Too Much Rock
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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Podcast #277 samples the bands playing the Center of the City Fest: Red Kate, Bad Ideas, Molotov Latte, Stiff Middle Fingers, Itch, Hipshot Killer, Rackatees, & Smash the State.

Josh Berwanger

Late night revelers were treated to delightfully disparate sets by Heidi Gluck, CS Luxem, and Josh Berwanger, and even an unannounced reunion of Only Children. Click for my photos and video of the night.

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Michael Ian Cummings of Skaters

Warner Bros wunderkinds Skaters brought their noisy pop -- and all the danger they could muster -- to KC on 3/26. Check my photos and video of the band plus openers Team Spirit and Knife Crime.

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Zach Brotherton of Maps for Travelers

Ume played to a packed house of KC's elites on 3/24 with Maps for Travelers and Be/Non opening. Check out my photos of the night.

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Podcast #276 shares some of the bands playing this year's Middle of the Map Fest inc. John Velghe, Me Like Bees, Those Darlins, Your Friend, CS Luxem, S. Carey, & Fanfarlo.

Jerry Frederick of Rev Gusto

On 3/22 audiences braved lousy Smarch weather to catch Rev Gusto, Ings, & Alien Jones. Luckily you can check out my video and photos of the night with only a click.

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Break-A-Dawn of The Bad Ideas

Punk showed its fun side when Bad Ideas headlined a 3/20 show featuring Black Actress & Oldfield Victory. Check out my photos and video of the night.

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Paz Lenchantin of The Entrance Band

Everyone brought their dancing shoes for a midweek show of psyche and surf featuring The Entrance Band, La Luz, & The Conquerors. Check out my photos and video of the show.

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Podcast #275 seldom plays it straight w/ Tokyo Police Club, Muscle Worship, Water Liars, Thee Ahs, Dott, Cosines, Stanley Brinks and Wave Pictures, & War On Drugs.

Walter Delgado of Rotting Out

Czar hosted an all-ages hardcore matinee on 3/14 featuring Rotting Out, No Bragging Rights, Beautiful Ones, Heart To Heart, & Orthodox. Check out my account, pics and video of the night.

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No Slam Dancing, No Stage Diving, No Spikes

Regular readers will know that features come few and far between on Too Much Rock, but after recently reading No Slam Dancing, No Stage Diving, No Spikes: An Oral History of the Legendary City Gardens, I knew that this was something that I had to share.

The book tells the story of City Gardens – a long-running, and long-suffering club, in the roughest part of Trenton, NJ. The book begins with the birth of the club in the late-'70s,  and carries the reader forward to the club's mid-'90s destruction. It's a tale of punk rock bands, hardcore hooligans, new wave dance nights, and all-out riots. It's also the story of how a building owner and a dedicated promoter created a scene that gave a home to the outcasts, inspired countless musicians and writers, and welcomed everyone – well, until it didn't, and everything fell apart. Having spent more Sunday mornings stapling gig flyers to phone polls than sitting in church pews, the stories told in No Slam Dancing were immediately familiar despite my Midwestern locale.  And because this is an oral history, the book is nothing but stories – the show-by-show recollections of the promoter who lost money, the band that got spit on, the bouncer that bled, and the kid that slipped in the backdoor when no one was looking.

Author Amy Yates Wuelfing (then Amy Yates) was one of those rule-breaking kids when she attended her first City Gardens concert in 1983. Now, 31 years later, with the help of her co-author Steven DiLodovico, she has written the definitive history of the club by assembling interviews with the bands that played the notorious club, the staff that worked there (including bartender Jon Stewart), and, often most importantly, sharing the stories of the regulars who spent several nights a week in the smelly, cinderblock building. I had a chance to talk to Amy about her book earlier this week.

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Podcast #274 takes it easy on you w/ Sun Kil Moon, Randolph's Leap, Francoise Hardy, Just Handshakes, Spook School, Boy Parts, & Beck.

Bottle Breakers

On 2/22 Bottle Breakers made it KC debut headlining and all punk all the time lineup including Steady States and Bummer.

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Two Knights

On 2/20 KC cranked up its guitars and partied like the aughts never happened. Check out my photos and video of Two Knights, Muscle Worship, Boy Parts, & Gatekeeper.

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Michael Roeslein of Caravels

Caravels anchored an all-ages post-hardcore lineup that also featured Foxing, Special Explosion, Author and the Illustrator, & Home Lions.

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Podcast #273 comes at you w/ Guided By Voices, Eagulls, Tunabunny, Rev Gusto, Talulah Gosh, Snowbird, & John Holt.

Podcast #272 wonders if you like twee and black metal too. Potty Mouth, Colour Me Wednesday, Anorak Girl, Dum Dum Girls, Hospitality, Morgan Delt, & Anagnorisis.

Screaming Females

On 1/30 the fiery Screaming Females began a 2-night stand at Chicago's Hideout. Click for photos and video of the band and local openers White Mystery.

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Justin Champlin of NOBUNNY

NOBUNNY packed Township on 1/29 playing a sweaty set to a capacity crowd that never stopped moving. Check out my photos and video of the band along with local openers The Yolks and Todays Hits.

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Podcast #271 puts the ladies up front w/ Wharves, Joanna Gruesome, Bleeding Rainbow, Cars Can Be Blue, Tripping The Light Fantastic, Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra, & +/-.

Top 30 Albums of 2013

I just realized that admid all of the holiday hubbub I never posted my top albums of 2013. So here they are, in particular order, my favourite albums of 2013:

30. Laura Veirs Warp & Weft (Self Released)
29. Neko Case The Worse Things Get... (ANTI-)
28. Waxahatchee Cerulean Salt (Don Giovanni Records)
27. Speedy Ortiz Major Arcana (Carpark)
26. Fourth Of July Empty Moon (High Dive)
25. Veronica Falls Waiting For Something To Happen (Slumberland/Bella Union)
24. Son Volt Honky Tonk (Rounder)
23. Bleeding Rainbow Yeah Right (Kanine)
22. Warm Soda Someone for You (Castle Face)
21. Josh Berwanger Strange Stains (Good Land)

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Podcast #270 covers the bases w/ Speedy Ortiz, Damien Jurado, Making Marks, Northern Portrait, Nudie, Stanley Brinks and Wave Pictures, & Mogwai.

Paul Mahern of Zero Boys

Kansas City sampled the many flavours of punk when Zero Boys, Ultraman, Mace Batons, & Drop A Grand played Riot Room on 1/12. Check out my photos and video of the show.

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Upcoming shows I care about:

4/19 Record Store Day @ Mills Record Co
4/22 Richard Buckner @ TBA
4/23 Waxahatchee @ Czar
4/23 Red Kate @ Vandals
4/25 Chvrches @ Midland
4/25 Stonehaven @ Riot Room
4/26 Arcade Fire @ Starlight
4/28 Hold Stead @ Tank Room
4/28 Hold Steady/Deer Tick @ Granada
4/30 Ghost Mice @ Art Closet
5/2 Matt Pryor @ Record Bar
5/9 Dandy Warhols @ Riot Room
5/13 Slayer @ Uptown
5/13 Matt Pond PA @ Record Bar
5/16 Pagan Fest @ Riot Room
5/18 Perfect Pussy @ Czar Bar
5/18 Against Me! @ Granada
5/23 The Luck @ recordBar
5/27 Abigail Williams @ Riot Room
6/1 Swearin' @ Riot Room
6/6 KC Block Party
6/10 Typhoon @ Riot Room
6/24 Deafheaven @ Granada
6/28 Lucky @ Czar