While the first night of 2018's Field Day Fest raged all
around Lawrence, I held steady at The Bottleneck for a
great lineup featuring HighWesthus, The Dead Girls, Deco
Auto, Hannah Norris, Duncan Burnett, & LK Ultra.
Podcast #454 doesn't ask, it just gives great tunes from
The Spitfires, Tru, Thin Lips, Smokescreens, Employer,
Chess Club, & Rachel Sweet.
Four bands and eight fans came out to Riot Room on a
Thursday night for Dog Party, Here's To The Life, The Bad
Ideas, & Hurt Russell. Everyone else missed out and will
have to settle for my photos and video of the show.
So happy to finally announce that the next TMR single will feature Heidi Lynne Gluck and be available on 8/3. Head over to The Pitch right now for an exclusive stream of A-side "Party Line."singles series, accouncements, Heidi Lynne Gluck
No one knew how this one would play out. Click to discover
if Dead Dads Club, Big Huge, Arc Flash, Killakee Kat, & the
audience that loved them, survived the Kum-N-Go basement.
Podcast #453 is for all the boys and girls w/ Big Huge, Dentist,
Lucy and the Rats, Dog Party, Racquet Club, Deafheaven, & Catbite.
A lot of ground was covered during this Monday night,
4-band bill at Riot Room. Check out my photos and video of
The Sidekicks, Spirit of the Beehive, Deco Auto, & Shoebox
Money and see if you can piece it all together.
LA's Racquet Club and the reunited Sons of Great Dane
played great sets to a criminally small Sunday Riot Room
I spent my Friday night watching 3 bands make a helluva
racket in a tiny record store. Click for my recap, photos,
& video of Party Fridge, awakebutstillinbed, & Hungry
Podcast #452 just wants you to feel good with music
from Rachel Sweet, The Interrupters, BBQT, The Cheap
Cassettes, Supercrush, Trust Fund, & Brandon Phillips
and The Condition.
The Kum-N-Go packed the bill w/ 5 bands connected by only
the most tenuous of threads. Check out my pics + video of
Supercrush, Obscenity Plugs, Big Bite, Youth Pool, &
The bill. The bands. The members of the bands! Everything
about this Monday night Davey's show featuring The Uncouth,
Dirty Work, and Sidewalk Celebrity was 'punks and skins.'
What happens when you never outgrow youthful rebellion?
Dead Boys answered that question on the Riot Room stage
with a little help from Company Retreat and The Uncouth.
Podcast #451 is looking for an escape with help from The
Essex Green, Lilith, The Popguns, The Catenary Wires, Dumb,
Mourn, & The Blank Tapes.
The Kum-N-Go was still rocking after Midnight when No Thank
You, Obscenity Plugs, Cheer Up, & Dodging played a
Monday-night basement gig.
Some amazing ladies transformed Records with Merritt into a
cabaret highlighting the talents of Abandoned Bells, The
Black Mariah Theater, & Emily Otis.
The Rino provided the perfect proving ground as Pillow,
Brother Rabbit, and Mild Cats made their debuts.
Podcast #450 tries to right the ship with a power pop injection
from The Speedways, Crocodile Tears, Hawk, Brad Marino, Snail Mail,
Gobbinjr, & Bacchae.
Does it get better than rock 'n' roll on a hot summer night
in a garage filled with gas fumes? Not when you've got
Leisure Boys, The Whiffs, & Tennis Club on the bill.
No holds were barred when The Coathangers and Salty
assailed the recordBar stage.
Har Mar Superstar shared his love of Sam Cooke in a night
of sexy soul that began with the playful indie pop of
Podcast #449 gets summer right w/ The Prettybads, Colour Me
Wednesday, The Sidekicks, Axolotes Mexicanos, The Get Up Kids,
Kurt Baker Combo, & Neko Case.
Punk rock is for the underdogs. Luckily Turbo ACs, Jesus
Loves the Atom Bomb, Deco Auto, & The Big Iron are some
Podcast #448 wants you to breathe it all in with Damien Jurado,
Dott, Shilpa Ray, Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks, Parquet Courts,
Pillow, & Quicksand.
It's no surprise that La Luz and The Whiffs both arrived on
Podcast #447 wants to thank you with music from Illuminati
Hotties, Peach Kelli Pop, Charly Bliss, Mysterious Clouds, Courtney
Barnett, Arms & Hearts, Quiet Slang.
Montreal post-rock anarchist collective Godspeed You! Black
Emperor transfixed the sold-out recordBar crowd with nearly
two hours of delicate and crushing music.
The whole building shook when Charly Bliss and Skating
Polly got a Monday night audience to pogo.
Podcast #446 returns w/ tracks to love from Wussy, Marine Girls,
The Catherines, Eternal Summers, Remember Sports, Arson Class,
Big Ups, & Frank Turner.
