McClainJohnson.com Presents Moody J’s “Beast It” Mini Mix

December 6, 2016
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Moody J (Photo via Calvin Hoeun https://www.facebook.com/KCSHOOTER/)

I wanted to launch a series of mini mixes and Moody J (aka Josh Coleman) was the clear first choice. He put on one of the best DJ sets I saw this summer. Moody J’s track selection, fusion of different styles of dance music and mixing are top quality. He is a member of the Kansas City-based collective Underground Frequencies. It’s a great honor to present Moody J’s “Beast It” mini mix.

Fixed On You – Hotel Garuda (Taiki Nulight Remix)

Mercury – Jack Beats

Open Your Mind – Volac

Codeine Dreams – BIJOU

Fire – Cazztek & Asdek 

Joe Dirty – Worthy

Finesse – Dillon Nathaniel & Toasty Ray

The Fray “How to Save a Life” Live at the Kansas City Live Block

December 4, 2016
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The Fray at the Kansas City Live Block, 12/2/16

The Fray recently played a smooth set of tunes at the Kansas City Live Block. Check out the live video I shot of their classic song “How to Save a Life.”

 

Interview: Walker Lukens

December 2, 2016
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Walker Lukens at the Riot Room, 11/30/16

Walker Lukens recently hit KC for a show presented by X1051 at the Riot Room. I sat down with Walker to discuss how he became interested in music, his approach to songwriting and the creation of “Lifted.”

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McClain and Walker Lukens

Walker Lukens “Lifted” and “Never Understood” Live at the Riot Room

December 2, 2016
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Walker Lukens at the Riot Room, 11/30/16

Walker Lukens and the Side Arms recently delivered a funky and soulful set of indie rock at the Riot Room for a neXtNOW show presented by X1051. Check out the live videos I shot of “Lifted” and “Never Understood.”

The Greeting Committee “By Your Side” “I Don’t Mind” and “Hands Down” Acoustic at Normal Human Pop-Up

November 27, 2016
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The Greeting Committee at Normal Human Pop-Up, 11/26/16

The Greeting Committee recently performed an acoustic set at a pop-up shop for Normal Human. The Kansas City-based band are past interview subjects of mine and one of my favorite bands. The set featured the first acoustic version of “By Your Side” in two years. Check out these acoustic versions of “By Your Side” “I Don’t Mind” and “Hands Down.”

Mike Doughty “Circles” and “Lazy Bones” Live at Mills Record Company

November 26, 2016
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Mike Doughty live at Mills Record Company, 11/25/16

Mike Doughty recently stopped by Mills Record Company to play a solo, electric set. Check out the videos I shot of the Soul Coughing classics “Circles” and “Lazy Bones.”

The Naked and Famous “Higher” and “Punching in a Dream” Live at the Midland

November 25, 2016
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The Naked and Famous at the Midland, 11/4/16

The Naked and Famous recently smashed Kansas City with an energetic, two-hour set of indie-pop at the Midland. Check out footage I shot of the new single “Higher” and the classic “Punching in a Dream.”

KITTEN “Cut It Out” and “Japanese Eyes” Live at the RecordBar

November 24, 2016
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KITTEN at the RecordBar, 11/17/16

KITTEN recently performed a rocking set to a packed RecordBar. Lead vocalist, songwriter and guitarist Chloe Chaidez’s energy and passion for music and performing live is inspiring. I often criticize indie bands for not moving around onstage, KITTEN doesn’t have this issue. They bring the energy live. Check out these blistering live versions of “Cut It Out” and “Japanese Eyes” I recorded at RecordBar.

K.Flay “Blood in the Cut” Live at the Tank Room

November 24, 2016
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K.Flay at the Tank Room, 11/5/16

K.Flay recently smashed through a set at a sold out Tank Room, in Kansas City, MO. Check out this blazing version of her hit single “Blood in the Cut” I recorded live on 11/5/16.

 

Sylvan Esso Light Up “Radio” and “Coffee” Live at Fed Up Fest 2016

November 17, 2016
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Sylvan Esso at Fed Up Fest, 10/15/16

Sylvan Esso lit up a recent performance at Fed Up Fest at CrossroadsKC at Grinders. The glorious vocals and thumping beats blended together perfectly. Sylvan Esso closed their set with their latest single, the grooving “Radio.” Check out this live version of “Radio” I shot in KC last month:

They also played the classic tune “Coffee”: