Fans got their money's worth when The Bronx, Plague Vendor,
& '68 wrecked The Riot Room on 10/12.
Podcast #417 is insistent w/ music from Who Is She, Tom Petty,
Jeremy Porter, High Waisted, Company Retreat, Luna, Deer Tick, &
Screaming Females returned to its basement roots during a
10/4 tour stop that also featured Street Eaters, Leggy, The
Rubs, & The Whiffs.
Bodies were flying and personal items lost when Pup,
Partner, & Architects played to an enthusiastic audience on
KC got two big doses of rock & soul when Amy Farrand & The
Like and Brandon Phillips and The Condition played on 9/29.
MiniBar got a surprisingly satisfying bill from disparate
acts Sundiver, High Wasted, The Coax, & Meglacoil.
Podcast #416 knows its place w/ Omni, Radar State, Cheap Cassettes,
Single Mothers, Zambonis, Swimming Tapes, & Shilpa Ray.
Punk rockers Jukebox Romantics, From Parts Unknown, and
Stiff Middle Fingers had a rough go of things on 9/25.
There was more than nostalgia at play when the reunited
Giants Chair kicked off a Midwestern tour with help from Ex
Acrobat and Sweats.
Podcast #415 winds summer down w/ new music from The Bronx,
Jesus and his Judgemental Father, Great Buildings, Florist,
Penny Blacks, & Godspeed You! Black Emperor.
A passive Lawrence audience earned a passive show from
Sheer Mag, Laffing Gas, The Whiffs, & Nancy Boys.
Stiff Little Fingers celebrated its 40th
anniversary w/ a first ever visit to the region. Check out my
pics of the night, including shots of Norwegian openers
Death By Unga Bunga.
We can't talk about the Single Mothers, Runaway Sons, &
Bummer show as I'm deaf now. You'll just have to check out
my photos and video of the night.
Podcast #414 likes 'em short w/ Partner, Slotface, Ted Leo,
Teenage Fanclub, Lamps, Thin Lips, Loafers, Lizzie Boredom,
& Single Mothers.
Sunday was the new Friday when Drugs & Attics welcomed
friends Loafers & Lizzie Boredom to the Blind Tiger
Drop A Grand, Armchair Martian, Magic Cyclops, & Deco Auto
gave miniBar a night of big guitars and big wigs.
On 9/5 Cherry Glazerr and Winter played fierce sets that
affirmed rock & roll is in the hands of young women, and
it's going to be just fine.
Podcast #413 digs deep into the crate for tracks from
Best Ex, Modernettes, Shoes, The Boys, Huey Lewis,
Piper, & Drugs & Attics.
Labor Day ended with a pop explosion when Shy Boys welcomed
EZTV and Beverly to KC.
On 8/30 KC welcomed Bleached back to town with an eclectic
bill that also featured a revamped Shortsweather and
Podcast #412 spends some time in the wayback machine w/ Rainer
Maria, Alvvays, Material Issue, Hoodoo Gurus, Sorrows, Tommy
Tutone, & Filthy Friends.
On 8/26 Schwervon, Abandoned Bells, & Folkicide Duo played
a magical show under the pines on the Californos deck.
Traindodge, Ex Acrobat, & Varma Cross resurrected the
complicated and robust KC sound of the late '90s for a
miniBar audience on 8/25.
A Saturday midday matinee by Architects and American
Dischord filled Mills with punk rockers and their punk rock
Podcast #411 announces genre is over with new music from
A Giant Dog, The Bombpops, Amanda X, The School, Ramona Falls, Mogwai,
& Margo Price.
KC danced and then danced some more as Sweet Spirt, The
Whiffs, & Drugs and Attics rocked the Blind Tiger basement
Podcast #410 just piles it on w/ music from Sweet Apple,
Gospel Music, Kepi Ghoulie, Arcade Fire, Bill Botting, &
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.
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.
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
On 7/18 KC got a hot still night, the smell of diesel, and
full-bore power pop from Matthew Sweet and opener Tommy
Podcast #407 is supernatural with new music from Black Kids,
Allison Crutchfield, Tommy Keene, Charmpit, The Regrettes,
Katie Ellen, & Lion's Law.
An ardent KC crowd made Lucy Dacus and opener Schwervon
feel welcomed on a Monday night.
On 7/13 I crawled out of the basement to witness the gloss
of Esme Paterson, Brandon Phillips and The Condition, &
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, Granddad and Atomic 50s played at Josey's,
providing the first-Fridays shoppers just the soundtrack
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, &
On 6/23 there was punk rock north of the river thanks to
Second Street, Our Lives Yesterday, & Deco Auto.
KC punks ducked under the police tape to see Kool 100s,
Kill Vargas, & Beelzebabes on 6/22.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Podcast #400 has flow w/ Royal Headache, Elf Power, Folkicide,
Codeine, Aimee Mann, Bonnie 'Prince' Billy, & Letting Up
Despite Great Faults.
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.
Lawrence attended a sweaty, cathartic therapy session led
by Sorority Noise w/ help from Mat Kerekes, Obsessives, &
A weary KC audience showed up on Sunday night for mind
altering sets by Witch Jail, Pop Empire, & Pale Tongue.
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.
Upcoming shows I care about:
10/17 Craig Finn @ recordBar
10/17 High Waisted @ Replay
10/19 Girlpool @ White Schoolhouse
10/19 Genitortures @ Riot Room
10/22 Afghan Whigs @ recordBar
10/25 Nick Lowe @ Knuckleheads
10/26 Selector Dub Narcotic @ recordBar
10/27 Ssion @ Riot Room
10/27 Ministry @ Uptown
10/27 Arcade Fire @ Silverstein
10/28 Voodoo Glow Skulls @ Granada
10/29 Regina Spektor @ Uptown
10/31 Gogol Bordello @ Granada
10/31 Uncouth @ Blind Tiger
10/31 The Used @ Uptown
11/1 Diarrhea Planet @ Riot Room
11/3 Descendents @ Uptown
11/3 Slowdive @ Truman
11/3-5 Apocalypse Meow
11/4 Jonathan Richman @ Bottleneck
11/5 GWAR @ Granada
11/5 Beach Slang @ Riot Room
11/8 DFA29179 @ Truman
11/10 Stiff Middle Fingers @ miniBar
11/15 Children of Bodom @ Truman
11/15 And the Kids @ Riot Room
11/17 Cindy Wilson @ Riot Room
11/17 Joyce Manor @ Bottleneck
11/19 Swingin' Utters @ Riot Room
11/19 St. Vincent @ Uptown
11/19 AJJ @ Granada
11/25 Sorority Noise @ Granada
12/16 Interrupters @ Bottleneck
2/13 Black Rebel Motorcyle Club @ Truman
3/6 Bully @ recordBar
4/8 Darkness @ Truman