Thursday, December 18, 2014

The Brick: Faultfinder, Lazy, Vertigone, Jorge Arana Trio

Back at the end of November, (Sorry, we're that far behind) we caught a show at the Brick featuring an 'eclectic lineup' to be put it lightly.  The show featured: Faultfinder, Lazy, Vertigone, and Jorge Arana Trio.

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Faultfinder's sound is that of a really heavy thrash metal, sludge vibe.  The bass shakes everything, the screams are ear piercing and the chugging guitars bring an ominous sense of doom.

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Following Faultfinder was Lazy, a more punky, garage rock styled outfit.  Their set was slightly more accessible than Faultfinder's but equally entertaining.

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Vertigone was next up on the bill.  Vertigone for the uninitiated is a hip-hop artist from KC.  He has a punchy cadence that often triples against the beats creating  a unique off beat rhyme and pulse that is refreshing to hear.  He had the Jorge Arana Trio join him at the end of the set for a couple free-flowing tunes.

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Closing out the night was the Jorge Arana Trio.  The Trio adds another dimension to this already diverse lineup.  Jorge Arana the band's namesake leads an instrumental acid jazz styled group with complex rhythms and unusual changes.  It's truly one of the more unique bands in Kansas City.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Starhaven Rounders at the Brick

Twas the night before Thanksgiving and all through the Brick, honky tonk country tunes were stirring courtesy of the Starhaven Rounders.  The show featured two sets of country standards that any classic country lover would appreciate.  Here's some images:

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Thursday, December 11, 2014

Found A Job at Knuckleheads

It was a hot and sweaty affair at the East Bottoms roadhouse Knuckleheads on Nov 21.  Found a Job, the local Talking Heads tribute outfit featuring members of a half-dozen different bands around town put on a great performance of the Heads' classic flick "Stop Making Sense".  The multi-set performance featured the entire "Stop Making Sense" show as well as another 6-7 additional classic Talking Heads tunes.  The packed house danced and sang for the nearly 2 hour show.  Just for extra superfan points they even threw in Tom Tom Club's "Genius of Love".

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Stop Making Sense Set List

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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Voodoo Lounge: Bootsy Collins

I had the awesome privilege of getting to go over to the Voodoo Lounge on Nov 22 to see the Bootsy Collins and his Rubber Band show.  It was incredible to finally get to see the one last member of Parliament I never had seen perform live before.  The show consisted of a 1 1/2 hour set touching on Bootsy hits as well as several P-Funk tunes.  In addition they threw in a cover of Jimi Hendrix's "Changes".

"Bootzilla" or "Casper the Funky Ghost" as he is also known has over-the-top wild style and an incredible grin that beams when he plays.  It's really impossible not to have a good time at a Bootsy show and his musicianship with the bass is second to none.  Flanking both sides of the drummer and stage were stacks of Mesa Boogie cabinets with the signature star logo across the front.  The bass shook the Voodoo Lounge when the first notes came across the PA and didn't stop until Bootsy said so.

It was a great opportunity to finally catch this legend in the flesh and one I'll not soon forget.

Here's images from the show and a partial set list:

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"The Name is Bootsy, Baby"
"Mothership Connection"
"Groove is in the Heart"
"Don't Take My Funk Away"
"Body Slam"
"I'd Rather Be With You"
"Give Up The Funk"
"Touch Somebody"

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Harling's with Electric Lungs, Mace Batons, The Philistines

Over at Harling's a couple weeks back, they opened up the large rear room and had a hard rocking, punk fueled show featuring a great lineup.  We headed over to Harling's after catching the Mountain Sprout show at Davey's.  We managed to catch the Electric Lungs, Mace Batons, and Philistines sets.

The sound is pretty decent in the back room and plenty of space for a good crowd.  It was a really good turnout with folks sticking around for most all of the bands sets.  It was Philistines drummer Steve Gardels' birthday.  Jameson and cupcakes were passed around for well wishers.

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Sunday, November 30, 2014

Mountain Sprout at Davey's Uptown

Back on Nov 15, we caught the early show featuring Mountain Sprout at Davey's Uptown.  It was a good sized crowd for a pretty chilly Saturday night.  The band's lineup has shuffled a couple times over the last year.  Fiddle player Blaine Thiebaud left the band to be replaced by Mike Schembre.  Blaine's brother Dean Thiebaud has also permanently joined the band on guitar.  Overall, the hard-partying, no-holds-barred style of shows that have come to define Mountain Sprout over the years have been toned down quite a bit.  The tunes are still solid, but the overall feel of the shows lack that same substance fueled crazy energy.  It's not bad, just different.  

They touched on many Mountain Sprout standards through the two hour show.   In addition, they performed several tracks of their recently released Long Time Comin'.

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Friday, November 21, 2014

Noir City Nightclub

Last weekend at the Alamo Drafthouse, the first annual Noir City KC film festival took place.  The event featured a set of classic film noir flicks, entertainers, musicians and cinema noir stars like Peggy Cummins. She is most well known for her performance in Gun Crazy.  The musical entertainment for the evening featured the Laura Ellis, the Latenight Callers and burlesque performer Evie Novelle.

Here's some images from the nightclub event at the Chesterfield:

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Monday, November 17, 2014

Penicillin Baby at Riot Room

After night one of Apocalypse Meow concluded, we headed over to Riot Room to catch Nashville based hard-rockin' psych-tinged act Penicillin Baby.  Featuring drummer Wes Mitchell of sludge duo Megajoos, the band charged through a quick 35 minute set of rockin' tunes.  It was a great way to end the night.

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Sunday, November 16, 2014

Apocalypse Meow Night One in Review

We headed out to the Record Bar for the first night of the seventh annual Apocalypse Meow.  Meow is a fundraiser for the Midwest Music Foundation to provide assistance to local musicians in need of healthcare.  Besides being a great organization with a noble cause, they also put on great shows. If you're a musician or fan of local music, you should really consider supporting MMF.  Maybe gift a membership to your favorite music fan? It's only $25 and comes with some great benefits including free entry to select MMF events and discounted food and beverages at venues around town.

The groups on tap for the evening included Katy Guillen and the Girls, Chris Meck and the Guilty Birds.  Katy Guillen opened the show up with a blistering set of hard-rockin' blues tunes.  While the excellent play of each member on their is to be noted, something I think that is overlooked are the vocal harmonies between bassist Claire Adams and Katy Guillen.  It really adds a nice contrast to the otherwise high energy uptempo tunes.

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Chris Meck and the Guilty Birds closed the evening out with a more straight-ahead rockin' set. In addition to tunes that have become staples of the band over the last 1 1/2 years, they threw great covers of Tom Petty's "Honey Bee" and the Rolling Stones' "Shine A Light".  For "Shine A Light", Cody Wyoming joined the band to sing vocals on the chorus.  It's a particularly touching song for Meck and many musicians who were close with Abby Henderson.  She was one of the primary founders and driving force behind MMF and Apocalypse Meow over the years until she lost her battle with cancer in 2013. The song served as a nice tribute and reminder of why Apocalypse Meow is so important in KC.

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Gear news: This was the first night I got to break out the fancy new camera rig. I recently upgraded to a D7000.  It's a pretty dramatic improvement over the truly entry-level D3100 I was using the first few years of the blog.  The extra dynamic range really helps in the low-light situations I so often find myself in especially because my budget prevents me from having the fastest glass. It's really a nice upgrade that makes it easier to focus on taking pictures and less on missing shots due to jacking with inadequate gear.

One last note, we've got lots of shows coming up in the future posts.  Currently, I've got about five shows backed up so check back because we've got lots of new content coming your way.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Halloween at Westport Saloon: Hellfire Hoedown

On Halloween, we headed out to the Hellfire Hoedown at Westport Saloon.  The acts featured ranged from rockabilly and hard rock to bluegrass and blues.  We caught the sets from Stay Sick: A Tribute to the Cramps, Electric Lungs, Freight Train Rabbit Killer, and Them Damned Young Livers.

There was an additional stage set up in the parking lot just north of Westport Saloon which featured more of the heavier acts.  It also featured cash only bars serving Busch and bourbon.  The bourbon proved to be the ticket for taking the edge off the chilly evening.

The first act we caught was a local group performing a tribute to the garage rock icon's the Cramps.  They played an incredibly high-energy set hitting on many of the Cramps' most popular tunes including: "New Kind of Kick","I Was a Teenage Werewolf","Bikini Girls with Machine Guns" amongst others.  It was highly entertaing complete with a pole dancer.

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The following act was the Electric Lungs who play a no nonsense style of uptempo  hard rock n roll.  Singer Tripp Kirby screams songs of angst, anger and frustration with a backing band on top of the beat and helping to lead the charge. Time seems to always fly during Electric Lungs sets.  Just as the first song begins the last one ends and 45 minutes has gone by.

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After the Lungs' set, we headed inside for Freight Train Rabbit Killer the brainchild of Kris Bruders and Mark Smeltzer.  It's a slide guitar fueled, outlaw duo with very dark bent.  It's heavy on blues and twang with a solid beat that chugs along just like a well, train.

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Outside in the tent, things were getting what some might call slightly rock n roll.  Them Damned Young Livers were on the stage and it was getting wild.  The bourbon and Busch was treating the crowd and the band well because the Livers' played a hard charging rowdy set as they always do. The entire band completely decked out in drag wrecked the stage, smashed a bass guitar, knocked down light stands, fell off the stage and sent the drums into the energetic crowd.  It was a sight to see.

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