Thursday, April 17, 2014

The Quivers "Hot Young Mess" Release Party with Bad Ideas and Schwervon

Saturday at the Brick featured a diverse lineup for the Quivers release party of their new LP "Hot Young Mess".  Opening the evening were punk rockers the Bad Ideas with duo Schwervon! closing out the night.

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Riot Room Last Friday: The Slackers, The Bishops, New Riddim, Broken Gold

Last Friday was a first for Kansas City, New York ska-music kings the Slackers made their first appearance in KC.  They've toured the area namely Lawrence several times over the years, but never in KC proper. Supportin the Slackers were KC ska/rock steady crew the New Riddim, Omaha's the Bishops, and Broken Gold from Austin, Texas.

A near capacity crowd filled the Riot Room for a solid night of rock and ska.  Several songs resulted in sing-alongs that could be heard over the PA when standing right next to it.  It's safe to say the Slackers had some die-hard fans that came out and made it a memorable night for ska lovers.

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Monday, April 14, 2014

Middle Of The Map Festival - Day 3

Well I survived the weekend and the sickness to bring you these images.  On the final day of the 2014 edition of Middle of the Map, we caught all kinds of good stuff.  From Not A Planet opening the outdoor stage to Shabazz Palaces packing the Riot Room patio way beyond comfort at the end of the evening, it was a great show.  Check it out:

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Friday, April 11, 2014

Middle Of The Map Festival - Day 2

Here we arrive at day two of Middle of the Map Festival, by now the sickness is in full-effect.  The idea of eating much of anything let alone consuming alcohol seems like an awful idea.  However, in my infinite wisdom I decide "Fuck it, I want a beer." This is one of several decisions I would later come to regret.

Despite all of my terrible decisions, day 2 of the festival proved to kick even more ass than the first. Starting off the evening at the Record Bar, we caught the revised lineup of the Supernauts featuring Kian Byrne on bass.

Then it was over to the Riot Room to catch Drop A Grand. Decked out in luchador and ski masks, crazy suits and sunglasses, Drop A Grand put on a solid set of high-energy tunes. I don't know how exactly to describe it, but we enjoyed it immensely.

 The place to be on Friday night if you weren't outside in the cold was Ernie Biggs.  Del The Funky Homosapien, was up next and if the line out the door was any indication, it was a hot ticket.  Har Mar Superstar was finishing up we got in.  He looked like young Ron Jeremy and not necessarily in a good way.  Fortunately, he did not sound like a young Ron Jeremy.  At any rate, we were there to see the legend Del.  We were not disappointed.

We would have continued on, but the sickness told me it was time to go. The sickness would win most battles this weekend.

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Check back for day 3!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Middle of the Map - Day 1

The Middle of the Map festival got off to a great start on Thursday night with a diverse lineup from KC duo Schwervon to 80's electronic pioneer Gary Numan. Starting off on a somewhat brisk spring evening music was in the air and the booze was flowing. This was a recipe for a fantastic weekend. I thought.

Much later that night (technically Friday morning), the beginnings of what I would later discover was food poisoning reared it's ugly head and mine into the toilet. This would put a significant damper on the weekend.  However, I/We soldiered on and made it happen to the best of our ability.  I would spend the rest of the weekend on a steady diet of Pepto-Bismol, Tums, and fluids. 

Despite 'the sickness' as it will henceforth be referred; we had a really good time and saw some great bands.  A big hats off to all of the event organizers, performers, volunteers, venue staff and anyone else we forgot to mention for making this year's Middle of the Map festival the best one yet.

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Gary Numan

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Monday, April 7, 2014

Drew Black and Dirty Electric at the Chesterfield Club

The Chesterfield Club at the Alamo Drafthouse has started having live music more frequently lately, we managed to catch Drew Black and Dirty Electric's set a couple weeks back.  Check it out:

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Filthy 13 at Coda

After stuffing ourselves like heathens at Voltaire, which is delicious by the way, we headed over to Coda to cap off the night with a set of swinging blues from Filthy 13.



Bad Ideas, Megajoos and Roman Polanski's Baby at Vandals

A couple weeks back, we headed over to the Black and Gold Tavern for a show in their backroom venue called Vandals.  It's an interesting joint, past the bathrooms and up a half flight of stairs.  The small size combined with low ceiling makes it feel very DIY basement-like.  Not necessarily a bad thing, but unconventional nonetheless.

On tap for the evening were Bad Ideas, Megajoos, and Roman Polanski's Baby.  The latter two being in town from Nashville after a two week mid western tour.

Bad Ideas started the night off with a brutal set of high energy, high speed punk rock. Megajoos followed with Roman Polanski's Baby picking up right where 'Joos and Bad Ideas left off.  There was another group following Roman Polanski's Baby, but we had to cut out and hit up the show down at the Chesterfield.

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Monday, March 31, 2014

Middle Of The Map Picks

Here's some of our favorite images from upcoming performers at this weekend's Middle Of The Map Festival in Westport.  Our complete schedule is here. Who are you going to see this?  What are your picks?  Tell us below!

Schwervon! - Thursday - 6:45, Riot Room

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The Electric Lungs - Thursday - 11:45, Westport Saloon

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The Supernauts - Friday - 8:00, Record Bar

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Hearts of Darkness - Friday - 8:15, Ernie Biggs

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Not A Planet - Saturday - 2:00, Outdoor Stage

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The Philistines - Saturday - 4:00, Westport Saloon

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Josh Berwanger Band - Saturday - 4:30, Riot Room

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Katy Guillen and the Girls - Saturday - 5:00, Record Bar

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Me Like Bees - Saturday - 8:30, Ernie Biggs

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Heartfelt Anarchy - Saturday - 8:45, Riot Room Patio

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Stik Figa - Saturday - 10:15, Riot Room Patio

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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Here's where to find us at Middle of the Map

In case any of you were curious, here's what's on tap for us at Middle of the Map next week: Our Schedule

This is really going to be a pretty bitchin' lineup.  Get tickets here if you haven't.  Beg your friends if necessary.

General Info: