You can find these acts are on local stages this week, including New Year's Eve.

Music Forecast December 26-January 1: Perfect Pussy, Benjamin Cartel and New Year's Eve 

You can find these acts are on local stages this week, including New Year's Eve.

click to enlarge Above: Perfect Pussy

Above: Perfect Pussy

Perfect Pussy
At first listen, Syracuse's Perfect Pussy comes across as a noisy, hot-tempered, garage-rock band. Lead singer Meredith Graves shouts violently throughout the band's debut EP, I Have Lost All Desire for Feeling, her words obscured by her bandmates' fast-paced chords and formidable volume. Despite impressions — and the EP title — Perfect Pussy is a tangle of raw emotion and unflinching honesty. Graves' ultra-personal lyrics fearlessly tackle breakups and broken hearts. Feeling has already garnered much Internet attention — not bad for a four-song demo — and Perfect Pussy has a reputation for putting on incendiary live shows.
Friday, December 27, at Czar (1531 Grand, 816-421-0300)

Benjamin Cartel
You may recognize singer-songwriter Benjamin Cartel as one-half of Brooklyn indie-folk duo Kaiser Cartel. If not, all you really need to know is that Money & Love, Cartel's debut solo EP, is a rock-solid folk-pop creation. The six-song collection stands on strong guitar legs and fleshes out with Cartel's expansive vocals as he infuses slow-burning blues with elements of 1960s power pop. Some songs on Money & Love were written 10 years ago. Here's hoping that we won't have to wait quite that long for a full-length.
Friday, December 27, at the Replay (946 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-749-7676)


New Year's Eve
Tuesday, December 31

Split Lip Rayfield
No use hemming and hawing about it: Wichita's Split Lip Rayfield is scary talented. The alt-country three-piece features Eric Mardis on banjo, Wayne Gottstine on mandolin and Jeff Eaton on a homemade upright bass. On paper, Split Lip Rayfield seems like a bluegrass band — and has roots in the genre, no doubt. But don't get it twisted. These guys play their instruments like lunatics. This band eats other bluegrass bands for breakfast.
The Bottleneck (737 New Hampshire, Lawrence, 785-841-5483)

Hearts of Darkness, Lazy
What kind of music do you want to usher you into a new year? If the answer is "every single kind of music ever," Hearts of Darkness comes awfully close. Kansas City's favorite 15-member supergroup has found a joyful balance of swing, big band, hip-hop, Afrobeat, soul, funk, jazz and even a little samba. Local punk band Lazy is also on deck for this NYE gig, and the band's raucous, loud energy will ensure that you are wide-awake well past midnight.
RecordBar (1020 Westport Road, 816-753-5207)

Samantha Fish, Rick Gibson and the Peacemakers
Even before winning a Blues Music Award last year for Best New Artist Debut, Samantha Fish was something of a local blues legend. This past September, Fish released Black Wind Howlin', a square-shouldered, confident album that finds the 24-year-old artist incorporating more country and rock sounds into her music. On New Year's Eve at Knuckleheads, Fish is joined by fellow blues musician Rick Gibson and his band the Peacemakers. (This show is sold out, so unless you scored tickets early, be prepared to pay a little extra.)
Knuckleheads Saloon (2715 Rochester, 816-483-1456)

Charles Williams' Motown Review, with Doug Talley
Whether pianist Charles Williams is anchoring the rhythm section of the Kansas City Jazz Orchestra or leading his own group, you always hear a warm elegance that keeps things swinging. Tuesday, Williams' Motown Review welcomes 2014 at the Blue Room, and features singer Chavonna Adams, whose voice has enough power and soul to bring any room to its feet, and Sinatra stylist Ron Gutierrez. Commanding the stage earlier is Doug Talley, who plays a masterful sax, augmented by singer Julie Turner and trumpeter Al Pearson. This New Year's Eve, jazz greets 2014 where KC has celebrated for 90 years. Tickets cost $75 (or $125 per couple) and include buffet.
 — Larry Kopitnik

Doug Talley, with Julie Turner and Ron Gutierrez, 8–10 p.m.
Charles Williams' Motown Review, 10 p.m.–12:30 a.m.
The Blue Room (1600 East 18th Street, 816-474-2929)

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