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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.


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 Clouds.

Katherine Kelly of Pleasures

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.

Zach Campbell of The Whiffs

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


Tim Darcy

The bold voices of Tim Darcy and Molly Burch enthralled the Riot Room audience on 3/20.


Owen Ashworth is Advance Base

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, & David Bazan.

Bill McShane of Ultimate Fakebook

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.

Chris Gordon of Via Luna

KC's DIY indie rock crew packed into Records with Merrittt on a winter's night to see Via Luna, Infinite Me, & Employer.


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.

Cadie Cowden

A fully electric Cadie Cowden headlined a 2/4 show of genre-shifting indie rock and more.


New Too Much Rock Single

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 The Pitch, on 2/8 I'll join Mr. Slimey on KKFI's Wednesday MidDay Medley, and you can get a signed copy at the single launch party at Mills Record Company on 2/10.

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Dave Feldman of Wyldlife

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, & Dave Dudley.

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Upcoming shows I care about:

7/21 Coathangers @ Riot Room
7/22 Worriers @ Middle East (KC)
7/22 AFI @ Midland
7/22 Jeffrey Lewis @ The Brick
7/25 Social Distortion @ Liberty
7/27 Warped Tour @ Sandstone
7/27 Ghost Mice @ Decade
7/28 Radar State @ Riot Room
8/1 Ratboys @ recordBar
8/1 Slayer @ Sandstone
8/5 Julien Baker @ Granada
8/10 Wormreich @ Riot Room
8/11 Big Iron @ recordBar
8/12 New Pornogrophers @ Liberty
8/18 Die Antwoord @ Uptown
8/19 Architects @ Mills
8/20 Father John Misty @ Crossroads
8/25 M. Mighty Bosstones @ Warehouse Arts
8/25 Traindodge @ miniBar
8/21 Downtown boys @ White Schoolhouse (LFK)
8/27 Ben Folds @ Liberty Hall
8/30 Bleached @ 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
9/14 Mountain Goats @ Madrid
9/16 DRI @ Riot Room
9/17 Stiff Little Fingers @ Granada
9/18 Sheer Mag @ Bottleneck
9/22 Gorillaz @ Sprint
9/30 Jenny O @ Riot Room
10/1 Pup @ Granada
10/4 Screaming Females @ White Schoolhouse
10/5 Echosmith @ Truman
10/15 Pixies @ Midland
10/22 Afghan Whigs @ recordBar
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
11/15 Children of Bodom @ Truman
11/19 St. Vincent @ Midland
11/19 AJJ @ Granada