Wussy brought its soul-satisfying indie rock to KC on 6/23,
thoughtfully including locals Schwervon! and Cave Girls.
Mistakes Mondays returned to the Blind Tiger on 6/20 with a
surprisingly rock-heavy line up feature Rev Gusto, Siberian
Trap, & Shortsweather.
KC threw a hot tour kick off for Bad Ideas that featured
supporting acts Wick & the Tricks, Faultfinder, & Varma
Podcast #363 sneaks you new music from Julie Ruin, Struts, Diarrhea
Planet, And the Kids, Wye Oak, Cosines, & Lisa Prank.
On 6/13 six punk bands lined up to inflict pain on each
other, furniture, and their own ears. Check out my photos
and video of Urochromes and the rest.
The students may be gone, but the party raged on as Replay
Lounge hosted Dressy Bessy, Leggy, & Arc Flash on 6/11.
Punk rock and skateboards are two of the most powerful
forces in the universe. Check out my pics and video of Warm
Bodies and Chasm playing the Harrison Street DIY skate
Podcast #362 proves I'm a gambler with new tunes from Hayman Kupa
Band, Koufax, Thomas Cohen, Broncho, California Snow Story, Mark
Kozelek, & Daniel Romano.
Night 1 of Center of the City Fest V welcomed some
perennial favorites, introduced some new gems, and even
featured some punks that didn't play punk at all.
Podcast #361 is not afraid of drift. Hear new music from Plastic War,
Jettison, Supermoon, Ancient Shapes, She's, Leapling, Fear Of Men,
& Paul Simon.
What started as a night for flowery folk made its way to
fiery mod-revival. Check out my account, photos, &
video of Go Generation, Boot Hill, Major Matt Mason USA,
Not Sisters, & Maggie Henehan.
Podcast #360 isn't too scary w/ Intrepid Hearts, Kid Congo Powers,
Shanghais, Knife Pleats, Helen Love, Hurry, Those Pretty Wrongs,
& Evil Conduct.
Punk, punk, and more punk as Intrepid Hearts, Validation,
Veil, Chasm, & Phantom Head played to an East Wing crowd on
Podcast #359 satisfies with new music from Car Seat Headrest,
Childbirth, Beverly, Peach Kelli Pop, Phantoms, Backseat
Angels, & Trevor Sensor.
My tour of KC's basements continued when TMR sought out A
Giant Dog, Wet Ones, Drugs & Attics, & Lil Toughies on
Suddenly basement shows are where its at as Warm Bodies,
Constant Insult, and Shortsweather rocked East Wing on
Podcast #358 surprises w/ Francoise Hardy, Constant Insult,
A Giant Dog, John Velghe, Dead Ven, Stiff Little Fingers, &
Kansas City got profoundly weird when Bacon Shoe were
joined by HMPH and Lovergurl on 5/9 at Minibar.
All of downtown was buzzing with First Friday activities,
but it was really noisy inside as Witch Jail, Red Kate, and
Blondie Brunetti performed
Podcast #357 returns w/ Deardarkhead, Close Lobsters, The Posies,
The Connection, Mean Jeans, The Freeze, & Atoms and Void.
All rules were ignored at East Wing when Toad Tartare,
Little Big Bangs, Scammers, & Schwervon played on 4/29.
Midtown punks piled into Minibar on 4/27 for The Freeze,
Red Kate, & Bad Ideas.
Podcast #356 comes with an apology as well as music from Har Mar
Superstar, Coathangers, Baby Ghosts, Simpletones, Margo Price,
Nudie, & Amon Amarth.
On 4/14 four bands reunited to celebrate one wedding. Check
out my photos and video of Ultimate Fakebook, The Dead
Girls, Podstar, & The Touchdowns.
On 4/2 there was a show for, by, and of the locals
featuring Red Kate, Bad Ideas, Pedaljets, & Brannock
Podcast #355 resurfaces w/ Burning Hell, Weezer, Tacocat, Beebe
Gallini, Colour Me Wednesday, Lush, & Comsat Angels.
