David Bazan's Lawrence show at the Bottleneck is fast approaching. It's, like, this Saturday (November 5, doors 8 p.m., all-ages, $12).
If you're not familiar with Bazan's soulful indie folkness, take a listen to his recent Daytrotter session. It's worth the click.
The Jayhawks, alas, do not hail from Lawrence, Kansas. The alt-country lifers are from Minneapolis, Minnesota. They recently released a new record, Mockingbird Time, and they'll be at the Beaumont Club on Saturday, November 12. 7 p.m. All-ages. Tickets $21 to $25.
To get an idea of what you might expect from that show, have a listen to this show, a Jayhawks performance at Minnesota Public Radio's Fitzgerald Theater.
Tedeschi Trucks Band is really, really big. Like 11 members big, including husband and wife Derek Trucks (slide guitar) and Susan Tedeschi (guitar, vocals). The band is touring in celebration of its first album, Revelator, and stops by Crossroads KC on Thursday night with Trampled Under Foot and Scrapomatic.
Are you hotly anticipating the as-yet-untitled project from DJ Spinstyles, drummer Billy Johnson, guitarist Mike McGrath and rapper Vertigone? How about lukewarmly? Coolly?
The Uptown's website says that the Schwag -- you know, the Grateful Dead tribute band that Schwagstock is named after -- is stopping in Kansas City on March 4. Apparently, the show is a benefit for Camp Zoe, the former site of Schwagstock that was raided and seized by the DEA last year.
Offering hardworking musicians a spare floor, couch or bedroom used to be one of the best ways to befriend a band that's pounding the pavement. Now, the tradition is revived, thanks to technology. A website called Better Than The Van lets random people sign up to host road-weary musicians at their house. Here's what the website says:
Better Than The Van is music's home for hospitality. It's a place for bands and music fans to find free places to stay, shows to attend and venues to play throughout the US, Canada and Europe. It is a great way for bands and music fans to connect with each other for a practical reason. You'll meet new people, discover new music and help make touring/traveling a little easier.
Barry Lee has been hosting Signal to Noise for the past two decades on KKFI 90.1. Recently, he's been doing a local showcase, and tonight he's going to talk with some older local-music heads about some of Kansas City's late, great record stores -- including Penny Lane, the birthplace of The Pitch.
"This is part two and the last part of a series of shows I've done on the local showcase on the boom years of the great KC record stores," says Lee. "The first show had Corky Carrel and Mike Webber of Caper's Corner as guests, and we took phone calls and told stories. It can be found in an archived podcast on KKFI's website.
The show tonight is the last one. It's at 8 p.m. on KKFI 90.1 FM until 10 p.m. My guests will be Chuck Haddix, Bill Osment, and Mike Webber. We're going to talk and tell stories about mostly Westport-area record stores: Music Exchange, Love Records, Recycled Sounds, Penny Lane, Banana Finch, and other great stores that were around in the '70s and '80s."
Kemet Coleman (who also goes by ThePhantom*) has dipped his big toe into the political pool and found it to his liking. Now he invites you to hippity-hop on the Sly James train for mayor. His ringing endorsement comes via rap, and while we've always been eager to hear a new jam from Coleman, this one starts out a little lukewarm. It begins with a snippet of wonked-out political speech from James on the campaign trail.
For the first time in recent memory, Ssion is actually playing a show in Kansas City. (And it isn't a video shoot, either.)
The art-electro-punk-glam-etc. band is performing at the Leedy-Voulkos Art Center in an all-ages
(from what we can tell) free show on January 15. The flier -- it's right there -- is promising "special guest DJs" as well. Get your eyeliner-fake-'staches on, kids, and go party down.
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