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Gross Domestic Product 2015 Preview

Gross Domestic Product 2015 Preview

Apr 23, 2015

While 80/35 will always be the crown jewel of the Des Moines Music Coalition’s projects, Gross Domestic Product is the event that I have to thank for turning me into the fan I am today. I bopped in and out of the local scene for a while, never really fully committing myself to embrace what we had to offer. Then I went to the second GDP in 2007 and was blown...

Favorite Iowa Music of 2014

Favorite Iowa Music of 2014

Dec 18, 2014

I do this every year, but this year might have been the hardest, so far. I think I say that every year, too, but this year, I really mean it. It wasn’t just the locating of the albums and making sure I had heard my fair share, it was the way music is released that has made this so hard. So many bands releasing singles, short ep’s and music videos instead of...

Holly and the Night Owls Cap Off a Solid Year for Nova Labs

Holly and the Night Owls Cap Off a Solid Year for Nova Labs

Jul 24, 2014

Nova Labs have had a busy first year. In their short time in existence, the Ames record label has released several full length and EP’s from a variety of artists. What amazes me most about them is that there doesn’t seem to be any genre influence to their releases. From experimental noise, unique hip-hop, synth, prog, jam, folk, pop, rock, Nova Labs has a...

A Handful of Bands to Try Not To Miss at 80/35 2014

A Handful of Bands to Try Not To Miss at 80/35 2014

Jul 3, 2014

I do this column every year. I know I’m not the only one who does something similar. It isn’t exactly a blockbuster, breaking news piece, but I honestly hope it helps. The big comment I see every year regarding 80/35 is that the names aren’t familiar. It is often put much ruder than that, but that’s neither here nor there. We live in a day and age where...

GDP Preview: Dark Mirror

GDP Preview: Dark Mirror

Apr 3, 2014

This year’s Gross Domestic Product is coming up on April 12 in the East Village. I have stated in the past that this is my second favorite event every year (after 80/35) and this year is easily the most eclectic of any of the bills I can remember. It is a solid cross section of the music scene in Des Moines, but still sticks to its more pop/alt/indie past. I...