Archive for February, 2016

Blockbuster.

February 17, 2016

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Is Blockbuster still a thing? I would like to rent a copy of Good Burger. 😂😂😂😂

Sam Goody.

February 17, 2016

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Can someone please point me in the direction of the nearest Sam Goody? I would like to use my gift card. 😂😂😂😂 I just want to buy some Blues Traveler.

Just a Reminder to Learn About the History of Music You Love.

February 17, 2016

Just a friendly reminder to look into the history of music you enjoy. Awhile ago at work, I heard Donovan’s “There Is A Mountain” played as part of the Muzak. I had realized that I had never actually heard the song before, but I knew of it from the Allman Brothers Band classic “Mountain Jam.” The melody for “Mountain Jam” uses a portion of the Donovan song as a springboard into jamming euphoria.

It is always interesting to see what inspires your favorite music. The Allmans took a little section of a lovely song and took it out into new territory. There is something so wonderful and creative about the idea of pushing a song beyond. Learning about what influences your favorite bands and artists helps to make your life more musically diverse. The journey of sonic discovery literally never stops. Looking into the history of the music you enjoy will enhance your life.

JR JR: A Hairy Situation.

February 16, 2016
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JR JR (Photo credit Jeaneen Lund).

JR JR hit the Midland crowd hard on Friday night with electronica-tinged indie pop. The Michigan-based group brought the fun, the energy and beasted it so hard live. However, one thing about the show made it a very hairy situation. The keyboardist/vocalist’s haircut was one of the strangest I have ever seen at a show.

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JR JR at the Midland, 2/12/16

The coif was intense for sure. It looked like a hip version of Foghorn Leghorn. “I SAY, I SAY, I SAY MY JEANS ARE WAY TOO SKINNY!!!” It looked like it was in 4 dimensions.

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Foghorn Leghorn (Image via looneytunes.wikia.com)

“Why doesn’t he just pull it back?!?! JUST PULL IT BACK!” my friend cried out in distress. I heard that the hairstyle will be voting in the next election. I almost expected the haircut to pull out a tiny drum kit and play a solo. I would like to note that I am no style critic. I’m probably just jealous because I look like Casper the Friendly Ghost and Harry Potter had an unholy love child that overdosed on recreational bath salts. It freaks me out now, but in five years everyone will probably have hair like this. JR JR indie pop smashes it. You can wear your hair however you want, just be sure to crush it live.

Here’s a snippet of JR JR’s Kansas City set

 

Past Interview Subject Jon Cleary Wins a Grammy.

February 16, 2016
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Jon Cleary (image via Zimbio.com)

Congratulations to past interview subject Jon Cleary on his Grammy win for Best Regional Roots Music album. The NOLA-based pianist is one of the funkiest players out there. Here is my interview with Jon from 2010.

For more of my audio interview with New Orleans artists, check out my podcast, New Orleans Voices.

 

Yes You Are’s Midland Debut and the Importance of the Opening Act.

February 16, 2016
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Yes You Are, Midland Theatre, 2/12/16

Yes You Are played their debut Midland set on Friday night. The set was a part of the annual Valentine’s Day-themed show put on by local radio station 96.5 the Buzz. The Kansas City-based indie rock band’s songs quickly won over the crowd during their short set. Lead singer Kianna Alarid’s voice was in strong form all night.

Especially within the Kansas City indie music scene, Midland opening sets can serve as the proving ground for bands. It has happened before with Grouplove, alt-j, Of Monsters and Men, and Glass Animals. They have all gone from Midland openers to headlining the venue.

I’ve been fortunate to cover hundreds of Midland shows over the years.The Midland indie crowd can be hard to impress. If you can win over the audience at the ornate 3,000 seat venue, it really means big things can happen.  The crowd reaction is so essential. With up-and-coming bands, the audience often responds in stages. At first, there is a bit of interest. As the set goes on, individual audience members start to get it. If a set is going well, the band will unleash a big tune and smash it out of the park. It is the indie rock equivalent of a home run. When the band and crowd locks in as one, I call it a “yeah fucking yeah!” moment. It is a collective experience. Yes You Are’s song “World Without End” lit up the audience and kept them enraptured.

As an opener, if you can win over that Midland crowd, you can leave with a bunch of new fans. Make the audience pay attention and it points to a bright future. Yes You Are is headed in the right direction.

Here’s a snippet of “World Without End” from Yes You Are’s Midland debut:

Hooping at the Indie Rock Show.

February 14, 2016

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Hooping isn’t just limited to raves and jam band shows anymore. Many white people enjoy hooping in diverse scenarios During indie rock band Marian Hill‘s set in Kansas City on Friday, a fan tried to hoop to the sax-laced tunes. Some music is not easy for hooping. A+ for effort though. A nice change of pace from most fans at indie shows that just look at their feet and try to act unimpressed.

Udder Mayhem at the Floozies.

February 14, 2016

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Holy cow! It was udder mayhem at the Floozies Kansas City show last night. This raving cow milked the show for all it was worth. It was a high steaks night. Some of the crowd had some beef with him. However, no fights broke out. It was an act of bovine intervention.

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It was a real zoo at the show. The penguins at the zoo recently started walking outside. This chill bro made an epic trek to go raving. It’s great to see the penguins beasting hardcore. I also had a friend of mine come up and greet me with a “suh dude” in public. This was a first for me and terrified me to the very core of my being. It made my soul cry. Quality rave funk jams last night. I learned a lot about my culture and white people.

The Floozies Bring the Rave Funk to the Midland.

February 14, 2016
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The Floozies, Midland Theatre 2/13/16

The Floozies brought a sprawling set of rave funk jams to the Midland Saturday night. The concert was like a fusion of a jam band show and a rave in the best way possible. The Lawrence-based duo also brought a massive production which really added to the show. The hard partying crowd was grooving all night. Here are some photos and videos of my evening diving deep into the face-melting world of rave funk.

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The Floozies, Midland Theatre 2/13/16

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The Floozies, Midland Theatre 2/13/16

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The Floozies, Midland Theatre 2/13/16

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The Floozies, Midland Theatre 2/13/16

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The Floozies, Midland Yheatre 2/13/16

So Many Adjectives, So Little Time.

February 10, 2016

I walked into the Apple Store the other day to buy a charging cable for my phone. I started talking with one of the clerks. He mentioned that he was in a band.

I asked him what style of music his band plays. “Our band plays psychedelic afrobeat Latin jazz rock fusion,” he responded. Their music sounds like it would be very tiring to play. So many adjectives for your band’s musical description, so little time.


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