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Podcast #692 stacks 'em deep and likes 'em cheap with blowouts from Steve Conte, Bottle Breakers, The Reflectors, The Yum Yums, Billy Tibbals, The Luxury Item, Go Generation, Itchy and The Nits, & Tyr.

NEW TOO MUCH ROCK SINGLE

Arson Class becomes the latest band to be featured in the Too Much Rock Single Series. The 7" will be released on 5/3 with a release party that evening at Sister Anne's Records.

Too Much Rock · Arson Class - Junior

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Bradley McKillip of Til Willis & Erratic Cowboy

Til Willis & Erratic Cowboy kicked off a sunny spring weekend with the help of opener Liney Blu.

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Podcast #691 soundtracks my day with hits from Morgan and the Organ Donors, The Boyfriends, TV Fifty, Heavy Lag, Why Bother?, Rick White, & Hooded Grave.

Mark Ryan of The Marked Men

Thursday night has never felt more like Friday than when The Marked Men and The Whiffs rocked The Ship.

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Shaun Penechar of Doubledrag

Everything was supersized for the Doubledrag album release show w/ support from Siilk & Wire Twins.

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Podcast #690 is what just you needed if you needed tracks from Cock Sparrer, Emperor Penguin, Honeychain, Jason Blake, The Ophelias, & Joan of Arc.

Punchlove

Monday turned dreamy thanks to Punchlove, Still Ill, & Admin Reveal.

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Jake Cardwell of The Whiffs

Night 2 of the “Lost Weekend” mini fest wrapped up with heavy hitters The Whiffs, Sparrowhawk, & Nature Boys.

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Lee Todorovich of Still Animals

Primal rock & roll from Still Animals, Pet Mosquito, & Kool 100s rattled Hillsiders.

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Nils Frykdahl of Sleepytime Gorilla Museum

A packed room reveled in the AV assault delivered by a reunited Sleepytime Gorilla Museum and Season to Risk.

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Siilk

Siilk, Khamsin, & Stüp picked up electric guitars and delivered rambunctious sets at The Brick.

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Podcast #689 is what you came for thanks to Teens in Trouble, The Jetsons, Civil Rats, Friends of Cesar Romero, The Reds Pinks & Purples, Torrey, Secret Shine, & Waxahatchee.

Podcast #688 fires it up with zingers from The BV's, Brad Marino, Burger Weekends, The Wynotts, The Spivs, Is/Ought Gap, The Marked Men, Fast Eddy, & Cheekface.

Podcast #687 is on a roll w/ hits from Heatwaves, Still Animals, Civil Rats, TV Cop, Van Duren, Broken Hearts Are Blue, Teen Angst, & The Ire.

Teri Quinn

Teri Quinn, Ione, & They’re Theirs met for a midweek set that highlighted soft and exquisite songcraft.

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Lukas Nicolai of Mental Cruelty

An international horde of metal bands including Mental Cruelty, Ov Sulfur, Ghost Bath, Extermination Dismemberment, and Aprilmist rewarded a suppliant Kansas audience.

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New Obsessions

KC was down for anything on a Friday night that featured New Obsessions, RxGhost, Milk Wave, & Bryce Vz.

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Podcast #686 is the podcast you can trust with tunes from Doubledrag, Shadow Show, Comet Gain, Daniel Romano's Outfit, The Names, & Aprilmist.

Militarie Gun

A package tour featuring Militarie Gun, Pool Kids, Spiritual Cramp, Spaced, and no locals sold out RecordBar on a Sunday night.

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Podcast #685 changes faster than the weather w/ tunes from Maddie Moon, Matthew Sweet, Dwight Twilley Band, Mean Jeans, Sheer Mag, Nouvelle Vague, & Dwarrowdelf.

Matthew Sweet

Matthew Sweet brought Abe Partridge along for a bill that highlighted strengths and weaknesses.

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Podcast #684 makes no sense thanks to Sex Mex, MC5, Mary Timony, Matthew Sweet, Abe Partridge, Dan Bern, & Ungfell.

