Bands Release Video Promoting GDP

Several of the bands performing at Gross Domestic Product got together to tell you why they care about supporting local music! A big thanks to Christopher the Conquered, Hath No Fury, TiresMumford’sTrouble Lights, & Love Songs for Lonely Monsters for their support. Join the revolution and be part of the “eternal conversation” at Hotel Fort Des Moines on April 14! Tickets are on sale now for $10 in advance and can be purchased through Tikly. Tickets are $15 day of show. 


GWAR at People’s on Court, March 27

If a group of all-powerful interplanetary warriors – decended from aliens stranded in Antarctica who had come to Earth to sexually enslave and/or slaughter the human race – were on a rampage, where do you think they would go? Washington D.C. to destroy our government? Virginia to decimate our military? New York to disrupt our economy? Well, on March 27th, they will be coming to People’s on Court in downtown Des Moines to assault Iowa music fans with a high-intensity audio/theatrical attack (as well as copious amounts of human and alien bodily fluids) known as GWAR!

Christopher the Conquered set to release third studio album, “The Fate of a Good Man”

PRESS RELEASE: The eclectic horn pop band Christopher the Conquered will release its third full length album, The Fate of a Good Man, on Tuesday, April 17, comprised of Chris Ford’s most progressive work yet with The Black Gold Brass Band.


With The Fate of a Good Man, Ford shows his evolution as a songwriter and musician and puts an increased emphasis on horn arrangements to build emotion in each song and continues to employ the usual wit expected from a Christopher the Conquered track.

GDP Preview: Love Songs for Lonely Monsters

Learning that the elegantly eerie magic of Love Songs for Lonely Monsters originated at Carl’s Place somehow feels wrong. Not that any of us at the DMMC mind tossing back a few at the comfortable Sherman Hill dive. But if you saw LS4LM’s intensely cool performance at last summer’s 80-35 or caught their recent show at the Mews, you’ll understand why we were picturing something more otherworldly—like, maybe, a mysterious gravitational attraction that led the five talented musicians out of their homes to the oak-shrouded lawn of Hoyt Sherman Place—across the street from Carl’s—where they spontaneously made their music in the shadows of a cloud-cloaked moon.

80/35 Early Bird Tickets on Sale March 23, Lineup Announced April 3


The Greater Des Moines Music Coalition is offering its members extra early early bird tickets for the 5th birthday of 80/35 on July 6 and 7, 2012. VIP passes and two-day tickets will go on sale to DMMC members on Friday, March 23 at 10 a.m. Tickets will go on sale to the general public on Monday, March 26 at 10 a.m. Plus, get ready for that lineup announcement on April 3!


Big Harp at Vaudeville Mews on March 21

With a collective age of 95 (drummer included) and unmentionable sickenly sweet nicknames for each other, Chris Senseney (vocals, guitar, keyboard) and Stefanie Drootin-Senseney (bass and backing vocals) of Big Harp rock. And what rocks even more is that this Los Angeles-based duo is making a stop—with their kids in tow—at the Vaudeville Mews this Wednesday, March 21st.

Venue Review: Wooly’s

The light from the faux-streetlamps bounced off the hardwood floors, casting shadows from the revelers who could be bothered to show up on time. To my left, a newly varnished bar spread liquor and beers for what seemed like the length of a state highway, back-lit in a way that somehow highlights the heaven and hell of hard liquor. All this while underneath the glow of high definition basketball.


Behind me, animal trophies were mounted as if to say, “The animals were slaughtered by rock.” The stage set high above those of us on the floor; lording over us in a way that stages in this town rarely do. It was reminding us that while there were other reasons to be there, music was the ruler of this joint. The high ceilings and exposed rafters added a slight cathedral feel to the place, as if we were about to hear the Pope pontificate, and not just a dirty garage band.


That was the setting as Wooly’s, at 504 East Locust, opened this past weekend. The night featured two Des Moines acts: The Holy White Hounds and Bright Giant.


GDP Preview: The River Monks

While Indie Folk Rock band The River Monks have been playing their hearts out at SXSW in Austin, we’ve been getting geared up for their upcoming appearance in our own fabulous music festival – Gross Domestic Product – on April 14.


These Des Moines-based 80/35 alums are an incredibly talented mix of multi-faceted artists. Their impeccable blend of interesting instrumental melodies and thoughtful lyrics makes for an amazing collection of music that just plain makes you feel good.

Listen to GDP, Sonic Harvest bands on Locusic

Local music fans can now listen to free playlists showcasing the dozens of Iowa bands performing at Gross Domestic Product on April 14 and featured on the upcoming Sonic Harvest compilation from Sound Farm Studio & Recording Environment and Maximum Ames Records.