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Zach Campbell of The Whiffs

On 3/21 punk, garage, and power pop all collided in the raucous basement of The Blind Tiger. Check out my photos and video of The Whiffs, The Bolos, & Drugs & Attics


Tim Darcy

The bold voices of Tim Darcy and Molly Burch enthralled the Riot Room audience on 3/20.


Owen Ashworth is Advance Base

Advance Base and opener Karima Walker battled the clack of billiard balls as each delivered short, intimate sets to the very small Jackpot audience on 3/19.


Podcast #392 takes no guff w/ Wire, Dude York, Rockatanskys, Sugar & Tiger, When Nalda Became Punk, The Darling Buds, & David Bazan.

Bill McShane of Ultimate Fakebook

Ultimate Facebook returned from retirement to play an important benefit, making sure to bring along friends Creature Comforts, Dead Girls, & Arthur Dodge.


Podcast #391 just feels right w/ Dream Nails, The Potentials, The Whiffs, Bleached, Manceau, Los Campesinos!, & Sun Kil Moon.

Chris Gordon of Via Luna

KC's DIY indie rock crew packed into Records with Merrittt on a winter's night to see Via Luna, Infinite Me, & Employer.


Podcast #390 brings a hint of spring w/ The Obsessives, The New Trocaderos, Tom Baker and the Snakes, Chuck Prophet, Salty, Wolf Girl, The Whooperups, & Julian Cope.

Podcast #389 packs it in w/ Wyldlife, Bleeders, Warm Bodies, Jens Lekman, Dave Hause, Fred Thomas, Cadie Cowden, Nectar, & Witch Jail.

Cadie Cowden

A fully electric Cadie Cowden headlined a 2/4 show of genre-shifting indie rock and more.


New Too Much Rock Single

The sixth installment of the Too Much Rock Singles Series features a band with romance on its mind and brains on its breath. Witch Jail hangs in the spooky psychobilly back alleys, offering its aural candy to you bad kids, starting with the surfy A side "Slimwave, USA!" about a witch with designs on our scene. The B side is a cover of Alien Sex Fiend's "My Brain is in the Cupboard (Above the Kitchen Sink)" that lurches and staggers with every yelp from vocalist Guy Slimey. You can listen to an exclusive stream of the single on The Pitch, on 2/8 I'll join Mr. Slimey on KKFI's Wednesday MidDay Medley, and you can get a signed copy at the single launch party at Mills Record Company on 2/10.

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Dave Feldman of Wyldlife

NYC's Wyldlife brought its perfect '77 sensibilities to KC on 1/19, delivery a mid-week blast with help from Bad Wheels, The Runaway Sons, & Mr. and the Mrs.


Podcast #388 gives you want you want w/ The Only Ones, Cherry Glazerr, Grandaddy, Priests, Japandroids, Maybe Don't, & Dave Dudley.

Liz Nord of Sister Mary Rotten Crotch

Sister Mary Rotten Crotch, Bohemian Cult Revival, and Katy Guillen and The Girls joined forces for Rock The Twat to help fund the Rose Brooks Center's efforts to aid victims of domestic violence.


Ryan Dahmer of Trapper

On 1/19 KC combined a very small record store, a 5-band lineup featuring Trapper, With Iowa In Between, Stars Hollow, Vitamin K, & Employer, and the KCPD.


Podcast #387 changes the pace with music from Tim Darcy, Bash & Pop, The Cut Ups, Dropkick Murphys, The Donnas, & 1 Mile North.


KC got a taste of chaos as Chicago's Drool were matched with locals Boys Boys on 1/16.


Podcast #386 shouldn't be missed w/ new music from Beachheads, Crazy Squeeze, Cheap Cassettes, Connection, Fightmilk, Suggested Friends, Ramshackle Glory, & American Dischord.

Podcast #385 kicks the year off right w/ TV Crime, Jonathan Richman, The Molochs, Damien Jurado & Richard Swift, American Anymen + Lise, Bread & Roses, & LITE.

