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Top Shows: Dead Horse Trauma, Bottoms Up Blues Bash

Dead Horse Trauma

Friday: The Des Moines metal band Dead Horse Trauma returns to its hometown for a 6 p.m. show at Wooly’s, 504 E. Locust St. The band released its latest album, “Kill the Precedence,” last summer” and has been touring regularly in support ever since. Apathy Syndrome, RehTek and Murder Earth open. $8 in advance, $12 at the door. Go to

Bottoms Up Blues Bash

Saturday: The annual Bottoms Up Blues Bash, a fundraiser for Colon Cancer Awareness month, starts at 6:30 p.m. at Wooly’s, 504 E. Locust St. The lineup of acts includes The Candymakers, The Heath Alan Band featuring Matt Woods and Justin Appel, Dylan Boyle, Frank “Freight Train” Strong Jr. and others. $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Go to


Thursday: Des Moines band Canby will perform at 7 p.m. in the Basement Bar at the Des Moines Social Club, 900 Mulberry St. It’s a last-minute substitution for scheduled act The Maytags, featuring the full version of the Canby band. Canby released the EP “Alive Inside” in January and will be performing at SXSW later this month. The performance will be broadcast live on Iowa Public Radio as a part of the Live from Studio One series of concerts. Free.

Aaron Carter

Wednesday: Want to feel old? Iowa State freshmen were about a year old when Aaron Carter released his self-titled debut album. He’ll perform for them and others at 8 p.m. at The Maintenance Shop, 2229 Lincoln Way, Ames. The Backstreet Boy little brother’s hits include “Aaron’s Party (Come Get It)” and “That’s How I Beat Shaq.” $18 in advance, $20 at the door. Go to