Podcast #425 is about as perfect as it gets w/ Noel
Gallagher, The Searchers, The Summer Suns, The She's, American
Poetry Club, Kicking Giant, & Morrissey.
Emo nostalgia and reunion tours are all the rage, but the
genre has always been alive in Midwestern basements. On
this night Employer, Stars Hollow, Charmed, and Bobby's Oar
all played to a delighted audience.
Podcast #424 doesn't care about Black Friday sales, just the music
of Dori Freeman, Bedroom Eyes, Last Leaves, Forty Nineteens,
Two Knights, Leg Day, Cadiecowden, & Frankie Rose.
Punk rock anthems rung out as Swingin' Utters wrapped up
its tour with friends Western Settings, Darius Koski, and
Company Retreat in KC on 11/19.
The party lasted for hours when Truck Stop Love reunited to
celebrate the release of its vintage '90s material.
Pedaljets, Red Kate, & Chris Tolle all helped fuel the
A common shoegaze thread connected Pine, I Was Afraid, and
Youth Pool as the trio of young bands played The Rino on
Podcast #423 gets the job done w/ Johnny Madcap, Emmaline Twist,
The Phantoms, The Professionals, Arson Class, Natural Man, Daniele
Luppi & Parquet Courts, & Worriers.
Bands butted heads with a surly crowd when The Bad Ideas,
Reacharounds, & Stiff Middle Fingers played miniBar on
Podcast #422 invites you to enjoy the ride w/ Corner Boys,
David George, Margo Price, Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile, Rude
Pride, Evil Conduct, & Quicksand.
A new DIY venue materialized just in time to host
Shellshag, Bad Ideas, Burnt, and a lot of slam dancing.
Hearts were on sleeves as Beach Slang, Dave Hause, & Hannah
Racecar played KC on 11/5.
Midwest Music Foundation's 10th annual fundraiser
Apocalypse Meow featured 11 bands, dozens of items up for
auction, and the mayor.
No Fun gave Blind Tiger a Halloween farewell with help from
the witchy Nitecrawlers and the misanthropic Anti-Seed.
Milo came to KC and everyone from mohawked children to
greyed geezers rejoiced. Click for my photos and video of
show that featured Descendents, Less than Jake, and Season
Podcast #421 lets the heart rule w/ Iron Chic, Sammi Lanzetta,
Sports, Bully, The La's, The Orchids, Berwanger, & Henry Jamison.
Those not already wrecked by Halloween were given a punch
to the gut by a rockin' Diarrhea Planet with support from
year-round spooks Witch Jail.
Sam Coffey brought rock & roll roaring into the Brick with
help from compatriots Drugs & Attics and the contrarian
Podcast #420 is your guide to Apocalypse Meow X w/ music from
Brandon Phillips, Headlight Rivals, Chris Meck, Split Lip
Rayfield, Sandoval, & Expassionates.
The allure of seeing 3 new bands at a new venue was too
much for me to resist. Here are my photos of Runt, Bikes, &
Jeff Means at Rino.
Podcast #419 is spooky good w/ Kurt Baker, The Connection,
The Coax, GWAR, Pardoner, Wick and the Tricks, Grrrl Gang,
& The Mountain Goats.
The Lotuspool 25th anniversary show flourished with
powerful notes of Poster Children, Heidi Gluck, &
Suneaters, before finishing with subtle nostalgic
Podcast #418 makes it look easy w/ Deer Tick, Last Leaves,
Makthaverskan, Quiet Slang, Har Mar Superstar, & Snapped Ankles.
Fans got their money's worth when The Bronx, Plague Vendor,
& '68 wrecked The Riot Room on 10/12.
Podcast #417 is insistent w/ music from Who Is She, Tom Petty,
Jeremy Porter, High Waisted, Company Retreat, Luna, Deer Tick, &
Screaming Females returned to its basement roots during a
10/4 tour stop that also featured Street Eaters, Leggy, The
Rubs, & The Whiffs.
Bodies were flying and personal items lost when Pup,
Partner, & Architects played to an enthusiastic audience on
KC got two big doses of rock & soul when Amy Farrand & The
Like and Brandon Phillips and The Condition played on 9/29.
MiniBar got a surprisingly satisfying bill from disparate
acts Sundiver, High Wasted, The Coax, & Meglacoil.
Podcast #416 knows its place w/ Omni, Radar State, Cheap Cassettes,
Single Mothers, Zambonis, Swimming Tapes, & Shilpa Ray.
Punk rockers Jukebox Romantics, From Parts Unknown, and
Stiff Middle Fingers had a rough go of things on 9/25.
