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Published on December 24th, 2013 | by Joe Lawler

The Hometown Holiday Hoedown

Friday: Des Moines metal band Dead Horse Trauma wraps up a busy year with the Hometown Holiday Hoedown starting at 5 p.m. at House of Bricks, 525 E. Grand Ave. The show also featured the first reunion show by the band deadfront, which features former members of Slipknot, Stone Sour, Downthesun and others. Also performing will be As for You and Corpse. $5, and canned food donations are encouraged. Go to

Parranderos Latin Combo

Saturday: Des Moines’ Parranderos Latin Combo performs at 9:30 p.m. at Americana, 1312 Locust St. The band is performing to raise money to record its first album, which will be produced by Grammy winner Ramon Martinez. The group is heading to Puerto Rico in February to record. Admission is free, but donations are accepted. Go to


Saturday: Bonne Finken headlines an evening of music starting at 9 p.m. at Gas Lamp, 1501 Grand Ave. Also on the bill are Holy White Hounds, Hath No Fury and the Iowa City band Velcro Moxie. The concert celebrates the birth of Chad Taylor, who uses words in a descriptive manner to cover music. $5. Go to

DG’s New Year’s Eve Party

Tuesday: ISU students are out of town for the holidays, so townies will have the run of DG’s Tap House, 125 Main St., for a New Year’s Eve Party starting at 7 p.m. The evening features performances by Mumford’s, Trouble Lights, Minneapolis musician Mark Mallman, Doctor Murdock and is the Ames release show for the new Jordan Mayland and the Thermal Detonators album. $10. Go to

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