The Architects

It's tradition to ring in the new year with loud guitars, luckily Architects and American Dischord were happy to oblige, and even had help from Mr. Deadly and Dead Ven.


Matt Perrin of Bummer

KC enjoyed a late night metal quickie when Bummer and Stonehaven played to a small weeknight crowd.


Top 25 EPs of 2016

So I generally don't have a special category for EPs — those songs generally get lumped in with the Top Tracks or Top Albums lists. However there were some great EPs released this year that I thought deserved mention. So without regard to round numbers, and without rankings, here are my top 7 EPs of 2016 with links to bandcamp as you should honestly buy all of these.

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Top 25 Albums of 2016

Year ago, when consumers could first go to iTunes and buy just the song they knew, the album was pronounced dead. Lately I hear that the single is also dead, because listeners only pause only to hear a few seconds of a song pulled from a streaming service. I love singles. No question there. And I celebrate and opine on them on my Top Songs lists. In fact, this year I'm even calling out my Top EPs of the year. However every track I play on the podcast is chosen after multiple complete listens to it's album. Here I recognize the albums that were great listens from start to finish, and provide you with just enough of a description to send you off to that streaming service for a taste.

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Top 35 Songs of 2016

It seems there are less "best of" lists this year. Or maybe I care less about them. I do care about mine though. It's a nice way to put a bow on the year. So here is my Top 35 Songs of 2016 including three "Adventure Picks." In this case it's kind of an unadverturous pick as these are songs from 2015 I didn't get around to hearing until 2016, but surely would have made last year's best of list had I been more adventurous — you can't win them all.

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Podcast #384 counts down the best tracks of 2016 featuring Hayman Kupa Band, Pooches, Brimstone Coven, Beebe Gallini, Rob Crow's Gloomy Place, Shotgun Jimmie, & Berwanger.

Podcast #383 is the Christmas Specatular w/ holiday tunes from Fightmilk, Night Flowers, Connection, She & Him, Low, Emery, David Bazan, & Loretta Lynn.

Jacob Garver of Kitsch Cred

On 11/28 a small KC crowd filed into a midtown basement to see Kitsch Cred, Clearviews, It's Okay to Feel Alone, & Together Like Buffalo.


Podcast #382 favors all pop flavors w/ Spelling Reform, Candy and the Stripes, When Nalda Became Punk, Blue Plutos, False Brother, Blitz, & It's Okay To Feel Alone.

Farcefinder as The Beatles

Some very silly things were done on 11/18 in the name of fundraising as kc musicians became Beatles, New York Dolls, T-Rex, Urinals, Stooges, & Suicide to raise money for the water protectors at Standing Rock.


Podcast #381 makes it all better w/ Kurt Baker Combo, Bettie Serveert, Mannequin Pussy, Sore Points, Stiff Middle Fingers, Hidden Cameras, Matt Pond PA, & Brunettes.

Jennifer Clavin of Bleached

On 10/31 Bleached, Beach Slang, and Hunny ran up against my high exceptions and completely destroyed them, leaving The Tank Room a sweaty, smiling disaster.


Podcast #380 knows pop can rock w/ Berwanger, Pale Lips, Murph & The Gazorpos, Hard Left, Terry Malts, Springtime Carnivore, Brunettes, & Billy Bragg & Joe Henry.

On podcast #379 MMF's Rhonda Lyne talks about the Apocalypse Meow benefit featuring Emmaline Twist, Madisen Ward, Invisible World, Nicholas St. James, Shapiro Brothers, & Rachel Mallin.

Podcast #378 is all treat and no trick w/ new music from The Beat, Joyce Manor, Hipshot Killer, Maid Of Ace, Conor Oberst, Gruff Rhys, & MONO.

New Too Much Rock Single

Listen to the new single in the Too Much Rock Singles Series featuring Hipshot Killer. Catch front man Mike Alexander live on KKFI's Wednesday MidDay Medley, get a signed copy at the single launch party at Mills Record Company on 10/22, and continue the party on 10/25 at Davey's Uptown.

