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Podcast #429 cools its jets w/ Crazy Squeeze, Electric Needle Room, Yucky Duster, Pale Lights, Jason Molina, Daniel Romano, & Kid Dakota.

Mike Alexander of Hipshot Killer

On 1/6 Hipshot Killer, Ex-Acrobat, & VidCo Kult played wonderful sets for a small assemblage of the midtown rabble.

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Jordan Josephsen of Make Your Mark

KC's Oi! family rung in the new year with locals The Uncouth and Bombs over Broadway, and with help from Iowa's Make Your Mark.

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Podcast #428 comes home w/ Demons, Menzingers, Telethon, 88 Fingers Louie, Lemuria, Bonnie "Prince" Billy, Billy Bragg, & Elva.

Top 35 Songs of 2017

As is tradition, here are my Top 35 Songs of 2017. These are songs that I loved when I first heard them, and songs that I was excited to hear again when I started compiling this list just before Christmas. These aren't the "best" songs, and certainly are not the ones I listened to most (those Spotify lists are useless), but they are my favorites. As always I've also included three tracks from 2016 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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top songs, best of, 2016

Podcast #427 counts down the top 9 tracks of 2017 including Mountain Goats, Wyldlife, BA Johnston, Noel Gallagher, Cave Girls, Morrissey, Black Kids, Aimee Mann, & A Giant Dog.

Mookie Ninja of The Iron Question

Iron Question made a rare appearance playing punk rock covers for a good cause and with good friends Nature Boys and Jewelry.

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Adam Davies of Mysterious Clouds

New Order was prepared 6 different ways as a parade of KC artists took the stage to pay tribute to the seminal act.

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Guy Slimey of Witch Jail

KC's Witch Jail celebrated the winter solstice with some help from the surfy Pono AM & a far out set from Josiah Hunter.

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Meredith McGrade of Emmaline Twist

KC crowds packed The Ship for 3 hours of heady dark wave from Emmaline Twist and Sona.

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Ross Brown of Fullbloods

The new Kansas City sound is breezy lo-fi pop and the Record Bar audience got it in spades from Fullbloods, Mysterious Clouds, Jim Button & the Beholders, & Akkilles.

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Kianna Alarid of Yes You Are

KC broke out its dancing shoes for some post-Thanksgiving festivities from Yes You Are, Rachel Mallin, & Y God Y.

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Podcast #426 is the 2017 Christmas Spectacular starring Charly Bliss, The Spook School, Dude York, Lisa Prank, The Liminanas w/ Pascal Comelade, Seafang, Bis, & Cheap Trick.

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.

Hopyard Mathison of Employer

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.

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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.

Johnny Peebucks of Swingin' Utters

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.

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Matt Mozier of Truck Stop Love

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 party.

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Darlene Deschamps of Pine

A common shoegaze thread connected Pine, I Was Afraid, and Youth Pool as the trio of young bands played The Rino on 11/14.

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Podcast #423 gets the job done w/ Johnny Madcap, Emmaline Twist, The Phantoms, The Professionals, Arson Class, Natural Man, Daniele Luppi & Parquet Courts, & Worriers.

The Bad Ideas

Bands butted heads with a surly crowd when The Bad Ideas, Reacharounds, & Stiff Middle Fingers played miniBar on 11/10.

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Podcast #422 invites you to enjoy the ride w/ Corner Boys, David George, Margo Price, Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile, Rude Pride, Evil Conduct, & Quicksand.

Burnt

A new DIY venue materialized just in time to host Shellshag, Bad Ideas, Burnt, and a lot of slam dancing.

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James Alex of Beach Slang

Hearts were on sleeves as Beach Slang, Dave Hause, & Hannah Racecar played KC on 11/5.

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Jeff Eaton of Split Lip Rayfield

Midwest Music Foundation's 10th annual fundraiser Apocalypse Meow featured 11 bands, dozens of items up for auction, and the mayor.

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Halliday Bertram of No Fun

No Fun gave Blind Tiger a Halloween farewell with help from the witchy Nitecrawlers and the misanthropic Anti-Seed.

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Stephen Egerton of Descendents

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 to Risk.

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Podcast #421 lets the heart rule w/ Iron Chic, Sammi Lanzetta, Sports, Bully, The La's, The Orchids, Berwanger, & Henry Jamison.

Brent Toler of Diarrhea Planet

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.

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Richard Stanley of Sam Coffey and the Iron Lungs

Sam Coffey brought rock & roll roaring into the Brick with help from compatriots Drugs & Attics and the contrarian Salty.

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Podcast #420 is your guide to Apocalypse Meow X w/ music from Brandon Phillips, Headlight Rivals, Chris Meck, Split Lip Rayfield, Sandoval, & Expassionates.

Runt

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.

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Podcast #419 is spooky good w/ Kurt Baker, The Connection, The Coax, GWAR, Pardoner, Wick and the Tricks, Grrrl Gang, & The Mountain Goats.

Rose Marshack of Poster Children

The Lotuspool 25th anniversary show flourished with powerful notes of Poster Children, Heidi Gluck, & Suneaters, before finishing with subtle nostalgic undertones.

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Podcast #418 makes it look easy w/ Deer Tick, Last Leaves, Makthaverskan, Quiet Slang, Har Mar Superstar, & Snapped Ankles.

Ken Horne of The Bronx

Fans got their money's worth when The Bronx, Plague Vendor, & '68 wrecked The Riot Room on 10/12.

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Podcast #417 is insistent w/ music from Who Is She, Tom Petty, Jeremy Porter, High Waisted, Company Retreat, Luna, Deer Tick, & Schwervon.

Marissa Paternoster of Screaming Females

Screaming Females returned to its basement roots during a 10/4 tour stop that also featured Street Eaters, Leggy, The Rubs, & The Whiffs.

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Stefan Babcock of Pup

Bodies were flying and personal items lost when Pup, Partner, & Architects played to an enthusiastic audience on 10/1.

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Upcoming shows I care about:

1/17 Destroyer @ recordBar
1/20 Lillingtons @ Rino
1/24 Selector Dub Narcotic @ Replay
1/25 Heidi Gluck @ recordBar
1/29 Belle Game @ recordBar
2/5 Diet Cig @ White Schoolhoue
2/9 Pedro the Lion @ recordBar
2/11 Mac Sabbath @ Knuckleheads
2/13 Black Rebel Motorcyle Club @ Truman
2/23 Red Kate @ Davey's
3/4 Tiny Moving Parts @ Bottlneck
3/4 Watain @ Riot Room
3/6 Bully @ recordBar
3/11 Ought @ Riot Room
3/13 TMBG @ Truman
3/24 Casket Lottery @ Botteleneck
4/5 Pale Waves @ recordBar
4/8 Darkness @ Truman
4/8 Durand Jones @ recordBar
4/14 Brian Fallon @ Riot Room
4/29 Martha @ Off Broadway (STL)
5/11 Breeders @ Truman