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The Pete Seeger Sampler

On Jan. 27, 2014, music fans across the world were saddened to hear of the passing of one of the most influential folksingers of all time, the legendary Pete Seeger. While his death is unfortunately already “old news” in today’s distracted culture, it’s important – and even necessary – to reflect on Seeger’s influence. There’s […]

“I’m Not Part of Me”- Cloud Nothings

  In their round-up of the “Top 50 Albums of 2012″, Pitchfork referred to the Dylan Baldi fronted Cloud Nothings as torchbearers of Nevermind, arriving as a “cacophony cavalry” to put some of the bite back into indie rock. They were no doubt correct that 2012 was a banner year for no-frills “RAWK”, but Nirvana […]

The Thing That Should Not Be: Why You Shouldn’t Give Up On Metallica

From the second they added a slow song to their 2nd album back in 1984, Metallica has been the most divisive band in heavy metal and hard rock. From cries of “SELLOUTS!” to dismissing every album they’ve released in the past 24 years, Metallica has seen it all. But through thick and thin, the band […]

Top 10 Albums of 2013: All Fresh Sounds

2013 was a tumultuous year for music. Emo saw a full-fledged return. Bowling ball rappers with over-eating, over-drugged, over-sexed personas mirrored their excessive tendencies with hopscotching, scatter-shot mixtapes. Comedians made divorce sound more pleasant than marriage. In other corners of the music world, monolithic popstars crafted epic-length odes to disco and several sibling groups lorded […]

Steven Ervay: Top 10 Local Albums of 2013

It’s mid-December and the 2013 calendar is quickly wrapping up. I’m sure you were unaware based on everyone’s ‘year-end’ lists coming out. Well I’m no exception. I have opinions too, and I want you to hear them!!! Followed are my top picks from KC area bands from 2013. 10. Empty Moon – Fourth of July […]

The Youtube Music Awards: Are They Legit? (Or: How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love K-Pop)

    On Sunday evening, the first annual Youtube Music Awards took place streaming live online from New York City. But it wasn’t an ordinary awards show. There were no marks for presenter after presenter to hit so they could flawlessly read off of teleprompters while the stagehands worked backstage to get the next musical performer […]

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Give Me Sanctuary: Iron Maiden Live at Sprint Center 09/07

  The legendary Iron Maiden returned to Kansas City after 13 long years to a crowd of around 12,000 on a sweltering Saturday night. The anticipation of the legendary British heavy metal band was too much for most of the fans in attendance, resulting in multiple impromptu sing-alongs while waiting in line for the doors […]

A Bird in Itself: On Neko Case’s “That’s Who I Am”

I’m working with the doors open on a rare spring day, radio low so I can hear the birds sing outside, and damn, there it is. Neko Case‘s voice is a bird in itself. Not like a robin’s or a cardinal where a whole tribe of birds call a similar song. No one has Neko’s […]

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