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,...

Ready for 80/35? Canby – Alive Inside

Ready for 80/35? Canby – Alive Inside

Jul 2, 2015

I like to think I am pretty solid with words. I mean, I have been doing this for a bit now and I think I have a pretty okay grasp on the whole “written word” thing (grammar, much less, but I digress). However, what I still cannot grasp properly are titles. Every title I have ever come up with has been complete garbage. It’s why most of the titles of these...

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...

The Vahnevants – Bum Out!

The Vahnevants – Bum Out!

Mar 19, 2015

The last album I reviewed was the heartbreaking, ethereal, expertly-produced, full length debut from Annalibera, Nevermind I Love You. All those adjectives I used to describe it are absolutely correct and also will not be used to describe The Vahnevants’ Bum Out! That’s not a bad thing, but whereas Annalibera have floated out of the ether on a chariot...