The Roseline

There was a twang in the air as The Roseline celebrated its new album with assists from Empty Moon and Suzannah Johannes.

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Podcast #683 is something old, something new, and something kind of blue as we visit w/ Lorne Behrman, Eggs on Mars, Ducks Ltd., Gentleman Jesse, Class, Civic, The Sleeveens, & Bill Evans Trio.

Jordan Tyler of Siilk

Siilk invited friends Ferris Wheel Regulars, Moon 17, Remorsefully Numb, & God’s Computer to help celebrate the release of its new album.

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Podcast #682 is a quick 30-minute journey to somewhere good w/ The Chisel, Dust Star, J. Robbins, The Prize, Chinese Telephones, The Roseline, Torres, & The Mountain Goats.

The Band That Fell to Earth KC

The Band That Fell to Earth KC kicked off Bowie Christmas with a VIP performance that included Hunky Dory from front to back plus an encore of favorites.

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Cody Blanchard of The Uncouth

An all-ages crowd supplied Howdy with the energy that fueled sets by Uncouth, Doldrums, and Violet Approach.

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Podcast #681 is what happens when I get new records from Gruff Rhys, Hero No Hero, The Laughing Chimes, Green Day, Perilous, Sleater-Kinney, Smile, & The Cure.

Podcast #680 searches for power pop perfection w/ new records from The Crocodiles, Nick Frater, The Umbrellas, The Tubs, Nite Sobs, Uni Boys, Rick White, Caleb Nichols, & Wimps.

Ben Chambers of Hexicharmed

Minibar loaded up on the power trios hosting Hexicharmed, Kissy Fit, & Kool 100s.

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Chris Wagner of Hipshot Killer

Kansas City said goodbye to Buddy Lush with Buddy Bash featuring Hipshot Killer, Cretin 66, Big Iron, & The Buddy-less Phenomenon.

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Podcast #679 brings a potpourri of pleasure thanks to The Pandoras, The Lemon Twigs, Raspberries, Guided By Voices, In the Pines, Of Tree, & A Momentary Lapse Of Happiness.

Podcast #678 plays catch up with releases from Class, Awakebutstillinbed, The Blast Monkeys, Vial, Wednesday, Kurt Vile, & Current Affairs.

Magnificent

Cure tribute act Magnificent pops up once or twice a year tied to some holiday or another.

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Heidi Lynne Gluck

Heidi Gluck invited her friends to help celebrate the solstice in the cozy Nostalgia Room.

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The Uncouth

Saturday night and The Brick was packed with punks thanks to The Uncouth, Madman, & The D-Fibs.

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Steve Tulipana of Violenteer

Violenteer, Still Ill, & RxGhost combined on a clever bill that comforted like a weighted blanket.

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Podcast #677 fits in my entire Top 35 of 2023 including Bonnie "Prince" Billy, The Menzingers, Heidi Lynne Gluck, Tough Age & Danny the K.

Top 35 Songs of 2023

As each year draws to a close I always look back at the new music that soundtracked it. Here is a ranked list of my favorites. I don't claim that these are the best songs of the year, just the ones that were my favorites during a random week in December 2023 when I built this.

35. "Holding My Heart" by Paint Fumes (Dig! Records)
A power pop number with a little punk skuzz and a giant chorus. This is the formula for success.

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Top 50 Albums of 2023

I did it again. I spent December listening to every album I got in 2023 to build this list. It's a lot, but it was nice to visit with these ones. They held up as solid albums from front to back. As is my usual, the list is ordered, but otherwise presented without commentary.

50. The Unknowns East Coast Low (Bargain Bin Records)
49. Slowdive Everything is Alive (Dead Oceans)

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Favorite Local Releases of 2023

Local is where it's at. Here are the new releases from 2023 that make Kansas City (and the region) so wonderful. Thank you to the bands, labels, venues, promoters, photographers, writers, and fans that always show up.

