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GDP Band Hype: Land of Blood and Sunshine

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,… Read more »

GDP Band Hype: The Olympics

The Olympics could be given a lot of genre names — personally, I’ve heard “pop”, “post-myspace punk rock” and “dad rock” used before — but, first and foremost, they’re an experimental band. It just doesn’t seem like they are because they never break any of their beakers with their experiments. It’s what happens when a… Read more »

GDP Band Hype: Kris Adams

Kris Adams is a transplant from Austin whose artistic style is ever changing.  He has a poetic rhyme to his lyrics with a flow and message that is both powerful and personal.  His self titled album, “Kris Adams” is a mix of killer beats and passionate lyrics intermixed with a poetic flow of words. I… Read more »

GDP Band Hype: Jordan Mayland and the Thermal Detonators

Jordan Mayland takes us on a voyage in his 6-track album, Jordan Mayland and The Thermal Detonators.  This album is fresh and extraordinarily dynamic.  This started out as a solo project for Jordan however now he is recently joined by an array of talented musicians to showcase the incredible album live! …And this dude can… Read more »

GDP Band Hype: Handlebar

“I love fly fishing with my nephew.” These are the simply strange and perfectly poetic lyrics that are whispered through your headphones at the beginning of the self-titled EP from the Des Moines band, Handlebar. If your ears didn’t perk up after that odd statement, then they will when the guitars slide in with the… Read more »

GDP Band Hype: House of Large Sizes

In the days before Slipknot, you didn’t hear a lot about Iowans making it big in the music industry. There was Andy Williams, of course, and the always the wonderful Greg Brown. And for 90s kids looking for something that fit with the alternative rock they were discovering on KFMG and The Dot there was… Read more »

Volunteer for GDP on April 13 & get free passes!

If you don’t already know, the Des Moines Music Coalition is run by volunteers! Their passion is our action. It’s time again for our annual Iowa music festival, Gross Domestic Product, which features 19 bands from 7 different cities. All access passes are sold out, but if you volunteer for a shift, you can attend… Read more »

GDP Band Hype: As For You

The Des Moines music scene has long supported local hard rock and heavy metal acts. Stone Sour, Slipknot and Index Case are three choice examples of those whose early roots can be traced back to the greater Metro area. The foundation that those bands initially laid down in the ’90s is once again being built… Read more »

GDP Band Hype: H.D. Harmsen and the Electrophones

Back when I was younger, they made television sets that had a VCR built right in. For me, this was a mind blowing achievement in technology on par with space shuttles and laptop computers. Here it was, in one handy little package, all a guy needed to truly have the ultimate entertainment experience. Now, of… Read more »

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