Four do-not-miss shows during Oct. 21-27
Wednesday: The Des Moines Music Coalition is hosting a listening party and showcase, titled "DMMC 101," featuring indie rock group The Fuss. The event will feature a performance from the group, as well as an open forum discussion, introduction to the DMMC and more. Gas Lamp, 1501 Grand Ave. Free. More info at desmoinesmc.com
The Black Dahlia Murder
Wednesday: This melodic metal band comes to Iowa supporting its new record, "Abysmal," which was released in September. Support on the show is scheduled to come from IRON REAGAN, Harm's Way and Maruta. Wooly's, 504 E Locust St. $18-$22. More info at woolysdsm.com.
Madisen Ward & The Mama Bear
Friday: The soulful mother-and-son duo brings its collection of folk songs to Des Moines this weekend. The Kansas City-based group joined the Glassnote Records — home to Mumford & Sons, Childish Gambino and others — last year. Vaudeville Mews, 212 4th St. $15. More info at vaudevillemews.com.
Saturday: Kevin Barnes' enamoring and tenured rock group comes to Des Moines touring in its 13th studio effort, "Aureate Gloom," which was released earlier this year. Diane Coffee and Iowa band The Olympics are also slated to play the show. Wooly's, 504 E Locust St. $18-$20. More info at woolysdsm.com.