Favorite Local Albums of 2023:
10. Dan Jones and the Squids - Rock And Roll Daydreams (self-released)
 9. Nightosphere - Databases (self-released)

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Colby Bales of Black Light Animals

Black Light Animals, Gemini Parks, and Heat Seger graced the warm confines of RecordBar on a cold night.

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Logan Park of From Me

Turnsol hosted a holiday benefit for Hope House featuring From Me, Small Victories, Deco Auto, Corey Dies in the End, & The Critterz.

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Podcast #676 is the 2023 Christmas Spectacular featuring 30 artists and over 90 minutes of festive delights and holiday head-scratchers.

John Tate of Sirens in the Suburbs

Rock & Roll ruled the roost when Sirens in the Suburbs, Vedettes, & Arson Class played the Replay on a Friday night.

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Jamie Woodard of Perfume USA

Perfume USA, Taking Meds, Public Opinion, & Squint ensured that a Tuesday night out was definitely not quiet

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Podcast #675 is a trip to my happy place w/ Spearmint, The Odds, Autographs, Red Rockers, Geoff Palmer, Erik Voeks & The Ghosters, Raspberries, & Redder Moon.

Dean Edington of Drifter

Post_This Fest 2.0 played to the fringe with sets from Drifter, Orphans of Doom, RxGhost, & PanHead 87.

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Kemet Coleman of The Phantastics

Midwest Music Foundation’s annual Apocalypse Meow benefits Abby’s Fund to support musicians healthcare. This year’s fundraiser featured The Phantastics, Nathan Corsi and My Atomic Daydream, & True Lions.

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Podcast #674 is going to take you places with a soundtrack from Single Mothers, Raspberries, Dori Freeman, Olympic Size, The American Analog Set, & Damien Jurado.

Field Daze

Up-and-comers Field Daze, Tidal.wav, & Parry packed The Rino on a Friday night.

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Podcast #673 celebrates the guitar with honorees Raspberries, Leatherman, Values Here, Squint, Why Bother?, Outtacontroller, Obra Negra, & Netherfrost.

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Toronto’s Tallies stopped in Kansas City for gas and to deliver a lovely dream pop set for an audience primed by Emmaline Twist.

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Heilung

Heilung called all the heathens to The Midland for a choreographed operatic performance of its shamanic folk.

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Jordan Taylor of Doldrums

Young and old gathered to celebrate Ricky Reyes’ 50th with a bash that featured Doldrums, Burning Bush, Make No Mistake, Blood Harmonies, & his own Still Ill.

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Kool Keith

A steady stream of DJs and MCs delivered beats and bars in support of the erratic Kool Keith.

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Podcast #672 asks the obvious question, why not music from Brad Marino, Alice Cooper, Night Court, Catbells, Easy Match, Dirt Merchants, Drop Nineteens, & The Mountain Goats.

A Giant Dog

A Giant Dog gave Record Bar another high energy rock & roll explosion with some help from The Whiffs and touring act Trouble in the Streets.

