Michael Byars http://kcur.org en Local Listen: Scruffy And The Janitors http://kcur.org/post/local-listen-scruffy-and-janitors <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span></p><p>This year’s <a href="http://www.middleofthemapfest.com" target="_blank">Middle of the Map</a> music festival began Thursday night and will continue through Saturday at &nbsp;locations in and around Westport.</p><p>Our “Local Listen” segment focuses on musicians from the Kansas City area that will be sharing the stage with regional and national artists. &nbsp;</p><p>Today, we travel up I-29 a bit and give a listen to one of the newest bands to come out of St. Joseph: Scruffy and the Janitors. Here is “Shake it Off.”</p> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 22:31:43 +0000 Michael Byars & Danie Alexander 53719 at http://kcur.org Local Listen: Scruffy And The Janitors Local Listen: Middle Twin http://kcur.org/post/local-listen-middle-twin <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>The lineup has been announced for this year’s <a href="http://www.middleofthemapfest.com/" target="_blank">Middle of the Map</a> music festival.&nbsp; Running from April 3 to April 5, the festival takes place at various locations in and around Westport in Kansas City.</p> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 19:16:42 +0000 Michael Byars & Danie Alexander 53009 at http://kcur.org Local Listen: Middle Twin Local Listen: Monta At Odds http://kcur.org/post/local-listen-monta-odds <p>The line-up has been announced for this year’s Middle of the Map music festival, which takes place April 3-5 at many locations in and around Westport.</p><p>For the next several weeks, our “Local Listen” segment will focus on musicians from the Kansas City area who will be sharing the stages with regional and national artists.</p> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 19:05:09 +0000 Michael Byars & Stephen Steigman 51422 at http://kcur.org Local Listen: Monta At Odds Local Listen: Schwervon http://kcur.org/post/local-listen-schwervon <p>This year’s <a href="http://www.middleofthemapfest.com/">Middle of the Map music festival</a> will take place April 3-5 at many locations in and around Westport. For the next several weeks, our “Local Listen” segment will focus on musicians from the Kansas City area who will be sharing the stages with regional and national artists.</p> Fri, 14 Mar 2014 22:13:55 +0000 Steve Kraske, Michael Byars & Stephen Steigman 52671 at http://kcur.org Local Listen: Schwervon Local Listen: Rev Gusto http://kcur.org/post/local-listen-rev-gusto <p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>The line-up has been announced for this year’s <a href="http://www.middleofthemapfest.com/" target="_blank">Middle of the Map</a> music festival.&nbsp; Running from April 3rd - 5th, the festival takes place at various locations in and around Westport.&nbsp;</p><p><a href="https://www.facebook.com/revgusto" target="_blank">Rev Gusto</a> is one band from the Kansas City area who will be sharing the stage with regional and national artists.&nbsp; This week we hear the summery garage-band sounds of Rev Gusto in the track “Click-Click” from their self-titled EP.</p> Fri, 07 Mar 2014 22:16:03 +0000 Steve Kraske & Michael Byars 52306 at http://kcur.org Local Listen: Rev Gusto Local Listen: Me Like Bees http://kcur.org/post/local-listen-me-bees <p>The past few weeks have been pretty memorable for the Joplin band <a href="http://melikebees.com/" target="_blank">Me Like Bees</a>: they won <em>The Deli Magazine – Kansas City’s</em> “Emerging Artist of 2013” readers’ poll, and they also won the Ernie Ball Battle of the Bands, ensuring them a spot on this summer’s Warped Tour.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In this week's <em>Local Listen,</em> we hear&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">“Brand New Fail” f</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">rom their most recent album, “The Ides."</span></p> Fri, 07 Feb 2014 21:09:25 +0000 Michael Byars & Stephen Steigman 50950 at http://kcur.org Local Listen: Me Like Bees Local Listen: Drew Black And Dirty Electric http://kcur.org/post/local-listen-drew-black-and-dirty-electric <p><a href="https://www.facebook.com/DrewBlackAndDirtyElectric"><strong>Drew Black and Dirty Electric</strong></a> is a Kansas City four-piece that takes glam rock to a very dark and edgy place - and yet it’s a sound that’s loaded with hooks and easy to dance to as well.