There was more than nostalgia at play when the reunited
Giants Chair kicked off a Midwestern tour with help from Ex
Acrobat and Sweats.
Podcast #415 winds summer down w/ new music from The Bronx,
Jesus and his Judgemental Father, Great Buildings, Florist,
Penny Blacks, & Godspeed You! Black Emperor.
A passive Lawrence audience earned a passive show from
Sheer Mag, Laffing Gas, The Whiffs, & Nancy Boys.
Stiff Little Fingers celebrated its 40th
anniversary w/ a first ever visit to the region. Check out my
pics of the night, including shots of Norwegian openers
Death By Unga Bunga.
We can't talk about the Single Mothers, Runaway Sons, &
Bummer show as I'm deaf now. You'll just have to check out
my photos and video of the night.
Podcast #414 likes 'em short w/ Partner, Slotface, Ted Leo,
Teenage Fanclub, Lamps, Thin Lips, Loafers, Lizzie Boredom,
& Single Mothers.
Sunday was the new Friday when Drugs & Attics welcomed
friends Loafers & Lizzie Boredom to the Blind Tiger
Drop A Grand, Armchair Martian, Magic Cyclops, & Deco Auto
gave miniBar a night of big guitars and big wigs.
On 9/5 Cherry Glazerr and Winter played fierce sets that
affirmed rock & roll is in the hands of young women, and
it's going to be just fine.
Podcast #413 digs deep into the crate for tracks from
Best Ex, Modernettes, Shoes, The Boys, Huey Lewis,
Piper, & Drugs & Attics.
Labor Day ended with a pop explosion when Shy Boys welcomed
EZTV and Beverly to KC.
On 8/30 KC welcomed Bleached back to town with an eclectic
bill that also featured a revamped Shortsweather and
Podcast #412 spends some time in the wayback machine w/ Rainer
Maria, Alvvays, Material Issue, Hoodoo Gurus, Sorrows, Tommy
Tutone, & Filthy Friends.
On 8/26 Schwervon, Abandoned Bells, & Folkicide Duo played
a magical show under the pines on the Californos deck.
Traindodge, Ex Acrobat, & Varma Cross resurrected the
complicated and robust KC sound of the late '90s for a
miniBar audience on 8/25.
A Saturday midday matinee by Architects and American
Dischord filled Mills with punk rockers and their punk rock
Podcast #411 announces genre is over with new music from
A Giant Dog, The Bombpops, Amanda X, The School, Ramona Falls, Mogwai,
& Margo Price.
KC danced and then danced some more as Sweet Spirt, The
Whiffs, & Drugs and Attics rocked the Blind Tiger basement
Podcast #410 just piles it on w/ music from Sweet Apple,
Gospel Music, Kepi Ghoulie, Arcade Fire, Bill Botting, &
Revolution Records celebrated its 2nd anniversary with a
six-band, first-Fridays blow out featuring Drugs & Attics,
Salty, Hipshot Killer, Black Market Translation, Witch
Jail, & Deco Auto.
Podcast #409 cleans the soul w/ new music from Downtown Boys, Matt
Pond PA, Hazel English, The Lovebirds, The Late Show, Baby Shakes,
& Laces Out.
Once again Merritt turned the keys over to the DIY set
allowing Riala, Narrow/Arrow, Le Grand, & Walking Oceans to
pack the small store for a night of emo and math rock.
Who's first ever gig is a headlining slot at a packed club?
KC supergroup Radar State, that's who. Check out my pics
and video of the band, and openers Archie Powell, & Scruffy
& the Janitors.
Podcast #408 comes with no disclaimers featuring Hayman Kupa Band,
Greg Kihn, Erik Voeks, Palehound, Fightmilk, Pouty, & Snapped
On 7/18 KC got a hot still night, the smell of diesel, and
full-bore power pop from Matthew Sweet and opener Tommy
Podcast #407 is supernatural with new music from Black Kids,
Allison Crutchfield, Tommy Keene, Charmpit, The Regrettes,
Katie Ellen, & Lion's Law.
An ardent KC crowd made Lucy Dacus and opener Schwervon
feel welcomed on a Monday night.
On 7/13 I crawled out of the basement to witness the gloss
of Esme Paterson, Brandon Phillips and The Condition, &
A late night, a sweaty basement, and no regrets. Check out
my photos and video of A Giant Dog, Salty, & Shortsweather.
Podcast #406 insists you put on your seatbelt for new music
from Sheer Mag, Radioactivity, Vile Bodies, Natterers, Waxahatchee,
Darren Hayman, & Vintersorg.
