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What's the glue that holds you together? "My father's stories about the way it used to be." — Lonnie McFadden
The Wild Women of Kansas City
Sound: A vocal-driven fusion of blues and classic jazz
Origin: Kansas City, Missouri, 1999
What have you done for us lately? Put on oodles of shows for charity; in June, performed free at Rockhurst High School to bolster its economically challenged scholarship fund.
What's the glue that holds you together? "Friendship, commitment and trust." — Millie Edwards Nottingham, Wild Woman
Sound: Beach-friendly power pop
Origin: Kansas City, Missouri, 2007
What have you done for us lately? "Lots of recording. Hitting the road a bit. Poverty becoming an issue for certain members."
Choice commercial placement: "It would almost have to be a Pepsi product, because we drink Pepsi all the time." — Konnor Ervin, frontman
Sound: Electronic garage-pop rock, with a little leftover teenage angst
Origin: Kansas City, Missouri, March 2008
What have you done for us lately? Released the Uh Huh! EP in July; signed a deal with Tooth & Nail for debut full-length.
Choice commercial placement: To hear its song "Less Talk" on a car commercial: "Not sure what brand officially, unless there is one out there willing to give us free cars." — Jake Ryan, drums and programming
Sound: '90s Britpop meets '70s glam rock
Origin: Blue Springs, 2006
What have you done for us lately? After three years of rock, the Abracadabs called it quits earlier in the summer so members could pursue other projects.
Choice commercial placement: The anti-materialistic "C'mon and Get It!" in a Visa or eBay commercial: "However, some people might get off if it were a jingle for vibrators." — John Nixon, lead singer
Sound: Lo-fi indie-girl pop
Origin: Kansas City, Missouri, summer 2005
What have you done for us lately? Just recorded two songs, "The Shoe" and "Hip Haunt"; played breast cancer benefit August 1.
Choice commercial placement: "Our list includes but is not limited to: ice cream, iPods, toilet paper, lip gloss, dog toys and hula hoops." — Mimi Mangrum, drummer and singer
Sound: Alternative blues hip-hop
Origin: Jackson, Tennessee, 2000 (KC since '05)
What have you done for us lately? Played for the Armed Forces in the UK, the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany and Japan.
Choice commercial placement: During the Super Bowl: "Maybe the funniest beer commercial made that year, because people usually remember those." — Jason Hamlin, guitarist and vocalist
The Dead Girls
Sound: Power-poppy rock and roll with a double lead-guitar attack
Origin: Lawrence, 2004
What have you done for us lately? Released two EPs this year, The Hair Trigger EP and Te Quiero; putting the finishing touches on full-length album Out of Earshot.
Choice commercial placement: "Eharmony.com because everyone is tired of falling in love to Yanni. We'll help you close the deal!" — JoJo Longbottom, guitarist and singer
Sound: Universally sweet beats that flow freely
Origin: Warrensburg, 1999
What have you done for us lately? DJ'd the Anarchy Tour with James Christos and worked on tour mixtape; has been invited to play KAZI's Summer Jam in Austin, Texas.
Defining hip-hop track/album/group: "Planet Rock" by Afrika Bambaataa
Sound: Future funk
Origin: Kansas City, Missouri, 1994
What have you done for us lately? Released instrumental album, Works Vol. 1: Build and DStroy, and solo album, Game Over, on INnatesounds; resident DJ at Future Funk on Wednesdays at the Scion Lab; collaborating with Reggie B. and finishing up records with Deep Thinkers, CES Cru, Kutty Slitz and Blue Riddim Band