Punk rock smashed KC as Teenage Bottlerocket, The Last Gang
and Tightwire took over Record Bar.
A four-flavored bill brought Koyo, Anxious, Oxford Remedy,
and Perfume to the Record Bar stage for a Sunday night of
hardcore and more.
Dulcet tones and intimate lyrics rang out as Mr. Golden
Sun, The Hollows, and Daniel Gum performed at The Brick.
Headliners Cloud Nothings and support act Mourning [A]
BLKstar gave KC two tastes of Cleveland whether we felt
like dancing or breaking things.
Rock & roll statesmen Nick Lowe gave a rousing and lively
performance backed by Los Straitjackets and supported by
Podcast #582 digs for the gems finding
paydirt with Aimee Mann, The Tubs, Nick
Frater, Fur, Swansea Sound, L.A. Exes, Dan
Vapid And The Cheats, & Arab Strap.
Four scrappy bands played a disjointed show where no band
or its fans crossed paths. Check out my photos and video of
The Cavves, The Cracks, Major Matt Mason USA, and Oxford
Namlessnumberheadman celebrated the release of its newest
album in a late-night affair with a few fans and some help
from Black Light Animals and Heidi Lynne Gluck.
Podcast #580 looks in the Halloween bag and
pulls out treats from Dave Hause, Witch
Jail, The Exbats, Jass, Julia Othmer, Katy
Guillen & The Drive, & Shoestrings.
7th Heaven served metal appetizers from Enforced and Inner
Altar for the KC scene.
Podcast #579 hangs out in garages and
basements w/ The Airport 77s, Fortitude
Valley, The Seams, The Shadracks, The
Courettes, Teenage Cavegirl, Nature Boys,
Bummer, & Brian Eno.
On a busy KC night a few dozen fans braved the chill for
The Bad Ideas, Polymer Mercies, North by North, and True
Scout Gillett, Other Americans, and Belle & the Vertigo
Waves played a diverse show proving
Late night debauchery has its home at Easy Inn and its fuel
from Drugs & Attics, Colfax Speed Queen, & Wayne Pain & the
KC experienced an NYC-created time warp when the synth pop
of Nation of Language and the post-punk of The Wants came
Podcast #578 plays Jekyll & Hyde w/ cuts
from The Connells, TV Crime, Killer Hearts,
Teenage Joans, Boy Scouts, Nightjacket, &
Rain pushed the weekly Songbird Sessions indoors,
approximating a cozy coffee shop that allowed Makayla
Scott's tender songs and affable charm to thrive.
The clock turned back 20 years bringing Elevator Division
and Namelessnumberheadman back to the stage.
Podcast #577 scratches that itch w/
Motorists, The Peppermint Kicks, Dirty
Fences, The Jolt, Chubby and the Gang, Mess,
Oil Change, Daughn Gibson.
There was nothing but sincerity as far as the eye could see
as Blue False Indigo and Major Matt Mason USA played Velo
Garage on 9/25.
It was girls to the front when Fea and Bad Ideas played a
midweek show at Minibar.
KC was wonderfully KC when a diverse bill of Creepy
Jingles, Berwanger, and Violent Bear played the Rino on
Podcast #576 thinks everything is spooky
and beautiful. And so do The Cramps,
Spearmint, Star Collector, Life Model, Lloyd
Cole and The Commotions, Ducks Ltd., & The
Punk rock for a cause when Arson Class, a reunited Shotgun
Jenny, and Here's to the Life played The Rino.
Podcast #575 suggests you relax and
leave everything to namelessnumberheadman,
Dori Freeman, Daniel Romano's Outfit,
The Fluorescents, Bad Bad Hats,
Sorrows, Mom, & The Coathangers.
Dan Jones & his squids were joined by Of Tree for a
low-stakes Friday night gig at The Ship.
Lawrence got lucky when The Whiffs brought in friends Dirty
Fences, Mel Machete, & Criminal Kids for a night of
topnotch rock & roll.
Podcast #574 keeps it steady w/ help from
Sleepers, Teenage Bottlerocket, The Bronx,
Amyl and The Sniffers, Brent Windler, The
Wannadies, & Violent Femmes.
KC got a slice of normalcy when Le Grand, Via Luna, and New
Obsessions played The RINO on 9/4.
Podcast #573 wants to ensure you get enough
vitamin punk w/ music from The Ashenden
Papers, Kurt Baker, Control Freaks, The
Bambies, Chubby and The Gang, The Jorge
Arana Trio, Low, & Danko Jones.
Podcast #572 battles the summer heat w/
Sharp Class, Hurry, Lemonheads, Swansea
Sound, UV-TV, Telethon, Turnstile, & Redder
A piecemeal bill consisting of Mike McCoy & Friends,
Schwervon, and Mad Kings raced against oncoming storms and
honored a lost member of the KC music scene.
Podcast #571 plays bingo and records by Yum
Yums, Boyracer, The Laughing Chimes,
Guadalcanal Diary, Quicksand, Militarie
Gun, Nonagon, & John Vanderslice.
Jorge Arana Trio, Abandoncy, & Via Luna delivered the goods
to the KC DIY set at Lemonade Park.
Black Mariah Theater and Chase the Horseman soundtracked a
perfect patio night on 8/13.
Podcast #570 fires both barrels delivering
hits from The Motorcycle Boy, Dany Laj and
the Looks, The Sorels, The Dents, The Orange
Peels, La Battue, The Umbrellas, & Monta
Podcast #569 returns with help from
Transvolta, Kursaal Flyers, Geoff
Palmer, Guadalcanal Diary, Sloan,
Descendents, The Jacklights, & Torres.
A local bill of Heels, The Whiffs, and The Sluts rocked The
Replay on 7/31.
