Posts Tagged ‘music’

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.

#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.”

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.”

Mistaken ID at CrossroadsKC with Stacy Ryder and Shawn Quinn

May 30, 2017

I chatted it up live with Stacy Ryder and Shawn Quinn of X1051 at the recent Everclear show at CrossroadsKC. We discussed a case of mistaken identity.

Vertical Horizon “Everything You Want” Live at CrossroadsKC

May 30, 2017
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Vertical Horizon at CrossroadsKC, 5/28/17

Vertical Horizon recently hit CrossroadsKC with a set focused on their ’90s jams. I covered the show for X1051. Check out this live version of the classic “Everything You Want.”

Emmaline Twist “Desperate Measures” Live on the Californos Patio During Middle of the Map Fest 2017

May 15, 2017
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Emmaline Twist on the Californos Patio During Middle of the Map Fest 2017, 5/4/17

Past interview subjects Emmaline Twist recently lit up the Californos patio with a rocking performance as a part of Middle of the Map Fest 2017. Check out this live version of new track “Desperate Measures.”

 

 

The Greeting Committee “Kids” (MGMT Cover) Live at RecordBar

May 13, 2017
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The Greeting Committee at RecordBar, 5/11/17

The Greeting Committee recently crushed a sold out show at RecordBar. The past interview subjects lit up their cover of MGMT‘s “Kids” with the help of a horn section. Check out this live video of the action.


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