Proving Des Moines is NOT boring

HD Harmsen and the Electrophones– Papoose

HD Harmsen and the Electrophones– Papoose

Apr 25, 2013

I use the phrase “multi-genre” or something similar a lot when I write about music. I think with the way artists present their music in this day and age, “multi-genre” or “genre unspecific” or whatever is an apt and common descriptor.  Also, it can be a little lazy, and I am as guilty as anyone of mis-using it. It seems like anytime someone comes...

Shocking! Free tickets!

Shocking! Free tickets!

Dec 7, 2012

I’m shocked! There I said it. I am shocked no one has answered the challenge question on our Facebook Page to get 2 free tickets to tonight’s Home for the Holiday’s show by Max Wellman. When we’ve done these drawings in the past we’ve always had a great turn-out, but for some reason this one has been a blank. I guess it may be...

Holiday Shows: Max Wellman comes “Home” to DMSC

Holiday Shows: Max Wellman comes “Home” to DMSC

Nov 30, 2012

While jazz musician Max Wellman’s success has taken off in recent years, he’s been able to keep a tradition going in Des Moines of his annual holiday concert.  This year, that continues as next weekend will kick off his “Home for the Holidays” series at the Des Moines Social Club.  You may have seen the snazzy posters around town as...

Iowa Music Makes Me Happy

Iowa Music Makes Me Happy

Jun 21, 2012

I have been in a terrible funk lately. There has been so much negativity in my life that has overshadowed the good lately, mostly from the stuff that, well, is negative in my life (I will just say it; it’s work. I am in a bad place with my job. No one cares about that though, with good reason, and I will now shut up about it). When times like these arise, I...

Review: 2012 Gross Domestic Product : Iowa’s Coming Out Party

Review: 2012 Gross Domestic Product : Iowa’s Coming Out Party

Apr 19, 2012

This was originally posted on Dave Murphy’s Iowavesmusic.com blog on April 17, 2012  Iowa has arguably the most unique and collaborative music scene in the country. It feels like true phenomena, and to some it probably feels phony or forced; maybe even backhanded or underhanded, like the graciousness of the artists is just so they can get something for...