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Podcast #583 is thankful for Makthaverskan, Mink DeVille, The Jim Carroll Band, Stop Calling Me Frank, A Bunch Of Jerks, Lawmaker, & Mr. Golden Sun.

Ray Carlisle of Teenage Bottlerocket

Punk rock smashed KC as Teenage Bottlerocket, The Last Gang and Tightwire took over Record Bar.


Joey Chiaramonte of Koyo

A four-flavored bill brought Koyo, Anxious, Oxford Remedy, and Perfume to the Record Bar stage for a Sunday night of hardcore and more.


Matt Hamer of Mr. Golden Sun

Dulcet tones and intimate lyrics rang out as Mr. Golden Sun, The Hollows, and Daniel Gum performed at The Brick.


Dylan Baldi of Cloud Nothings

Headliners Cloud Nothings and support act Mourning [A] BLKstar gave KC two tastes of Cleveland whether we felt like dancing or breaking things.


Nick Lowe

Rock & roll statesmen Nick Lowe gave a rousing and lively performance backed by Los Straitjackets and supported by Paul Cebar.


Podcast #582 digs for the gems finding paydirt with Aimee Mann, The Tubs, Nick Frater, Fur, Swansea Sound, L.A. Exes, Dan Vapid And The Cheats, & Arab Strap.

Sophie Emerson of The Cavves

Four scrappy bands played a disjointed show where no band or its fans crossed paths. Check out my photos and video of The Cavves, The Cracks, Major Matt Mason USA, and Oxford Remedy.


Podcast #581 loses itself in long cuts from Arab Strap, The Acharis, Motrik, & Havukruunu.

Andrew Sallee of Namelessnumberheadman

Namlessnumberheadman celebrated the release of its newest album in a late-night affair with a few fans and some help from Black Light Animals and Heidi Lynne Gluck.


Podcast #580 looks in the Halloween bag and pulls out treats from Dave Hause, Witch Jail, The Exbats, Jass, Julia Othmer, Katy Guillen & The Drive, & Shoestrings.

Ethan Gensurowsky of Enforced

7th Heaven served metal appetizers from Enforced and Inner Altar for the KC scene.


Podcast #579 hangs out in garages and basements w/ The Airport 77s, Fortitude Valley, The Seams, The Shadracks, The Courettes, Teenage Cavegirl, Nature Boys, Bummer, & Brian Eno.

The Bad Ideas

On a busy KC night a few dozen fans braved the chill for The Bad Ideas, Polymer Mercies, North by North, and True Lions.


Scout Gillett

Scout Gillett, Other Americans, and Belle & the Vertigo Waves played a diverse show proving


Willie Jordan of Drugs & Attics

Late night debauchery has its home at Easy Inn and its fuel from Drugs & Attics, Colfax Speed Queen, & Wayne Pain & the Shit Stains.


Aidan Noell & Ian Richard Devaney of Nation of Language

KC experienced an NYC-created time warp when the synth pop of Nation of Language and the post-punk of The Wants came to town.


Podcast #578 plays Jekyll & Hyde w/ cuts from The Connells, TV Crime, Killer Hearts, Teenage Joans, Boy Scouts, Nightjacket, & Elevator Division.

Makayla Scott

Rain pushed the weekly Songbird Sessions indoors, approximating a cozy coffee shop that allowed Makayla Scott's tender songs and affable charm to thrive.


Chris Stewart of Elevator Division

The clock turned back 20 years bringing Elevator Division and Namelessnumberheadman back to the stage.


Podcast #577 scratches that itch w/ Motorists, The Peppermint Kicks, Dirty Fences, The Jolt, Chubby and the Gang, Mess, Oil Change, Daughn Gibson.

Makayla Scott of Blue False Indigo

There was nothing but sincerity as far as the eye could see as Blue False Indigo and Major Matt Mason USA played Velo Garage on 9/25.


Letty Martinez of Fea

It was girls to the front when Fea and Bad Ideas played a midweek show at Minibar.


Travis McKenzie of The Creepy Jingles

KC was wonderfully KC when a diverse bill of Creepy Jingles, Berwanger, and Violent Bear played the Rino on 9/17.


Podcast #576 thinks everything is spooky and beautiful. And so do The Cramps, Spearmint, Star Collector, Life Model, Lloyd Cole and The Commotions, Ducks Ltd., & The Ophelias.

Phil Kinsley of Arson Class

Punk rock for a cause when Arson Class, a reunited Shotgun Jenny, and Here's to the Life played The Rino.


Podcast #575 suggests you relax and leave everything to namelessnumberheadman, Dori Freeman, Daniel Romano's Outfit, The Fluorescents, Bad Bad Hats, Sorrows, Mom, & The Coathangers.

Dan Jones & the Squids

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


The Whiffs

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


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.


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.


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.


The Black Maria Theater

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


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.


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.



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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Wales Goes Pop 2021

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


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.


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:
11/29 Baroness @ Bottleneck 12/3 Schwervon @ Replay 12/4 Beabadoobee @ Truman 12/6 Atreyu @ Truman 12/7 Uncouth @ miniBar 12/8 GWAR @ Granda 12/10 Schwervon @ Brick 12/11 Shiner @ recordBar 12/16 Supercrush @ Bottleneck 12/17 Radkey @ recordBar 12/18 Radkey @ recordBar 1/15 Lucinda Williams @ Knuckleheads