Too Much Rock

Podcast #301 feels like TMR w/ The Cry, Jazz June, Mineral, Chumped, Boyracer, Hulaboy, Colour Me Wednesday, & Desertshore.

Sallie Ford

I traveled to Boston on 11/12 to catch Sallie Ford, Crooked Fingers, and And the Kids perform for dedicated fans and the merely curious. Check out my account, photos, and video of the night.

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Brendan Hangauer is Empty Moon

With the help of support acts Mat Shoare and Rev Gusto, Empty Moon both kicked off its Midwest tour and celebrated the release of its new album. Check out my account, photos, and video of the night.

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Celebrate podcast #300 w/ Nude Beach, Rancid, Single Mothers, Sallie Ford, Erlend Oye, Jen Wood, & Trophywife.

Brett Scott of Maiden KC

Three KC bands decided to skip the slutty nurse costumes this year and instead transform into their favorite bands. Check out my account, photos, and video of Maiden KC, Murderhead, & Rockets to Russia.

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Podcast #299 isn't afraid of you. Listen to T.O.Y.S, Crayon, Cats, Kittyhawk, Lucinda Williams, Moe Bandy, & O'Death.

Podcast #298 rocks out w/ Ex Hex, Black on Black, Stiff Middle Fingers, Allo Darlin', Popguns, Vaselines, & Winterfylleth.

Podcast #297 rises from the ashes w/ Shellac, Martha, Schwervon, Coed Pageant, Mikal Cronin, John Mellencamp, & Graham Parker.

Podcast #296 is simply incongruous w/ Primitives, Bonnie 'Prince' Billy, Scruffy The Cat, Richard Hell, Teen Death, Folkearth, & Miles Davis.

Cody Blanchard of The Uncouth!

Punk, oi, and rockabilly shared the stage on 9/26 giving the locals a chance to stay up late, drink, fight, and sing along. Check out my photos and video of Uncouth, Degeneration, Brain Dead, & 58 Delrays.

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Josh Berwanger

Three great local bands blasted through delightfully quick sets on 9/13. Check out my account, photos, & video of Josh Berwanger Band, Schwervon, & Spencer Brown.

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Podcast #295 leans Nordic w/ Chastity Belt, Sun Days, School, Hello Saferide, Alpaca Sports, Tetherball, Robyn Hitchcock, & Game Theory.

Podcast #294 blasts back w/ Diarrhea Planet, God Help the Girl, Skinny Dipper, Literature, Posies, New Pornographers, & Pop Group.

Sam Hoskins of The Slowdown

On 8/30 KC stayed up late for a moody show featuring Slowdown, Capsules, & Latenight Callers. Check out my account, photos, & video of the night.

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On podcast #293 I just can't seem to shake my pop obsession w/ No Ditching, #1s, Trust Fund, Sondre Lerche, Rentals, Popguns, & Cleaners from Venus.

Chris Metcalf of The Life and Times

KC did what it does best when The Life and Times, Loose Park, & Twinsmith played on 8/7. Check out my photos and video of the show.

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Podcast #292 pumps up the power w/ Bishop Allen, Paul Collins, Sugar Stems, Muffs, Life And Times, Gaslight Anthem, & Spoon.

Podcast #291 is rife with the pop you need w/ Candy Hearts, Reigning Sound, Neil Diamond, Lovely Eggs, Cosines, Helen Love, & Jenny Lewis.

Joel Gibb is The Hidden Cameras

I caught nearly a dozen bands on the final day of Indietracks and no two sounded similar. Check out my account, pics, and videos of this indie pop festival.

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Gruff Rhys

Day 2 of the Indietracks Festival featured rising stars, earnest new artists, and reunited favourites playing in sheds, churches, and on moving trains. Check out my account, photos, and video of the day.

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Elizabeth Morris of Allo Darlin'

Night 1 of Indietracks Festival was spot on w/ performances by Allo Darlin', The Chills, Spearmint, & TeenCanteen. Click for my account, photos, and video of the night.

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Star Crunch of Man or Astro-man?

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.

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Podcast #290 is all pop w/ Withered Hand, Wendy Darlings, Just Joans, Very Most, ONSIND, Smittens, Shy Boys, & Dean Wareham.

Zach Brotherton of Maps for Travelers

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 Illustrator.

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Mikey Wheele of Coward

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 night.

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Podcast #289 surprises w/ gutsy moves from Comet Gain, Tyrannosaurus Dead, Ace Bushy Striptease, Braid, Wussy, Morrissey, & Vintersorg.

Sickie Wifebeater of The Mentors

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.

