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There have been a number of new shows announced by Central Iowa venues in recent days. There has also been another concert cancellation. Here are the details.

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Des Moines East Village venue Wooly's announced that Philadelphia electronic quartet Conspirator will bring their Going Up Tour to town on Friday, January 17. No openers have been announced yet for the 8 p.m. show. Tickets for the show are $15 in advance and $17 the day of the concert. Tickets for the show will go on sale through the Wooly's box office and Ticketfly starting Friday, December 6 at 10 a.m. This will be an all ages event.

Richard Thompson, named one of Rolling Stone Magazine's "20 Greatest Guitarists of All Time", will come to Hoyt Sherman Place in Des Moines on Friday, February 21. The 7:30 p.m. solo acoustic show will also feature a performance by Teddy Thompson. Tickets for the concert start at $32 (plus taxes and fees), and they will go on sale Friday, December 6, at 10 a.m. through the Hoyt Sherman box office and all Ticketmaster outlets. This is an all ages concert event. You can listen to Thompson talk about his February release, Electric, in the nearby video.

The Maintenance Shop on the Iowa State University campus in Ames has recently announced two more concerts. First, Grammy nominees and Juno Award winners The Duhks will play the venue on Wednesday, January 22 at 8 p.m. Tickets to see the worldbeat quintet are $15 in advance and $17 the day of the show ($10/$12 for ISU students), and they may be purchased at the M-Shop box office or online through MidwesTix. This is an all ages event.

Then on February 20, The M-Shop will host the Winter Brewhaha Tour featuring reggae rockers Passafire and Ballyhoo. Tickets for the 8 p.m. show are $12 in advance and $14 the day of the concert ($8/$10 for ISU students), and they may be purchased at the M-Shop box office or through MidwesTix. This will also be an all ages show.

Krazee Kafe in Des Moines will host modern rockers Paisty Jenny on Thursday, December 19 at 7 p.m. The venue has said that they plan on having several openers, but they have only announced locals Devil's Deck so far. The show will have a $5 cover.

Speaking of Devil's Deck, the Des Moines rockers will play the Hull Avenue Tavern in Des Moines on Saturday, December 28, at 9:30 p.m. with other locals Sundog and Before 13 Ends. The event has no cover charge and is open to anyone 21 or older.

Finally, The Warehouse in Des Moines, in its struggle to open its doors, has lost another concert. Mississippi rock band Saving Abel was originally scheduled to play the venue this Thursday (with Iowa bands Fatal Addiction, Viva Montesa, and the Austin Taft Soundtrack also on the bill), but since the venue has not yet opened its doors, they have had to make other arrangements. Saving Abel will now be playing Rascals in Moline, Illinois instead. Saving Abel is currently touring in support of their new EP Crackin' the Safe, which came out in August.

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