The River Monks.
Top 4 picks: May 14-20
Published on May 13th, 2014 | by Ameena Rasheed
The River Monks
Friday: The Des Moines folk rock band The River Monks celebrates the release of its second album, “Home Is the House,” with release shows at 5 and 9:30 p.m. at Vaudeville Mews, 212 Fourth St. The band features five-part vocal harmonies and has toured the country and opened for acts like The Lumineers and S. Carey. Last month the album’s first video, “Beasts,” debuted on USA Today. Dylan Sires & Neighbors and GoodcaT open the early show, Land of Blood and Sunshine and Har-di-Har open the late show. $7 each. Go to vaudevillemews.com.
Saturday: The Scottish instrumental rock group Mogwai performs at 8 p.m. at Wooly’s, 504 E. Locust St. Mogwai has been performing for nearly 20 years, winning over fans with epic songs, an impressive stage show and heavy support from the legendary DJ John Peel. The group’s eighth album, “Rave Tapes,” came out in January, and the band recently provided the soundtrack for the French series “The Returned.” $17.50 in advance at ticketfly.com, $20 day of show.
Iowa Blues Challenge
Saturday: The Central Iowa Blues Society holds its annual Iowa Blues Challenge for bands at 7 p.m. at Hotel Fort Des Moines, 1000 Walnut St. Performing bands include The Harris Collection, The Mercury Brothers, Hot Tamale & The Red Hots and Jefferson County Green Band. The winning band gets cash, recording time and entry and travel expenses paid for the 2015 International Blues Challenge in Memphis. $10. Go to cibs.org.
Sunday: Los Angeles hardcore band Suicidal Tendencies plays at 7 p.m. at Wooly’s, 504 E. Locust St. The band is known for hits like “Institutionalized” and “Nobody Hears” and the intensity of singer Mike Muir. The band released its ninth album, “13,” last year. It was its first new release in over a decade. Green Death, Heavyweight and Outsiders open. $20 in advance through ticketfly.com, $22 at the door.