</p><p>In this week’s <em>Local Listen</em>, we hear <em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Curio Doll&nbsp;</span></em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">from the group's debut album “Dead Kings and Queens.” </span></p><p><strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Hear More:</span></strong></p> Sat, 01 Feb 2014 19:27:57 +0000 Michael Byars & Stephen Steigman 50587 at http://kcur.org Local Listen: Drew Black And Dirty Electric Local Listen: Freight Train Rabbit Killer http://kcur.org/post/local-listen-freight-train-rabbit-killer <p><a href="https://www.facebook.com/pages/Freight-Train-Rabbit-Killer/188883817963017">Freight Train Rabbit Killer</a> is a collaboration between Christopher Brooders of Cadillac Flambe’ and Mark Smeltzer from Rural Grit. Their combined backgrounds in delta blues and Americana make for a very raw sound that has become a hot ticket in local clubs.</p><p>In this week's Local Listen, we hear the song "<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Day Without the Devil”&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">from their self-titled debut</span></p> Fri, 24 Jan 2014 18:42:36 +0000 Stephen Steigman & Michael Byars 50215 at http://kcur.org Local Listen: Freight Train Rabbit Killer Local Listen: Phantoms Of The Opry http://kcur.org/post/local-listen-phantoms-opry <p>The band <a href="http://www.phantomsoftheopry.com/"><strong>Phantoms of the Opry</strong></a> consider themselves “born 60 years too late,” and when you hear their musical blend of traditional country and Western swing, you’ll understand the meaning behind that statement.</p><p>In this week’s <em>Local Listen </em>we hear "My Cattle Call" from their self-titled release.</p> Fri, 17 Jan 2014 21:07:41 +0000 Stephen Steigman & Michael Byars 49927 at http://kcur.org Local Listen: Phantoms Of The Opry Local Listen: Sundiver http://kcur.org/post/local-listen-sundiver <p>In December, Kansas City band <strong>Sundiver</strong> released their debut full-length effort, “The Pull.”</p><p>The group's sound combines space-rock arrangements with edgy, heavy guitar tones, and as our music coordinator Michael Byars will tell you, it sounds great in headphones.</p><p>In this week's “Local Listen,” we hear the opening track from “The Pull” titled “Lover’s Comfort.”</p><p>Learn more about the group on their <a href="https://www.facebook.com/sundivermusic">Facebook page</a> and on&nbsp;<a href="http://sundivermusic.bandcamp.com/album/the-pull">Bandcamp</a>.</p> Fri, 10 Jan 2014 22:52:27 +0000 Steve Kraske, Stephen Steigman & Michael Byars 49603 at http://kcur.org Local Listen: Sundiver Local Listen: Victor And Penny http://kcur.org/post/local-listen-victor-and-penny <p>Jeff Freeling and Erin McGrane make up the duo <strong><a href="http://www.victorandpenny.com/" target="_blank">Victor and Penny</a></strong>, who have been touring all across America with a sound that they like to call “antique pop.”</p><p>In this week's <em>Local Listen</em>, we hear the song "Stomp, Stomp" from the duo's album&nbsp;<i>Side By Side.</i></p><p>Victor and Penny will be back in Kansas City to host “<a href="https://tickets.kauffmancenter.org/single/PSDetail.aspx?psn=6634" target="_blank">Eve 2013</a>”, Dec. 31 at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.</p> Fri, 13 Dec 2013 23:03:58 +0000 Steve Kraske, Michael Byars & Stephen Steigman 48326 at http://kcur.org Local Listen: Victor And Penny Local Listen: Akkilles http://kcur.org/post/local-listen-akkilles <p>With the Kansas City area getting a dose of winter weather over the past couple days, perhaps it's time for some music that has a summertime feel. &nbsp;</p><p>The band&nbsp;<a href="https://www.facebook.com/Akkilles"><strong>Akkilles</strong></a> offers a sound that conjures up an afternoon on the beach, toes dug into the sand, and waves gently crashing along the shore.</p><p>In Friday's "Local Listen" we hear "Your Only One" from the group's album <em>Something You’d Say.</em></p> Fri, 06 Dec 2013 14:22:58 +0000 Stephen Steigman & Michael Byars 47887 at http://kcur.org Local Listen: Akkilles Local Listen: The Latenight Callers http://kcur.org/post/local-listen-latenight-callers <p>Band <a href="http://thelatenightcallers.com/">The Latenight Callers</a> describe their sultry, film-noir sound as that of “the house band at a David Lynch pool party.” Their latest album is called <em>Songs for Stolen Moments</em>.</p><p>In Friday's Local Listen, we hear “Red Bricks, White Ghosts.”</p><p>The Latenight Callers will be paying a midday call to The Record Bar for their first-ever Saturday Brunch, November 16, from noon to 4 p.m. at 1020 Westport Road in Kansas City, Mo.</p><p></p> Fri, 15 Nov 2013 18:37:33 +0000 Steve Kraske, Stephen Steigman & Michael Byars 46910 at http://kcur.org Local Listen: The Latenight Callers Local Listen: The Jorge Arana Trio http://kcur.org/post/local-listen-jorge-arana-trio <p>The <strong>Jorge Arana Trio</strong> offers an energetic and eclectic fusion of jazz, rock and funk that has gotten the attention of music lovers throughout Kansas City as a result of their take-no-prisoners live shows.