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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...

GDP Preview: Rumble Seat Riot

GDP Preview: Rumble Seat Riot

Apr 10, 2014

I have one minor problem with Rumble Seat Riot. They are significantly cooler than I. Like, so much cooler it is uncomfortable. Everything about them, the music, the tattoos, the clothes, their live performances, everything, has this quality that comes across as more interesting than my life and my experiences. I’m sure they’re not trying to make me feel...

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...

GDP Preview: Land of Blood and Sunshine

GDP Preview: Land of Blood and Sunshine

Apr 4, 2013

Gross Domestic Product is my second favorite event of the year (behind 80/35, tickets on sale now!). I love getting all of these local bands together in one gigantic event and I love being able to learn new things about bands that have been right under my nose this whole time. This year’s event, held on April 13, is the biggest one to date. A move to the...