Iowa City has been keeping it weird since people in Iowa began flying their freak flags. It all rolls out of the university atmosphere as the curious go down the rabbit holes of culture. They start with novels and end with fanzines and vice versa. It’s a recipe for innovation.

Iowa City-based artist, Alex Body’s avant-electronic pop seems to encompass both ends of this spectrum. The music folds his particular line of apoca-philosophical lyrical content into the lo-fi, DIY muck of clamboring drum machines and analog synthesizers. It’s like a less heady John Maus with more of that 80’s pop apathy.

Alex Body has been digging away at his own electronic rabbit hole for nearly 10 years now, pushing the boundaries of Iowa City’s already impressive electronic music scene. Props to GDP for giving him a platform to share his findings with the plugged-in Des Moines crowd.

By Trey Reis of DSM Shows

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See Alex Body at Gross Domestic Product on Saturday, May 28 at The Blazing Saddle (416 E 5th St.) at 11:15pm.

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Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is an all Iowa music festival held every spring, featuring musical artists from Greater Des Moines and the rest of Iowa. The 11th annual Gross Domestic Product will take place on May 28th, 2016 at venues around the East Village in Des Moines, Iowa! See the full line-up and details here. Gross Domestic Product highlights some of the original songwriters, performers, and recording artists in our community who make Iowa proud! GDP focuses primarily on young, new artists, those who are taking their first steps into creative self-expression through music and doing so in a positive, collaborative way. Each year we highlight a selection of new artists that our community has to offer, along with a few established groups that have had success building careers while living and working in the state we call home.

Established in spring 2006, GDP has featured over 100 musical acts, including House of Large Sizes, The Envy Corps, The Poison Control Center, Christopher the Conquered, Mumford’s, Facecage, and many more.

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