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Dan Jones & the Squids

Dan Jones & his squids were joined by Of Tree for a low-stakes Friday night gig at The Ship.

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The Whiffs

Lawrence got lucky when The Whiffs brought in friends Dirty Fences, Mel Machete, & Criminal Kids for a night of topnotch rock & roll.

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Podcast #574 keeps it steady w/ help from Sleepers, Teenage Bottlerocket, The Bronx, Amyl and The Sniffers, Brent Windler, The Wannadies, & Violent Femmes.

Josh Snow of Le Grand

KC got a slice of normalcy when Le Grand, Via Luna, and New Obsessions played The RINO on 9/4.

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Podcast #573 wants to ensure you get enough vitamin punk w/ music from The Ashenden Papers, Kurt Baker, Control Freaks, The Bambies, Chubby and The Gang, The Jorge Arana Trio, Low, & Danko Jones.

Podcast #572 battles the summer heat w/ Sharp Class, Hurry, Lemonheads, Swansea Sound, UV-TV, Telethon, Turnstile, & Redder Moon.

Mike McCoy

A piecemeal bill consisting of Mike McCoy & Friends, Schwervon, and Mad Kings raced against oncoming storms and honored a lost member of the KC music scene.

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Podcast #571 plays bingo and records by Yum Yums, Boyracer, The Laughing Chimes, Guadalcanal Diary, Quicksand, Militarie Gun, Nonagon, & John Vanderslice.

Jorge Arana of Jorge Arana Trio

Jorge Arana Trio, Abandoncy, & Via Luna delivered the goods to the KC DIY set at Lemonade Park.

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The Black Maria Theater

Black Mariah Theater and Chase the Horseman soundtracked a perfect patio night on 8/13.

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Podcast #570 fires both barrels delivering hits from The Motorcycle Boy, Dany Laj and the Looks, The Sorels, The Dents, The Orange Peels, La Battue, The Umbrellas, & Monta at Odds.

Podcast #569 returns with help from Transvolta, Kursaal Flyers, Geoff Palmer, Guadalcanal Diary, Sloan, Descendents, The Jacklights, & Torres.

Stevie Cruz of Heels

A local bill of Heels, The Whiffs, and The Sluts rocked The Replay on 7/31.

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Podcast #568 is a stream of power pop w/ Tallies, Linda Ronstadt, The Seven and Six, The Finkers, Star Collector, Love Burns, The Connells, & Hipshot Killer.

Podcast #567 runs wild w/ Snapped Ankles, Quivers, Pale Lights, Kursaal Flyers, The Shang Hi Los, & Dry Cleaning.

Lacy Hopkins is Vanity Plates

Lacy Hopkins of Dreamgirl brought her solo project Vanity Plates to the Songbird Sessions.

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Idaho

The reconstituted Idaho came through KC with some help from The String and Return and Slights.

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Podcast #566 is a box of chocolates from The Go! Team, Spoilers, Divinyls, Kid Gulliver, The Mountain Goats, Pom Pom Squad, Lucy Dacus, & Toledo.

Jocelyn Nixon

The 7/7 Songbird Session featured the excellent songcraft of Jocelyn Nixon from Creepy Jingles.

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Griff Nelson of Chess Club

Chess Club prompted a return to dirty rock bars for Red Kate, Matthew Mulnix, Too Much Rock, and so many of their fans.

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The Black Mariah Theater

The Black Mariah Theater settled into a cozy corner of Afterword for two sets of bluesy, jazzy, and witchy mood music.

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Podcast #565 suggests you work on your tan w/ Cub Scout Bowling Pins, Tommy Ray!, The Cudas, The Plimsouls, Radio Days, Los Campesinos!, Kings Of Convenience, & Kursaal Flyers.

Daniel Gum

Songbird sessions welcomed Daniel Gum on 6/30 for two sets -- one featuring standout tracks from his debut album, and one of unreleased songs he plans to bring into the studio next month.

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Podcast #564 plays just the right songs from Massage, Love and Rockets, Echo & The Bunnymen, The dBs, Redd Kross, Perkele, Giuda, & Phantom Handshakes.

Podcast #563 continues to mine for classics w/ The Catenary Wires, Kursaal Flyers, Rick Derringer, Dr. Feelgood, The Human League, The Waitresses, Guns for Hire, & John Larson and The Silver Fields.

Podcast #562 digs out gems from Giuda, The dBs, The Legal Matters, The Beach Boys, Guadalcanal Diary, Jim Basnight and The Moberlys, The Only Ones, & Los Pepes.

