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Winterfest Jan. 26

Saturday, Jan. 26, 7-10:15 pm

at the Fisher Community Center Auditorium
709 S. Center St., Marshalltown
Tickets are $12.50

This is the Orpheum’s annual progressive rock event, which this year will feature SIRES (She’s Got the Pox) and Halfloves (No Suspicion ); they’re great artists of this popular genre!

SIRES has quite the fresh collection of diverse music. It is a refreshing reminder that rock n’ roll can be both brash and heartbreakingly seductive. SIRES’ soulful croon is deeply rooted in the pre-70s American songbook, while still somehow managing to blend modern Indie Rock in with the music feeling very direct and immediate. SIRES may show its appreciation for bygone eras, but this band is definitely writing songs for this very moment.

“Cedar Falls based Dylan Sires and (his band) harken back to the days of 50’s love songs, 60’s harmony laden tracks, and 80’s power pop. All with a modern flair a la Vampire Weekend. With feel good melodies and a dynamic live show, they’re certainly a group you should consider adding to your music library.” — Buzzfeed THE BEST INDIE BANDS YOU’VE NEVER HEARD OF (from IOWA).

Hailed as “the best currently active rock band in Iowa” by the Iowa Informer, indie rock outfit Halfloves offers a variety of songs on its self-titled debut album made with renowned producer Brandon Darner (Imagine Dragons, The Envy Corps). Halfloves mixes pop sensibilities with heady textures and space to create an emotionally charged sound.  The band has crafted dark moody pop (most recently) with help from trendy Iowa producer Brandon Darner (Imagine Dragons, Holy White Hounds). The newest album has its roots in The Olympics, but with the firm hand of Darner the band has much more confidence and polish. A focus on melancholy keyboards and bass guitar gives the album a vibe reminiscent of the post-punk “New Romantic” New Wave sound of bands like Talk Talk and Roxy Music and, more recently Phoenix, Franz Ferdinand and The Killers (before Brandon Flowers decided to be Bruce Springsteen).

Halfloves will perform a 90 minute set from 7 to 8:30, followed by SIRES from 8:45 to 10:15.

Ticket information

Tickets will be available for purchase at the door on Jan. 26. To be assured that you have a seat, you can call Bob or Tammy ahead of time and reserve tickets in your name. You can pick up your tickets at Will Call and pay when you arrive.

Directions to the venue

This concert is at the Fisher Community Center’s Auditorium at 709 S. Center St.; ample parking is available in front of the building.