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Podcast #410 just piles it on w/ music from Sweet Apple, Gospel Music, Kepi Ghoulie, Arcade Fire, Bill Botting, & Joel Plaskett.

Brett Livingston of Drugs & Attics

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.

Kalo Hoyle of Riala

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.


Jim Suptic and Matt Pryor of Radar State

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 Ankles.

Matthew Sweet

On 7/18 KC got a hot still night, the smell of diesel, and full-bore power pop from Matthew Sweet and opener Tommy Keene.


Podcast #407 is supernatural with new music from Black Kids, Allison Crutchfield, Tommy Keene, Charmpit, The Regrettes, Katie Ellen, & Lion's Law.

Lucy Dacus

An ardent KC crowd made Lucy Dacus and opener Schwervon feel welcomed on a Monday night.


Esme Patterson

On 7/13 I crawled out of the basement to witness the gloss of Esme Paterson, Brandon Phillips and The Condition, & Slights.


Sabrina Ellis of A Giant Dog

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

Witch Jail, Granddad and Atomic 50s played at Josey's, providing the first-Fridays shoppers just the soundtrack they deserved.


Shaun Crowley of Momma's Boy

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, & Youngblood Supercult.

Second Street

On 6/23 there was punk rock north of the river thanks to Second Street, Our Lives Yesterday, & Deco Auto.


John Larsen of Kool 100s

KC punks ducked under the police tape to see Kool 100s, Kill Vargas, & Beelzebabes on 6/22.


The Bad Ideas

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.

Britt Collis of Intrepid Hearts

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.


Warm Bodies w/ Hannah Carr

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.

Hudson Falcons

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.


Nan Turner of Schwervon!

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.

Mattie Jo Canino of RVIVR

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.

Jake Cardwell of The Whiffs

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 Guerre.


Podcast #400 has flow w/ Royal Headache, Elf Power, Folkicide, Codeine, Aimee Mann, Bonnie 'Prince' Billy, & Letting Up Despite Great Faults.

Noah Hayes of The Drippies

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.

Sorority Noise

Lawrence attended a sweaty, cathartic therapy session led by Sorority Noise w/ help from Mat Kerekes, Obsessives, & Sadisfied.


Guy Slimey of Witch Jail

A weary KC audience showed up on Sunday night for mind altering sets by Witch Jail, Pop Empire, & Pale Tongue.


Wick and the Tricks

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.


Podcast #398 asks a lot w/ new music from Cock Sparrer, Juliana Hatfield, Robyn Hitchcock, John Mellencamp, Girlpool, Slowdive, & Damnation AD.

Foreigner of Rubber Mate

On 4/30 Rubber Mate, Nag, Agent, and Hard Leather fed KC a quadruple helping of punk served loud and fast.


Vita and the Woolf

On 4/28 two crowds collided when the soulful electro pop of Vita and the Woolf received support from the glam rock of White Reaper.



Mills Records continued its role as incubator on 4/28, allowing Salty and opener Folkicide to scare patrons and delight fans.


Podcast #397 is chockablock w/ great pop from White Reaper, Cyanide Pills, Tommy And The Rockets, Dopers, Charly Bliss, Peaness, The Winter Passing, Jawbreaker, & Fresh.

Hipshot Killer

Hipshot Killer, Berwanger, and Chad Rex opted to skip the RSD hoopla and instead play to their friends at a work-a-day bar.


Emmaline Twist

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.


The Uncouth

Soundtracked by Uncouth, Bad Engrish, and Braindead, KC punks and skins partied outside under a perfect spring sky.


Jonathan Brokaw of Salty

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.


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Upcoming shows I care about:

8/18 Die Antwoord @ Uptown
8/19 Architects @ Mills
8/20 Father John Misty
8/21 Downtown Boys @ White Schoolhouse (LFK)
8/25 M. Mighty Bosstones @ Warehouse Arts
8/25 Traindodge @ miniBar
8/27 Ben Folds @ Liberty Hall
8/30 Bleached @ Riot Room
8/31 Mobina Galore @ Riot Room
9/2 Living End @ Riot Room
9/5 Cherry Glazerr @ Record Bar
9/8-9 Beach Ball @ Sporting Park
9/8 Armchair Martian @ MiniBar
9/10 Spoon @ Uptown
9/12 Single Mothers @ recordBar
9/14 Mountain Goats @ Madrid
9/16 DRI @ Riot Room
9/17 Stiff Little Fingers @ Granada
9/18 Sheer Mag @ Bottleneck
9/20 Andrew WK @ recordBar
9/22 Gorillaz @ Sprint
9/23 Blindside USA @ Holy Cow
9/26 Selector Dub Narcotic @ recordBar
9/26 High Waisted @ miniBar
9/30 Jenny O @ Riot Room
10/1 Pup @ Granada
10/4 Screaming Females @ White Schoolhouse
10/5 Echosmith @ Truman
10/5 Angel Olsen @ Granada
10/8 Worriers @ Replay Lounge
10/12 Bronx @ Riot Room
10/15 Pixies @ Midland
10/17 Craig Finn @ recordBar
10/19 Genitortures @ Riot Room
10/22 Afghan Whigs @ recordBar
10/25 Nick Lowe @ Knuckleheads
10/26 Selector Dub Narcotic @ Riot Room
10/27 Arcade Fire @ Silverstein
10/27 Ministry @ Uptown
10/28 Voodoo Glow Skulls @ Granada
10/29 Regina Spektor @ Uptown
11/3 Descendents @ Uptown
11/3 Slowdive @ Truman
11/3-5 Apocalypse Meow
11/4 Jonathan Richman @ Bottleneck
11/8 DFA29179 @ Truman
11/15 Children of Bodom @ Truman
11/17 Cindy Wilson @ Riot Room
11/19 St. Vincent @ Midland
11/19 AJJ @ Granada
12/16 Interrupters @ Bottleneck