Local Music Critics Pick KC's Best
Looking for a new sound? Kansas City's musical veins are still pumping with melodies.
On Friday's Up to Date, local music critics Chris Haghirian, Bill Brownlee and Michael Byars will check out some of the latest tunes to come out of the area.
Chris Haghirian's picks:
Making Movies - "Cuda de Vida" - from the album A Le Deriva
We Are Voices - "Fighting Fires" - from the album Tread Lightly
Ross Brown - "Small Victories" - from the album Small Victories
The Empty Spaces - "Holidays Are Nice and Warm" - from the EP, The Party Line
White Girl - "Last Man Standing" - from the EP, White Girl, Vol. Two
Bill Brownlee's picks:
Pat Metheny - "Roofdogs" - from the 2012 release Unity Band
Joyce DiDonato - "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" - from the 2012 release Homecoming: Kansas City Symphony Presents Joyce DiDonato
The Brody Buster Band - "You Don't Have to Go" - from the 2012 release Will Die Young
Deborah Brown - "All Too Soon" - from the 2012 album All Too Soon
Hearts of Darkness - "Come Forward" - from the 2012 release Shelf Life
Project H - "Saturday's Back" - from the 2012 album Become Light
Michael Byars' picks:
The Caves - "Give It Away Or Lose It" - from the album Duplexiaville
Gentleman Savage - "Open Eyes" - from the EP Open Eyes
Dollar Fox - "This Apology" - from the album Little Mother's Things I Am Keeping
Tiny Horse - "Ride" - single release
Rumblejetts - "Rocket To The Moon" - from the album Motor Honey
Hospital Ships - "Come Back To Life" - single release
Listen to hear why our critics picked these artists and songs.
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.