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Chuck Cleaver of Wussy

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 the Red.

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Podcast #288 feels like home w/ Perkie, PS I Love You, Flashlights, Donovan Wolfington, Matt Pond, John Doe, & Freschard.

Break-A-Dawn of The Bad Ideas

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.

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Monica Martin of Phox

A mature and responsible crowd packed the very hot Riot Room on 6/25 to see Phox, Trails and Ways, & L.A. price. Click for my photos and video of the night.

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Podcast #287 pops w/ new music from Bentcousin, Spoonboy, Front Bottoms, Stegosaurus Wrecks, Family Bed, White Lung, & Phox.

Neil Berthier of Donovan Wolfington

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.

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David Combs is Spoonboy

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.

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Podcast #286 loves the summer heat w/ Cocktails, Those Dancing Days, Vulkano, First Aid Kit, Camper Van Beethoven, Sweet Baboo, & My Iron Lung.

Lemuria

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.

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Brian Rogers of Forrester

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.

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Josh Berwanger

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.

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Rev Gusto

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.

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Loose Park

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.

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Swearin'

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.

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Podcast #285 presents your best options w/ Close Lobsters, bis, Parquet Courts, Bob Mould, Forrester, & Margo May.

L. Ron Drunkard of Red Kate

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.

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Podcast #284 recalls the best w/ Dated, Berwanger, John Velghe, La Sera, Jazz June, Tiny Moving Parts, 7 Seconds, & Capsules.

Too Much Rock Singles Series

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.

Oh Bis!:

For more information on the Singles Series, visit the Singles section of the website.

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Meredith Graves of Perfect Pussy

Perfect Pussy, Potty Mouth, Bad Ideas, & RLT left Czar Bar battered and bruised on 5/18.

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Cane of Korpiklaani

Pagan Fest V brought bands from 3 continents to KC on 5/16. Check out my photos of the night.

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Kip Berman of The Pains of Being Pure at Heart

A C86 explosion coated KC on 5/15 as The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Fear of Men, and Ablebody performed at Record Bar.

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Kip Berman of The Pains of Being Pure at Heart

On 5/15 NYC's The Pains of Being Pure of Heart stopped by Mills Recording Co. for a free all-ages instore performance.

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Matt Pond

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.

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Podcast #283 tries to keep it pop w/ Makthaverskan, Owl & Mouse, Conor Oberst, Guided By Voices, Cat Smell, Shonen Knife, & Ensiferum.

Podcast #282 shares my RSD finds w/ Cowboy Indian Bear, Japanese Motors, Veruca Salt, Joy Division, Burial Teens, American Dischord, & Leona Williams.

Schwervon

Schwervon and Loose Park packed Midwestern Musical Co. on a warm first Friday night. Check out my photos and video of the show.

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A Minor Forest

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.

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Nate Allen of Destroy Nate Allen

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.

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Podcast #281 comes on heavy w/ Sweet Apple, Cheap Girls, Soccer Mom, Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Eternal Summers, Mary Onettes, & Lucky.

Richard Buckner

The Richard Buckner living room tour made a stop in KC on 4/22. Check out my photos and video of the show.

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Katie Crutchfield is Waxahatchee

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.

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Podcast #280 goes the distance w/ Owls, Paradise, The School, OFF!, Tweens, Ghost Mice, & Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra.

The Crowd at Buzzard Beach Caught Mid Skank

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 the night.

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Keef Mountain

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.

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Rory Cameron of The Conquerors

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.

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Podcast #279 is jumbled and brave w/ Bob Mould, James Supercave, Pixies, Chad VanGaalen, Art Contest, Perfect Pussy, & Call To Mind.

Schwervon!

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.

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Podcast #278 skips the theme and delivers new music from Hold Steady, Fireworks, Drowners, Faint, Rev Gusto, Foster the People, & Bird and The Bee.

John Cota of Ghetto Blaster

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.

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Josh Leon of Iron Guts Kelly

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.

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Cody Blanchard of The Uncouth

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.

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Too Much Rock Singles Series

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.

Still There:

For more information on the Singles Series, visit the Singles section of the website.

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Upcoming shows I care about:

11/21 Sallie Ford @ recordBar
11/22 Dead Girls @ Replay
-11/26 Johnny Marr @ Midland
-11/27 Har Mar @ recordBar
-11/28 In the Pines @ recordBar
-11/30 Runaway Sons @ Riot Room
12/8 Exit Verse @ Great Scott
12/19 Speedy Ortiz/Lemuria @ Great Scott
1/17 Vaselines @ Bright Music Hall