Friday, July 25, 2014

Pitch Music Showcase Night 1: Riot Room

Last Friday we headed over to the Riot Room and caught the first night of the Pitch Music Showcase.  On the bill were: Bummer, Rev Gusto, Approach, Abnorm, DJ Sheppa, Josh Berwanger Band, Bad Ideas, and New Riddim.  We caught most of the acts and it was a great show.  Check it out:

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Kodascope, Dynamite Defense, Modern Day Fitzgerald at Coda

Here's some images from a week or so back at Coda.  We caught the Kodascope, Dynamite Defense, and Modern Day Fitzgerald.  It was a good show that cut a wide sonic swath of tunes.  Everything from funky white guys of the 80's, classic rock, to poppy hard rocking angst ridden numbers.

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Friday, July 18, 2014

Last Friday at Riot Room: Bees, Westerners and Middle Twins

Last Friday at the Riot Room, an eager crowd filed into the steamy venue for a great lineup featuring Lawrence groups: Middle Twin and Westerners; and Joplin's Me Like Bees.  The evening featured the debut of Middle Twin's new guitarist after a significant lineup shakeup. The drummer and bassist are both out with the parts being filled out by synth and backing tracks now.  It's an interesting change and we'll keep an eye on how it works going forward especially once new music is written.

Me Like Bee's finished out the night with a full set of tunes from last year's album The Ides. In addition to well known favorites, they also played a cover of the Beastie Boys' "Sabotage" and debuted a new track tentatively titled "Tundra Land".  We're looking forward to hearing more new tunes once the band heads off to record their next EP as part of winning the Ernie Ball contest earlier this year.

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Me Like Bees set list

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Friday, July 11, 2014

Record Bar: Vertigone with Swiller, Reach, Hearts of Darkness

Back at the end of June, we caught the Vertigone and Hearts of Darkness show over at Record Bar.  Swiller and Reach joined Vertigone for a spell and Hearts of Darkness with their tweaked lineup put on a solid show.  I gotta say, the latest HOD lineup has a bit more of a psychedelic, P-Funk sort of feel to it.  It's not so straight-ahead afrobeat anymore.  I like bands evolving and this is one I can get with. Here's what we saw:

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Thursday, June 26, 2014

Knuckleheads Last Friday: Making Movies, Ha Ha Tonka Homecoming

Last Friday at Knuckleheads marked the return to the stages of KC for Making Movies and Ha Ha Tonka.  A well attended, steamy night featured full sets by both bands and a collaborative set of Latin and American folk tunes as the finale.

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Sunday, June 22, 2014

Boulevardia: A Brief Encounter

The weather was getting hot by the time Me Like Bees took the stage on Saturday of Boulevard's first annual Boulevardia festival.  Held in KC's historic West Bottoms, the event featured a surprising array of local musical talent over the weekend.  The taps and tastes event on Saturday afternoon was a heavy draw as evidenced by the fact that advance tickets sold out in a matter of minutes.

I had a gig later in the day so our time at Boulevardia was brief.  We did however manage to take in some of the sights and sounds including: Me Like Bees and Not A Planet. Check it out:

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Friday, June 13, 2014

Sunday Night: Westport Saloon

We ventured out for a rare Sunday night show to catch the Hillary Watts Riot, Victor and Penny, and The Latenight Callers.  The place, Westport Saloon.  Bourbon, so much bourbon. Let's just say the Westport Saloon is the kind of place you wouldn't mind having someone else's credit card.

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Thursday, June 12, 2014

Record Bar Last Thursday: Kodascope and Parallels

Last Thursday at Record Bar, we caught the debut of Mike Tipton and Matt Hayden's(both of Molly Picture Club, Found A Job) latest project Kodascope.  The headliner for the evening was Toronto trio Parallels.  The synth heavy sounds very reminiscent of new wave.  Kodascope on the other head was a much more a funky groove oriented group in the same way as late 70's funk.  Check them out:

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Friday, June 6, 2014

Spring Dance at Knuckleheads Last Saturday

Last Saturday at Knuckleheads, Bill Sundahl's Spice Of Life Productions hosted another edition of the Spring Dance.  This year's bill featured swingin' jazz from the Grand Marquis, honky-tonk country by the Starhaven Rounders, reggae, ska rock-steady was provided by New Riddim and finally My Brother's and Sisters rounded out the evening with set of soulful tunes.  Check it out:

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Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Canyon is 21: Latenight Callers, Antennas Up, Sons Of Great Dane at Record Bar

A couple weeks back, esteemed longtime local music support, MMF member, son, employee and other assorted titles, Record Bar hosted Canyon McClung's 21st birthday bash featuring a great lineup of local talent. The Latenight Callers, Sons of Great Dane and Antennas Up filled the bill for the Sunday night show. Great tunes, cold beer, what more do you need?

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