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.
Podcast #383 is the Christmas Specatular w/ holiday tunes from
Fightmilk, Night Flowers, Connection, She & Him, Low, Emery,
David Bazan, & Loretta Lynn.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Seattle's Tacocat headlined a busy night of all-ages punk
that included Daddy Issues, Wendy Moira, and Wasted
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.singles series, accouncements, Hipshot Killer
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.
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.
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.
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.
Schwervon, Deco Auto, & Witch Jail teamed up for this
locals-only celebration on 9/3 at The Brick.
The Conquerors' victory lap continued on 9/2 with a stop at
Mills Record Co. supported by musical compatriots The
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