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Podcast #489 wants to know if you're doing okay. Let's listen to Purple Mountains, Empty Moon, Shotgun Jimmie, Gimp Fist, The Coolies, The Regrettes, & Jawbox.

Podcast #488 sounds best in a convertible thanks to Bleached, that dog, Craig Finn, Tigercats, Guided By Voices, Suneaters, & The Appleseed Cast.

Kid Congo Powers

A down and dirty dance party is just what KC needed to end a hot hot week. Thankfully Kid Congo, The Whiffs, and Drop a Grand were there to deliver the goods.

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Podcast #487 demands a fist pumping singalong with Amyl and The Sniffers, Ramona, Bad Sleep, Berwanger, The Producers, Mono In Stereo, Cheap Gunslingers, & The Speedways.

Bill Callahan

The townies enjoyed a wonderful summer night with Bill Callahan and Heidi Gluck on the green lawn of of the Lawrence Public Library.

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Podcast #486 hits you with everything TMR has got including The Chats, The Exploding Hearts, Local Drags, Jeanines, Dressy Bessy, Bill Callahan, Bruce Springsteen, & The Producers.

Podcast #485 looks for connection with music from The Mountain Goats, The Umbrellas, No Suits In Miami, Gentleman Jesse, Stag Marks Gang, Clive Kennedy, & Pelican.

Emily Nokes of Tacocat

Seattle's Tacocat ended its tour with a girls-up-front, queer-friendly, pogo party aided by the righteous riffs of touring partner Sammi Lanzetta, and glammed-out locals Wick and the Tricks.

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Podcast #484 is pop with a vicious streak featuring tunes from Tacocat, Brad Marino, Geoff Palmer, CJ Ramone, Romantics, Baby Grande, & Le Grand.

Josh Snow of Le Grand

Le Grand launched its new EP to a packed house and alongside friends Via Luna, Oxford Remedy, & Aage Birch.

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Brandon Phillips with The Condition

KC celebrated First Fridays with three local tastes that taste great together. Check out my photo and video of Brandon Phillips & the Condition, The Sluts, & Dead Voices

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Podcast #483 stomps and coos with Glo Macari, Beach Slang, The Get Up Kids, Charly Bliss, Elva, The Catenary Wires, & 4 out of 5 Doctors.

Mike Alexander of Hipshot Killer

Melodic punk and big hearts ruled the night as Hipshot Killer celebrated its album release with help from The Midlife and Arson Class on 3/30.

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Podcast #482 rolls with the punches thrown by Drugs & Attics, Priests, John Vanderslice, Thin Lips, The Gentle Isolation, Deco Auto, & The Visions.

New Too Much Rock Single

Too Much Rock is thrilled to announce the ninth installment of its vinyl single series will feature Brandon Philips and the Condition. This latest project from the prolific Phillips (The Architects, The Gadjits, Other Americans) was created to explore his love of both power pop and soul. The promise of Get Happy-era Elvis Costello merged with early Motown was all it took to get Too Much Rock behind the project.

On the A-side, "People Talk" takes a melody reminiscent of a '60s girl-group, bolts it to a boppy, eighties backbeat, and then hangs all the accouterments and accessories of power-pop-soul on it like aftermarket chrome on a Lambretta scooter. The B-side is a Too Much Rock-chosen cover of Tommy Tutone's "Angel Say No." The original version is as near a perfect power-pop deep-cut as one is likely to find in even the dustiest record bin, but with a few tweaks from the band's crack rhythm section, and big Ronettes-worshiping backing vocals, BP+TC make this the hit it always should have been. The limited-edition single will be available 4/12/19 at area record stores and online retailers as hand-numbered black (408 copies) and colored (112 copies) vinyl.

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Podcast #481 returns with everything that make TMR go including Ansel Collins, Martha, The Coathangers, Steve Adamyk, Hipshot Killer, Wild Horses, Brandon Phillips, & American Football.

Steven Garcia of Deco Auto

Deco Auto headlined a powerful rock-first gig at Brick with more than a little help from Scruffy & the Janitors and El Jefe.

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Meredith McGrade of Emmaline Twist

KC darkwave outfit Emmaline Twist headlined a haphazard Replay bill that included the poppy surf of Dentist and the breezy rock of locals Toughies.

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Podcast #480 scratches that itch with music from Salty, The Flys, Witching Waves, Teenage Bottlerocket, Jagger Holly, Potty Mouth, Ex Hex, & France Gall.

Podcast #479 has all the cohesion and joy of a college radio program. Join me for new music from Durand Jones, Fightmilk, The Bralettes, Eddie & The Hot Rods, Bis, Dear Boy, Whoa Melodic, & BA Johnston.

Podcast #478 is an attempt to stave off the winter blahs with sunny tunes by Charmpit, Pale Lips, The Trend, Terry & Louie, The Catherines, Nah, Cheerbleederz, & The Peggies.

