Late Shift at the Westport Saloon: The Quivers

A couple weeks ago, the Quivers took the late shift duties at the Westport Saloon.  The uptempo garage rock vibe kept the party happening at the Saloon until quitting time.  It was a good nightcap to a busy evening that started at the Tank Room for the Electric Lungs show.

 

 

 

 

 

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Robert Randolph, The New Respects at Knuckleheads

Last Monday at Knucklehead’s Garage, Robert Randolph and the Family Band played to several hundred music lovers on a slightly cool spring night.  Lead with support from Nashville-based band the New Respects the night featured two bands entirely made up of family.

The New Respects are the new kids on the scene featured three siblings and one cousin singing lead.  The R&B heavy band with blues and pop sensibilities featured four-part harmonies, great musicianship and stage presence. Their thirty-five minute opening set was high energy with a number from the crowd asking for more.

Robert Randolph and the Family Band have been on steadily touring and releasing music for the better part of twenty years at this point.  The band is touring in support of their latest album, “Got Soul”. Robert Randolph, the pedal guitar virtuoso continues to solidify his reputation as the most unique pedal steel player in music today with another solid album.

The nearly two-hour show concluded with the New Respects joining Randolph on stage for a rendition of Sly Stone’s “Thank You”.

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Slimewave USA! Witch Jail’s Brick Invasion

A couple weeks back Witch Jail, a decidedly surf/acid/punk/Cramps inspired act released a 7″ at the Brick.  The 7″ is the latest edition of the Too Much Rock singles series.

Side A of the release features a Witch Jail track, “Slimewave, USA!”.  The flip side is a cover of Alien Sex Fiend’s “My Brain is in the Cupboard, Above the Kitchen Sink”.  It’s very twangy surf inspired and great stuff.  Check it out around town at Witch Jail shows and record shops.

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Under the Radar’s Fifth Anniversary Show at KKFI

On Sunday night, KKFI’s Under the Radar a weekly show featuring local artists and musicians celebrated it’s 5th Anniversary.  The show was a gathering of local musicians and supporters including: Drew Black and Dirty Electric, The Electric Lungs, Missouri Loves Company, Scotch Hollow, Dead Ven, the Atomic 50’s, Modern Day Fitzgerald and more.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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KC for Refugees Fundraiser at Record Bar

Back on Jan 20th (Yea, yea I know.),  the Musicians for Active Justice held a fundraiser at the Record Bar for local non-profit KC for Refugees. The event featured a number of great local rock bands including:  Emmaline TwistHipshot Killer and (the)medicine theory.  We made it out in time to catch sets from Hipshot Killer and Emmaline Twist.  Check it out below:

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“All the Hell in the World”

 

 

 

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Galactic Brought New Orleans Funk to the Madrid

Back on February 3, New Orleans’ powerhouse of soul and funk Galactic invaded the Madrid in Kansas City. Opening support from Andy Frasco & the UN was excellent featuring Stanton Moore sitting in for a cover of Stevie Wonder’s “Signed, Sealed, Delivered”.  Frasco & the UN provided an incredibly high energy set of soulful tunes with a decidedly fresh approach.  The nearly hour long set closed out with an appropriate cover of Rage Against the Machine’s “Killing in the Name”.

Following Frasco, Galactic began approximately two hours of New Orleans tinged funk and jam tunes spanning most of the catalog. It was a pretty solid sampling of Galactic that helped take the chill of the early February night.  Ben Ellman provided most of the crowd interaction through the evening with Erica Falls absolutely powerful voice that commanded the stage each time she sang.

Galactic is without a doubt one of the most versatile and sonically curious bands out there.  Their willingness to bring in guests performers has given them the ability to constantly evolve while still maintaining their funky roots.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I Love KC Music – Inauguration Day Benefit Concerts

On Inauguration Day musicians played at two different benefit shows in Kansas City.  At Mills Record Company, a benefit show (Rock the Twat) was played for Rose Brooks Center.  Rock the Twat was a feminine product drive to help those at the Center.   The center provides refuge for domestic violence victims. They raised money and collected pads and tampons at the show.  The local bands Katy Guillen and the Girls, Members from Bohemian Cult Revival, and Sister Mary Rotten Crotch played.

Katy Guillen and the Girls started out the night with some killer blues.  Below are a few photos there set.  You can see the whole album from the show HERE.

After Katy Guillen and the Girls played, members of The Bohemian Cult revival sang and did a little burlesque.

Sister Mary Rotten Crotch closed out the night with some rebellious punk.

Here’s a video Too Much Rock took of Sister Mary Rotten Crotch’s song, “Jaded.”

Over at the recordBar, musicians took the stage to raise money for KC for Refugees.  The show, Musicians Get Loud for Active Justice was played by (the)Medicine Theory, Hipshot Killer,  Emmaline Twist and  Cantankerous with Ernie Locke and the Karmic Hillbillies (not pictured).

(the)Medicine Theory, started off the night with some edgy post-punk rock.  Check out the whole album HERE.

Hipshot Killer followed (the)Medicine Theory with some high energy pop punk.

Emmaline Twist followed Hipshot killer with some incredible shoegaze post punk music!

It was an awesome night of music and social justice.

 

 

Hipshot Killer and the Electric Lungs at Davey’s

Here are some images from the Hipshot Killer and Electric Lungs show over at Davey’s a couple weeks back.  If I recall, the Lungs were shooting a video that night around the bar featuring a guy in a heart costume and another with a giant afro.  There might have been drinking involved.

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