If guitar rock is dead no one told Emmaline Twist, Magnet
School or Honeyrude, all of which brought dense and often
swirling guitars to KC on 4/21.
Soundtracked by Uncouth, Bad Engrish, and Braindead, KC
punks and skins partied outside under a perfect spring sky.
On 4/13 Salty brought its new new wave to a small crowd of
herky-jerky dancers still squirming from the psychedelic
surf of opener Witch Jail.
Podcast #396 is more bark than bite w/ BBQT, Me First and the
Gimme Gimmes, Pale Kids, Lucky Malice, Vanity, The New
Pornographers, Tall Friend, & Craig Finn.
Podcast #395 says yes to Diet Cig, Hooligan Crooners, B-Leaguers,
People's Punk Band, Dany Laj, Slingshot Dakota, & Mysterious
Blessed are the brave that gathered at Riot Room on 3/27 to
see Pleasures, Shortsweather, Witch Jail, & HMPH boldly
ignore all the rules.
Podcast #394 is a perfect Canadian sandwich w/ Brunch
Club, Vanity, Stiff Middle Fingers, Sorority Noise,
Desperate Journalist, Spiral Stairs, & BA Johnston.
Podcast #393 just feels like sharing music from Slotface,
Paul Collins' Beat, Midnite Snaxxx, Guided By Voices, The
BV's, Sorority Noise, & Mob Mentality.
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
The bold voices of Tim Darcy and Molly Burch enthralled the
Riot Room audience on 3/20.
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, &
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.
KC's DIY indie rock crew packed into Records with Merrittt
on a winter's night to see Via Luna, Infinite Me, &
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.
A fully electric Cadie Cowden headlined a 2/4 show of
genre-shifting indie rock and more.
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
Pitch, on 2/8 I'll join Mr. Slimey on KKFI's
MidDay Medley, and you can get a signed copy at
the single launch party at Mills Record Company
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, &
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.
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.
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.
KC enjoyed a late night metal quickie when Bummer and
Stonehaven played to a small weeknight crowd.
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
see the full list
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.
see the full list
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.
see the full list
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.
Upcoming shows I care about:
4/28 Dressy Bessy @ Replay
4/28 Salty @ Mills
4/28 White Reaper @ Riot Room
4/28 Via Luna @ Californo's
4/29 Salty @ Blind Tiger
5/6 People's Punk Band @ miniBar
5/7 Pop Empire @ Blind Tiger
5/9 Obsessives @ Jackpot
5/16 Xetas @ Blind Tiger
5/19 Lovergurl @ recordBar
5/19 Schwervon @ Brick
5/28 Richard Buckner @ TBA