For those who have not yet rocked with Parlay, we warn you: There are two kinds of reactions you can expect from locals who find out that you haven't seen the band. If you're a recent arrival to Kansas City, you have a decent excuse and therefore should receive the more benign reaction. The local fans will react with joy and say you should be excited to catch a rollicking and sweaty show on New Year's Eve at Davey's Uptown Ramblers Club (3402 Main Street). They will inform you, their new bro, that the band wasn't playing together for a few years but everything is rad again because Ernie Locke, Parlay's larger-than-life singer and harmonica man, just moved back to town.
If you aren't armed with the classic "I'm new in town" defense, folks might not be so neighborly. Parlay devotees will take this opportunity to rub in your face all the kick-ass stuff you've missed out on when it comes to Parlay and Ernie Locke. They'll hate to say it, because it smacks of Bill Shapiro, but they'll actually say, "Parlay is the seminal Kansas City rock band."
Don't say we didn't warn you. The cover charge is $10. For details, call 816-753-1909.-- Michael Vennard
They'll give you a Split Lip, all right.
How often do Wichita exports make us proud? And of those, how many keep it real with homecoming returns on big nights like New Year's Eve?
The Kansas boys of Split Lip Rayfield play more in Kansas City and Lawrence than in Wichita, but we welcome them with open arms as they sing about, as they put it, "time-honored themes of bad cars, bad jobs, bad women, loss and longing, taken off the shelf and updated to make sense for those who don't have shitty farming or mining jobs but do have shitty jobs at Wal-Mart or Home Depot." Also, the bassist knows several recipes for gar. Let that gnaw at you for a while.
SLR plays the Bottleneck (737 New Hampshire Street in Lawrence) on Tuesday and Wednesday nights. For information, call 785-841-5483.-- Gina Kaufmann