&nbsp;</p><p>In today's Local Listen, we hear <em>Bitter Era</em> from their most recent album, "Mapache."</p><p>You can catch the Trio on Sunday October 20 at The Riot Room and November 1 at the Czar Bar.</p> Fri, 18 Oct 2013 20:11:57 +0000 Stephen Steigman & Michael Byars 45452 at http://kcur.org Local Listen: The Jorge Arana Trio Yank Rachell, Knocky Parker http://kcur.org/post/yank-rachell-knocky-parker <blockquote><p><span style="display: none">&nbsp;</span><b>James "Yank" Rachell</b> (March 16, 1910 – April 9, 1997) was an <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States" title="United States">American</a> <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Country_blues" title="Country blues">country blues</a> <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Musician" title="Musician">musician</a>, dubbed an "elder statesman of the blues." - <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yank_Rachell">Wikipedia</a></p></blockquote><p><a href="http://youtu.be/eQONgN-as4s">http://youtu.be/eQONgN-as4s</a></p> Wed, 08 Aug 2012 15:33:27 +0000 Michael Byars 22420 at http://kcur.org Yank Rachell, Knocky Parker Best Music Of 2012 (So Far) http://kcur.org/post/best-music-2012-so-far <p>Pretend <a href="https://twitter.com/#%21/search/users/%23lastfm">#lastfm</a> asked you to tweet your top three songs so far in 2012, what would you select?&nbsp; Something straight from Billboard, or maybe a tune playing under the radar?</p><p> Thu, 19 Jul 2012 22:30:00 +0000 Steve Kraske, Danie Alexander & Michael Byars 21309 at http://kcur.org Best Music Of 2012 (So Far) A Conversation with "Cowtown Ballroom" Filmmakers http://kcur.org/post/conversation-cowtown-ballroom-filmmakers <p class="legacy-audio-url"> <div class="audio-container"> <div id="jp-interface-53c065422f425-" class="jp-interface"> <div id="post-audio-53c065422f425-" class="jp-player" jp-instance="53c065422f425-"></div> <div class="jp-controls column"> <div class="jp-progress"> <div class="jp-seek-bar"> <div class="jp-play-bar"></div> </div> </div><!-- end jp-progress --> </div><!-- end jp-controls --> <div class="playpause column"> <a href="http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/national/local-national-838921.mp3" class="jp-play">Listen</a> <a class="jp-pause"></a> </div><!-- playpause --> <div class="jp-time-holder column"> <div class="jp-custom-current-time"></div> <div class="jp-custom-duration"></div> </div><!-- jp-time-holder --> <div id="slider"></div> </div><!-- .jp-interface --> </div><!-- container --> </p> <p>Kansas City, MO – There's a brick building at 31st and Gillham, which has stood for more than eight decades. Most of the time it's been known as the El Torreon, but for three years in the early '70s, it was transformed into the Cowtown Ballroom.</p> Fri, 22 May 2009 13:36:00 +0000 Chuck Haddix & Michael Byars 1479 at http://kcur.org A Conversation with "Cowtown Ballroom" Filmmakers Marva Whitney: It's Her Thing http://kcur.org/post/marva-whitney-its-her-thing <p class="legacy-audio-url"> <div class="audio-container"> <div id="jp-interface-53c064fb03828-" class="jp-interface"> <div id="post-audio-53c064fb03828-" class="jp-player" jp-instance="53c064fb03828-"></div> <div class="jp-controls column"> <div class="jp-progress"> <div class="jp-seek-bar"> <div class="jp-play-bar"></div> </div> </div><!-- end jp-progress --> </div><!-- end jp-controls --> <div class="playpause column"> <a href="http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/national/local-national-868862.mp3" class="jp-play">Listen</a> <a class="jp-pause"></a> </div><!-- playpause --> <div class="jp-time-holder column"> <div class="jp-custom-current-time"></div> <div class="jp-custom-duration"></div> </div><!-- jp-time-holder --> <div id="slider"></div> </div><!-- .jp-interface --> </div><!-- container --> </p> <p>Kansas City, MO – KCUR's Chuck Haddix welcomed funk singer <b>Marva Whitney</b> to <i>The Fish Fry</i>, where she talked about her start in Kansas City Kansas and working with the late great James Brown.</p> Mon, 19 Feb 2007 15:35:00 +0000 Chuck Haddix, Michael Byars & Sylvia Maria Gross 985 at http://kcur.org Marva Whitney: It's Her Thing A Conversation with Chuck Haddix on Kansas City Jazz: From Ragtime to Bebop http://kcur.org/post/conversation-chuck-haddix-kansas-city-jazz-ragtime-bebop <p>Kansas City, Missouri – Back in the 1920s and 30s, Kansas City was a lively mix of political wheeling-and-dealing, organized crime, and the hot sounds of <a href="//www.oup.com/us/catalog/general/subject/Music/MusicHistoryAmerican/~~/cHI9MTAmcGY9MCZzcz1hdXRob3IuYXNjJnNmPWFsbCZzZD1hc2Mmdmlldz11c2EmY2k9MDE5NTA0NzY3Mg== ">jazz</a>.</p> Tue, 07 Jun 2005 13:04:00 +0000 Michael Byars 727 at http://kcur.org A Conversation with Chuck Haddix on Kansas City Jazz: From Ragtime to Bebop