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James Thomblison of Arc Flash

I scratched the surface of KC’s music scene and discovered Arc Flash, Leggy, Sneaky Creeps, & Lil Toughies. Here are my photos and video of the night.

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Podcast #348 really satisfies w/ Milk 'N' Cookies, Knucklehead, Unlovables, Boy Parts, La Sera, Dressy Bessy, & Your Friend.

Jonathan Brokaw of Lil Toughies

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.

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Arlington Garrett of Soda

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 the night.

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Podcast #347 covers the bases w/ Booze & Glory, Pouty, Soda, Jank, DIIV, Black Tambourine, & Bill Callahan.

Yo La Tengo

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.

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Podcast #346 opens the cupboards w/ Pete Astor, Maybe Don't, Impo & the Tents, Katie Ellen, Thee Tsunamis, Shearwater, New Order, & Hank Thompson.

Chris Wagner of Hipshot Killer

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.

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Archaon of 1349

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.

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Podcast #345 is the honey badger of podcasts w/ Cayetana, Wimps, T-Shirt Weather, Spells, Courtney Barnett, Savages, & Brimstone Coven.

Mantas of Venom Inc.

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.

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Podcast #344 feels like home w/ Murder By Death, Cute Lepers, Radio Stars, For Keeps, Hermit Crabs, DIRTYGIRL, Mommy Long Legs, & Kitty Wells.

Urochromes

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.

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Podcast #343 is nothin' but punk w/ Titus Andronicus, Hipshot Killer, Seaside Rebels, Old Firm Casuals, Lion's Law, Gimp Fist, & Sie Lieben Maschinen.

The Life and Times

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.

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Podcast #342 counts down my favorite songs of the year w/ Ought, BA Johnston, Rev Gusto, Tufthunter, Sheer Mag, DIRTYGIRL, & Sweet Baboo.

Top 50 Albums of 2015

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 mentioned.

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Top 35 Songs of 2015

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.

Justin Baird of Wet Ones

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.

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Podcast #340 is all indie pop until it isn't w/ Mantles, T-Shirt Weather, Trust Fund, Elizabeth Morris, Ratboys, Bruising, & Manegarm.

Joe Queer of The Queers

KC punks young and old showed up to honor The Queers, Drop A Grand, & The Cave Girls. Click for my photos and video.

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Miss Hillary of The Hillary Watts Riot

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.

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Brandon Phillips of The Architects

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.

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The Interrupters

Punks, skins and rude boys showed up on a weeknight to see LA's The Interrupters. Check out my photos and video of the night.

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Matt Pryor of The Get Up Kids

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.

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Podcast #339 has it both ways w/ Dirtygirl, Wreckless Eric, Tesco Bombers, Berwanger, DM3, State Lottery, & Parquet Courts.

The Family Bed

Everyone loves an all-ages Sunday matinee. Check out my account, pics, & video of Family Bed, Ratboys, Bedroom Sons, & Caroline.

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Rory Cameron of The Conquerors

After hours a tattoo shop became a packed music venue for Conquerors, Drugs & Attics, & Leisure Boys. Check out my account and photos of the night.

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Podcast #338 wears its heart on its sleeve w/ Most Serene Republic, Sunny Day in Glasgow, Pains of Being Pure At Heart, Suzy & Los Quattro, Woolen Men, Darren Hayman, Frankie Cosmos, & Conner Youngblood.

Austin Brown of Parquet Courts

A rowdy college crowd welcomed Parquet Courts, Lazy, and Young Mammals to town on 11/11. Check out my account, photos, & video of the happening.

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John Ferguson of Federation of Horsepower

The final night of the Apocalypse Meow benefit was a blind dash through both the maze of the Knuckleheads complex, and through the diverse KC music scene. Check out my photos and video.

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Podcast #337 comes with a mosh pit warning and features Skeletal Shakes, Beach Slang, Shellshag, Jeffrey Lewis, Bad Ideas, Deacons, Blindside USA, & Julien Baker.

Josh Berwanger

Night 2 of Apocalypse Meow brought two of KC’s best bands together for a great cause. Check out my photos and video of Berwanger and Schwervon!.

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Gern Blanzden of Drop A Grand

Night 1 of the Apocalypse Meow benefit proved the Midwest Music Foundation supports all bands. Check out my photos and video of Drop A Grand, Chris Meck, and Amy Farrand.

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Brian Sella of The Front Bottoms

Lawrence went wild on 11/5 when Front Bottoms, Smith Street Band, & Elvis Depressedly packed the Granada. Check out my account, photos, & video of the show.

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James Alex of Beach Slang

Buzz bands couldn't complete with KU basketball when Beach Slang, Lithuania, and Worriers played to a sparse crowd on 11/4. Check out my account, photos, & video of the night.

