Noise for Toys: Shadow Rabbits, Me Like Bees, Noise FM

A couple weeks back, we caught the latest edition of the Noise FM’s annual Christmas fundraiser for Toys for Tots: Noise For Toys at the Record Bar.  The event this year featured sets from Shadow Rabbits, Rachel Mallin and the Wild Type, Me Like Bees, and the Noise FM.

 

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Abandoned Bells at miniBar

Nightmaricana” is how Abandoned Bells describes their sound.  It’s an apt description.  But not hellish, evil nightmares the likes of Hollywood horror.  No, Abandoned Bells is a mix of very left-of-center, ghoulish, bizarro variety of Americana.  The three-piece group featuring drums, banjo, baritone guitar and vocals is one of the more unique bands currently occupying the KC scene that doesn’t get kitschy like so much “unique” music can.  The group’s songwriting ability coupled with the confidence as performers allows them to stretch out considerably within genre.  We caught the band recently playing at set down at miniBar and were not disappointed.  



 

 

 

 

 


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Minibar: Post Paradise and the Hillary Watts Riot

A couple weeks ago we had stumbled across Fort Collins band Post Paradise at the Minibar.  Our buddies in the Hillary Watts Riot and Vi Tran Band were also on the bill and we got done with our other gigs early.  So we headed over to see what was happening.  Unfortunately, we missed Vi Tran’s set, but we did manage to catch a rather catchy rock band with an unusual twist, Post Paradise.

Post Paradise is a well-oiled machine with well written and developed songs that have a distinctive radio friendly alt-rock vibe.  The “twist” is the addition of a cello. Now this isn’t simply some gimmick.  The cello adds a great harmonic element to already good, accessible tunes.  The extra layer of strings is not new territory, but this is one of the better executions I’ve ever heard.  Post Paradise has managed to create a sound where every element belongs.  It’s really quite interesting.

Check them out next time they are in town, you’d be hard pressed not to enjoy.

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Freight Train, Rabbit Killer and Berwanger at Record Bar

Over at the Record Bar just before Halloween, Freight Train, Rabbit Killer and the Legion of Ghosts performed an extended set of tunes with Berwanger opening.

Berwanger started things off with a power-pop set of rock tunes in support of the newly released “Exorcism Rock”.  It’s a great album with snappy tunes and great production value. Definitely check it out.

After Berwanger finished things off, the Kris Bruders and Mark Smeltzer started the FTRK set off as the typical duo.  They set the tone for their delta blues inspired tunes before the Legion of Ghosts turned the set into a thirteen piece jam of horns, drums, keys and slide guitar in addition to Smeltzer’s DIY string instruments.  It was quite a massive sound.  In previous editions of the Legion of Ghosts the lineup was much smaller.  This time around it appeared all the stops were pulled.

Berwanger:

 

 

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Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings at Crossroads

About a week and a half ago, Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings stopped into to Kansas City as part of a co-headlining tour with Trombone Shorty.  The show, at Crossroads behind Grinders featured an excellent crowd which had to be near capacity and beautiful weather.  The tunes were jumping and the crowd was dancing for a great show.

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Middle of the Map Festival Day 2, The 2016 Edition

Day 2 of the Middle of the Map Festival this year was even better than the night before.  We caught a number of acts with lots of pictures and audio for your eyes and ears.  Rather than get into the weeds on details, check out the show!

 

Shadow Rabbits

 

 

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Lauren Anderson

Audio from Lauren Anderson’s set

 

 

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Amy Farrand and the Like

 

 

 

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Chris Meck and the Guilty Birds

Audio from Chris Meck’s set

 

 

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The Philistines

 

 

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San Fermin

 

 

 

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Various Blonde

Audio from Various Blonde’s set

 

 

 

 

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Ford Theatre Reunion

Audio from Ford Theatre Reunion

 

 

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Middle of the Map Festival Day 1, The 2016 Edition

This year’s Middle of the Map Fest (MOTM) underwent several substantial changes.  Gone are the days of the fest taking place exclusively in Westport.  This year the open two nights were held in Westport while the latter two days were held in the Crossroads and Midland Theater. It created a very intimate feeling for the first two nights and more of a big time festival for the finale.  Also this year, the Record Bar had a sneak peek with pop-up shows at their new digs on Grand across from the Cigar Box.  Overall, the changes were definitely for the better.  Without further ado, here is night one:

Jorge Arana Trio

 

 

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Nicholas St James

Audio of Nicholas St James’ set

 

 

LA Witch

 

 

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Cowgirl’s Train Set

Audio from Cowgirl’s Train Set’s set

 

 

 

Julian Davis & the Hayburners

Audio from Julian Davis’ set

 

 

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Sharks in the Deep End

 

 

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