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LG of Thelma and the Sleaze

The skies cleared just long enough for Nashville's Thelma and the Sleaze to titillate everyone on the Riot Room patio with its libido-driven rock 'n' roll.

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Podcast #457 checks in on some old friends including The Beths, Duck & Cover, Outtacontroller, Don't Sleep, The Smittens, Heidi Lynne Gluck, & Katie Ellen.

Podcast #456 looks back w/ help from The Rolling Stones, Shy Boys, The Molochs, Pink Floyd, Cock Sparrer, Duck & Cover, & Kylfingar.

New Too Much Rock Single

Too Much Rock is proud to release the eighth installment of its vinyl singles series featuring singer/songwriter Heidi Lynne Gluck. Gluck is an immensely talented multi-instrumentalist, sought after for her skills as a veteran player and session musician, and known for her work in Juliana Hatfield's Some Girls, Margot & the Nuclear So and Sos, The Only Children, and many others. However, it is her own vision that inspired Too Much Rock to spotlight her as part of the single series.

The new single features the Gluck-penned "Party Line." A confidently-strummed guitar introduces the cut, before Gluck's understated vocals and unflinching lyrics quickly define the song. As her narrative unfolds, the arrangement is haunted by the appearance of piano and lap steel. For the B-side, Gluck recasts the Camper Van Beethoven feel-good staple "Good Guys and Bad Guys" as a strikingly beautiful, world-weary treatise. Thirty years later and Russia is still on everyone's mind. The limited-edition single is available at area record stores and online retailers as either black (430 copies) or pink (104 copies) vinyl.

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Sheena Ozzella of Lemuria

Three bands with a point of view but little interest in pigeonhole genres kicked off their package tour in KC. Click for my photos and video of Lemuria, Katie Ellen, & Dusk.

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Podcast #455 is gonna need you to open your mind to Idol Lips, Diners, Heidi Lynne Gluck, The Rolling Stones, Optiganally Yours, The Blues Busters, & Party Fridge.

HighWesthus

While the first night of 2018's Field Day Fest raged all around Lawrence, I held steady at The Bottleneck for a great lineup featuring HighWesthus, The Dead Girls, Deco Auto, Hannah Norris, Duncan Burnett, & LK Ultra.

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Podcast #454 doesn't ask, it just gives great tunes from The Spitfires, Tru, Thin Lips, Smokescreens, Employer, Chess Club, & Rachel Sweet.

Lucy Giles of Dog Party

Four bands and eight fans came out to Riot Room on a Thursday night for Dog Party, Here's To The Life, The Bad Ideas, & Hurt Russell. Everyone else missed out and will have to settle for my photos and video of the show.

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Preview the New Too Much Rock Single

So happy to finally announce that the next TMR single will feature Heidi Lynne Gluck and be available on 8/3. Head over to The Pitch right now for an exclusive stream of A-side "Party Line."

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Dead Dads Club

No one knew how this one would play out. Click to discover if Dead Dads Club, Big Huge, Arc Flash, Killakee Kat, & the audience that loved them, survived the Kum-N-Go basement.

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Podcast #453 is for all the boys and girls w/ Big Huge, Dentist, Lucy and the Rats, Dog Party, Racquet Club, Deafheaven, & Catbite.

Steve Ciolek of The Sidekicks

A lot of ground was covered during this Monday night, 4-band bill at Riot Room. Check out my photos and video of The Sidekicks, Spirit of the Beehive, Deco Auto, & Shoebox Money and see if you can piece it all together.

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Racquet Club

LA's Racquet Club and the reunited Sons of Great Dane played great sets to a criminally small Sunday Riot Room audience.

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Party Fridge

I spent my Friday night watching 3 bands make a helluva racket in a tiny record store. Click for my recap, photos, & video of Party Fridge, awakebutstillinbed, & Hungry Foxes.

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Podcast #452 just wants you to feel good with music from Rachel Sweet, The Interrupters, BBQT, The Cheap Cassettes, Supercrush, Trust Fund, & Brandon Phillips and The Condition.

Supercrush

The Kum-N-Go packed the bill w/ 5 bands connected by only the most tenuous of threads. Check out my pics + video of Supercrush, Obscenity Plugs, Big Bite, Youth Pool, & Puzzlehead.

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The Uncouth

The bill. The bands. The members of the bands! Everything about this Monday night Davey's show featuring The Uncouth, Dirty Work, and Sidewalk Celebrity was 'punks and skins.'

