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 »

MU Series to debut at DMMC Festivals in 2017

DMMC ANNOUNCES A NEW PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT SERIES FOR MUSICIANS AT 2017 DMMC FESTIVALS Previously a full-day conference, in 2017 the Des Moines Music Coalition (DMMC) is launching the redesigned Music University (MU) Series to incorporate new and diverse ways to engage local musicians in professional development opportunities. Participants benefit from engaging with national and local industry… 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 »

GDP Band Hype: Derek Muse Lambert

It’s been a loud month for the otherwise quiet and soft-spoken Derek Muse Lambert. Following a release show for his new cassette, Songs from the Guest Room, early this month, Muse Lambert will also be making a rare solo appearance at this year’s Gross Domestic Product music festival. Muse Lambert’s brand of rust-covered folk ditties… Read more »

GDP Band Hype: Golly & the Geebirs

Golly & the Geebirs may be one of the newest acts to play GDP, but they carry themselves with a comfortability and confidence normally reserved for more seasoned groups. Every Golly & the Geebirs song is a smooth compendium of each member, combing through layers of punk, psych, and garage rock. However, it’s the contagious sense… Read more »

GDP Band Hype: Kaleena

Canadian-born singer/songwriter Kaleena Calcutta has been carving out her place in central Iowa soul music since her relocation to the Midwest. Starting with her 2015 debut, The Beginning, Kaleena has been exploring that unique place where folk and singer/songwriter tendencies meet the soulful, upbeat corners of R&B. Following the announcement of their performance at this year’s GDP,… Read more »

GDP Band Hype: Good Morning Midnight

So many good bands from Iowa often fly under the radar to other cities around the state. As Iowa continues its current musical renaissance, it can be easy to lose your bearings. Thanks to the good folks at the Des Moines Music Coalition, GDP serves as a compass for new music. This year, our ears… Read more »

GDP Band Hype: Ramona & the Sometimes

In my live music experience, an act can usually give you show(wo)manship or an honest artistic expression. It’s rare to find musicians that manage to do both. Yet, Des Moines’ Jill-of-all-trades, Ramona Muse-Lambert, provides just such an experience with her always evolving project, Ramona & the Sometimes (a.k.a. Ramona & the Slimdudes, Ramona & the… Read more »

GDP Band Hype: The Blendours

The Blendours are an Iowa mainstay more people should know about. For years they have been pumping out track after track of self-described “Ramones-core.” Their Bandcamp discography only dates back to 2014, yet boasts nearly 20 releases filled with quick fire punk gems and power pop gold. I can’t help but sing the praises of The… Read more »

GDP 2017 Schedule Announcement

GDP 2017 Iowa Music Fest set for April 29, 2017! The 12th annual Gross Domestic Product (GDP) music festival, hosted by the Des Moines Music Coalition (DMMC), will be held in downtown Des Moines on Saturday, April 29, 2017. GDP announces 16 acts to perform the all-Iowa music festival with Ames’ Neon & Nude (Leslie Hall &… Read more »