Lucy Dacus

Lucy Dacus packed the Bottleneck with everyone from NPR-listening olds to starry-eyed kids. Support came from the excellent Illuminati Hotties and local singer/songwriter Iris Elke.

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Hopyard Mathison of Employer

A stir crazy crowd of revelers descended on Davey's Uptown for the Cuddle Puddle album release show. Bookending the band were excellent sets from friends Employer and Libations.

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Podcast #476 couldn't get it all right, but it hit paydirt with new music from Lisa Marr with the Tranzmitors, Guided by Voices, Bob Mould, Ratboys, Better Oblivion Community Center, Girlpool, & Eva Nagy.

Meredith McGrade of Emmaline Twist

While the origins of the "Winter Classic" are dubious, Emmaline Twist, Appropriate Grammar, & Tim Bruan & Julia Haile offered a necessary reprieve from winter's darkness.

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Podcast #477 is the mix we all expect from TMR featuring Laura Jane Grace and the Devouring Mothers, Joe Jackson, Duncan Reid and the Big Heads, The Plague, Juliana Hatfield, Pedro the Lion, & Cherry Glazerr.

Markus Toivonen of Ensiferum

Four bands packed into Riot Room leaving just enough space for Kansas City's fanatical metal community. Check out my thoughts, photos, & video of Ensiferum, Septicflesh, Arsis, & Stonehaven.

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Podcast #475 quenches my thirst for power pop w/ Five Eight, Radar State, The Continentals, Fast Cars, Bad Moves, Wimps, & The Decemberists.

Katlyn Conroy of La Guerre

Late nights, synthesizers, and a bouncing club mixed a powerful cocktail. La Guerre, Y god Y, Pala Zolo and a packed Replay Lounge rode that high all night long.

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Podcast #474 hands the reins over to listeners chose Dream Wife, Indigo De Souza, Savak, Turnstile, Tierra Whack, Metric, Anna Calvi, & Lake Street Dive.

The Whiffs

The Whiffs, Berwanger, and three DJs eager to share their rares combined for a must-see night of power pop at the 8th Street Tap Room.

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Paulina Costilla of The Bralettes

The Bralettes helped KC put the holidays in the rearview mirror by joining forces with locals Apolkalypse Wow for a pogo-worthy Wednesday night gig at Riot Room.

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Top 30 Albums of 2018

Identifying the year's standout albums is tough for a singles guy. It's easy to recognize the punch and immediacy of a song, but it's harder to feel the genius of an album. While I'll always call out albums that I love listening to (even if they're merely executing an established blueprint), I also want to recognize the albums that felt important. So, here's my list. Thirty great albums. Ordered, but otherwise presented without commentary.

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Top 40 Songs of 2018

And here's the list no one was waiting for, Too Much Rock's top 40 tracks of 2018. Are these the best? Who can tell. But these are songs that I love. Tracks that move me. And tracks that I was happy to revisit time and time again this year. Because this is a busy time of the year I've kept my thoughts short by sharing the one thing that I like best about each of the songs on my list. As a bonus, I've also included three tracks from 2017 that I just didn't hear in time to make last year's list, but they definitely would have made the cut if I had.



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Podcast #473 counts down the top tracks of 2018 including cuts from Wussy, The Speedways, Sloan, Screaming Females, Colour Me Wednesday, Paul Collins, The Molochs, & Damien Jurado.

Ryan Wise of The Sluts

Big riffs, animal magnetism, and righteous rage all made appearances on this all-local Riot Room bill featuring The Sluts, Other Americans, & Lovergurl.

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Giants Chair

Voltaire's late shows are quickly becoming the after-show salon for Kansas City. On this night the hip gathered for Giants Chair and New Obsessions.

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Upcoming shows I care about:
8/21 Lillingtons @ RINO 8/22 Employer @ RINO 8/23 Kississippi @ RINO 8/26 Black Flag @ Crossroads 8/30 Le Grand @ miniBar 9/2 Fea @ Riot Room 9/8 Teenage Bottlerocket @ Riot Room 9/10 Gruff Rhys @ recordBar 9/13 American Football @ Granada 9/15 Sidekicks @ Rino 9/15 Skating Polly @ Replay 9/15 Richard Buckner @ house show 9/16 Hatchie @ recordbar 9/23 Babymetal @ Uptown 9/25 Fruit Bats @ recordBar 10/1 Bleached @ Riot Room 10/10 Obituary @ Granada 10/12 GWAR @ Crossroads 10/18 Napalm Death @ Granada 10/20 Frank Turner @ Liberty Hall 10/27 Matt & Kim @ Midland 11/1 Menzingers @ Granada 11/9 Clan of Xymox @ Riot Room 11/10 Angel Olsen @ Granada 11/19 Ministry @ Granada 11/23 Helmet @ Riot Room 11/23 Lisa Prank @ miniBar 11/28 Pigface @ recordBar