchfork, I wrote a quick little thing about tUnE-YarDs, but the real highlight for me was Deerhunter, who, OK, I'm definitely a huge fanboy for,  but the way they'd just string maybe three of their songs together and then stretch them out into space-rock jams, confident the crowd would go along with them but not totally oblivious to audience reaction like the ultra-boring Animal Collective a night earlier, well, it was just fantastic, and singer/guitarist Bradford Cox didn't really say much, but at one point I remember him complaining about those "fucking crypto-fascists," which was already hilarious and the kind of thing you want your noise-rock icons to say, but then he followed it by adding, "I don't know what that means; I was just trying to sound smart." Fleet Foxes, who headlined the second night, were also awesome, every bit as amazing as on record-- such gorgeous harmonies, and it felt like every song they picked was one I liked more than the last. "Oh, man, I don't think it's going to get better than that. Oh, wait, THIS song? I love this song!"

La cocaina no es buena para su salud.
At Lollapalooza, I was there as a member of the press, covering the event with the hard-working, very cool team from SPIN magazine. They'd all done this together before at Bonnaroo, but were kind enough to welcome me into the fold. Skin-reddening sun, wallet-destroying rain, Pete Wentz: I saw it all. For SPIN.com, I wrote about Kid Cudi, Arctic Monkeys, the Cars, Lia Ices, Titus Andronicus, Lykke Li, Beirut, Local Natives, Mayer Hawthorne, Friendly Fires, Disappears, Ratatat, A Perfect Circle, White Lies, Foster the People, Naked and Famous, Ryan Leslie, and Crystal Castles. (I guess I'd especially recommend the posts on BeirutLocal Natives, Crystal CastlesTitus Andronicus, Foster the People, and Lykke Li, in that order.)

Sweat drips from your pores like the falls of Niagara. 
As of today, I can also share an online radio station that eMusic has allowed me to put together. The genre is nominally "indie rock," but they've kindly let me take a pretty expansive view of that genre, encompassing electronic music, hip-hop, and some local favorites along with archetypal indie bands. There was other stuff I might've included, because not every label is in eMusic's catalogue these days, but I think there's still a lot here to enjoy. The songs are on shuffle, but you can see the full selection after the jump: