Wednesday, April 22, 2015

The Bacon Brothers talk getting the audience on their side; at Prohibition Hall Friday

Posted By on Wed, Apr 22, 2015 at 1:38 PM

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The Bacon Brothers are perhaps best known as “that band Kevin Bacon is in with his brother,” but that's a reductionist view of the duo. The duo plays a mix of music that, while initially disparate, can easily be grouped under the Americana header. It's a soulful blend, which demonstrates that brothers Michael and Kevin are so much more than Keanu's Reeves' Dogstar or Russell Crowe's 30 Odd Foot of Grunts.

The Bacons released their most recent album, 36¢, in September of last year. We spoke with Michael and Kevin by phone about playing original music and getting the crowd on your side.

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Thursday, April 16, 2015

Farmers' Ball semi-finals are at the Bottleneck on Saturday

Posted By on Thu, Apr 16, 2015 at 8:31 AM


Should you ever wonder about the power of youth and online voting, look no further than the eight semi-finalists for KJHK and Student Union Activities' Farmers' Ball. The annual battle of the bands ended voting earlier this week, winnowing 16 local bands and musicians to the eight performing at the Bottleneck next Saturday, April 18.

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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

The Rolling Stones announce new tour, stop at Arrowhead Stadium in June

Posted By on Tue, Mar 31, 2015 at 8:06 AM


Since early March, billboards throughout the country have been cryptically hinting at a Rolling Stones tour. The Internet has been riled up with speculation, and now, we finally have a concert date to tattoo onto our forearms. The Rolling Stones - frontman Mick Jagger, guitarists Keith Richards and Ron Wood and drummer Charlie Watts - will be performing at Arrowhead Stadium on Saturday, June 27.

This is the third time the Rolling Stones will perform at Arrowhead; the band first performed there in June 1975, then again in October 1989. (In December 1981, the band performed two back-to-back shows at Kemper Arena, and stopped there again in 1999.)

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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Throwback Thursday: Listen to Umberto's first LP ahead of his show at the Brick on Friday

Posted By on Thu, Mar 26, 2015 at 10:54 AM


Matt Hill has been performing giallo-inspired electronic music under the name of Umberto for over half a decade now. Hill left Kansas City for points west back in 2013, and we can't think of the last time he performed his Carpenter-like jams in our neck of the woods. This make's Umberto return to Kansas City at the Brick tomorrow, on Friday, March 27, a pretty special occasion.

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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Van Halen is at Cricket Wireless Amphitheater in July

Posted By on Wed, Mar 25, 2015 at 8:04 AM


The bigger news than Van Halen's forthcoming summer tour, it seems, is the part where the band will be appearing live on television with lead singer David Lee Roth (who rejoined the band in 2006 after a 21-year absence) for the first time in decades. If this sounds like must-see television to you, turn into Jimmy Kimmel Live on March 30 and 31, and Ellen on April 2. The rest of you can catch the band live when it stops at Cricket Wireless Amphitheater on Wednesday, July 22. The Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band opens. 

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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Jeff Rosenstock, opening up for Andrew Jackson Jihad on Sunday at the Granada, talks being DIY on the Billboard charts

Posted By on Tue, Mar 24, 2015 at 11:28 AM

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Jeff Rosenstock's solo album, We Cool?, debuted on the Billboard charts when it was released a couple of weeks ago on SideOne Dummy Records. For those familiar with the former frontman for the Arrogant Sons of Bitches, as well as long-running basement favorites Bomb the Music Industry, this might've come as quite a shock. Rosenstock is the king of DIY, releasing albums for pay-what-you-want downloads on Quote Unquote Records long before the likes of Radiohead or Girl Talk.

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Friday, March 6, 2015

Dwight Twilley talks his split 7-inch with Josh Berwanger, at Love Garden on Saturday

Posted By on Fri, Mar 6, 2015 at 7:31 AM

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Musician Dwight Twilley has been making music since the mid '70s, when the Dwight Twilley Band had a Top 20 hit with “I'm On Fire.” His music's often pigeonholed as power pop, but the bluesy aspects of the rock 'n' roll Twilley plays can't be ignored, either. The Oklahoma-born musician's career paused for a bit in the late '80s and early '90s, but since the reissues of the early Dwight Twilley band albums in 1996, Twilley's been releasing music regularly.

Thanks to the inclusion of the song “Looking For the Magic” in 2013's home invasion thriller, You're Next, there's been a revitalized interest in Twilley's music. He released his most recent solo album, Always, in November of last year, and a split single with Josh Berwanger came out on Good Land Records this Tuesday, March 3. We spoke by phone with Twilley about the single and how it came to be.

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Thursday, March 5, 2015

Helmet's Page Hamilton on the 20th anniversary of Betty, playing at RecordBar on Sunday

Posted By on Thu, Mar 5, 2015 at 12:55 PM

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Since their formation in 1989, Helmet can be said to be one of the forerunners of metal for the thinking man. With complex rhythms, powerful riffs and lyrics speaking of alienation, their music helped set the scene for bands like Deftones who followed in their wake.

While the band broke up in the late '90s, Helmet reformed in 2004. Since then, they've released three new albums. They've also recognized their legacy: On the 20th anniversary of their major label debut, Meantime, the group embarked on a nationwide tour, playing the album in full. They're now doing the same with Meantime's follow-up, the critically acclaimed fan favorite, Betty. We spoke by phone with Helmet frontman and guitarist, Page Hamilton, about the legacy of Betty.

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Friday, February 20, 2015

Merle Haggard is at the Uptown on Monday, tickets still available

Posted By on Fri, Feb 20, 2015 at 1:04 PM

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Merle Haggard is one of outlaw country's quintessential voices. He has been since the 1960s, when the genre was building its muscles. And it is Haggard, along with Buck Owens, whom we have to thank for introducing us to the signature Bakersfield sound that was perhaps the original rebellion to the polished sheen of Nashville country.

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Thursday, February 19, 2015

Bill Kirchen, Peggy Seeger, Space Oddity and more: Six more Folk Alliance International Conference acts you shouldn't miss

Posted By on Thu, Feb 19, 2015 at 10:31 AM


The 2015 Folk Alliance International Conference officially started yesterday, but that was largely the annual Wednesday-night local showcase. Tonight, the big fun starts. Hundreds of artists from across the globe have poured into the Westin Crown Center, and heaping quantities of them will be performing in official showcases in the evening and private showcases based out of hotel rooms in the afternoon and late-night hours.

It's a mini-vacation of pure musical bliss, but sifting through all of the acts is a massive undertaking. Given the sheer bulk of artists, it can be hard to decide what to see. We dug deep to present six artists you should definitely make an effort to check out, starting tonight and going through Saturday.

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