Night 1 of Indietracks Festival was spot on w/ performances
by Allo Darlin', The Chills, Spearmint, & TeenCanteen.
Click for my photos and video of the night.
KC got more than it deserved when Man or Astro-man's ship
landed on 7/17. Check out my photos and video of the
headliner and supporting acts Sallie Ford and Wray.
Podcast #290 is all pop w/ Withered Hand, Wendy Darlings, Just
Joans, Very Most, ONSIND, Smittens, Shy Boys, & Dean Wareham.
A new generation of bands holding the angular KC sound dear
played Czar on 7/11. Check out my videos and photos of Maps
for Travelers, Sundiver, Pro-Magnum, & Author and the
The brave and bold were rewarded on 7/12 when experimental
rock acts Coward, Tyranny is Tyranny, Via Luna, & Sneaky
Creeps played in KC. Check out my photos and video of the
Podcast #289 surprises w/ gutsy moves from Comet Gain, Tyrannosaurus
Dead, Ace Bushy Striptease, Braid, Wussy, Morrissey, & Vintersorg.
A curious few showed up to hear long-standing shock rock
band Mentors play KC on 7/6. Check out my account, photos,
and video of the night including locals All Blood, & Wayne Pain.
Friends and family became one and the same as an intimate
KC welcomed Wussy on 7/3. Check out my photos and video of
Wussy along with local openers Schwervon! and Admiral of
Podcast #288 feels like home w/ Perkie, PS I Love You, Flashlights,
Donovan Wolfington, Matt Pond, John Doe, & Freschard.
KC celebrated the release of the Red Kate / Bad Ideas split
7" with a raucous launch party at Mills Record Co.
Check out my photos and video of the show.
A mature and responsible crowd packed the very hot Riot
Room on 6/25 to see Phox, Trails and Ways, & L.A. price.
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Podcast #287 pops w/ new music from Bentcousin, Spoonboy, Front
Bottoms, Stegosaurus Wrecks, Family Bed, White Lung, & Phox.
A healthy dose of noisy indie rock invaded Art Closet on
6/22 with Donovan Wolfington, and Pope leading the way.
Check out my account, videos, and photos of those bands
and the 3 local openers.
What if Art Closet threw itself a party and no one came? I
found out when Spoonboy and Colour Me Wednesday played KC on
6/17. Click for my photos and video of the night.
Podcast #286 loves the summer heat w/ Cocktails, Those Dancing
Days, Vulkano, First Aid Kit, Camper Van Beethoven, Sweet Baboo,
& My Iron Lung.
The DIY set welcomed Lemuria and Fero Lux to KC on 6/12
with a 5-band bill of punk and hardcore. Check out my
account, photos, and video of the night.
KC celebrated the 3rd annual Crossroads Summer Block Party
on 6/6 with 8 bands, food trucks, aerialists and more.
Check out my account and photos of the event.
Josh Berwanger Band celebrated the release of its new
single on Too Much Rock with a little help from compatriots
Loose Park and Mills Record Company. Check out my photos
and video of the launch party.
The Crossroads Summer Block Party preview continues! I
invited myself into Rev Gusto's practice space, asked
them a few questions, and then demanded they play me the
song from the CSBP comp.
In preparation for the Crossroads Summer Block Party, I
invited myself into Loose Park's practice space. After the
band answered a few questions, I asked them to play their
best Block Party song.
KC may not have put its best foot forward to welcome
Swearin' but the results were still spectacular. Check out
my photos and video of the band along with openers Admiral
of the Red and Captiva.
Podcast #285 presents your best options w/ Close Lobsters, bis,
Parquet Courts, Bob Mould, Forrester, & Margo May.
Midtown punks showed up in force to celebrate the release
of the Red Kate/Bad Ideas split 7". Joining that duo
were Faultfinder, Bruiser Queen, & Crushed Out. Check out my
photos and video of the night.
Podcast #284 recalls the best w/ Dated, Berwanger, John Velghe,
La Sera, Jazz June, Tiny Moving Parts, 7 Seconds, & Capsules.
Volume 3 of the Singles Series features Josh Berwanger (of The Anniversary & Only Childen) with new power pop jam "Oh Bis!" on the A-side, and The Jags' 1978 should-have-been hit "Back Of My Hand" on the reverse. The single features a must see retro paper sleeve created by alternate movie poster guru Jay Shaw. Get your copy starting 6/3 at area records stores, or get a signed copy at the single launch party at Mills Record Company on 6/5. Until then you can listen below.
For more information on the Singles Series, visit the Singles section of the website.accouncements, singles series, Josh Berwanger
Perfect Pussy, Potty Mouth, Bad Ideas, & RLT left Czar Bar
battered and bruised on 5/18.
Pagan Fest V brought bands from 3 continents to KC on 5/16.
