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Giants Chair

Us olds returned to KC for the holiday, left the kids with grandma, and then headed straight for The Brick to see Giants Chair, The String and Return, and Wonderful Moments.

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Robyn Edwards of Lisa Prank

A criminally small crowd came out to Minibar to see Seattle's Lisa Prank with support from Stary and The Creepy Jingles -- shame on KC.

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Podcast #498 pairs herbal tea w/ Jeffrey Lewis, Jeff & Laura, Juliana Hatfield, Macseal, Mess, Snail Mail, & Moana.

Allison Gliesman of Mess

Touring bands coalesced at the Rino on Saturday for a night of guitar driven indie rock. Click for my thoughts, pics, and video of Mess, Hand Out, Salt Creek, & Kill Vargas.

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Via Luna

The Rino's Saturday night bill featured music for and by a particularly emo subset of Kansas City's music scene. Via Luna capped off a night that also featured Jorge Arana Trio and Tall Boys.

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Mae C of NuBlvckCity

The second night of 2019's Apocalypse Meow featured a cavalcade of bands raising money for musician's healthcare.

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The Sluts

Apocalypse Meow 12 kicked off at Mills Records with the DGAF primal rock of The Sluts and the bending blues rock of Chris Meck & the Second Sons.

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Podcast #497 is leather jacket music with tunes from Happy Mondays, Baby Shakes, Wyldlife, White Reaper, Headlight Rivals, Bambies, & Tall Boys.

Chris Kramer of The Cowboys

It was nothing short of a rock 'n' roll blow out when The Cowboys, The Whiffs, Fast Eddy, & Drugs & Attics packed Colonial Club on 10/5.

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Podcast #496 is dialed in with tunes from Night Flowers, Hanoi Rocks, Michael Monroe, Refused, Screaming Females, United Blood, & Mikal Cronin.

Hipshot Killer

Sister Anne's celebrated its one year anniversary with cake, Hipshot Killer and Nervous Fit.

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Jace Kimbrell of Formalities

Records with Merritt expanded its practice of supporting young local talent with this international bill featuring Formalities, The Burning Hell, & Major Matt Mason USA.

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Podcast #495 was bewitched by Silver Jews, Phil Seymour, Fast Eddy, Alvvays, No Sugar, Bad Ideas, & Angel Olsen.

Podcast #494 is a bad influence thanks to Slant 6, The Muffs, Airstream Futures, The Prowlers, Chris Farren, Suggested Friends, Lisa Prank, & Stary.

Berwanger

Kansas City's Middle of the Map Fest kicked off at Josey Records with locals Mild Cat, The Bad Ideas, JC & the Nuns, & Berwanger.

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Podcast #493 refuses to give up with new music from Ex Hex, The New Pornographers, Belle and Sebastian, Chastity Belt, Vivian Girls, A Giant Dog, & Gino and the Goons.

Stephanie Bankston of Lovergurl

A jubilant crowd filled Davey's to celebrate diversity, inclusivity, representation and to dance with Lovergurl one last time. The trio chose Wick & the Tricks and Black Creatures for this farewell party.

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Podcast #492 senses the end is near w/ Pixies, Mick Trouble, Baby Shakes, The Control Freaks, Tommy and the Commies, The Radio Dept, Other Americans, & Darren Hayman.

Podcast #491 might have been drawn out of a hat. Listen to Sheer Mag, Esther Rose, Caitlin Rose, Thelma and the Sleaze, Psychotic Turnbuckles, Surfer Blood, & Groundzero.

The Lillingtons

RINO invited The Lillingtons back to town for a midweek, punk rock wingding bolstered by locals Hipshot Killer and The Uncouth.

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Podcast #490 is covers and controversy w/ Sleater-Kinney, The Hold Steady, Frank Turner, Upset, The Reflectors, Shock Troops, Panic, & Type O Negative.

Podcast #489 wants to know if you're doing okay. Let's listen to Purple Mountains, Empty Moon, Shotgun Jimmie, Gimp Fist, The Coolies, The Regrettes, & Jawbox.

Podcast #488 sounds best in a convertible thanks to Bleached, that dog, Craig Finn, Tigercats, Guided By Voices, Suneaters, & The Appleseed Cast.

Kid Congo Powers

A down and dirty dance party is just what KC needed to end a hot hot week. Thankfully Kid Congo, The Whiffs, and Drop a Grand were there to deliver the goods.

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Podcast #487 demands a fist pumping singalong with Amyl and The Sniffers, Ramona, Bad Sleep, Berwanger, The Producers, Mono In Stereo, Cheap Gunslingers, & The Speedways.

Bill Callahan

The townies enjoyed a wonderful summer night with Bill Callahan and Heidi Gluck on the green lawn of of the Lawrence Public Library.

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Podcast #486 hits you with everything TMR has got including The Chats, The Exploding Hearts, Local Drags, Jeanines, Dressy Bessy, Bill Callahan, Bruce Springsteen, & The Producers.

Podcast #485 looks for connection with music from The Mountain Goats, The Umbrellas, No Suits In Miami, Gentleman Jesse, Stag Marks Gang, Clive Kennedy, & Pelican.

Emily Nokes of Tacocat

Seattle's Tacocat ended its tour with a girls-up-front, queer-friendly, pogo party aided by the righteous riffs of touring partner Sammi Lanzetta, and glammed-out locals Wick and the Tricks.

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Podcast #484 is pop with a vicious streak featuring tunes from Tacocat, Brad Marino, Geoff Palmer, CJ Ramone, Romantics, Baby Grande, & Le Grand.

Josh Snow of Le Grand

Le Grand launched its new EP to a packed house and alongside friends Via Luna, Oxford Remedy, & Aage Birch.

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Brandon Phillips with The Condition

KC celebrated First Fridays with three local tastes that taste great together. Check out my photo and video of Brandon Phillips & the Condition, The Sluts, & Dead Voices

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Upcoming shows I care about:
12/07 Hooligan's Holiday @ recordBar 12/10 Messthetics @ recordBar 12/20 Radkey @ recordBar 12/20 New Riddim @ Brick 12/28 Schwervon @ Brick 1/9 William Elliot Whitmore @ Bottleneck 2/1 Anniversary @ Bottleneck 2/28 Destroyer @ Granada 2/29 Durand Jones @ Bottleneck 3/15 Ratboys @ Riot Room 3/19 Hot Water Music @ recordBar 3/20 Hot Water Music @ recordBar 4/1 Sturgill Simpson @ Silverstein 5/3 Adam Ant @ Uptown