Critical Mass, Episode 3

In this week's edition of Critical Mass on 99.1 KFMG, Joe Lawler and I discuss the debut of public pianos in Des Moines, Jazz in July, Nova Labs and our interview processes. Also featured, music from Fitz & The Tantrums and James Biehn, an idea for a new intro, and our publications experience a little bit of overlap. What could it be? Find out below!

80/35 Photo Spotlight: Chad Taylor

At this year's 80/35, our Managing Editor and regular columnist, Chad Taylor, was working double duty; along with reviewing sets, he was right in the pit with the rest of the photographers capturing some of the festival's memorable moments.  Here are just a few of his best shots, followed by the gallery below.

Capturing a good shot of Bonne Finken, known for her energetic performances, is like capturing a still shot of a hummingbird.

Capturing a good shot of Bonne Finken, known for her energetic performances, is like capturing a still shot of a hummingbird.

The Generation Z Stage was a new addition to this year's festival, featuring younger acts.  Here, Taylor captured a great shot of teen punk band, StapleNeck.

The Generation Z Stage was a new addition to this year's festival, featuring younger acts.  Here, Taylor captured a great shot of teen punk band, StapleNeck.

This shot perfectly captures what makes Holy White Hounds so much fun to see live.

This shot perfectly captures what makes Holy White Hounds so much fun to see live.

Many attendees will recognize this patriotic couple for their enthusiastic dance moves.

Many attendees will recognize this patriotic couple for their enthusiastic dance moves.

80/35 Photo Spotlight: Joseph Gonzalez

Today's Photo Spotlight has a unique twist; Joseph Gonzalez shot the two day Iowa music festival with a film camera.  Most professional photographers these days use digital SLR cameras.  We here at Band Bombshell think it's important to continue the artistry that comes with shooting on film.  Here are Joseph's thoughts on why he prefers film over digital:

"Shooting film has a few constraints that I prefer, which is why I use it. The lack of immediate feedback from the camera and the limited amount of exposures I get from a roll forces me to be more mindful about composition than I otherwise would be. When you don't have the ability to immediately review an exposure, your relationship to the way you make images is different. Your relationship to the actual images is also different- deeper, in my opinion. More trust in yourself is required when firing the shutter, and reviewing a roll is an exercise in remembering why you made an exposure in the first place. Choosing specific film stock for a shoot also imposes its own constraints to work within, but also gives each roll of film a unique character- something that we try to digitally emulate all the time with things like Instagram and VSCO."

Joseph shot using a Canon AE-1 SLR with 3200 ISO black and white film and Portra 400 ISO color film processed at 800.

*Editor's note: photos of Gloom Balloon were shot on digital.

Patrick Tape Fleming and Chris Ford put on one of the festival's best sets as Gloom Balloon at the main stage on Friday.

Dustin Smith shines with his new band, The Maytags.

Local favorite Parlours at the Hy-Vee Stage.

Mickey Davis, one half of the midwestern disco duo, Maids.

Danny Heggen, known for local act Seedlings, provides vocals for Maids.

Up and coming young act, Quick Piss, rocked an energetic set with the crowd.

And they kept the fun going opening for Surfer Blood at the Des Moines Social Club's after party.

80/35 Photo Spotlight: Cady Colosimo

Today's Photo Spotlight is on Cady Colosimo!  Along with reviewing 80/35, Cady also had her camera in hand and captured some fun behind-the-scenes shots!  She caught up with Raz Simone for his impromptu meet and greet, and even got back stage with Caroline Smith!  Check out these photos and more below!