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Rachel Mallin and the Wild Type Crush “Razorback” Live at the Tank Room

February 27, 2017

Rachel Mallin and The Wild Type at the Tank Room, 2/25/17

Past interview subjects Rachel Mallin and The Wild Type recently lit up the Tank Room. They are one of my favorite KC bands and always put on a killer live show. Rachel was also my most frequent live guest of 2016. I covered the show for X1051. Check out a blazing live version of their old school song “Razorback.”

Dylan Guthrie and the Good Time Guys “This I Know” Live at the Tank Room

February 23, 2017

Dylan Guthrie and the Good Time Guys at the Tank Room, 2/22/17

Dylan Guthrie and the Good Time Guys recently hit the Tank Room for a blazing set. I covered the show for X1051. The songs and quality of the jams make them a band to watch. Check out this live video of “This I Know.”

McClain Approved: Mess Unleashes a Glorious Wave of Sound at the Tank Room

February 21, 2017

MESS at the Tank Room, 2/18/17

Up-and-coming Kansas City-based band Mess recently smashed the Tank Room with a rocking set of shoegaze and post punk vibes. I covered the show for X1051. I went into the show knowing nothing about them and was completely blown away. It was one of the best sets I’ve seen in 6 months. Check out this live video of the epic, sprawling sounds of Mess.

Mike Doughty “Bus to Beelzebub” “How Many Cans?” and “So Far I Have Not Found the Science” Live at RecordBar

February 21, 2017

Mike Doughty at RecordBar, 2/14/17

Past interview subject Mike Doughty recently hit the RecordBar. Backed by Wheatus and his own band, Doughty crushed a set mixing new songs, older solo material and Soul Coughing classics. Mike Doughty is a poet and the way he uses words in his songs help make them enthralling. Doughty never plays the same set twice, so it’s always fun to see where they take the songs. I covered the show for X1051. Check out these blistering live performances of “Bus to Beelzebub,” “How Many Cans?” and “So Far I Have Not Found the Science.”


IVØRY BLACK “Midas Touch” and “Ready, Get Set” Live at the Tank Room

February 21, 2017

IVORY BLACK at the Tank Room, 2/18/17

Past interview subject IVØRY BLACK recently crushed the Tank Room. It was the debut of the band’s duo setup with looping pedals. I covered the show for X1051. Check out these soulful live performances of “Midas Touch” and “Ready, Get Set.”

The Blazing Vibes of GEKKO at the Riot Room

January 15, 2017

GEKKO at the Riot Room, 1/13/17

Kansas City-based band GEKKO recently brought their blazing jams to the Riot Room. Their blend of genres helped make GEKKO’s set one of the better local performances I’ve seen in a long time.

My Favorite Albums of 2016

January 1, 2017

Local Natives at the Midland, 12/17/16

Here are my favorite albums of the year. The shimmering indie rock grooves of Local NativesSunlit Youth make it my favorite album of the year. Underrated singer-songwriter Laura Gibson crafts a perfect album with Empire Builder. Past interview subjects Warpaint tighten up their sound on Heads Up. Angel Olsen gets expansive and lush on My Woman.

Local Natives Sunlit Youth

Laura Gibson Empire Builder

Warpaint Heads Up

Angel Olsen My Woman

My Favorite Shows of 2016

December 23, 2016

Quintron and Miss Pussycat at the RecordBar, 10/9/16

2016 was a great year for live music in Kansas City. It was such a great honor to cover so many quality shows this year. Here is a rundown of my favorite gigs of the year.

Quintron and Miss Pussycat at RecordBar

The garage rock insanity and sweaty mayhem of New Orleans-based Quintron and Miss Pussycat at RecordBar was my favorite show of 2016. Backed by the drumming of the robotic Drum Buddy, the strangely funky grooves and interplay between organist Quintron and percussionist/puppeteer Miss Pussycat had the crowd dancing hard all night. Some songs sounded like if you played “96 Tears” underwater while drinking a bunch of NyQuil. It was weird, wonderful and complete perfection.

