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All Hail Jerry the King Lawler!

April 30, 2017
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McClain and Jerry the King Lawler at Planet Comicon, 4/28/17

It was wonderful to meet legendary wrestler, commentator and artist Jerry the King Lawler at Planet Comicon. I covered Planet Comicon for X1051. I told Lawler that his jokes aren’t corny and are actually funny. He said, “Tell my fiancee what you just told me.” I said that I thought about going into pro wrestling, but was out of shape. I told him that “I am so out of shape, calfs follow me around and try to suckle my arm under hang for sustenance.” Lawler reassured me that it is OK to be out of shape because, “round is a shape.” All hail the King!

WOOOOOO!: The Inspiring Energy of Ric Flair

April 30, 2017
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McClain and Ric Flair at Planet Comicon, 4/28/17

It was such an honor to meet wrestling legend Ric Flair at Planet Comicon. I covered Planet Comicon for X1051. I was like, “Ric, I respect you so much because you really know how to bring the energy to the people.” I did a low key “Wooo!” Ric said, “Yeah! You have to bring it!” Then he unleashed a full-strength “WOOOOO!!!” in my face. Fantastic.

Flair’s amped up vibes are timeless and on a totally different level. It comes across as a natural extension of himself. In briefly meeting Ric, I learned that the Woooos are his life force. It’s a self-fulfilling energy cycle. Flair gets people fired up. He Woooos. They Woooo. It gets Ric lit up. The positive feelings create even more energy. It’s a strangely inspiring feeling. It’s important to be reminded to bring the intensity in life. Get hyped up, kick some ass and take some names everyday. Find the Woooooo within you!

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.”

Cloud Nothings Rock RecordBar

April 13, 2017
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Cloud Nothings at RecordBar, 4/7/17

Cloud Nothings recently smashed RecordBar with a rocking set. I covered the show for X1051. The Ohio-based band brought the energy live and whipped the crowd into a frenzy. Check out these blazing live clips.

Mary Lattimore “Wawa by the Ocean” Live at RecordBar

April 13, 2017
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Mary Lattimore at RecordBar, 4/10/17

Mary Lattimore recently played a lovely solo set at RecordBar, opening for Real Estate. I covered the show for X1051. The Philadelphia-based harpist won over the audience with her beautiful, dreamy songs. Check out this live clip of the new song “Wawa by the Ocean.”

Real Estate “Serve the Song” and “Talking Backwards” Live at RecordBar

April 11, 2017
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Real Estate at RecordBar, 4/10/17

Real Estate recently made their Kansas City debut with a sold out show at RecordBar. I covered the show for X1051. They are one of my favorite bands ever and they always put on a passionate live show. Excellent new songs, from this year’s In Mind, fit in perfectly with classic tunes throughout the band’s 75-minute set. Check out these live versions of new song “Serve the Song” and the legendary “Talking Backwards.”

Mess “Fool’s Gold” Live at RecordBar

April 9, 2017
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Mess at RecordBar, 4/7/17

Kansas City-based band Mess recently crushed RecordBar with a hard-hitting, dynamic set. They are one of my favorite local bands. I covered the show for X1051. Check out this live performance of new song “Fool’s Gold.”

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.”

Judah & the Lion “Take It All Back 2.0” at the Uptown Theater

March 27, 2017
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Judah & the Lion at the Uptown Theater, 3/25/17

Nashville-based band Judah & the Lion recently rocked the Uptown Theater. I covered the show for X1051. Their passionate 90-minute set kept the crowd of 1,700 fired up all night. Check out this rousing performance of “Take It All Back 2.0.”

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McClain and Judah & the Lion, 3/25/17


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