Check out my photos of the night.
A C86 explosion coated KC on 5/15 as The Pains of Being
Pure at Heart, Fear of Men, and Ablebody performed at
On 5/15 NYC's The Pains of Being Pure of Heart stopped by
Mills Recording Co. for a free all-ages instore
On 5/13 Matt Pond celebrated the 10th anniversary of his
breakthrough album with some help from The Lighthouse and
the Whaler. Check out my account, photos, & video
of the night.
Podcast #283 tries to keep it pop w/ Makthaverskan, Owl & Mouse,
Conor Oberst, Guided By Voices, Cat Smell, Shonen Knife, &
Podcast #282 shares my RSD finds w/ Cowboy Indian Bear, Japanese
Motors, Veruca Salt, Joy Division, Burial Teens, American
Dischord, & Leona Williams.
Schwervon and Loose Park packed Midwestern Musical Co. on a
warm first Friday night. Check out my photos and video of
Lawrence celebrated its heady youth when reunited bands A
Minor Forest and Giants Chair played with Muscle Worship on
5/1. Check out my account, photos, and video of the night.
No amplifiers were needed when Destroy Nate Allen paired
with Ghost Mice in KC on 4/30. Check out my photos and
video of the night.
Podcast #281 comes on heavy w/ Sweet Apple, Cheap Girls, Soccer Mom,
Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Eternal Summers, Mary Onettes, & Lucky.
The Richard Buckner living room tour made a stop in KC on
4/22. Check out my photos and video of the show.
Waxahatchee played a delightfully noisy set for KC on 4/23.
Check out my photos and video of the band, along with its
openers Dogbreth and Beth Bombara.
Podcast #280 goes the distance w/ Owls, Paradise, The School, OFF!, Tweens, Ghost
Mice, & Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra.
Jesus rose and some skinhead named Ian had a hell of a
birthday party at Buzzard Beach w/ New Riddim, Sister Mary
Rotten Crotch, & Uncouth. Check out my photos and video of
Mills Recording Co celebrated Record Store Day by inviting
some of KC's best bands over for a free, all-day, outdoor
concert. Check out my photos of the day.
Psychedelic Rock echoed through the basement of FOKL when The Conquerors
played with Cosmonauts, Dead Sea, & The Ray-Tones on 4/14. Check out my
photos and video of the night.
Podcast #279 is jumbled and brave w/ Bob Mould, James Supercave,
Pixies, Chad VanGaalen, Art Contest, Perfect Pussy, & Call To Mind.
On 4/12 KC was treated to a bombastic bill featuring
Schwervon!, The Quivers, & The Bad Ideas.
Click for my account, photos, and video of the night.
Podcast #278 skips the theme and delivers new music from Hold Steady,
Fireworks, Drowners, Faint, Rev Gusto, Foster the People, & Bird
and The Bee.
For 3 years KC's punk and hardcore community has thrown its
own festival called Center of the City. A chaotic 3rd night
ended appropriately with Ghetto Blaster. Check out my photos
and video of the night.
For 3 years KC's punk and hardcore community has thrown its own festival called
Center of the City. 12 bands played the second night including headliners Iron
Guts Kelly. Check out my photos and video of the night.
For 3 years KC's punk and hardcore community has thrown its own
festival called Center of the City. 4/6 saw 11 bands including
headliners Uncouth. Check out my photos and video from night 1.
The Too Much Rock Singles Series returns with KC locals Rev Gusto. The young band's brilliant blending of power pop and shaggy mod shines on A side "Still there," while the band nails the jittery emotion of Graham Parker's "Local Girls" on the B side. The limited-edition 45 will be available at all area record stores on Record Store Day, with additional copies available directly from the band afterwards. Get a signed copy on RSD when the band plays Mills Record Company's big RSD block party, but until then you can listen below.
For more information on the Singles Series, visit the Singles section of the website.accouncements, singles series, Rev Gusto
Upcoming shows I care about:
-7/25 7 Seconds @ Czar
7/25-27 Indietracks Festival
-7/29 Matthew Sweet @ Knuckleheads
8/3 Motley Crue @ Spring Center
8/7 Casket Girls @ Czar
8/7 Life and Times @ Riot Room
8/12 OK Go @ Riot Room
8/12 Allegaeon @ Aftershock
8/15-17 Vandals Summer Camp
9/5 Buzz Beach Ball @ Sporting Park
9/5 Full of Hell @ Art Closet
9/11 Doyle @ Riot Room
9/15 Skaters @ Riot Room
9/17 Mineral @ recordBar
9/21 Spoon @ Liberty Hall
9/22 Rise Against @ Uptown
10/8 Speedy Ortiz @ Riot Room
10/14 Gaslight Anthem @ Uptown
10/17 Shonen Knife @recordBar