Archive for the ‘Indie rock’ 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.

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

Local Natives “Wide Eyes” and “Airplanes” Live at Boulevardia 2017

June 20, 2017
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Local Natives at Boulevardia 2017, 6/17/17

Los Angeles-based band Local Natives recently played a 20-minute, impromptu acoustic set after a major rainstorm at Boulevardia 2017. In front of a crowd of about 200 people, with a minimal setup, they delivered a passionate show. Check out these live versions of the classics “Wide Eyes” and “Airplanes.”

Rocking Out

June 15, 2017

When it comes to alternative vibes, sometimes you just wanna rock out. Here are five of my favorite hard-hitting tracks.

Highly Suspect “Little One”
I love the emotive and passionate vocals of the Highly Suspect. They also put on one of the hardest rocking shows I’ve seen so far this year.

Diet Cig “Barf Day”
I love the vibes on this song. Their whole album is excellent and one of my favorites of 2017. I’m also really digging the hip video.

Slothrust “Horseshoe Crab”
I’m a big fan of the shape-shifting, shoegaze vibes of Slothrust. I love the use of dynamics on the strange and wonderful “Horseshoe Crab.”

The Joy Formidable “Whirring”
This Welsh power trio always put rocking tunes. “Whirring” is an older tune, but it still hits hard as a bag of rocks. I love the way this track sprawls out. The Joy Formidable also put on a really intense and heavy live show.

The Orwells “Double Feature”
The Orwells are a Chicago-based garage rock band. I love the energy and intensity on this song. They really get crowds fired up live.

Don’t forget to be the beast out there. Kick some ass, take some names, crack some necks and cash some checks! Rock it out, people!

In Indie Rock, the Future is Female

June 8, 2017

Those of you that are regular readers of my site know that I am all about those indie rock vibes. A lot of my favorite indie artists are women. Here are five you should check out.

Maggie Rogers has a very soulful voice and is an artist to watch. Everything she does is excellent. I love the groove of “On + Off.”

Hazel English recently released her debut double EP. It is one of the best I have heard this year. I love the emotive vocals and chill feel of “Fix.”

Jay Som creates trippy, passionate music. The music she creates is very diverse. Her album, Everybody Works, is one of 2017’s best albums. Check out the rocking “1 Billion Dogs.”

Banks has a powerful voice that dovetails perfectly with her icy beats. The pulse and sheen of “Gemini Feed” is excellent.

Sylvan Esso recently released their second album, What Now. The joy is so palpable in their music. They also put on one of the best live shows I saw last year. Love the fun vibes of “Kick Jump Twist.”

The Shins “Australia” Live at the Midland

June 4, 2017
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The Shins at the Midland, 6/1/17

The Shins recently crushed the Midland with a set of their indie rock classics and quality new tunes. The show was one of the best I’ve seen this year. Check out this rocking live version of “Australia.”


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