This year’s Middle of the Map music festival 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.
The Kansas City-based band, The Elders, with their blend of American roots rock and Celtic folk, have performed together since 1998. This year marks their 12th annual Hoolie, a celebration of Irish culture through music and dance.
On Thursday's Up to Date, some of the band members talked about the March 15 event with host Steve Kraske.
The line-up has been announced for this year’s Middle of the Map music festival. Running from April 3rd - 5th, the festival takes place at various locations in and around Westport.
Rev Gusto is one band from the Kansas City area who will be sharing the stage with regional and national artists. This week we hear the summery garage-band sounds of Rev Gusto in the track “Click-Click” from their self-titled EP.
The past few weeks have been pretty memorable for the Joplin band Me Like Bees: they won The Deli Magazine – Kansas City’s “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.
In this week's Local Listen, we hear “Brand New Fail” from their most recent album, “The Ides."
You can get a buzz from the sounds of Me Like Bees when they visit The Riot Room in Kansas City on February 28th.
Freight Train Rabbit Killer 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.
In this week's Local Listen, we hear the song "Day Without the Devil” from their self-titled debut
The band Phantoms of the Opry 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.
In this week’s Local Listen we hear "My Cattle Call" from their self-titled release.
A new Kansas City noncommercial radio station that features local music officially launched this week.
Kansas City's public television station, KCPT, bought KTGB "The Bridge" last May, and ownership was officially transferred last month.
After KCPT's purchase, studios for The Bridge were moved to the KCPT headquarters in Kansas City, Mo. Previously, they were housed in Warrensburg, Mo., where the station was owned and operated by the University of Central Missouri.
It is that time of year. Lists. And we couldn't let it pass by without doing a best of Kansas City area music (which of course, includes Lawrence, Kan.).
The list is made up of contributions from Bill Brownlee, music critic for The Kansas City Star, Chris Haghirian with Ink Magazine and Laura Lorson, editor, host and producer for Kansas Public Radio. When possible, the link will take you to the song. They are in no particular order.
The music of The Silver Maggies is a unique blend of gothic country and high desert noir, resulting in a sound that’s dark and lonely... and maybe a little dangerous. In this week’s local listen, we hear “End of Time” from their album “My Pale Horse”. The Silver Maggies appear Friday evening October 25th at The Brick, sharing the stage with Starhaven Rounders and Amy Farrand.
The Jorge Arana Trio 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.
In today's Local Listen, we hear Bitter Era from their most recent album, "Mapache."
You can catch the Trio on Sunday October 20 at The Riot Room and November 1 at the Czar Bar.
There is something that strings all these different local bands together… Mr. Marco’s V7, The Grisly Hand, Ernest James Zydeco, Dead Voices. Or rather, someone.
Musician Mike Stover plays in all of these bands and more. Normally when you hear a story about a band you hear from the lead singer or songwriter, the person at the front of the stage. Mike Stover is normally in the back or off to the side, sometimes sitting down, he doesn’t sing, just sticks to the strings.
Katy Guillen and The Girls have only been together for about a year, but it hasn’t taken them long to get noticed: next January they will be representing Kansas City in the International Blues Challenge in Memphis. They’ve just release a new EP called “… and then there were three.”
In this week's "Local Listen" we hear a track from the album titled “The Race."
You have a couple chances to hear them live next week: they’ll be at BB’s Lawnside Bar-B-Q on October 17th and at Knuckleheads on the 18th.
Vi Tran is a singer/songwriter who uses his experience as an actor to create music that combines melody with heartfelt expression. His new album, “American Heroine” plays like a soundtrack to an off-Broadway musical.
In today's "Local Listen" we hear the title track from the album. The Vi Tran Band will perform at the Kill Devil Club Friday evening, October 4 to celebrate the release "American Heroine." The CD will be in stores on Tuesday October 8.
The three brothers from St. Joseph, Mo. that make up the punk band Radkey are about to release their second EP and tour Europe. But recognition at home has been harder to come by.
When they came into the studio for our interview late one night I was surprised by how small the brothers were. Considering their deep vocals and charging sounds I had suspected they’d be bigger. They sat down to the mics one dressed in a flannel button down, the youngest in a Star Wars t-shirt and the other in a torn and faded denim vest.
Lennon Bone is probably best known among music lovers as the drummer for Ha Ha Tonka, but he recently released a new EP of his own material that’s got a gentle, dreamy-folk sound. It’s called “Call It A Custom.”
In today's "Local Listen," we hear the title track to the four-song EP. His band, Ha Ha Tonka releases their new album, “Lessons,” on September 24th.
This month, the Chicago-based Numero Group released a compilation of funk and soul songs originally put out by Kansas City record label, Forte, in the late 1960s and '70s — Eccentric Soul: The Forte Label came out this week on vinyl and CD.
The MidCoast Takeover is a concert of local talent at Austin’s South by Southwest music festival to take place next weekend. It’s generating a lot of local excitement as the festival is quickly approaching and the local bands are preparing. The MidCoast Takover is organized with the help of The Midwest Music Foundation a local organization that support local musicians. We're in conversation with Sondra Freemans of the Midwest Music Foundation to talk the ways the MidCoast Takeover supports local musicians and hear some of the local bands she's most excited to be heard in Austin.
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.