Before ushering in 2013, we asked members of Kansas City's music community to reflect on some of their favorite local moments of 2012. Today: Mike Alexander of Hipshot Killer, John Velghe and the Prodigal Sons, Starhaven Rounders, and probably a few other bands we're forgetting.
Best show: Swans at the Beaumont Club, September 19. "I showed up a few minutes into their first song, which was just chimes and vocals at first, and I'm thinking, 'This isn't going to be that loud.' Man, was I wrong. When the entire band kicked in, my jacket actually filled with air being moved by the PA. I felt like I was being knocked over by the music. And then they kept that up for two hours. Also, seeing Tiny Horse finally, after many failed attempts on my part, at the Sandbox at Vinyl Renaissance on 39th Street."
Also: "It hasn't happened yet but I'm excited about getting Bent Left's new record."