Archive for the ‘hip’ Category

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:

The Glory of Sonic Spectrum.

May 30, 2016
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Sonic Spectrum (Image via http://www.965thebuzz.com)

Sonic Spectrum is my favorite radio show. The show airs on Kansas City-based radio station 96.5 The Buzz. Sonic Spectrum is a freeform radio show that focuses on new and classic indie rock.
Host Robert Moore’s passion for music is inspiring. You can’t fake great taste and Moore’s taste is exceptional. I think he is so hip, he probably can’t even see over his pelvis. He is flyer than a pelican. Moore has am ear for quality music. It’s almost like he gets on air and goes, “This track is so new, I time-traveled into the future to get it. It hasn’t even technically been created yet.” Some of his selections are trippy and excellent, “This track was recorded on a Norwegian ice flow with wood blocks.” It makes you want to learn more about great music you’ve never heard of before. I’ll often hear a track he spins and go, “I don’t know what the heck that was, but I love it and need more of it in my life!”
Radio shows like Sonic Spectrum, curated by someone with great taste, can help make your world a more musically joyous place. For an example of some of the tunes played on Sonic Spectrum, check out this playlist created by fan Patrick Morrissey. Sonic Spectrum airs Saturday nights from 8-10pm CST on 96.5 The Buzz in Kansas City and can streamed live online at http://www.965thebuzz.com/

“Come on out for a special brunch with George Clinton.”

April 29, 2016
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George Clinton (Image via http://www.afropunk.com).

In an attempt to cure some of my annual missing Jazz Fest seasonal affective disorder, I tuned in to New Orleans radio station WWOZ online. It only made things worse.

“Come on out for a special brunch with George Clinton,” a radio spot proclaimed. Brunch with George Clinton would be the funkiest brunch EVER. If you make your brunch with P-Funk, you’re gonna get funked up. “The mimosas were bottomless and I can see through time now. BOW WOW WOW YIPEE YO YIPEE YAY!!!!!!”

The Trippy Vibes of House of DeBoer.

March 17, 2016

I recently received my ceramics box from Kansas City-based House of DeBoer. House of DeBoer is comprised of Brock and Colleen DeBoer, a husband and wife design and manufacturing team. I donated to their Kickstarter. These ceramic works were created using a 3D printer. It was exciting opening up the box and seeing what surprises awaited under the bubble wrap. Brock and Colleen are an artistic power couple. The trippy vibes of the pieces really speak to me. It is always inspiring to see local artists creating art that is sleek and has such a strong visual appeal.