I Honestly Don't Know What You Expect From 80/35 at This Point

In case you missed it, The Des Moines Music Coalition made their initial lineup announcement for 80/35 this week, including headliners The Shins and MGMT. But, of course, you didn't miss it. Because as a simple perusal of the social media format of your choice will show, there are always two phases to every 80/35 lineup announcement: the statement itself, followed immediately by the moaning from people who can't wait to tell you how much the lineup always sucks, but how this year's is the Worst Ever.

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More looking back: Things get crazy

Even before we managed to get Nova Labs on board to help with the recording of each "Completely Covered" track, I knew I wanted to have Bryon Dudley's band, Strong Like Bear involved. Partly because there wasn't anyone else doing what SLB was doing, on the level they were doing it, but also because I figured if anyone was going to take the idea and run off into some uncharted territory with it, it was going to be Dudley and his crew. 

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A Continued Look Back

For day three of our "Completely Covered" retrospective, we turn to the only solo act to complete the project, Patresa Hartman. Once a song had been decided on, Patresa was quickly the first person I pictured in my mind. Patresa's intimate, personal songwriting style was so incongruous with Kanye's flash and bluster, that I knew the results had the potential to be some of the most interesting of the entire project.

Patresa, of course, hated every minute of it.

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Meet the New Boss...

So, as you probably know by now, I have stepped down as Cityview's regular music writer, with the August 11 edition being my last in that capacity. Most of my music writing (such as it will continue to be) will move over to this site, but Cityview was in the position of needing a new scribe to cover the local and national scenes for them. The search did not take them long, nor did they have to stray too far from the established community

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Grace Potter's Unknown Territory

Almost exactly a year ago, Grace Potter made the biggest decision of her career to date and set aside her band, Grace Potter & The Nocturnals, to release a solo album called “Midnight.” Not only did the album put Potter out on a creative island, but it also marked an extreme musical departure from what fans of The Nocturnals had come to love.

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You're Doing it Wrong: Welcome to the DMMC

Despite what a few of its more persecution complex-laden members will try and tell you, I'm actually a huge fan of the Des Moines Music Coalition. The DMMC has transformed Des Moines in the summer, with 80/35 becoming a genuine premiere event in the state and, with the Gross Domestic Product and Little BIG Fest events in the spring and fall (to say nothing of the 80/35 free stages), the DMMC has created some of the biggest local music showcases in the city as well. However, a big part of loving something is being honest about it. Being able to see where the flaws are is an integral part of growing and improving over time. So when I have been willing in the past to say "this could be different," it has come from a place of genuine interest, rather than malice. Because, again, big fan.

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