Archive for the ‘hip’ Category

Tennis “Never Work for Free” and “Needle and a Knife” Live at Riot Room

April 13, 2017
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Tennis at the Riot Room, 4/6/17

Past interview subjects Tennis recently bought their smooth and soulful indie grooves to a packed Riot Room. I covered the show for X1051. Check out these live versions of “Never Work for Free” and “Needle and a Knife.”

Radiohead “Full Stop,” “15 Step” and “Fake Plastic Trees” Live at Sprint Center

April 7, 2017
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Radiohead at the Sprint Center, 4/5/17

The legendary Radiohead recently played Kansas City for the first time in 5 years. It was their second time ever performing in KC. The band played a 2 hour and 30 minute, career-spanning set in front of a sold out Sprint Center crowd. The set was a glorious mix of ambient songs, full-on rockers and dazzling visuals. It was one of the best gigs I’ve seen this year. I covered the show for X1051. Check out these live versions of “Full Stop,” “15 Step” and the classic “Fake Plastic Trees.”

Rachel Mallin and The Wild Type “White Girls” Live at RecordBar

April 6, 2017
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Rachel Mallin and The Wild Type at RecordBar, 3/31/17

Rachel Mallin and The Wild Type recently beasted a set at RecordBar. I covered the show for X1051. Check out this rocking version of my favorite song of last year, “White Girls.”

Slothrust “7:30 AM” and “Rotten Pumpkin” Acoustic at Alamo Drafthouse KC

March 14, 2017
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Slothrust at Alamo Drafthouse KC, 3/14/17

Slothrust recently performed an acoustic set at Alamo Drafthouse KC. It’s always nice when bands can still bring the energy at 8:30 in the morning. Check out these stripped down versions of “7:30 AM” and “Rotten Pumpkin.”

Interview: Dylan Guthrie of Dylan Guthrie and the Good Time Guys

March 9, 2017
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Dylan Guthrie and McClain, 3/7/17

I recently sat down with Dylan Guthrie, of the excellent Lawrence-based band Dylan Guthrie and the Good Time Guys, for a live interview at Thou Mayest. We talked about his approach to songwriting and love of the local music scene.

GGOOLLDD “Younger Days” at the Tank Room

March 9, 2017
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GGOOLLDD at the Tank Room, 3/8/17

Past interview subjects GGOOLLDD recently lit up the Tank Room with an energetic set. I covered the show for X1051. Check out this live performance of “Younger Days.”

Lynyrd Skynyrd Breh

February 3, 2017
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Lynyrd Skynyrd Breh, 1/31/17,

I recently hit the Westside neighborhood in Kansas City, MO. Ended up having a discussion about street art and the importance of urban culture.

Rachel Mallin and The Wild Type “Wait For It” Live at the RecordBar

December 12, 2016
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Rachel Mallin and The Wild Type live at the RecordBar, 12/10/16

Kansas City-based band Rachel Mallin and The Wild Type recently rocked their set at the Noise FM‘s Noise For Toys benefit for Toys for Tots at the RecordBar. Check out this live version I shot of new track “Wait For It.”

 

The Glory of Little Freshie.

July 4, 2016
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Watermelon-basil snow cone at Little Freshie

It’s the end of an era for Little Freshie. The storefront closed July 1st. The Kansas City-based soda fountain and espresso bar was a fixture of the Westside neighborhood.

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Little Freshie

Little Freshie was created by entrepreneur and design maven Lindsay Laricks. Lindsay’s creativity and vision comes through in every aspect of Little Freshie. Her passion, positive outlook and drive is inspiring. She is closing the storefront to take a position at a local design firm and focus on her line of all-natural syrups. Little Freshie was more than just a shop, it was a community.

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Blackberry-lavender snow cone at Little Freshie

The vibes were always chill and laid back in Little Freshie. The treats were always insanely delicious. Everything was made with natural, fresh ingredients. Their snow cones were mind blowing. In my opinion, they also had the best chai tea in Kansas City. Quality indie, chill reggae or grooving afrobeat sounds would often be flowing out of the speakers. Every time I would go into the shop, I would meet interesting people. A lot of hip and funky folks were regulars at Little Freshie, but there was no attitude or pretension. It was a glorious place.

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Brownie and chai tea at Little Freshie

While it might be the end of the Little Freshie storefront, Lindsay’s ability and beasting will lead her to an even brighter future.

The Meowification of Indie Rock.

May 31, 2016

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I’m a big fan of indie rock. Left-of-field sounds get me all hyped up. I love music that gets my indie sense tingling. You search for those sounds that get you musically fired up inside. As a music fan, it’s a joyous feeling you chase and crave. One of my preferred subgenres of indie rock is something I call the meowification of indie rock.

I love when artists/bands unleash these glorious soundscapes. Then, you get on the mic and meow your way to the indie rock glory land. It’s a strange sound of pure sonic bliss. Roll those beats, mew from the soul and beast it hardcore! The time is meow!

Here are a few of my favorites from what I consider to be part of the meowification of indie rock:


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