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EPs carry most of weight on podcast #336 w/ Kurt Vile, Dyke Drama, Muncie Girls, Sports, Expert Alterations, Wolf Girl, & Unalaska.

Mike Farren of Bottle Breakers

This Halloween KC’s punks enjoyed a big bill with Bottle Breakers, Jukebox Romantics, Bad Ideas, Stiff Middle Fingers, & Wick & The Tricks. Check out my photos and video of the night.

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Kid Congo Powers

KC celebrated another Royals victory with Kid Congo Powers, Charlie Megira, Red Kate, Wet Ones, and a lot of beer. Check out my photos and video of the chaos.

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Podcast #335 highlights the upcoming Apocalypse Meow benefit w/ Noise FM, Drop A Grand, Federation of Horsepower, Westerners, Chris Meck, & Yes You Are.

Podcast #334 proves late is better than never w/ Michael Monroe, Martha, Laura Stevenson, Mammoth Life, Shopping, Pere Ubu, & Vulgar Boatmen.

Podcast #333 lets it rip w/ Worriers, spoonboy, Spook School, Alpaca Sports, Kurt Baker, Stiff Middle Fingers, & Deafheaven.

Podcast #332 favors pop with music from Beat Happening, Potty Mouth, The Front Bottoms, The Decemberists, Chapin Sisters, The School, & Riala.

Shaun Crowley of Rev Gusto

The oddly named "No Wave Fest" brought together 11 local bands that had nothing to do with no wave nor one another for a day long treat. Check out my photos and video of the event.

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Podcast #331 takes it easy on you w/ Yo La Tengo, Expert Alterations, Hooton Tennis Club, Fidlar, Craig Finn, Lou Barlow, & Pussy Cat.

Brian Crace of The Cry

It was a power pop sandwich when The Cry, Lost Element, & Josh Berwanger Band played KC on 9/18. Check out my photos and video of the night.

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Podcast #330 brings the buzz w/ Brideshead, Beverly, All Dogs, Kate's Party, Low, Battles, & Donovan Wolfington.

G.L.O.S.S.

Like roaches, the KC hardcore scene came out of the woodwork for a show at an unlikely venue featuring G.L.O.S.S. and four other bands. Check out my photos and video of the night.

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Podcast #329 cares deeply about you w/ Sweet Baboo, Nate Allen, Muncie Girls, Totally Mild, Tigers Jaw, Radkey, Publicist UK, & Wussy.

Marshall Tinnermeier of The New Riddim

KC's Arts & Crafts Beer Festival kicked off on 8/21 w/ music from The New Riddim, Onward Crispin Glover, Deco Auto, & Rev Gusto. Check out my photos and video of the bands.

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Dan of Frontline Attack

On 8/15 punks of all stripes descended on KC for Summer Kamp Fest. Check out my photos of night two of the festival.

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Podcast #328 is a warm embrace from Mammoth Penguins, Seapony, Dog Paper Submarine, Daniel Romano, Margo May, Advance Base, & Frank Turner.

Marty Robertson of Onward Crispin Glover

Old friends and a few new ones gathered on 7/31 for Onward Crispin Glover, Schwervon, & Drugs & Attics. Click to check out my account, photos and videos of the night.

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Podcast #327 pleases w/ Mary Lou Lord, Diet Cig, Gal Pals, The School, Camera Shy, Michael Sherwood & Christian Nesmith, & Popguns.

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Upcoming shows I care about:

2/11 Leggy @ Brick
-2/12 Stiff Middle Fingers @ Jackpot
2/13 Smash The State @ Blind Tiger
-2/16 Abigail Williams @ Riot Room
-2/16 Children of Bodom @ Granada
2/17 Black Sabbath @ Sprint
2/19 Uncouth @ Mills
2/23 Hop Along @ Riot Room
2/26 Best Coast @ Midland
2/26 John Velghe @ MiniBar
2/26 Fullbloods @ Brick
2/27 Deco Auto @ Coda
2/28 Taake @ Riot Room
3/4 Dressy Bessy @ Replay
3/5 Schwervon! @ MiniBar
3/10 Craig Finn @ Bottleneck
3/23 All Dogs @ Jackpot
3/24 Sidekicks @ Granada
3/25 Witch Jail @ MiniBar
3/28 Shannon and the Clams @ Riot Room
3/29 Sheer Mag @ Noah's House
3/31 Murder By Death @ Granada
4/6 Ra Ra Riot @ Riot Room
4/8 Kurt Vile @ Granada
4/9 Savages @ Granada
4/11 Willie Nelson/Merle Haggard @ Silverstein
4/16 Absu @ Riot Room
4/29 The Who @ Sprint Center