Archive for the ‘Indie rock’ Category

My Current Indie Favorites

October 26, 2017

There have been a ton of quality indie releases lately. It’s inspiring to see so much excellent music out there. Here are five of my current favorites.

I love the retro sound and look of Hazel English‘s “That Thing” video. Her double EP is one of the best releases of this year.

Canadian band Alvvays put out their wonderful sophomore album, Antisocialites, last month. I listen to it almost every day. I love the album’s mix of chill and uptempo tracks. “Dreams Tonight” is a lovely, swirling ballad and one of the best songs they have released.

Grizzly Bear‘s “Mourning Sound” is one of the harder rocking indie tracks I’ve heard in a long time. Perfect fusion of pulsing intensity and weirdness.

The new track from past interview subjects Tennis is a chill, groovy tune. The band always impresses me with their consistency and song quality.

The chill, enchanting indie harp vibes of Mary Lattimore serve as the perfect way to ease into the morning. The harpist also played one of the best opening sets I’ve seen in 2017. Her trippy, dreamy song about the convenience store Wawa, “Wawa By the Ocean,” is a highlight of her Collected Pieces album.

BANKS “Fuck With Myself” Live at the Midland

October 25, 2017
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BANKS at the Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland, 9/17/17

BANKS brought her soulful, futuristic indie vibes to the Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland. Her voice and dance moves were on-point all night. It was one of the best shows I’ve seen this year. Check out this lively performance of “Fuck With Myself.”

Queens of the Stone Age “Little Sister” Live at CrossroadsKC at Grinders

October 25, 2017
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Queens of the Stone Age at CrossroadsKC, 10/13/17

Queens of the Stone Age recently crushed a two-hour set at a sold out CrossroadsKC at Grinders. The show was presented by X1051. Check out this rocking version of the classic “Little Sister.”

MisterWives “Machine” Live at the KC Live Block

October 24, 2017
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MisterWives at the KC Live Block, 10/13/17

Past interview subjects MisterWives recently lit up the KC Live Block with an energetic set. Check out their passionate performance of the hit single “Machine.”

#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.

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.”

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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