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Upcoming gigs I care about:
4/22 Fake Dust @ Reservoir Howdy 4/24 Flooding @ Howdy 4/24 Brittany Howard @ Starlight 4/25 Alvvays @ Truman 4/25 Graham Parker @ Knuckleheads 4/26 RxGhost @ Brick 4/26 William Elliott Whitmore @ RecordBar 4/26 90 Minute Cassette @ Minibar 4/26 Roseline @ Replay (matinee) 4/27 Uncouth @ Minibar 4/27 Men of Men @ Ship 4/28 Cheekface @ Bottleneck 4/28 Cataphract @ Farewell 4/28 Academy Order @ Howdy 4/30 Primus @ Azura 4/30 Roseline @ RecordBar 5/1 Expo 70 @ Farewell 5/1 Steve Vai/Joe Satriani @ Uptown 5/2 Abigail Williams @ Bottleneck 5/3 Arson Class @ Sister Anne's (matinee) 5/3 Slowdive @ Truman 5/3 Show Me the Body @ Granada 5/3 Field Daze @ Lemonade Park 5/3 Deco Auto @ Rino 5/4 Jorge Arana Trio @ RecordBar 5/5 Utilitarians @ Theis Park 5/5 Garden Home @ Howdy 5/5 Pure XTC @ RecordBar 5/6 Arson Class @ Farewell 5/7 Jason Isbell @ Liberty Hall 5/7 Gene Loves Jezebel @ Knuckleheads 5/7 Redder Moon @ RecordBar 5/9 Swans @ RecordBar 5/9 Postal Service @ T-Mobile 5/10 The Dahmers @ Hillsiders 5/11 Thimastr @ Farewell 5/12 12 Rods @ RecordBar 5/12 Reviser @ MiniBar 5/14 Cake 5/15 Cake 5/16 Battle Beast @ Granada 5/16 EXTC @ RecordBar 5/17 Various Blonde @ Minibar 5/17 "Kyuss" @ Liberty Hall 5/18 Arson Class @ Centennial Skate Park 5/20 Real Estate @ Truman 5/20 Camping in Alaska @ Howdy 5/21 Drifter @ Replay 5/22 Drifter @ Minibar 5/23 Creepy Jingles @ Rino 5/23 Dreamist @ Farewell 5/24 Eggs on Mars @ Easy Inn 5/25 Get Smart @ Lucia (LFK) 5/25 Radkey @ Lemonade Park 5/25 Highwater @ BLVD Tavern 5/25 Daniel Gum @ Hickory Union Moto 5/25 Shy Boys @ Emerald 5/28 Modern Color @ Encore 5/29 Nekromantix @ RecordBar 5/30 Squirrel Flower @ Farewell 5/31 Fullbloods @ Turnsol 6/1 Frogpond @ Made Mobb 6/1 Highwater @ Arizona Trading Co 6/1 Blackstarkids @ RecordBar 6/1 Flooding @ Big Mood Wines 6/2 Phase Fest @ Legends Field 6/7 String Out @ Bottleneck 6/9 Sarah McLachlan @ Starlight 6/12 Chuck Prophet @ Knuckleheads 6/12 Total Sham @ Studio Skate 6/14 Ultimate Fakebook @ Press (MTN) 6/15 Deco Auto @ Minibar 6/17 Hot Water Music/Quicksand @ Liberty 6/17 Sons of Great Dane @ RecordBar 6/19 MC Chris @ RecordBar 6/19 Drifter @ Howdy 6/21 Belmont @ Rino 6/22 Summer Kamp IV @ Farwell & Howdy 6/23 Flaming Lips @ Uptown 6/24 Pixies @ Starlight 6/26 Lucero/Menzingers @ Madrid 6/28 Pallbearer @ Bottleneck 6/29 Swallowtails @ Lemonade Park 6/30 Amyl/Sniffers @ Granada 7/2 Still Ill @ Farewell 7/3 Sex Mex @ Farewell 7/6 New Obsessions @ Minibar 7/10 Baseball Project @ RecordBar 7/12 Wallflowers @ Liberty 7/19 Fruit Bats @ Lemonade Park 7/20 Mates of State @ RecordBar 7/21 Jeff Rosenstock @ Bottleneck 7/22 Ra Ra Riot @ Starlight 7/25 Be Your Own Pet @ Bottleneck 7/26 Aggrolites @ Madrid 8/1 Pretenders @ Uptown 8/1 Orville Peck 8/3 Big Fat Cow @ BLVD Tavern 8/9 Blink-182 @ T-Mobile 8/11 Old 97s @ Madrid 8/14 Smashing Pumpkins @ Starlight 8/16 Jason Isbell @ Azura 8/20 Green Day @ Azura 8/31 Glass Animals @ Azura 9/4 Big Fat Cow @ Replay 9/7 Chatpile @ Bottleneck 10/4 Heart/Cheap Trick @ T-Mobile 10/18 Korn @ T-Mobile 10/19 Superchunk @ Granada 10/24 Hatebreed @ Uptown 1/25 Aerosmith @ T-Mobile