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Cheetah Chrome of Dead Boys

What happens when you never outgrow youthful rebellion? Dead Boys answered that question on the Riot Room stage with a little help from Company Retreat and The Uncouth.

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Podcast #451 is looking for an escape with help from The Essex Green, Lilith, The Popguns, The Catenary Wires, Dumb, Mourn, & The Blank Tapes.

Kaytee Della Monica of No Thank You

The Kum-N-Go was still rocking after Midnight when No Thank You, Obscenity Plugs, Cheer Up, & Dodging played a Monday-night basement gig.

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Krysztof Nemeth of Abandoned Bells

Some amazing ladies transformed Records with Merritt into a cabaret highlighting the talents of Abandoned Bells, The Black Mariah Theater, & Emily Otis.

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Pillow

The Rino provided the perfect proving ground as Pillow, Brother Rabbit, and Mild Cats made their debuts.

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Podcast #450 tries to right the ship with a power pop injection from The Speedways, Crocodile Tears, Hawk, Brad Marino, Snail Mail, Gobbinjr, & Bacchae.

Jasper Adkins of The Leisure Boys

Does it get better than rock 'n' roll on a hot summer night in a garage filled with gas fumes? Not when you've got Leisure Boys, The Whiffs, & Tennis Club on the bill.

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The Coathangers

No holds were barred when The Coathangers and Salty assailed the recordBar stage.

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Har Mar Superstar

Har Mar Superstar shared his love of Sam Cooke in a night of sexy soul that began with the playful indie pop of Seasaw.

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Podcast #449 gets summer right w/ The Prettybads, Colour Me Wednesday, The Sidekicks, Axolotes Mexicanos, The Get Up Kids, Kurt Baker Combo, & Neko Case.

Kevin Cole of The Turbo A.C.'s

Punk rock is for the underdogs. Luckily Turbo ACs, Jesus Loves the Atom Bomb, Deco Auto, & The Big Iron are some righteous mutts.

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Podcast #448 wants you to breathe it all in with Damien Jurado, Dott, Shilpa Ray, Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks, Parquet Courts, Pillow, & Quicksand.

Shana Cleveland of La Luz

It's no surprise that La Luz and The Whiffs both arrived on summer's heels.

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Podcast #447 wants to thank you with music from Illuminati Hotties, Peach Kelli Pop, Charly Bliss, Mysterious Clouds, Courtney Barnett, Arms & Hearts, Quiet Slang.

Thierry Amar of Godspeed You! Black Emperor

Montreal post-rock anarchist collective Godspeed You! Black Emperor transfixed the sold-out recordBar crowd with nearly two hours of delicate and crushing music.

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Eva Hendricks of Charly Bliss

The whole building shook when Charly Bliss and Skating Polly got a Monday night audience to pogo.

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Podcast #446 returns w/ tracks to love from Wussy, Marine Girls, The Catherines, Eternal Summers, Remember Sports, Arson Class, Big Ups, & Frank Turner.

Chris Wagner of Hipshot Killer

Another dynamite, all-local bill at Minibar brought Hipshot Killer, The Runaway Sons, & Varma Cross together for a night of explosive energy and power.

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Victoria Ruiz of Downtown Boys

Day 1 of the inaugural Workers Revival Fest brought together labor activists, union leaders, hip hop artists, and punk bands.

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Sara Teasley of The Heavy Figs

Touring bands? We don't need no touring bands. KC got everything it wanted from locals Heavy Figs, Chad Rex and The Old Chelsea, & Big Iron.

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The Architects

If there is a publication qualified to cover The Architects, The Sluts, & Company Retreat on a Friday night in Westport, it's one called 'Too Much Rock.'

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Ron Emory of T.S.O.L.

KC saw many faces of punk as legends TSOL played with Drop A Grand & Sidewalk Celebrity at Riot Room on 5/2.

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Podcast #445 is for Friday nights w/ Marine Girls, Gyasi, Glitz, Say Sue Me, The Runaway Sons, The Big Iron, Descendents, & Speedy Ortiz.

Rogue Wave

A rapt audience delighted in the quirky indie rock of Rogue Wave and openers Business of Dreams.

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Podcast #444 sums everything up with new tunes from Popincourt, Fashionism, The Longshot, Say Sue Me, Witch Jail, Quicksand, Omni, & Wussy.

Jonas Birkel of Vela

Toss in some Vela, some Schwervon, a bit of North by North, and a dash of Hillary Watts Riot, stir, and you've got yourself a Thursday night recordBar goulash.

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Podcast #443 feels awfully good thanks to new music from The Ex, King Tuff, Spritzer, The Connection, Peach Kelli Pop, Ratboys, & Booze & Glory.

