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What have you done for us lately? Won the 2009 Pitch Ultra Music DJ Contest, represented in Miami at the WMC '09; has plans to rejuvenate the dance-music culture in KC.
Go-to record of the moment: "Shots" (feat. Lil Jon) by LMFAO
Sound: Broad, eclectic dance music for any crowd
Origin: Lawrence, 2002
What have you done for us lately? About to release third EP on their label Think 2wice, with many more releases to come in 2009, including the formal debut EP from Tactic.
Go-to record of the moment: "In for the Kill (Skream's Let's Get Ravey Mix)" by La Roux
Sound: The soundtrack to a David Lynch Western
Origin: Kansas City, Missouri, 2003
What have you done for us lately? Fine-tuning songs to be recorded in the fall.
Hank Sr. or Johnny Cash? "JC by the nostrils of a winning horse. If they both bore a child by the same woman, we'd add two more members to the group." — Terrence Moore, guitarist
In the Pines
Sound: Folk, rock and beauty colliding
Origin: Kansas City, Missouri, circa 2003
What have you done for us lately? Broke a long hiatus with a handful of shows this year, finishing up second album.
Hank Sr. or Johnny Cash? "Both. Depends on the day, night, mood, drink, company, weather, porch and beer." — Brad Hodgson, frontman
Sound: Mellow, but driving and dynamic, Americana-tinged rock
Origin: In current formation: Kansas City and Lawrence, 2006 (Expassionates' first-ever record came out in '99.)
What have you done for us lately? Released a CD, Landscapes, in 2008.
Hank Sr. or Johnny Cash? Johnny Cash
Sound: College country and cosmic 'merican music
Origin: Fifth Street and Indiana in Lawrence, August 2005
What have you done for us lately? Recording new album, Vast as Sky, this summer; did not complain about not getting paid for last year's showcase performance.
Hank Sr. or Johnny Cash? "Apples and oranges. Hank Sr., if I absolutely have to pick." — Colin Halliburton, frontman
Sound: Front-porch folk with a modern-country savvy
Origin: Kansas City, Missouri, 2007
What have you done for us lately? Working on debut studio album with local producer Mike Crawford, scheduled for fall release.
Hank Sr. or Johnny Cash? Four out of the six members vote Hank. "Hank Sr. captures a universal longing. His lonesome sound and lofty, often spacious melodies capture what I look for in a song." — Seth Jenkins, mandolin
Sound: Rock, soul, country and folk
Origin: Midtown KC, summer of '05. "Three drummers, nine bass players, two vans, a dead moose, cancer, and three Euro tours later, we're still here."
What have you done for us lately? "We gave you a free single. It's on our Web site. We're working on a record, and it's taking a long time, so we thought we'd give y'all something to tide you over. And we've been playing some shows for you."
Hank Sr. or Johnny Cash? "What kind of question is that? Umm ... we love 'em both, but we gotta go with Johnny." — Abigail Henderson and Chris Meck, core couple
Sound: Genre-bending, high-energy and aggressive; could be spitting verses over Buddhist gongs on one track, then singing in French over an electro-synth beat on the next.
Origin: San Francisco's Bay Area
What have you done for us lately? Inked distro deal with EMI/Gracie, landed single "Punk Rock" into regular rotation on KPRS 103.3, toured from California to Texas and back on the Anarchy Tour.
Never seen without: "my dirty-soulblockers – aka shades"