Podcast #354 packs 'em in w/ Tacocat, Damien Jurado, Parquet Courts,
Grubs, Free Cake For Every Creature, Milky Wimpshake, Red Kate,
Low Levels, & T.S.O.L.
Podcast #353 wants you to rock out w/ Bob Mould, Puff Pieces,
B-Movie, Fake Boyfriend, Leggy, Thermals, & Brian Fallon.
Podcast #352 is a paradox w/ Bleached, Dead on the Wire, Sheer
Mag, Warm Bodies, Via Luna, Tortoise, & Slingshot Dakota.
Mime Game, Travel Guide, & Via Luna met up in KC on 3/11
to throw themselves a knotty little party. Check out my
account, photos, & video of the bands.
A small but rambunctious crowd welcomed Titus Andronicus
and Craig Finn back to Lawrence on 3/10. Check out my
photos and video.
Podcast #351 is dyn-o-mite w/ Shotgun Jimmie, Wussy, Big Ups,
Wolf Girl, Muncie Girls, Sheer Mag, & Smog.
Podcast #350 provides sunshine in the form of new music from
Wall, Eureka California, Witching Waves, Peaness, I Don't Cares,
Fullbloods, Boyscott, & Hospital Ships.
The ladies were up front when Hop Along, La Guerre, & Doby Watson stopped
by KC on 2/23. Check out my account, photos, & video of the night.
On 2/19 4 bands invaded Mills Records bringing punk, oi,
and a lot of volume. Check out my photos of Brass, Uncouth,
Drippies, & Killakee Kat.
Podcast #349 where I talk to much and play Teddybears, Rob Crow,
Sun Kil Moon, Prettiots, Endless Mike, & Mickey Finn.
Punk shows in cold basements are as Midwestern as corn.
Check out my pics and video of Rackatees, Smash the State,
Stinkbomb, Hipshot Killer, & Lazy Ol' Bitch.
I scratched the surface of KC’s music scene and
discovered Arc Flash, Leggy, Sneaky Creeps, & Lil Toughies.
Here is my account, photos, & video of the night.
Podcast #348 really satisfies w/ Milk 'N' Cookies, Knucklehead,
Unlovables, Boy Parts, La Sera, Dressy Bessy, & Your Friend.
It started weird and only got weirder. Check out my
account, photos, & video of this Mistake Mondays show
featuring Lil Toughies, The Drippies, & Witch Jail.
When isn't a punk a Punk? When Soda, Phantom Head, and Warm
Bodies played KC on 2/2. Check out my photos and video of
Podcast #347 covers the bases w/ Booze & Glory, Pouty, Soda, Jank,
DIIV, Black Tambourine, & Bill Callahan.
On 2/3 The Bottleneck recalled its glory days as it
welcomed back indie giants Yo La Tengo. Check out my photos
and video of the night.
Podcast #346 opens the cupboards w/ Pete Astor, Maybe Don't,
Impo & the Tents, Katie Ellen, Thee Tsunamis, Shearwater, New
Order, & Hank Thompson.
Punk rock should not be trusted to the kids. Check out my
account, photos, and video of Hipshot Killer and The Big Iron
captured in the friendly confines of Minibar.
On 1/21 it was metal metal everywhere and plenty to drink. Check
out my account, photos, and video of 1349, Tombs, Full of
Hell, & Nefirum.
Podcast #345 is the honey badger of podcasts w/ Cayetana, Wimps,
T-Shirt Weather, Spells, Courtney Barnett, Savages, & Brimstone
Venom Inc. brought true metal to true metal fans on 1/13.
Check out my photos and video of the band along with
openers Necrophagia, Inner Altar, & Hellevate.
Podcast #344 feels like home w/ Murder By Death, Cute Lepers,
Radio Stars, For Keeps, Hermit Crabs, DIRTYGIRL, Mommy Long
Legs, & Kitty Wells.
