Proving Des Moines is NOT boring

7 Music Things I Love About Des Moines

7 Music Things I Love About Des Moines

Aug 17, 2015

I made my name on this blog (as much of a name as I could make, I suppose) but I’m willing to bet that my most read piece wasn’t here. It was at my now mothballed blog, IowavesMusic.com. My 2012 review of 80/35 brought in a huge number and still pulls in readers three years later, for some reason. I ended that review with a bit about my daughter and niece,...

My Top 7 Things I Love About Des Moines

My Top 7 Things I Love About Des Moines

Aug 13, 2015

After 8 years of living in Des Moines, it seems only fitting that I take the time to reflect on things I love about Des Moines. There have been so many of the changes in the last 7 years, it is really not hard to find 7 things. I wrote for Des Moines is NOT Boring for nearly all of these 7 years we’re reflecting on as part of the birthday celebration,...

My 2015 80/35 Plan

My 2015 80/35 Plan

Jul 9, 2015

For the past few 80/35‘s, I’ve used this space to list a bunch of bands I think you should go see, to let you make over your own mind about the festival. Meanwhile, over at my now cobwebbed personal blog, I used that space to tell you who I wanted to see. You see at DMiNB, I like to guide people into making their own decisions based on what I like. But...

I Completely Lost it to Nostromo

I Completely Lost it to Nostromo

Apr 30, 2015

Nostromo broke me. Just straight up broke me. I saw them live a month or so ago, and I was just astonished. Not only is it tough for me to be surprised in this town anymore, but I just don’t take as much pleasure from heavier music as I once did. But there I was, three inches from the speaker, my toes touching the stage and just giggling like a fool. I was...

80/35’s 2015 Lineup Announcement: 48 Hours Later

80/35’s 2015 Lineup Announcement: 48 Hours Later

Apr 9, 2015

This time last year I was on the defensive. It’s true. I am slightly over-protective of 80/35 like a mother hawk when you get near her babies. I have a small and somewhat insignificant role with the fest every year, but it is consistently something I am proud to be involved with, both with it bringing great music to this town but also how it helps up the...