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Podcast #480 scratches that itch with music from Salty, The Flys, Witching Waves, Teenage Bottlerocket, Jagger Holly, Potty Mouth, Ex Hex, & France Gall.

Podcast #479 has all the cohesion and joy of a college radio program. Join me for new music from Durand Jones, Fightmilk, The Bralettes, Eddie & The Hot Rods, Bis, Dear Boy, Whoa Melodic, & BA Johnston.

Podcast #478 is an attempt to stave off the winter blahs with sunny tunes by Charmpit, Pale Lips, The Trend, Terry & Louie, The Catherines, Nah, Cheerbleederz, & The Peggies.

Lucy Dacus

Lucy Dacus packed the Bottleneck with everyone from NPR-listening olds to starry-eyed kids. Support came from the excellent Illuminati Hotties and local singer/songwriter Iris Elke.


Hopyard Mathison of Employer

A stir crazy crowd of revelers descended on Davey's Uptown for the Cuddle Puddle album release show. Bookending the band were excellent sets from friends Employer and Libations.


Podcast #476 couldn't get it all right, but it hit paydirt with new music from Lisa Marr with the Tranzmitors, Guided by Voices, Bob Mould, Ratboys, Better Oblivion Community Center, Girlpool, & Eva Nagy.

Meredith McGrade of Emmaline Twist

While the origins of the "Winter Classic" are dubious, Emmaline Twist, Appropriate Grammar, & Tim Bruan & Julia Haile offered a necessary reprieve from winter's darkness.


Podcast #477 is the mix we all expect from TMR featuring Laura Jane Grace and the Devouring Mothers, Joe Jackson, Duncan Reid and the Big Heads, The Plague, Juliana Hatfield, Pedro the Lion, & Cherry Glazerr.

Markus Toivonen of Ensiferum

Four bands packed into Riot Room leaving just enough space for Kansas City's fanatical metal community. Check out my thoughts, photos, & video of Ensiferum, Septicflesh, Arsis, & Stonehaven.


Podcast #475 quenches my thirst for power pop w/ Five Eight, Radar State, The Continentals, Fast Cars, Bad Moves, Wimps, & The Decemberists.

Katlyn Conroy of La Guerre

Late nights, synthesizers, and a bouncing club mixed a powerful cocktail. La Guerre, Y god Y, Pala Zolo and a packed Replay Lounge rode that high all night long.


Podcast #474 hands the reins over to listeners chose Dream Wife, Indigo De Souza, Savak, Turnstile, Tierra Whack, Metric, Anna Calvi, & Lake Street Dive.

The Whiffs

The Whiffs, Berwanger, and three DJs eager to share their rares combined for a must-see night of power pop at the 8th Street Tap Room.


Paulina Costilla of The Bralettes

The Bralettes helped KC put the holidays in the rearview mirror by joining forces with locals Apolkalypse Wow for a pogo-worthy Wednesday night gig at Riot Room.


Top 30 Albums of 2018

Identifying the year's standout albums is tough for a singles guy. It's easy to recognize the punch and immediacy of a song, but it's harder to feel the genius of an album. While I'll always call out albums that I love listening to (even if they're merely executing an established blueprint), I also want to recognize the albums that felt important. So, here's my list. Thirty great albums. Ordered, but otherwise presented without commentary.

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Top 40 Songs of 2018

And here's the list no one was waiting for, Too Much Rock's top 40 tracks of 2018. Are these the best? Who can tell. But these are songs that I love. Tracks that move me. And tracks that I was happy to revisit time and time again this year. Because this is a busy time of the year I've kept my thoughts short by sharing the one thing that I like best about each of the songs on my list. As a bonus, I've also included three tracks from 2017 that I just didn't hear in time to make last year's list, but they definitely would have made the cut if I had.

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Podcast #473 counts down the top tracks of 2018 including cuts from Wussy, The Speedways, Sloan, Screaming Females, Colour Me Wednesday, Paul Collins, The Molochs, & Damien Jurado.

Ryan Wise of The Sluts

Big riffs, animal magnetism, and righteous rage all made appearances on this all-local Riot Room bill featuring The Sluts, Other Americans, & Lovergurl.


Giants Chair

Voltaire's late shows are quickly becoming the after-show salon for Kansas City. On this night the hip gathered for Giants Chair and New Obsessions.


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Upcoming shows I care about:
3/17 Ratboys @ White Schoolhouse 3/18 Leggy @ White Schoolhouse 3/19 Dumb @ Sister Anne's 3/19 Supersuckers @ Knuckleheads 3/23 Ashtray @ Farewell Transmission 3/26 Pixies/Weezer @ Sprint Center 3/30 Hipshot Killer @ miniBar 4/3 Laura Jane Grace @ Riot Room 4/6 Durand Jones @ recordBar 4/7 Coathangers @ recordBar 4/12 Swervedriver @ Liberty Hall 5/1 Pedro The Lion @ recordBar 5/2 Interpol @ Midland 5/6 Pup @ Granada 5/9 Deertick @ Knuckleheads 5/10 Neko Case @ Uptown 5/10 Psychedelic Furs @ Truman 5/15 Johnny Marr @ Voodoo Lounge 5/25 Taco Cat @ recordBar 6/1 Lion's Law @ Brick 7/5 Bill Callahan @ LFK Library 7/9 Priests @ recordBar 7/17 Snail Mail @ Granada 7/23 Buit to Spill @ Madrid