There's no doubt that much of Kansas City's creativity is embodied in its local music scene.
Friday on Up to Date, Steve Kraske welcomes the return of the Local Music Show, during which our music experts Chris Haghirian, Bill Brownlee and Michael Byars will check out some of the best music - local and international - of 2012.
Bill Brownlee's Picks:
Mark Lowrey- "Buildings and Mountains" from the album Tangos for 18th Street
Iris DeMent- "Livin' on the Inside" from the album Sing the Delta
Krizz Kaliko- "Kali Baby" from the album Kickin' & Screamin'
Michael Pagan- "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" from the album Keyboard Christmas
Christian Scott- "When Marissa Stands Her Ground" from the album Christian aTunde Adjuah
Chris Haghirian's Picks:
First Aid Kit: "Emmylou" from The Lion's Roar
Chvrches: "The Mother We Share"
Japandroids: "The House That Heaven Built"
Bat For Lashes: "Lilies"
Purity Ring: "Fineshrine"
Michael Byars' Picks:
The Caves - "Weekend Blues", from Duplexiaville
Thee Water MoccaSins - "In The City", from From the Rivers of Missouri and the Banks of Fear
Mat Shoare - "Meadowlark", from Domestic Partnership
Schwervon! - "Truth Teller", from Courage
Link Wray - "Fire and Brimstone", from Country Funk 1969-1975
Rodriguez - "Sugar Man", from Search for Sugar Man
Bill Brownlee is a music critic for The Star. He blogs at at plasticsax.com, Kansas City's top jazz blog.
Chris Haghirian is an account executive with Ink Magazine, co-founder of Ink’s Middle of the Map Festival, organizer of various music promotions for Ink, and co-host of the weekly webcast “The Mailbox” on midwestmusicfound.org.
Michael Byars is a morning announcer at KCUR. Previously, he was been a part-time announcer during classical music, then a Saturday afternoon announcer before moving up to full-time Morning Edition host in November 2002. Occasionally, you might hear his voice on "The Fish Fry", where he serves as a fill-in for Chuck when he's away; he also engineers interview segments and edits the show's archived broadcasts.