Another dynamite, all-local bill at Minibar brought Hipshot
Killer, The Runaway Sons, & Varma Cross together for a
night of explosive energy and power.
Day 1 of the inaugural Workers Revival Fest brought
together labor activists, union leaders, hip hop artists,
and punk bands.
Touring bands? We don't need no touring bands. KC got
everything it wanted from locals Heavy Figs, Chad Rex and
The Old Chelsea, & Big Iron.
If there is a publication qualified to cover The
Architects, The Sluts, & Company Retreat on a Friday night
in Westport, it's one called 'Too Much Rock.'
KC saw many faces of punk as legends TSOL played with Drop
A Grand & Sidewalk Celebrity at Riot Room on 5/2.
Podcast #445 is for Friday nights w/ Marine Girls, Gyasi,
Glitz, Say Sue Me, The Runaway Sons, The Big Iron,
Descendents, & Speedy Ortiz.
A rapt audience delighted in the quirky indie rock of Rogue
Wave and openers Business of Dreams.
Podcast #444 sums everything up with new tunes from
Popincourt, Fashionism, The Longshot, Say Sue Me,
Witch Jail, Quicksand, Omni, & Wussy.
Toss in some Vela, some Schwervon, a bit of North by North,
and a dash of Hillary Watts Riot, stir, and you've got
yourself a Thursday night recordBar goulash.
Podcast #443 feels awfully good thanks to new music from
The Ex, King Tuff, Spritzer, The Connection, Peach Kelli
Pop, Ratboys, & Booze & Glory.
Petri Productions delivered Lawrence another fantastic
ladies-first bill featuring Chastity Belt, Lala Lala, &
A curious bill handpicked by Guy Slimey brought Jorge Arana
Trio, Bird Girls, & Neptune out to support Witch Jail as
that band launched its new album.
Podcast #442 will turn on you so keep an eye on Jan Panter,
Steve Conte, Fightmilk, The Bombpops, Wye Oak, Kississippi,
Julien Baker, & Charmer.
On 4/8 Durand Jones and Instant Karma brought hot soul to
cold Kansas City.
Julien Baker stopped by a suburban record store in Kansas
for a intimate midday performance that served as tasteful
appetizer or economy replacement for her headlining gig
later that night.
The underage set packed recordBar for a night with buzz
band Pale Waves and compatriot opener Inheaven.
Podcast #441 leans heavily on covers with music from Casanovas
In Heat, Hop Along, The Smithereens, Juliana Hatfield, John Paul
Keith, Sloan, & Sonia.
Honeywagen, Headlight Rivals, Dynamite Defense, & Matt
Mason all found themselves tied up in a Badfinger and Big
Star tribute show that occasionally wasn't.
It's only rock 'n' roll but The Whiffs, Flesh Panthers, &
Woolly Bushmen all love it in their own way.
Women ruled the night as Lovergurl, Natural Velvet, and
Abandoned Bells played dark sets at the even darker miniBar
Podcast #440 is sketchy w/ music from Sam Coffey & the Iron Lungs,
The Pandoras, Alma Cogan, Those Unfortunates, Wreckless Eric,
A Deer A Horse, Pale Kids, & Stars Hollow.
NYHC legend Cro-Mags made its first trip to KC where it got
the pit swirling with help from the swampy EyeHateGod and
local hardcore devotees Altered Beast & Devil's Den.
Podcast #439 has something for you including new music from Hot
Snakes, The Decemberists, Hidden Pictures, Night Flowers, Radio
Days, Telephone Lovers, Midnite Snaxxx, & ELO.
Local openers Witch Jail and Deco Auto warmed the recordBar
stage for touring headliner The Yawpers and its rowdy,
Via Luna headlined a four-band bill that included Lobby
Boxer, Le Grand, Microdoser, and enough finger taps, odd
time signatures, and virtuosity to choke a punk.
Podcast #438 sets the mood w/ The Hold Steady, The Pony
Collaboration, Hurry, Nap Eyes, The Electric Lungs, The Titans,
Rancid, & Crack Cloud.
The dream of the '90s was alive in Kansas City as Bully and
Melkbelly brought grungy guitars and big alt rock hooks to
Podcast #437 offers a hand up w/ Titus Andronicus, Lucy Dacus,
The Breeders, The Dollyrots, American Nightmare, Dicta, &
Septicflesh, Dark Funeral, and Thy Antichrist turned Riot
Room into loud, putrid, seizure-inducing sauna packed with
Podcast #436 isn't afraid to play music from Screaming Females,
The Not Amused, Camp Cope, Turnspit, The Regrettes, Pale Waves,
Red Kate celebrated the release of its new TMR single with
good friends Reacharounds, Arson Class, VidCo Kult, and
so much rock & roll.
