BOOM! The Sonics Invade Knucklehead’s

Back on June 20, garage rock pioneers the Sonics from Tacoma, Washington played a blistering hour and ten minute set to a moderate crowd at Knucklehead’s in Kansas City.  Local support was provided by the Latenight Callers and the Quivers.

The weather was steamy during the day but cooled off just in time for the rock to heat things back up.  As the sun was going down, the Latenight Callers took the outdoor stage and provided a set of dark, noir flavored dance tunes.

Then came the Quivers,  The Quivers are a band that is clearly influenced by the Sonics, soul, garage rock and blues.  They played a set full of uptempo rockers that set the mood for the legendary Sonics to follow.

The Sonics took the stage just after 10:30 with “Cinderella” off their second album “BOOM”.  It was just the beginning of what would prove to be an incredible set hitting all the classics and several covers.

Despite the Sonics being cranked and the club rocking, the crowd could clearly be heard singing tune after tune.  I was really blown away at how hard these guys rocked the songs they wrote 50 years ago.  If you closed your eyes, you would have never guessed it’s been that long since they released any new music.

The Sonics show was easily one of my top three favorite shows in the last year.  Check it out:

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The Sonics Set

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SUNU at Californo’s

Over at Californo’s SUNU played two sets of afrobeat, funk, jazz, and soulful tunes on the patio for a beautiful evening.  We got audio of the entire first set at the link below so you can listen while you browse the images from this show.

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Audio from SUNU’s first set

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Drew Black and Dirty Electric at Record Bar

We’re starting to get back into the swing of things with a set of images from the last Drew Black and Dirty Electric show at Record Bar.  Yea, yea, I know it was a month ago.  Life and stuff.  Check back because more posts are on the way!

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KKFI Spring Dance at the Tank Room

Well we’ve been on a bit of a hiatus the last month or so.  Weddings, vacations, new jobs, projects and more have been keeping us busy with life so we haven’t had any time to work on the blog recently.  We’ve sort of been keeping the calendar updated but that’s about it.

We’ll be trying to get back on track with more regular blog postings and events that you’ve come to appreciate from us. We really want to thank everyone for being loyal followers and fans over the years and we’re going to keep trying to bring all the KC music news we can.

Life keeping us busy aside, we’ve managed to catch a few shows here and there.  In particular, we caught the KKFI Spring Dance back in May at the Tank Room.  The event featured a diverse array of bands from Latin, Pop, Blues, Hip Hop, Dance, Funk and Country Western.  The bands on the bill included:  Starhaven Rounders, Atzlan, The Marching Cobras, The Latenight Callers, The Old No. 5’s, and AY Muzik.

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Middle of the Map Festival Day 4

Well after way too long of a delay, here is the last installment of this year’s Middle of the Map Festival.  We’ve been incredibly busy with home projects, wedding planning and family.  It’s been an incredibly busy couple of months so the blog has been neglected.  We thought you should know.

On the final day of the festival, we caught a whole bunch of performances.  We took hundreds of images, hours of audio and saw everything we possibly could see.

The day started off with Kangaroo Knife Fight.

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After Kangaroo Knife Fight, it was across the street to Westport Saloon for Not A Planet.

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Then a quick stop at Ernie Biggs for the Noise FM’s relocated set.

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Then it was back up the alley to Westport Saloon for the Grisly Hand.

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Back over at the Riot Room, the hip-hop stage was kicking into gear with the Abnorm.

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Between sets on the Patio, we caught the New Riddim warming up the ska tip for the legendary Slackers that would close out the festival at the Riot Room.

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Back outside was Heartfelt Anarchy on the patio keeping things going.

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Then over to Ernie Biggs to catch Me Like Bees and Peelander Z.

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Middle of the Map Fest – Day #3

Middle of the Map Fest Day #3 featured another great lineup especially in the Kansas City music department.  The night started off with a bang at Riot Room on the patio where the Jorge Arana Trio was playing one of the loudest jazzy sets in recent memory.  Their music is fairly complex but still very accessible to the average music fan.  It’s great to listen to how their songs progress from one place to the next.  Where the end up is often light years away from where they started.  It’s a really refreshing sound.

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Listen to the Jorge Arana Trio on the Riot Room Patio

Inside the Riot Room, the Phantastics led by Kemet Coleman were tearing the roof off with a heavily 70’s funk and soul inspired sound that had quite a crowd and dancing aplenty.  Coleman’s presence on the mic and dance moves kept the crowd going while the band laid down solid funky sounds.

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After the Phantastics finished up, we hiked over to the Westport Saloon to catch Lauren Anderson.  Lauren Anderson and her band are a Chicago-based bluesy 4-piece outfit featuring Lauren on guitar on vocals.  The soulful tunes with a solid rhythm section and great guitar work make for a really balanced, well-executed set.

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Listen to Lauren Anderson performing “Shame”

Back over to the Riot Room, we caught Various Blonde.  The Joshua Allen led group features funk, rock, and dance tunes.  A couple times Joshua Allen joined the crowd while singing setting the stage perfectly for the next group, St Louis’ Illphonics.

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Listen to a clip of Various Blonde at the Riot Room

The Illphonics are pretty easy to draw comparison’s to early Roots albums but the band executes the hip-hop with a backing band very well. Socially conscious lyrics and neo-soul sounds create a show that’s virtually impossible to stand still for.  But while it may be neo-soul inspired, the Illphonics are clearly their own band with something to say.

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Listen to a track from the Illphonics set

Finishing up our night at the Westport Saloon, we caught Katy Guillen and the Girls playing a blues inspired set that is decidedly rocked out. All the members of the group have a great level of musicianship and instinct that allows them to really lock in a put on a show.  At this point in the night, the bar was packed, the crowd was moving and it the perfect time for an act like KG and the Girls.

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Listen to Katy & the Girls performing “I Can’t Live Here Anymore” and “Quiver

Then there was the final day/night…check back for more on that later this week.

Middle of the Map Festival 2015, Night Two at the Uptown Theater

The theme for night two of Middle of the Map was folk.  Sean Rowe opened up the evening with a great set of baritone vocals and guitar.  You could hear a pin drop during his set as his voice boomed through the Uptown Theater for the early crowd.

Following Rowe was Kansas City’s own Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear.  MW & MB have added drums and bass to the lineup to fill out the sound a bit and it’s really great.  The core of the duets that garnered their initial success still maintain their character with a bit more bottom.  For the larger venue like the Uptown it really helps.  They’ve got a new album coming out in May that we’re really looking forward to.
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AUDIO: Madisen Ward and Mama Bear performing “Silent Movies”

 

After Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear, Philadelphia folk rockers Strand of Oaks.  Strand of Oaks is a project put together by Indiana native Timothy Showalter.  He’s really released a pretty significant amount of material in just the last five years.  Somehow we’re just now finding out about him.  We dug it.
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Closing the night and clearly the main attraction, Iron and Wine.
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The Quivers at Harling’s Upstairs

Caught the Quivers set a couple weeks back at Harling’s Upstairs. They debuted several new tunes at the show and as soon as I get song titles I’ll have those up for your listening pleasure. In the meantime check out “Keep Your Socks On” and the images below!
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The Quivers photo album here.