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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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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 Twist, Hipshot 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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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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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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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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