Alternative rock band Artificial Stars take inspiration from their Sioux City roots. The Midwest can be cold and dark, but it’s also ingrained with a certain distinctive charm. The band’s music reflects the navigation of this environment, of trying to find a way through the darkness. On some tracks, their sound is laden with lament and conflict. Other songs possess a cathartic vigor. The raw feelings in each song are offset with catchy guitar riffs and innovative rhythms, making the even the more somber tracks fun to listen to. Having already won several local music contests, Artificial Stars are poised for an ascent to great heights.