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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Podcast #274 takes it easy on you w/ Sun Kil Moon, Randolph's
Leap, Francoise Hardy, Just Handshakes, Spook School, Boy
Parts, & Beck.
On 2/22 Bottle Breakers made it KC debut headlining and all
punk all the time lineup including Steady States and Bummer.
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.
Caravels anchored an all-ages post-hardcore lineup that also featured Foxing, Special
Explosion, Author and the Illustrator, & Home Lions.
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.
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.
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
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, & +/-.
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)
Podcast #270 covers the bases w/ Speedy Ortiz, Damien Jurado,
Making Marks, Northern Portrait, Nudie, Stanley Brinks and
Wave Pictures, & Mogwai.
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.
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