Urochromes, Big Bleach, Phantom Head, a lot of leather
jackets, a tiny basement, and a fire. Check out my photos
and video from this 1/11 KC show.
Podcast #343 is nothin' but punk w/ Titus Andronicus, Hipshot
Killer, Seaside Rebels, Old Firm Casuals, Lion's Law, Gimp Fist,
& Sie Lieben Maschinen.
Although only the penultimate show at the closing Record
Bar, it served as a final goodbye for us old-timers as we
celebrated with Life and Times, Roman Numerals, & Outhouse.
Podcast #342 counts down my favorite songs of the year w/ Ought, BA
Johnston, Rev Gusto, Tufthunter, Sheer Mag, DIRTYGIRL, & Sweet
While I only play a single track from each album on the Too Much Rock
Podcast, every album gets many many complete listens before I pick that
track. Those tracks are recognized and discussed on my Top Songs of 2015
list, but here is where I get to celebrate the bands who put together
albums that were just fantastic to listen to. The list is bigger than
usual this year, but there were a lot of bands that deserved to be
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It seems every man, woman, and child is required to produce a "best
of" list each year; Too Much Rock dutifully follows suit. Starting
December 25th, I begin my countdown with the "Adventure Picks" –
three tracks from the previous year that I didn't discover in time but
surely would have made the list last year if I had. Then we start the
countdown from 35 to number one.
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It's the TMR Holiday Spectacular! w/ Helen Love, Sunturns, Sharon
Jones, Bill Botting, Sweet Baboo, Cassie Ramone, I Am Robot And
Proud, & Summer Camp.
On 12/9 I went to a drunken bawl and a hardcore show broke
out. Check out my pics and video of Wet Ones, Golden
Pelicans, Phantom Head, & Witch Jail.
Podcast #340 is all indie pop until it isn't w/ Mantles, T-Shirt
Weather, Trust Fund, Elizabeth Morris, Ratboys, Bruising, &
KC punks young and old showed up to honor The Queers, Drop
A Grand, & The Cave Girls. Click for my photos and video.
Things got downright weird when Hillary Watts Riot,
Sextonic Plates, & Witch Jail played KC on 12/5. Click for
my photos and video of the madness.
KC got hit with the punk rock right in the face when
Architects, Big Iron, & Rackatees met up on 12/4. Check out
my photos and video of the night.
Punks, skins and rude boys showed up on a weeknight to see
LA's The Interrupters. Check out my photos and video of the
It was only fitting that The Get Up Kids 20th anniversary
tour found its way back home to KC. Check out my photos and
video of the band along with openers Berwanger.
Upcoming shows I care about:
6/30 Black Pussy @ Riot Room
7/1 Modest Mouse @ Sandstone
7/1 Bummer @ Mercy Seat
7/3 Swells @ Blind Tiger
7/4 Sweet Spirit @ Blind Tiger
7/7 Kowabunga Kid @ Records w/ Merritt
7/9 Eternal Sleep @ Prohibition Hall
7/9 Bleeding Gums @ Gacy's Place
7/9 La Guerre @ Josey Records
7/10 Garbage @ Uptown
7/12 Smash the State @ Riot Room
7/14-16 Lawrence Field Day Fest
7/16-17 Buzz Beach Ball @ Children's Mercy
7/20 Weezer @ Starlight
7/20 Brian Wilson @ Kauffman Center
7/23 Cultivate Fest @ Penn Valley
7/27 Shellshag @ Troost Fort
7/29 Witch Jail @ Holy Cow
7/30 Wye Oak @ Record Bar
8/1 CCTV @ Snake Tank
8/3 Broncho @ Riot Room
8/11 Jack @ Records w/ Merritt
8/13 Madball @ Riot Room
8/15 Joan Jett @ Starlight
8/17 No Thanks @ East Wing
8/19 Architects @ Riot Room
8/20 Beach House @ Uptown
8/22 Sadies @ Riot Room
8/25 Molly McGuire @ Record Bar
8/29 The Body @ TBA