Kyle Munson has been the music critic for The Des Moines Register since 1997, charged with covering bluegrass, heavy metal and everything in between.
He reviews a variety of concerts, from the solo folk singer who strums guitar in an intimate nightclub to Kiss thrilling an arena full of fans with fake blood and pyrotechnics. He puts his spin on new CDs. He tells the stories and illuminates the personalities behind the music, whether it's Iowa treasure Greg Brown or teen pop heartthrob Justin Timberlake. This year he resumed his role as a general features columnist.
Kyle was born in Cedar Falls, raised in southwest Iowa and has spent the last eight years in Des Moines. A classically trained musician from age 6 and a voracious reader before that, he was seduced by rock 'n' roll in high school. In college he caught the journalism bug. In the harsh real world he has managed to carve out a niche in which he combines his love for both music and writing and can follow the latest teen pop trends without feeling too self-consciously silly about it.
Yes, he's the guy getting paid to scribble notes at a concert while you're hooting, hollering and pumping your fist in the air. Hey, it's a living.