Here are some images from the Architects set:
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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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A couple weeks back we caught the Hillary Watts Riot doing the freak pop thing at Records With Merritt. The weather was perfect and an excellent turnout to also catch the Atomic 50s and Drew Black and Dirty Electric.
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Here’s a collection of images from the Fishbone and New Riddim show back on June 9 at Crossroads KC.
Fishbone returned to KC after a several year absence. Something to note, it was the last Fishbone gig at Aftershock in Merriam that helped kick-start the careers of local band of brothers Radkey. Opening for Fishbone was one of their first gigs.
New Riddim a local staple in the KC ska community played a 45 minute set of tunes those familiar with their music immediately recognized. The crowd increased in size during their set as Fishbone fans arrived just as the sun was going down. New Riddim received a very positive response and probably gained a few fans during their set.
Fishbone kicked off right at 10 and did not stop until after midnight. The two-hour burner of a set featured a number of classics concluding with a brief encore of “Party at Ground Zero”.
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Here’s a few shots from the Electric Lungs set a couple of weeks back at miniBar:
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We’ve got lots of shows backed up in the queue so we’re going to get right to things. Expect quite a few posts over the next two week as we try to catch up.
Here’s some images from a show we caught back at the beginning of February we headed up north to the All-Star Rock Bar to catch Bone Spur and From the West.
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Saturday, January 2, 2016 marked the final show at the Record Bar as we currently know it. On this night the honors of sending her off two local groups: Your Friend, Making Movies. It was a sold out show with every inch of the bar filled to the gills with fans and patrons from over the years having one last go in the venue.
Record Bar has a special place for me because I had a lot of firsts there. It was the first place we played our Morphine cover set with Found a Job when it was still Molly Picture Club. RB was where we saw the Members of Morphine bring those same songs back to life and carry on the spirit of Mark Sandman.
The Record Bar was where we stood in the freezing cold on a Wednesday night to see Daptone artists the Budos Band blow the doors off with two hours of incredible funk/afro-beat. We made so many friends, met so many musicians and forged many bonds. We saw quite literally hundreds of local artists grace the stage to share their talents with us.
It’s hard to think the place is gone at least in its current form. For years it served as a hub for us. The staff treated us generously and always friendly.
We were recently at the Holy Cow Market for a party and there leaned against a wall was “the sign”. It was dirty and faded, parts of the mounting hardware lay nearby. You could see the faded paint underneath where the original logo had been. Standing there, looking at it was like staring at a ghost. You knew what you were looking at, but you didn’t couldn’t equate it in your brain. It was surreal. People passed by and looked at it like they were at a memorial service, quietly whispering to one another.
Leaving the market that night, looking at the sign one last time, was difficult to put into words. I had the feeling that I don’t get often. It was a feeling I’d rather not have.
The Record Bar is gone, hopefully just for now. But it will always represent a community of people that we hope to call life-long friends. Until we meet again, farewell Record Bar.
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Back on the first Friday of December, a lineup feature some of the loudest and heaviest rock and punk bands in the area stormed the Record Bar. Featuring Kansas City staples the Architects, Big Iron and the Racketees, it was loud and fast from the beginning to the end.
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