Category: GDP

GDP Band Hype: Lily DeTaeye

Lily DeTaeye may be one of the youngest and lesser known acts playing GDP, but she will undoubtedly not be forgotten. Within seconds of listening to her music it’s apparent that Lily DeTaeye has a long, lucrative future in music ahead of her. Recording her first EP of singer-songwriter material at the age of fifteen,… Read more »

GDP Band Hype: The Uniphonics

The rich culture of Iowa is not without its Latin and African influences. Bands like Iowa City’s The Uniphonics are an example of this deep cultural connection that music can provide, and The Uniphonics have been one of Iowa’s most consistent connections to multicultural music for a decade. People will undoubtedly draw comparisons to groups… Read more »

GDP Band Hype: As For You

Every year, GDP opens its ears to the local community and allows them to cast a vote in filling the festival’s lineup. These Community-Selected Artist’s help diversify the bill and offer a collaborative aspect to the production of the festival. The community’s choice to put As For You on the lineup is a testament to… Read more »

GDP Band Hype: Halfloves

Following last year’s self-titled debut and last month’s new single, “Wrong Songs,” Halfloves is becoming one of the Iowa’s premiere indie rock outfits. Their level of artistry and commitment is evident with every song and set. Tight is often a word used to describe a band, and while Halfloves certainly have command of their material… Read more »

GDP Band Hype: Starry Nights

Iowa City is like a musical incubator. While other cities seem to book themselves with bands still trying to find their footing, Iowa City bands seem to appear out-of-nowhere, fully operational and ready to surprise unexpecting Iowa listeners. That unexpected quality is what makes the hush-hush nature of our state’s vibrant music community so interesting… Read more »

GDP Band Hype: Pets with Human Names

One of the best things about this year’s GDP is how much new material the lineup is bringing. Most of the acts are either riding the wake of a recent album release, in the middle of recording, or currently releasing new singles. Des Moines rock trio, Pets With Human Names, are one such band. Following… Read more »

GDP Band Hype: Aseethe

Iowa has a long-standing tradition of all things heavy in music. As metal continued to tighten its stranglehold on the musical output of our state over the past few years, many began stretching the genre in different directions. We’ve seen the resurgence of punk and hardcore scenes in cities like Cedar Falls and Iowa City,… Read more »

GDP Band Hype: Neon & Nude

Neon & Nude is the honest-to-goodness, comedy-pop collaboration between longtime Ames music mainstays Leslie Hall (Leslie & the Lys) and Kate Kennedy (Pennyhawk). As much of a visual project as they are a band, Neon & Nude rarely produce a single without a music video attached and never put on a live show without making it an… Read more »

GDP Band Hype: Dustin Smith

The seemingly infinite canvas of sprawling Iowa landscape is perfect for the deeply reflective soul music of Dustin Smith. Separate from his full-band outfits, his solo endeavor allows time to sort through the tangles of love instead of trying to command it. It is this humble reflection and exploration that makes Smith’s music incredibly relatable…. Read more »

GDP Band Hype: Younger

Every year, the GDP lineup serves as a snapshot of new Iowa music. From folk to hip-hop to metal and everywhere in between, the festival is always an eclectic mix of musical movers-and-shakers across the state. Channelling the likes of Bikini Kill through some of the more rooted Sonic Youth explorations, Younger is what the “Nasty… Read more »

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