Tune in to this week’s Local Showcase, which is set to be a banger, as it’s party time at KKFI! We are thrilled to feature FOUR local bands who will be performing at our CD Release Party: Two-Headed Cow, Arm The Poor,and Not A Planet. While we feature these bands LIVE in the KKFI Party Room, we will also broadcast music by these same bands on the Local Showcase. Join us live at the station for the best seat, but if you can’t join us live, tune-in to KKFI Local Showcase, 8pm to 10pm, to hear the newest music from these great local bands!
About the artists:
From their Facebook page: Two-Headed Cow is an enigma wrapped in a riddle inside a mystery topped with red sauce …
A seven-piece roots, ska, and dub reggae band from Kansas City, Arm the Poor, has brought energy, consciousness, and news across the Midwest. With heavy rhythms and melodies mixed with strong and relevant lyrics, Arm the Poor has forced its way onto the reggae scene. There is no fusion of genres; this band plays strictly reggae music. “It’s about culture,” said singer Torey Logan, “reggae is the times, is the gospel, and is the evening news to the masses.”
Their debut album, Respect, demonstrated a clear separation from mainstream American reggae simply based on romance and pot-smoking. Rather, with tracks like “Bredda X,” “Babylon,” and “Policeman,” Arm the Poor focuses more on politics, religion, and oppression. Arm the Poor has cited Steel Pulse, Alborosie, and Nasio Fontaine as primary influences in their musical style.
Dubbed the finest roots reggae band in the Midwest, Arm the Poor has the potential to appeal to a wide crowd across the nation. With continued motivation and heart-felt energy, Arm the Poor is sure to have an amazing future.
“…Step into the cage, the spectacle, the few, the proud, the strange…” writes Nathan Corsi, the guitarist, singer, and wordsmith of Not A Planet. Corsi’s carefully crafted and emotionally charged lyrics sync perfectly with the swirling harmonies sung by Liam Sumnicht (drums) and Bill Sturges (bass). The songs unabashedly culminate in a blend of 60’s pop, east coast indie and the blues of the north.
An Akron, Ohio native, Corsi’s musical tastes and influences grew in the same fertile soil that reaped rock and roll innovators like the James Gang, Devo, the Pretenders and the Black Keys. Moving to Kansas City, by way of New York, Corsi met local music-enthusiast poster child and 96.5 the Buzz radio personality, Liam Sumnicht in 2010. With their powers combined, they immediately booked their first tour while Sumnicht simultaneously navigated Corsi throughout the KC music scene.
Extensive touring to the east coast and back in the belly of their (t)rusty van, “Trudy”, Corsi and Sumnicht were accompanied by various and sundry bass players while their bond as bandmates and fellow artists grew stronger. Ripe and ready for a permanent solution, in the winter of 2012, they welcomed a bundle of joy, William “Pretty-Boy” Sturges, with open arms. William’s unmatched joie de vivre made him a natural fit for NAP. A skillful stylist, Sturges’ bass became the glue that bound Not A Planet’s signature sound. Their first release, the NAP Sack EP, was seven tracks gleaned from a scrapped full-length recording. Latecomer, Sturges’ bass tracks were overdubbed, and the songs remixed by Producer Michael Stout of the Beautiful Bodies.
The joy of connection and creating original, honest art compels the trio to bring a dreamscape collaborative to their audience. Once again working alongside Stout, the Not a Planet debut LP concept album explores life, love, grief and the powerful visions of our collective nocturnal dream world.
Pleased as punch to have been in the top five nominated for “best indie rock song in 2012” by the Independent Music Awards for their song, Turn Me On (NAP Sack EP), Not A Planet has shared the stage with amazing bands like ZZ Ward, Seawolf, Free Energy, Maps and Atlases, Bright Light Social Hour, Ha Ha Tonka, The Dirty Heads, Flogging Molly and Antennas Up.