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 Woman” movement would sound like as a music genre. It’s fuzz-filtered, middle-fingers-up art-rock that declines predictability in favor of a fearless fluctuation between the ugliness and beauty of the genre.

Their 2015 self-titled debut comes out swinging, knocking down eight songs in under 26 minutes. As I make my way through it for the fourth time (today) and look over the the snapshot of this year’s GDP lineup, I can’t help but feel like the aftermath of west coast girl group garage rock has finally hit Iowa. I’m excited to see what bands like Younger create from the shrapnel. Catch their performance on the Vaudeville Mews stage at 5:45.

Written by Treynor Reis

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Don’t miss Younger at GDP Music Festival 2017 on Saturday, April 29 – 5:45pm at Vaudeville Mews (212 4th St.)!

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GDP is organized by the nonprofit the Greater Des Moines Music Coalition (DMMC). GDP 2017 is made possible with the generous support of Bravo Greater Des Moines, Iowa TaproomYelp DSMConfluence Brewing CompanyVital Signs Display Graphics, VolunteerLocalSaturday Mfg.KFMG 98.9 FMVaudeville Mews, and 4th Street Theatre.


Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is an all Iowa music festival featuring musical artists from Greater Des Moines and across Iowa. Coordinated by the Des Moines Music Coalition and a team of volunteers, the goal of GDP is to organize an event that best supports Iowa musicians and their needs for growth in the music industry.

For 2017, our main objectives are (1) to boost exposure and build the audience for smaller, up-and-coming Iowa acts, (2) to bring more acts from outside Des Moines to expose local artists to new ideas, and (3) to continue supporting the genre diversity represented in the 2016 festival. As in the past, GDP continues to support primarily young and new artists who are taking their first steps into creative self-expression through music and doing so in a positive, collaborative way.

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