Podcast #561 balances new releases with used gambles from Pastel Coast, The Beach Boys, The Move, Ramones, Brad Marino, Letters To Cleo, & Damien Jurado.

Podcast #560 is jam packed with adventure thanks to Tourists, Joyce McKinney Experience, Appaloosa, Needles//Pins, Guided By Voices, Juliana Hatfield, Illuminati Hotties, Molly Rankin, & Shoestrings.

Brandon Phillips is Mensa Deathsquad

I was lured to my first indoor show in 15 months by a variety bill that included Mensa Deathsquad, The Creepy Jingles, and Jenna Rae.

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Podcast #559 is your perfect vacation destination thanks to Gruff Rhys, Prima Donna, World Atlas, The Embrooks, Riff Doctors, Nah..., & The Uncouth.

Kianna White

Pop held the main stage as Kianna White headlined Lemonade Park with support from diverse openers The Creepy Jingles and Monta At Odds.

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Podcast #558 takes chances with tracks from Tom Robinson Band, Beach Youth, Teenage Fanclub, Meilyr Jones, Fresh, Fightmilk, Remember Sports, & Transvision Vamp.

Podcast #557 says everything new is old w/ Primal Scream, Du Blonde, Modesty Blaise, Phil Seymour, Knife Crime, The Sea Urchins, The Pale Fountains, & Robyn Hitchcock & The Egyptians.

Meredith McGrade of Emmaline Twist

Never mind the calendar, here's the first night of summer. Emmaline Twist, Knife Crime, & Dan Jones and the Squids played a picture-perfect, sold-out, outdoor gig at Lemonade Park.

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Podcast #556 explores the known w/ RVIVR, Teenage Fanclub, Blaire Alise & The Bombshells, The Natvral, Ratboys, The Chessie System, & Sonic Youth.

Podcast #555 is educational with lessons from The Paranoyds, Charmpit, Marine Research, Felt, Art d'Ecco, Fazerdaze, En Attendant Ana, & The Darling Buds.

Cody Blanchard of The Uncouth

MMF kicked off its Spring Donation Drive with a livestream event featuring The Uncouth, Slights, Sam Wells, and Jessica Paige.

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Podcast #554 just feels good thanks to Early Riser, Joe Strummer, Cornershop, The Veras, Chess Club, & Godspeed You! Black Emperor.

Wales Goes Pop 2021

Day 1 of my visit to the 2021 virtual Wales Goes Pop festival.

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Wales Goes Pop 2021

Day 2 of my visit to the 2021 virtual Wales Goes Pop festival.

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Podcast #553 stretches out with songs by Arab Strap, The Mighty Lemon Drops, The Shamen, Blue Orchids, Persil, & Balmorhea.

Men of Men

Kansas City dipped a collective toe back into the live music pool with an early, two-band show featuring Men of Men and Various Blonde at the outdoor Lemonade Park.

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Podcast #552 packs in the sunshine w/ Manfred Mann, Dan Jones and The Squids, Color TV, Dave Edmunds, The Boys with Perpetual Nervousness, Wasabi Monster, The Royal Landscaping Society, Axolotes Mexicanos, & Helen Love.

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Upcoming gigs I care about:
9/18 Torres @ Record Bar 9/18 Mannequin Pussy @ Riot Room 9/18 Mountain Goats @ Liberty Hall 9/18 Arson Class @ RINO 9/18 Flooding @ Replay (Matinee) 9/19 Petite League @ Green House 9/20 Rufus Wainwright @ Uptown 9/21 Dinosaur Jr. @ Truman 9/22 Grouplove @ Liberty Hall 9/22 New Found Glory @ Uptown 9/23 Bad Bad Hats @ Record Bar 9/23 Fea @ Minibar 9/23 Shy Boys @ Lemonade Park 9/24 The Fey @ Lemonade Park 9/25 Republic Tigers @ Lemonade Park 9/25 Sweeping Promises @ MiniBar 9/25 Major Matt Mason @ Velo Garage 9/26 Thelma and the Sleaze @ Lemonade Park 10/1 Elevator Division @ Record Bar 10/1 Sidestep @ 22/32 (ask a punk) 10/7 St. Vincent @ Uptown 10/9 Primus 10/9 Japanese Breakfast @ Granada 10/10 The Monkees @ Uptown 10/11 Radkey @ Record Bar 10/14 Front Bottoms @ Granada 10/14 Abagail Williams @ Riot Room 10/16 Casket Lottery @ Replay 10/16 North by North @ Lemonade Park 10/22 Thonggag @ Velo Garage