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5:06 pm
Thu January 29, 2015

Local Listen: Eddie Moore And The Outer Circle

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  Eddie Moore and the Outer Circle have become esteemed insiders in Kansas City’s music community. While based in jazz, the group’s music contains appealing elements of hip-hop and R&B.

This edition of Local Listen features Lesson, a track from the band’s 2013 album The Freedom of Expression.

HEAR MORE: Eddie Moore and the Outer Circle will play Thursday, January 29, at the recordBar.

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Arts & Culture
3:49 pm
Mon January 26, 2015

Number 2 Conductor At Kansas City Symphony Vies For Top Spot In Knoxville

Aram Demirjian, associate conductor of the Kansas City Symphony, started with KCS in 2012 as assistant conductor.
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The Kansas City Symphony's associate conductor, Aram Demirjian, just on the heels of conducting his first classical series concert in Kansas City, is one of six finalists for music director of the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra (KSO). 

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Up To Date
1:46 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

Local Listen: Bassist Bob Bowman

Bob Bowman has been a fixture on Kansas City’s jazz scene for years. He recently released Songs for Sandra, a radiant album that demonstrates why Bowman is respected as the dean of Kansas City’s bassists. This edition of Local Listen features the new track Street Cartwheels

Hear More: Bob Bowman will perform with his group Bow Dog at the Blue Room on Friday, January 23.

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Up to Date
1:37 pm
Tue January 13, 2015

Local Listen: The Kansas City Bear Fighters

The Kansas City Bear Fighters recognize the polarizing nature of the political and social climate in Kansas. The jaunty band documented their conflicted feelings in a defiant song about state pride.

This week's edition of Local Listen features "You're In Kansas" from the ensemble's 2014 album "The Planet Where We Fell in Love."

Hear More: The Kansas City Bear Fighters perform at the Westport Saloon on Saturday, January 17 at 10pm.

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Central Standard
4:39 pm
Fri January 9, 2015

Surviving Through Experimentation: Musician Ashley Miller

Ashley Miller plays an instrument called the chariot that he built himself on the plot of land where he lives, north of the river.
Credit Paul Andrews

Connecting to musician Ashley Miller as a performer, when he's on stage or when you're listening to one of his albums, is easy.

The frontman for Kansas City-based indie band Metatone started out in a band called Pewep in the Formats, back in the early 2000s, when he was just a teen.

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Up to Date
1:25 pm
Fri January 9, 2015

Local Listen: Vinson Cole

Vinson Cole's 1993 album was 'In Love With Love.'

Vinson Cole may not be a household name, but the operatic tenor is revered in Kansas City's artistic circles.

This week's edition of Local Listen features a splendid track from Cole's 1993 album "In Love With Love."

Cole's contributions will be recognized in a concert benefiting the Lyric Opera of Kansas City on Sunday, January 11 at 4 pm at the Folly Theater, 300 W. 12th Street, Kansas City, Mo.

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Arts & Culture
12:07 pm
Fri January 2, 2015

Recent Deaths In The Arts Community Spark Reflection

Drummer Tommy Ruskin died on New Year's Day.
Credit courtesy of the family

Three notable arts figures died in Kansas City in recent weeks: Ann K. Brown, Brenda Nelson, and Tommy Ruskin.

Drummer Tommy Ruskin, 72, died the morning of Jan. 1, after a long illness.

A native of Kansas City, Ruskin’s career spanned nearly half a century. He began performing as a teenager with singers such as Marilyn Maye, and went on to play with other jazz greats like Al Cohn, Scott Hamilton, Gene Harris, Zoot Sims, and Bill Watrous.

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Up To Date
4:00 pm
Mon December 22, 2014

Local Listen: Black Crack Review

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Black Crack Review, BCR for short, has been puzzling and thrilling audiences in Kansas City with an eccentric blend of rock, jazz and world music for decades.

This week's edition of Local Listen features "AfroKlez," a representative track from BCR's 1995 album "Off-World Beat."