Podcast #568 is a stream of power pop w/
Tallies, Linda Ronstadt, The Seven and Six,
The Finkers, Star Collector, Love Burns,
The Connells, & Hipshot Killer.
Podcast #567 runs wild w/ Snapped Ankles,
Quivers, Pale Lights, Kursaal Flyers, The
Shang Hi Los, & Dry Cleaning.
Lacy Hopkins of Dreamgirl brought her solo project Vanity
Plates to the Songbird Sessions.
The reconstituted Idaho came through KC with some help from
The String and Return and Slights.
Podcast #566 is a box of chocolates from The
Go! Team, Spoilers, Divinyls, Kid Gulliver,
The Mountain Goats, Pom Pom Squad, Lucy
Dacus, & Toledo.
The 7/7 Songbird Session featured the excellent songcraft
of Jocelyn Nixon from Creepy Jingles.
Chess Club prompted a return to dirty rock bars for Red
Kate, Matthew Mulnix, Too Much Rock, and so many of their
The Black Mariah Theater settled into a cozy corner of
Afterword for two sets of bluesy, jazzy, and witchy mood
Podcast #565 suggests you work on your tan
w/ Cub Scout Bowling Pins, Tommy Ray!, The
Cudas, The Plimsouls, Radio Days, Los
Campesinos!, Kings Of Convenience, & Kursaal
Songbird sessions welcomed Daniel Gum on 6/30 for two sets
-- one featuring standout tracks from his debut album, and
one of unreleased songs he plans to bring into the studio
Podcast #564 plays just the right songs
from Massage, Love and Rockets, Echo & The
Bunnymen, The dBs, Redd Kross, Perkele,
Giuda, & Phantom Handshakes.
Podcast #563 continues to mine for classics
w/ The Catenary Wires, Kursaal Flyers, Rick
Derringer, Dr. Feelgood, The Human League,
The Waitresses, Guns for Hire, & John Larson
and The Silver Fields.
Podcast #562 digs out gems from Giuda, The
dBs, The Legal Matters, The Beach Boys,
Guadalcanal Diary, Jim Basnight and The
Moberlys, The Only Ones, & Los Pepes.
Podcast #561 balances new releases with
used gambles from Pastel Coast, The Beach
Boys, The Move, Ramones, Brad Marino, Letters
To Cleo, & Damien Jurado.
Podcast #560 is jam packed with adventure
thanks to Tourists, Joyce McKinney Experience,
Appaloosa, Needles//Pins, Guided By Voices,
Juliana Hatfield, Illuminati Hotties, Molly
Rankin, & Shoestrings.
I was lured to my first indoor show in 15 months by a
variety bill that included Mensa Deathsquad, The Creepy
Jingles, and Jenna Rae.
Podcast #559 is your perfect vacation
destination thanks to Gruff Rhys, Prima
Donna, World Atlas, The Embrooks, Riff
Doctors, Nah..., & The Uncouth.
Pop held the main stage as Kianna White headlined Lemonade
Park with support from diverse openers The Creepy Jingles
and Monta At Odds.
Podcast #558 takes chances with tracks from
Tom Robinson Band, Beach Youth, Teenage
Fanclub, Meilyr Jones, Fresh, Fightmilk,
Remember Sports, & Transvision Vamp.
Podcast #557 says everything new is old w/
Primal Scream, Du Blonde, Modesty Blaise,
Phil Seymour, Knife Crime, The Sea Urchins,
The Pale Fountains, & Robyn Hitchcock & The
Never mind the calendar, here's the first night of summer.
Emmaline Twist, Knife Crime, & Dan Jones and the Squids
played a picture-perfect, sold-out, outdoor gig at Lemonade
Podcast #556 explores the known w/ RVIVR,
Teenage Fanclub, Blaire Alise & The Bombshells,
The Natvral, Ratboys, The Chessie System,
& Sonic Youth.
Podcast #555 is educational with lessons
from The Paranoyds, Charmpit, Marine Research,
Felt, Art d'Ecco, Fazerdaze, En Attendant
Ana, & The Darling Buds.
MMF kicked off its Spring Donation Drive with a livestream
event featuring The Uncouth, Slights, Sam Wells, and
Podcast #554 just feels good thanks to Early
Riser, Joe Strummer, Cornershop, The Veras,
Chess Club, & Godspeed You! Black Emperor.
Day 1 of my visit to the 2021 virtual Wales Goes Pop
Day 2 of my visit to the 2021 virtual Wales Goes Pop
Podcast #553 stretches out with songs by
Arab Strap, The Mighty Lemon Drops, The
Shamen, Blue Orchids, Persil, & Balmorhea.
Kansas City dipped a collective toe back into the live
music pool with an early, two-band show featuring Men of Men
and Various Blonde at the outdoor Lemonade Park.
Podcast #552 packs in the sunshine w/ Manfred
Mann, Dan Jones and The Squids, Color TV,
Dave Edmunds, The Boys with Perpetual
Nervousness, Wasabi Monster, The Royal
Landscaping Society, Axolotes Mexicanos, &
Upcoming gigs I care about:
11/23 Tiny Moving Parts @ recordBar 11/27 Frogpond @ recordBar 11/29 Baroness @ Bottleneck 12/3 Schwervon @ Replay 12/4 Beabadoobee @ Truman 12/6 Atreyu @ Truman 12/7 Uncouth @ miniBar 12/8 GWAR @ Granda 12/10 Schwervon @ Brick 12/11 Shiner @ recordBar 12/16 Supercrush @ Bottleneck 12/17 Radkey @ recordBar 12/18 Radkey @ recordBar 1/15 Lucinda Williams @ Knuckleheads
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