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Upcoming Shows

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 9:00pm

Crystal City and The New Bodies at The Gas Lamp, Des Moines, IA

9:00 p.m. // 21+ // $5

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 5:00pm - 9:00pm

Crystal City is opening the night up at 5:45 pm!
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Crystal City is the fruitful collaboration between Iowa musicians Dave Helmer and Sam Drella. The bands sound is best described as a mash-up of The Replacements, Wilco and Lana Del Rey. The opener “The Best Way” is the most energetic, fast paced rock tune. The lyrics are well written and the albums theme is about the ins and outs of a love affair.

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 10:00pm - 11:59pm

Crystal City with The Midwestern Charm and Twins.

Doors: 9:00 // Show: 10:00



By David Murphy

Honesty is always the key to a healthy relationship. There is a definite relationship between artist and art appreciator, and just like any other relationship, honesty is the key. In the case of music, I think too often the people who listen are sometimes besieged by charlatans looking for, I don’t know, money or fame or just to be part of the rock and roll lifestyle. Those artists never last, though. They at best become flashes in the pan but more often than not get sniffed out immediately and treated with the derision they deserve.


Published on May 27th, 2014 | by Joe Lawler

Members: Dave Helmer, Sam Drella, Brock Muench, Dan Peterson

See them: 9 p.m. Friday at Gas Lamp, 1501 Grand Ave.

On Friday the Iowa City band Crystal City releases its full-length “Change,” opening for The Lately at Gas Lamp.


By Patrick Tape Fleming

Crystal City’s new album Change represents the results of a well-conceived collaboration between Dave Helmer and Sam Drella, two artists who’ve built up considerable goodwill in the Iowa music scene with first-rate song craft.

In the past few years several bands have put Marshalltown, Iowa on the map as a musical Mecca; Modern Life is War and Land of Blood and Sunshine have both made fantastic albums that have a real depth and beauty! You should now add Crystal City to that list!


Album Review: "Change" by Crystal City

May 9, 2014

Written by Bruce James Bales

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Back in  2010, Crystal City were a couple/songwriting team from Marshalltown, and they released an eponymous EP of sweet, catchy, melodic songs on the up and coming Sleep On The Floor label out of Des Moines.  It was clear they were great performers and musicians, and just generally great folks as well.

See video

Crystal City - "I'll Be Real Nice"
Yacht Club, Iowa City, IA
Video by John Hiett