Femi Kuti and the Positive Force at CrossroadsKC at Grinders


Femi Kuti and the Positive Force at CrossroadsKC at Grinders, 7/9/16

The eldest son of afrobeat legend Fela Kuti honored his father’s legacy while pushing the sound into the future at CrossroadsKC. Backed by a 14-piece band, mufti-instrumentalist Femi smashed through two hours of politically charged songs with infectious grooves. The musicianship was topnotch and the messages of empowerment and unity are needed now more than ever.

M83 at the Arvest Bank Theatre at the MidlandArvest Bank Theatre at the Midland


M83 at the Midland, 6/1/16

M83 delivered a high-energy set of indie-pop at te Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland. The new material of Junk worked really well live meshed seamlessly with their classic tracks. The production and lighting was also top level. It was a glorious evening of French-tinged indie rock.

Here’s a snippet of the classic “Midnight City,”

Yellowman at Prohibition Hall


Yellowman and McClain at Prohibition Hall, 7/22/16

Reggae-dancehall legend Yellowman smashed KC with an epic performance this year. He came at 1:30 in the morning and he smashed through nearly two hours of classic tunes. King Yellowman was Jamaica’s top-selling artist of the ’80s, but his live show proves that he is no nostalgia act. Something isn’t purely nostalgic when it is right in front of you, blowing your mind. Yellowman’s set was hard-hitting blur of blazing reggae vibes, lyrical dexterity and calisthenics. All hail King Yellowman!

People That Made Their Facebook Live Debuts With Me in 2016

December 14, 2016

I had the honor of going live with many great musicians and friends in their debut Facebook Live interviews this year.

Here’s a chat with Australian producer Roland Tings.

Two members of the Milwaukee-based electronic pop/dream pop band GGOOLLDD stopped by for an interview.

Hank Weidel, drummer for Kansas City-based band Captiva, stopped by for an interview after their set at X1051‘s Bye Week Brew Fest. This interview also features a guest appearance by the legendary Alfred Whitaker.

I interviewed Austin-based musician Walker Lukens for X1051 after his set at the Riot Room.

Rachel Mallin (of Rachel Mallin and the Wild Type and Jaenki) was the most frequent guest of the year. She has appeared four times this year on my Facebook Live.

We talked about Degenerate Matters at her EP release show

We had a chat about my favorite song of the year, “White Girls.”

I chatted it up with Rachel and famed blogger Sam Kali after her Midland debut.

I met up with Rachel, Stephen and Joanna Snow and the enigmatic Westport Panda during a set break at the Riot Room.

Fashion designer Nicole Leth (owner of Sex and Ice Cream) gave an interview and a tour of her shop.

Aaron Braun chatted with me during the Umphrey’s McGee show at CrossroadsKC.

It was over 100 degrees out at the Chipotle Cultivate Festival in Kansas City this year. Paul Bragg and cocktail maven Margot Anna Thompson. We had to give the rundown on the indie rock vibes and learn about quality margarita crafting.

A chat with funk fiends Macy and Gabe Engelbert about the origins of their funk and their love of Lettuce.

I hit up Art Alley with the former rave queen/indie rock beast Jami Halverson.

A chat with Matthew Arnold and Krystal Nies at the Liberty Memorial.

I met up with David Cecil Blattner of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art to discuss a few of the modern art pieces in the collection.

I sat down with Joe Hammers and Gabrielle Favreau for an impromptu interview at YJ’s Snack Bar about Burning Man.

I had a chat with comedian Chloe Pelletier to discuss her favorite joke and the impact of Huntington’s disease.

Emmaline Twist singer and guitarist Meredith McGrade stopped by for an interview after their set at RecordBar.

Kansas City-based indie rockers Golden Groves sat down for an interview before their set at the Riot Room.

I met up with Tom Camden while he was selling merch at the sold out marshmello show at the Midland.

A big thank you to everyone that sat down for chats with me this year! So much beasting!

The Greeting Committee “By Your Side” “I Don’t Mind” and “Hands Down” Acoustic at Normal Human Pop-Up

November 27, 2016

The Greeting Committee at Normal Human Pop-Up, 11/26/16

The Greeting Committee recently performed an acoustic set at a pop-up shop for Normal Human. The Kansas City-based band are past interview subjects of mine and one of my favorite bands. The set featured the first acoustic version of “By Your Side” in two years. Check out these acoustic versions of “By Your Side” “I Don’t Mind” and “Hands Down.”

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