Witch Jail, Granddad and Atomic 50s played at Josey's,
providing the first-Fridays shoppers just the soundtrack
A haphazard local bill brought everyone a little of what
they needed. Check out my photos and video of Momma's Boy,
Broken Heart Syndrome, & David George and Erik Voeks.
Podcast #405 celebrates the rainbow w/ Ratboys, Trigger Warning,
Trampoline Team, Moby, Coathangers, Matthew Sweet, Warm Soda, &
On 6/23 there was punk rock north of the river thanks to
Second Street, Our Lives Yesterday, & Deco Auto.
KC punks ducked under the police tape to see Kool 100s,
Kill Vargas, & Beelzebabes on 6/22.
KC celebrated the longest day of the year with an evening
of outdoor punk rock in a gloriously deep concrete bowl.
Click for my photos and video of Bad Ideas, Squelch, & RLT.
Podcast #404 hurt my head w/ Rancid, Booze & Glory, The Cherry
Tops, Rays, Sweet Baboo, Helium, & Via Luna.
A storm extinguished the East Wing fire pit, flooded the
basement, and knocked out its power, but it couldn't stop
the rock. Check out my photos and video of Intrepid Hearts,
Shark Pact, Cherry Tops, & Fussy.
On 6/8 noisy art punks Warm Bodies welcomed Oakland's Rays
to KC, and new locals Nitecrawlers into the world.
Podcast #403 was born to run w/ Needles//Pins, The Dirty Truckers,
Duncan Reid and The Big Heads, Pale Lips, Charmpit,
Jawbreaker Reunion, & The Magnetic Fields.
On 6/3 Hudson Falcons brought its "working class rock
'n' roll" to a KC crowd with a little help from Sister
Mary Rotten Crotch, Braggers, & Danny Trashville.
Simpatico was the word of the night as Schwervon and Cat
Tatt shared a bill.
Podcast #402 punches for the gut w/ Cave Girls, Salar Rajabnik,
Crocodile Tears, Chastity Belt, Holy Oak, & Killing Joke.
On 5/27 RVIVR, New Doubt, & Nature Boys proved that
all-ages punk rock is thriving at the Holy Cow Market.
Podcast #401 digs that pop w/ Rat Columns, Bad Moves, Adult
Mom, Wavves, Toughies, Daniel Romano, & Matt Chandler Trio.
A slow Sunday night led to some jovial sets as The Whiffs
and Twen played at Blind Tiger.
On 5/19 Lovergurl celebrated the release of its new EP with
its dream bill that included support from Bad Ideas and La
Podcast #400 has flow w/ Royal Headache, Elf Power, Folkicide,
Codeine, Aimee Mann, Bonnie 'Prince' Billy, & Letting Up
Despite Great Faults.
Everything was a bit off in KC when Drippies headlined a
show featuring Xetas and Witch Jail.
Podcast #399 certainly is, and it features Rat Fancy, Mountain
Goats, New Year, RVIVR, Cayetana, Mommy Long Legs, & Herb Alpert.
Lawrence attended a sweaty, cathartic therapy session led
by Sorority Noise w/ help from Mat Kerekes, Obsessives, &
A weary KC audience showed up on Sunday night for mind
altering sets by Witch Jail, Pop Empire, & Pale Tongue.
An all-local night kicked off the Middle of the Map
festival on 5/4 featuring Wick and the Tricks, Vigil &
Thieves, Hipshot Killer, & The Uncouth.
Upcoming shows I care about:
12/14 Natural Man @ Holy Cow
12/15 Fullbloods @ recordBar
12/16 Interrupters @ Bottleneck
12/15 Emmaline Twist @ The Ship
12/21 Pono AM @ Rino
12/22 Hillary Watts Riot @ Riot Room
12/28 New Order Tribute @ recordBar
1/4 Make Your Mark @ recordBar
1/5 Agnostic Front @ Brick
1/6 Bowie Tribute @ recordBar
1/6 Inner Alter @ Riot Room
1/25 Heidi Gluck @ recordBar
2/5 Diet Cig @ White Schoolhoue
2/9 Pedro the Lion @ recordBar
2/13 Black Rebel Motorcyle Club @ Truman
3/4 Tiny Moving Parts @ Bottlneck
3/6 Bully @ recordBar
3/11 Ought @ Riot Room
3/13 TMBG @ Truman
4/8 Darkness @ Truman
4/8 Durand Jones @ recordBar
4/14 Brian Fallon @ Riot Room