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Katy Goodman of La Sera

On 10/14 Riot Room fans were rewarded with delightful indie pop courtesy of La Sera and its extended family members Springtime Carnivore and TV Party.


Gareth Murdock of Alestorm

Metal was never more fun than when Alestorm, Nekrogoblikon, Aether Realm, & Moonsick packed the Riot Room on 10/13.


Podcast #377 continues the chaos w/ Tommy Stinson, Never Young, Color TV, Boys, Skamold, Darkthrone, & American Football.

Blain Bridges of Via Luna

Four bands mixed math rock and dream pop in different quantities when Via Luna, Bronzed Chorus, HMPH, & Wolf The Rabbit played Riot Room on 10/12.


Emily Nokes of Tacocat

Seattle's Tacocat headlined a busy night of all-ages punk that included Daddy Issues, Wendy Moira, and Wasted Adolescence.


Stream new Hipshot Killer on The Pitch

The fifth installment of the Too Much Rock singles series wont be available until 10/21, but starting today you can hear Hipshot Killer rip through the Laura Jane Grace-inspired "All the Hell in the World" on The Pitch's website.

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Nan & the One Nite Stands

A quick First Fridays visit to Revolution Records provided fun sets from Nan & the One Nite Stands and Deco Auto.


Podcast #376 changes with the season featuring Pixies, Gurr, La Sera, Juliana Hatfield, Computer Magic, & Winterfylleth.

Hipshot Killer up next on TMR Singles Series

Too Much Rock is happy to announce the fifth release in its supposedly-quarterly Singles Series will feature Kansas City's Hipshot Killer. On 10/21 fans will be able to pick up this limited edition vinyl-only single featuring the band's power-punk live staple "All the Hell in the World" b/w a cover of "Sky Flying By" originally recorded by influential punks Samiam.

You can stream the single on The Pitch starting 10/10, catch front man Mike Alexander live on KKFI's Wednesday MidDay Medley, get a signed copy at the single launch party at Mills Record Company on 10/22, and continue the party on 10/25 at Davey's Uptown. A Lawrence-area release show will be confirmed shortly.

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Podcast #375 is here for you w/ The Early Years, AJJ, So Cow, The Lemonheads, Duck & Cover, Steve Adamyk Band, & Ghost.

Podcast #374 plays the bands you'll see at Summer Kamp Fest III including The Blind Shake, The Big Iron, City Slang, The Itch, & Mean Ends.

Josh Berwanger of The Anniversary

On 9/17 Lawrence welcomed home a reunited Anniversary with a packed show that also featured Heidi Gluck, Psychic Heat, & Lily Pryor.


Podcast #373 has a secret and new music from The Monochrome Set, Pansy Division, Beach Slang, The Boys, RazorCut, Nots, Cowtown, Chris Brokaw & Geoff Farina.

Podcast #372 cares, it honestly cares w/ new music from Sex Stains, Wedding Present, BV's, Heidi Lynne Gluck, Katy Goodman & Greta Morgan, Cheap Girls, & Ryley Walker.

Nan Turner of Schwervon

Schwervon, Deco Auto, & Witch Jail teamed up for this locals-only celebration on 9/3 at The Brick.


The Conquerors

The Conquerors' victory lap continued on 9/2 with a stop at Mills Record Co. supported by musical compatriots The Gorlons.


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Upcoming shows I care about:

3/24 ShuttleRock! @ Nelson Atkins
3/24 Bryan Ferry @ Uptown
3/24 English Beat @ Knuckleheads
3/24 Royal Brat @ East Wing
3/25 Stiff Middle Fingers @ Replay
3/27 Witch Jail @ Riot Room
3/30 Blink 182 @ Silverstein
3/31 Captured by Robots @ Brick
4/1 Witch Jail @ Blind Tiger
4/1 Total Overload Fest @ Prohibition Hall
4/2 Modern English @ recordBar
4/7 Cloud Nothings @ recordBar
4/21 Of Montreal @ recordBar