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Top 4 shows: July 1-7

Electric Jury and Strong Like Bear

Thursday: The Ames bands Electric Jury and Strong Like Bear perform Black Sabbath’s classic album “Paranoid” in its entirety at 9:30 p.m. at DG’s Tap House, 125 Main St., Ames. The album is full of notable songs, including “War Pigs,” “Iron Man” and “Paranoid.” $8. Go to

Jazz in July

Friday through Aug. 1: Metro Arts hosts its annual Jazz in July celebration with concerts around the city starting at 6:30 p.m. Friday at La Placita, 1552 E. Grand Ave. with music by Elegant Gypsy and Inseparable Banda Perla del Sur and dancing by Salsa Des Moines. On Saturday the Urbandale 4th of July Celebration Concert starts at 6:30 p.m. at Lions Park, 4103 72nd St., Urbandale. Free. Go to


Friday: The indie rock duo Widowspeak performs at 7 p.m. at the Des Moines Social Club, 900 Mulberry St. Molly Hamilton and Robert Earl Thomas have released three albums together and were named one of the 30 must-see acts at the 2013 SXSW by Fuse TV. Field Division and Extravision open. $10 in advance, $12 at the door. Go to

Violent Fade

Sunday: Instrumental progressive rock/metal band Violent Fade plays a CD release show for its album “For All We Left Behind” at 6 p.m. at Lefty’s Live Music, 2601 University Ave. The three-piece features members from Omaha and Des Moines. The Dirty Kids and The Other Brothers open. $7 Go to