Archive for the ‘2017’ Category

#StreetBeast Blog // Weekend Preview

August 4, 2017

KC folks, it’s going to be a crazy weekend. Luckily, the #StreetBeast has you covered with a weekend preview for X1051.

#StreetBeast Blog: Pitchfork Music Festival 2017

August 4, 2017
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Crowd at the Pitchfork Music Festival 2017, 6/14/17

I recently hit Chicago to cover the Pitchfork Music Festival 2017 for X1051. Check out my rundown of the action here.

DJ Shadow Melts Minds at the Madrid Theatre

July 25, 2017
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DJ Shadow at the Madrid Theatre, 7/10/17

DJ Shadow, the legendary California-based DJ and producer, recently smashed Kansas City with a two-hour set at the Madrid Theatre. The show was a career-spanning journey. The visuals were trippy and the mixing was top level. It was one of the best gigs of the year. Shadow is the best at what he does. Check out the glory of DJ Shadow in the mix in KC:

DJ Spinn and the Teklife Crew Crush SmartBar With Their Footwork Vibes

July 24, 2017
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Teklife Vibes at SmartBar, 7/15/17

I recently hit Chicago to catch some quality music. Late on a Saturday night. I hit SmartBar for some footwork insanity from DJ Spinn, RP Boo and DJ Taye. They are members of the Teklife Records crew. Teklife is the seminal Chicago-based footwork record label.

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Jimmy Buffett at Wrigley Field, 7/15/17

I had forgotten Jimmy Buffett was in town at Wrigley Field. As I was heading into Wrigleyville, thousands of Parrotheads were leaving. I exited the Red Line subway at Addison and the crush of Hawaiian shirt-wearing whack jobs going the other direction nearly flattened me. I was stepping over vomit and through the drunken masses. I waded against the current of humanity, but finally made it to SmartBar.

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SmartBar, 7/15/17

I walk downstairs, the bartender says, “It’s only 11pm, we’re open till five. It goes late here.” I knew I was in for an epic evening. The beats were high-energy, the mixing was exceptional and the crowd was grooving. The skills of the DJs and the dancers were inspiring. I still can’t dance to footwork, but it was still one heck of a great night. I need to step my game up!

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The crowd at SmartBar, 7/15/17

Here’s a bit of dancers getting down to DJ Spinn:

MUNA “Around U” Live at the KC Live Block

July 4, 2017
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MUNA at the KC Live Block, 6/30/17

Los Angeles-based band MUNA recently hit the KC Live Block with a passionate set. Their album, About U, is one of my favorites of 2017. Check out this live performance of “Around U.”

McClain Approved: Mikey Mike “Doin’ Me”

June 29, 2017

Mikey Mike is a hero we can believe in. “Doin’ Me” seems to be his mission statement. The song was recently featured on X1051‘s neXtNOW. Over a Rick Rubin-produced beat, Mikey Mike waxes poetic about what he is looking for in life. It’s nice to see an artist that is goal-oriented and believes in himself. Times are tough and confusing these days. Mikey Mike’s vibe and outlook speaks to the way a lot of people feel.
Lyrically, Mike covers a lot of ground about who he is and what he wants from the future. I’d vote for him if he ran for office (#MikeyMike2020 y’all). “Fuck what they say, I’m doin’ me!” Well said. Good for you, Mikey Mike, good for you!

George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic Live at Boulevardia 2017

June 22, 2017
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George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic at Boulevardia 2017, 6/16/17

The legendary George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic recently crushed a set at Boulevardia 2017. The band played six songs during their hour-long set. It was the best show I saw all weekend. Check out these gloriously funky vibes.

 

 

 

The Strumbellas “Spirits” Live at Boulevardia 2017

June 22, 2017
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The Strumbellas at Boulevardia 2017, 6/16/17

The Strumbellas lit up the crowd at Boulevardia 2017 with their appealing style of indie-folk. Check out this live version of their hit song “Spirits.”

 

Run River North “Run or Hide” Live at RecordBar

June 22, 2017
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Run River North at RecordBar, 6/20/17

Run River North recently beasted RecordBar with a blistering set. Take a listen to this intense version of their hit single “Run or Hide.”

Rooney “I’m Shakin’” Live at RecordBar

June 22, 2017
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Rooney at RecordBar, 6/20/17

Rooney recently hit RecordBar with a rocking set. The classic song “I’m Shakin’” really lit up the crowd. Check out this blazing live version.

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McClain and Robert of Rooney, 6/20/17


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