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Middle of The Map 2017

In case you missed it, the line-up for Middle of The Map 2017 was announced last night. The three day festival features over 100 bands (national and local) in venues all over the city for an event that is THE music fest in not Kansas City but also the Midwest. And this year, Middle of […]


Manor Fest 2 Sneak Peek

Summer is the official festival season. From Middle of The Map to Center of the City, from The Westport Roots festival to Porch Fest, Kansas City has more multiple day concert series than we collectively know what to do with. And in the coming weeks, we’ll have another. Manor Fest began last year and after […]


Celebrate Summer at The Crossroads Flock Party

Memorial Day has come and gone, which means it is officially summer. And with summer comes the annual Crossroads Flock Party–an evening of art, music, food, drinks, and fun. This year, the party will feature skate demonstrations, Pop-up Charlie, Oddities Prints, and Quixotic creating art before our eyes. And before our ears, there will be […]


The Republic Tigers and Ishi @ The Riot Room

Tomorrow, The Riot Room will host local legends, The Republic Tigers, and Dallas-based Ishi for a patio show that will be as nice as the weather. The two bands, while occupying different realms of pop, make music that is impossible not to feel pulsing through one’s body. In other words, The Republic Tigers and Ishi […]


Rexfest Approaches

Kansas City has been a-buzz with festivals: Center of the City, Middle of the Map, Roots Fest, Boulevardia, PorchFest, and others. All these events help make the city one of the most dynamic places in the country. And now there’s another: Rexfest. Rexfest is not necessarily new; it was started in 2011 and has been […]


Crossroads Summer Block Party

The grills are smoking; the sun is shining (theoretically at least); school has ended until fall. But there’s one last thing that needs to happen before it’s officially summer: The Crossroads Summer Block Party. Featuring some long time favorites of mine, some new favorites, and some bands I’m super excited to see for the first […]


Specters, Shapeshifters, & Saints @ The Westport Roots Fest

If my last preview of The Westport Roots Fest didn’t fully convince you that it will be a rocking weekend, then check out these three bands: The Spectramatics, Nicholas St. James, and Shawn James & The Shapeshifters. Whereas the three bands in my last preview tended to gravitate toward the harder, faster edge of the […]

Wilco @ Grinder’s July 15th Presale

With the snow falling, it’s hard to think about anything that sounds like summer–let alone the season itself–, but I promise somewhere under the layers of sweaters and clouds the summer spills its jangling still. Let me help jog your memory: Wilco perfectly channels the summer’s complex tones into their songs. Energetic but laid-back, joyous […]


Crossroads Summer Block Party Preview

Check out these bands and more tonight at the Crossroads Summer Block Party:      

Top 5 Songs of 2013…So Far

It’s never too soon for a best of list right? We’re over half way through the year already, so here’s a little peek into five songs that have taken over your life: 5. Deafheaven “Dream House” Come for the fury, stay for the shoegaze. The first track on Deafheaven’s second album hits the sweet spot […]