Chastity Belt

Petri Productions delivered Lawrence another fantastic ladies-first bill featuring Chastity Belt, Lala Lala, & Planet What.

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Jorge Arana

A curious bill handpicked by Guy Slimey brought Jorge Arana Trio, Bird Girls, & Neptune out to support Witch Jail as that band launched its new album.

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Podcast #442 will turn on you so keep an eye on Jan Panter, Steve Conte, Fightmilk, The Bombpops, Wye Oak, Kississippi, Julien Baker, & Charmer.

Durand Jones

On 4/8 Durand Jones and Instant Karma brought hot soul to cold Kansas City.

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Julien Baker

Julien Baker stopped by a suburban record store in Kansas for a intimate midday performance that served as tasteful appetizer or economy replacement for her headlining gig later that night.

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Heather Baron-Gracie of Pale Waves

The underage set packed recordBar for a night with buzz band Pale Waves and compatriot opener Inheaven.

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Podcast #441 leans heavily on covers with music from Casanovas In Heat, Hop Along, The Smithereens, Juliana Hatfield, John Paul Keith, Sloan, & Sonia.

Mike Penner of Honeywagen

Honeywagen, Headlight Rivals, Dynamite Defense, & Matt Mason all found themselves tied up in a Badfinger and Big Star tribute show that occasionally wasn't.

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Zach Campbell of The Whiffs

It's only rock 'n' roll but The Whiffs, Flesh Panthers, & Woolly Bushmen all love it in their own way.

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Brook Worlledge of Lovergurl

Women ruled the night as Lovergurl, Natural Velvet, and Abandoned Bells played dark sets at the even darker miniBar on 3/22.

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Podcast #440 is sketchy w/ music from Sam Coffey & the Iron Lungs, The Pandoras, Alma Cogan, Those Unfortunates, Wreckless Eric, A Deer A Horse, Pale Kids, & Stars Hollow.

John Joseph of Cro-Mags

NYHC legend Cro-Mags made its first trip to KC where it got the pit swirling with help from the swampy EyeHateGod and local hardcore devotees Altered Beast & Devil's Den.

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Podcast #439 has something for you including new music from Hot Snakes, The Decemberists, Hidden Pictures, Night Flowers, Radio Days, Telephone Lovers, Midnite Snaxxx, & ELO.

Nate Cook of The Yawpers

Local openers Witch Jail and Deco Auto warmed the recordBar stage for touring headliner The Yawpers and its rowdy, unfamiliar fans.

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Greg Baker of Via Luna

Via Luna headlined a four-band bill that included Lobby Boxer, Le Grand, Microdoser, and enough finger taps, odd time signatures, and virtuosity to choke a punk.

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Podcast #438 sets the mood w/ The Hold Steady, The Pony Collaboration, Hurry, Nap Eyes, The Electric Lungs, The Titans, Rancid, & Crack Cloud.

Bully

The dream of the '90s was alive in Kansas City as Bully and Melkbelly brought grungy guitars and big alt rock hooks to recordBar.

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Podcast #437 offers a hand up w/ Titus Andronicus, Lucy Dacus, The Breeders, The Dollyrots, American Nightmare, Dicta, & Andrew W.K.

Seth Siro Anton of Septicflesh

Septicflesh, Dark Funeral, and Thy Antichrist turned Riot Room into loud, putrid, seizure-inducing sauna packed with happy metalheads.

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Podcast #436 isn't afraid to play music from Screaming Females, The Not Amused, Camp Cope, Turnspit, The Regrettes, Pale Waves, & Abbath.

Red Kate

Red Kate celebrated the release of its new TMR single with good friends Reacharounds, Arson Class, VidCo Kult, and so much rock & roll.

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Podcast #435 spotlights a very odd music collector w/ Shannon & the Clams, Turnspit, Murph & The Gazorpos, A Light Within, Amiensus, & Belle & Sebastian.

Nick Sloan of A Light Within

The recordBar was hit with wave after wave of volume as A Light Within, Giants Chair, & Sundiver pummeled the audience with guitars.

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Pedro the Lion

Old feelings came rushing back as a reformed Pedro the Lion packed the recordBar. Check out my photos and video of the resurrected headliner along with openers Marie/Lepanto.

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Podcast #434 feels about right w/ The Lovely Eggs, Death By Unga Bunga, Red Kate, Brian Fallon, Awakebutstillinbed, & Marie/Lepanto.