Podcast #435 spotlights a very odd music collector w/ Shannon & the
Clams, Turnspit, Murph & The Gazorpos, A Light Within, Amiensus, &
Belle & Sebastian.
The recordBar was hit with wave after wave of volume as A
Light Within, Giants Chair, & Sundiver pummeled the
audience with guitars.
Old feelings came rushing back as a reformed Pedro the Lion
packed the recordBar. Check out my photos and video of the
resurrected headliner along with openers Marie/Lepanto.
Podcast #434 feels about right w/ The Lovely Eggs, Death By Unga Bunga,
Red Kate, Brian Fallon, Awakebutstillinbed, & Marie/Lepanto.
LFK punched above its weight class as Diet Cig, Great
Grandpa, Spook School, & MK Ultra sold out the White
Schoolhouse for a night of radical inclusiveness and indie
Podcast #433 is pure TMR w/ music from Superchunk, Dirty Fences, Rubs,
Drippies, Go Generation, Happy Accidents, Constant Insult, &
Too Much Rock is happy to announce that the seventh installment of
its vinyl-only singles series will feature Kansas City's Red Kate.
The band's fiery, working class lyrics and no-frills pub-rock sound
make this a perfect fit for Too Much Rock. A-side "Iraqi Girl"
latches onto a groove that just doesn't let go, while B-side cover
of TSOL's "American Zone" fits so perfectly into the band's mission
that it became a staple of its live set months before the
single was even announced. The limited-edition vinyl-only single
is available on both black (400 copies) or clear (100 copies) vinyl,
each with its own complementing artwork starting on 2/23. Pre-orders
are available today on the band's bandcamp page.
Watch for an exclusive stream on Modern Vinyl starting next week, then catch the band on KKFI's Under the Radar and Wednesday Midday Medley next week as well. See the band at the official launch at Davey's on the 23rd, or at the all-ages launch at Mills on 3/3.
Comrades The Architects and Hipshot Killer brought loud
guitars and outsider anthems to the First Fridays crowd.
Power-pop was out in delightful force as Whiffs, Dirty
Fences, Rubs, & Drugs & Attics played a cycle shop in the
A dedicated Monday-night crowd got an evening of atmosphere
and textures from Belle Game, Spirit Is The Spirit, & Jake
Podcast #432 requires an explanation w/ Selector Dub Narcotic,
Club 8, BV's, ONSIND, Listener, Tiny Moving Parts, & Belle Game.
Selector Dub Narcotic played a rare all-ages matinee at
Riot Room that drew few fans and no one under 21. And I
want it to happen over and over until I die.
NKC's Rino earned its punk rock stripes hosting
Lillingtons, Company Retreat, Rackatees, & Red Kate.
Podcast #431 comes with a cup of herbal tea and music from
Belle & Sebastian, Math and Physics Club, Long Neck, Spook School,
Anna Burch, First Aid Kit, & Obedient Wives Club.
Upcoming shows I care about:
7/25 Lemuria @ recordBar 7/25 Diners @ Roller Dog 7/26 Via Luna @ Rino 7/29 Steven Malkmus @ recordBar 7/30 Spindrift @ Riot Room 7/31 Agent Orge @ recordBar 8/1 Erasure @ Uptown 8/4 Deafheaven @ Granada 8/4 Other Americans @ Rino 8/4 Heidi Gluck @ Mills 8/4 Didi @ TBD (LFK) 8/6 Thelma and the Sleaze @ Riot Room 8/8 Dentist @ Replay 8/9 Heidi Gluck @ White Schoolhouse 8/16 Smashing Pumpkins @ Sprint 8/17 Life and Times @ recordBar 8/24 Emmaline Twist @ recordBar 8/23 Abigail Williams @ Riot Room 8/25 John Vanderslice @ TBA 8/29 The Molochs @ Voltaire 9/11 Gary Numan @ Madrid 9/11 Exploited @ Riot Room 9/13 Shonen Knife @ Riot Room 9/15 Nan + the One Nite Stands @ Brick 9/17 Sloan @ Riot Room 9/19 Andrew WK @ recordBar 9/20 Alestorm @ Riot Room 9/21 Waxahatchee @ White Schoolhouse 9/21 Billy Idol @ Uptown 9/22 Shiner @ recordBar 9/29 Andrew Bird @ Kauffman Center 9/29 Giorgio Moroder @ Truman 10/1 Screaming Females @ Riot Room 10/9 GWAR/Hatebreed @ Granada 10/12 Roots @ Starlight 10/13 Janelle Monae @ Starlight 10/13 Snow Patrol @ Arrowhead 10/14 The Church @ recordBar 10/20 Slothrust @ recordBar 10/27 Ghost @ Midland 10/31 Of Montreal @ Granada 10/31 Bob Log III @ recordBar 11/11 The Bronx @ Granada 11/16 Lucero @ Madrid 11/17 Descendents @ Cain's (Tulsa)