Alex Luciano of Diet Cig

LFK punched above its weight class as Diet Cig, Great Grandpa, Spook School, & MK Ultra sold out the White Schoolhouse for a night of radical inclusiveness and indie pop.

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Podcast #433 is pure TMR w/ music from Superchunk, Dirty Fences, Rubs, Drippies, Go Generation, Happy Accidents, Constant Insult, & Turbonegro.

New Too Much Rock Single

Too Much Rock is happy to announce that the seventh installment of its vinyl-only singles series will feature Kansas City's Red Kate. The band's fiery, working class lyrics and no-frills pub-rock sound make this a perfect fit for Too Much Rock. A-side "Iraqi Girl" latches onto a groove that just doesn't let go, while B-side cover of TSOL's "American Zone" fits so perfectly into the band's mission that it became a staple of its live set months before the single was even announced. The limited-edition vinyl-only single is available on both black (400 copies) or clear (100 copies) vinyl, each with its own complementing artwork starting on 2/23. Pre-orders are available today on the band's bandcamp page.

Watch for an exclusive stream on Modern Vinyl starting next week, then catch the band on KKFI's Under the Radar and Wednesday Midday Medley next week as well. See the band at the official launch at Davey's on the 23rd, or at the all-ages launch at Mills on 3/3.

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Zach Phillips of The Architects

Comrades The Architects and Hipshot Killer brought loud guitars and outsider anthems to the First Fridays crowd.

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Zach Campbell of The Whiffs

Power-pop was out in delightful force as Whiffs, Dirty Fences, Rubs, & Drugs & Attics played a cycle shop in the bottoms.

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Andrea Lo of Belle Game

A dedicated Monday-night crowd got an evening of atmosphere and textures from Belle Game, Spirit Is The Spirit, & Jake Wells.

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Podcast #432 requires an explanation w/ Selector Dub Narcotic, Club 8, BV's, ONSIND, Listener, Tiny Moving Parts, & Belle Game.

Calvin Johnson is Selector Dub Narcotic

Selector Dub Narcotic played a rare all-ages matinee at Riot Room that drew few fans and no one under 21. And I want it to happen over and over until I die.

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Kody Templeman of The Lillingtons

NKC's Rino earned its punk rock stripes hosting Lillingtons, Company Retreat, Rackatees, & Red Kate.

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Podcast #431 comes with a cup of herbal tea and music from Belle & Sebastian, Math and Physics Club, Long Neck, Spook School, Anna Burch, First Aid Kit, & Obedient Wives Club.

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Upcoming shows I care about:
8/16 Smashing Pumpkins @ Sprint 8/17 Life and Times @ recordBar 8/24 Emmaline Twist @ recordBar 8/24 Abigail Williams @ Riot Room 8/25 John Vanderslice @ LFK 8/25 Red Kate @ Replay 8/25 Salty @ Minibar 8/29 The Molochs @ Voltaire 9/2 No Vacation @ Bottleneck 9/11 Gary Numan @ Madrid 9/11 Exploited @ Riot Room 9/13 Shonen Knife @ Riot Room 9/14 Lupe Fiasco @ Truman 9/14 Sona @ Replay 9/14 Gene Loves Jezebel @ Riot Room 9/15 Nan + the One Nite Stands @ Brick 9/17 King Tuff @ Riot Room 9/17 Sloan @ Riot Room 9/19 Andrew WK @ recordBar 9/20 Alestorm @ Riot Room 9/21 Waxahatchee @ White Schoolhouse 9/21 Billy Idol @ Uptown 9/21 Iron & Wide @ Midland 9/22 Shiner @ recordBar 9/29 Andrew Bird @ Kauffman Center 9/29 Giorgio Moroder @ Truman 10/1 Screaming Females @ Riot Room 10/2 Death Cab for Cutie @ Midland 10/9 GWAR/Hatebreed @ Granada 10/12 Roots @ Starlight 10/13 Janelle Monae @ Starlight 10/13 Snow Patrol @ Arrowhead 10/14 The Church @ recordBar 10/18 Cursive @ recordBar 10/18 She Wants Revenge @ Riot Room 10/19 Kansas @ Midland 10/20 Slothrust @ recordBar 10/22 Ted Leo @ Bottleneck 10/27 Ghost @ Midland 10/31 Of Montreal @ Granada 10/31 Bob Log III @ recordBar 11/8 Get Up Kids @ recordBar 11/11 The Bronx @ Granada 11/12 Prince Daddy & The Hyena @ Rino 11/16 Lucero @ Madrid 11/17 Descendents @ Cain's (Tulsa) 12/2 Front Bottoms @ Uptown