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Central Standard
4:59 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

Musical Pair: Kasey Rausch And Mikal Shapiro

Kasey Rausch (left) and Mikal Shapiro (right) have been friends for 21 years, and collaborators for almost as long.
Credit Paul Andrews

It might be tempting to call Mikal Shapiro and Kasey Rausch two peas in a pod.

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Up To Date
1:34 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

Jazz Singer Karrin Allyson Is Back In Kansas City

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A gypsy life isn't unusual among musicians and Karrin Allyson certainly leads one.  Her official biography includes a childhood in the Midwest, schooling in the Bay area, a stint in Minneapolis, a home base now in New York City and tours that take her around the world.

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Up To Date
5:32 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

The Best Local Music Of 2014

Kangaroo Knife Fight is just one of the bands selected as the best of local music for 2014.
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Kansas City is a hotbed of quality music . You can bop your head to The Architects' rockin' sound, sway to the smooth cords of Hembree, or sing along to the powerful vocals of Katy Guillen & the Girls. On this edition of Up to Date, we review the best in area music from 2014.

Bill Brownlee is a music critic for The Star. He writes Kansas City's authoritative jazz blog plasticsax.com.

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Arts & Culture
6:45 am
Tue December 16, 2014

KCK Community College Jazzers Give A 'Kansas City Shout' To Havana

Jim Mair is director of instrumental studies at Kansas City Kansas Community College.
Credit Courtesy Jim Mair

This week, the musicians in the Kansas City Kansas Community College Jazz Ensemble travel to Cuba, where they’ve been invited to perform at the Havana International Jazz Festival. It’s a point of pride for a little-known, but stellar music program.

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Up To Date
12:13 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

Local Listen: Oleta Adams

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Oleta Adams has been a favorite of area audiences since she began showcasing her lustrous voice in Kansas City jazz clubs and hotel lounges over three decades ago. 

This week's edition of Local Listen features Adams' rendition of "Winter Wonderland," a selection from her 2006 album "Christmas Time With Oleta."

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Arts & Culture
7:22 am
Thu December 11, 2014

Ensemble Ibérica Explores Spanish Connections To Irish Carols

Soprano Victoria Botero keeps an eye on the verses as she rehearses 'The Darkest Midnight,' one of the best known carols -- one that is sung on Christmas Day.
Julie Denesha KCUR

In the 1720s, after studying in Spain, a young priest returned home to Ireland. He started writing Christmas carols influenced by Spanish liturgical music. Now known as the Kilmore Carols, these carols are still performed during the holidays in the small Irish village of Kilmore —and this year, in Kansas City. 

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1:47 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

Kansas City Music Guy Chris Haghirian To Host All Local Radio Show

90.9FM The Bridge's new music show "Eight One Sixty" is set to launch this January and focus on all things local in Kansas City's music scene.
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Kansas City community radio station The Bridge is launching a new hour-long music program this January hosted by local music aficionado Chris Haghirian.

"Eight One Sixty" will debut on Jan. 6 and air weekly on Tuesdays from 6-7 p.m. The show will play all local music and feature interviews, news and live performances from Kansas City-based artists. 

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Central Standard
12:24 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

Lauren Krum Of 'The Grisly Hand' Picks Her Favorite Country Christmas Songs

Lauren Krum is a vocalist with The Grisly Hand.
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The incessant upbeat of canned Christmas music can leave even those who love the holidays with a feeling of cheer fatigue.

Kansas City-area singer Lauren Krum of The Grisly Hand, whose DJ alter-ego Lorna Kay spins classic country tunes all year long, shares some grittier winter songs to fill out the emotional spectrum this December.

Lauren's Picks:

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Arts & Culture
5:26 am
Sun December 7, 2014

Once Again, The Kansas City Symphony Lets Tubas Take Over Christmas

Just a few of the tubas and euphoniums at the Kansas City Symphony's 2014 Tuba Christmas.
Credit Eric Williams / Kansas City Symphony

It’s not often that tuba players get to be the ones on melody.

That changes once a year, though, when the Kansas City Symphony puts on Tuba Christmas, where hundreds of tuba players from all around the metro gather to play traditional holiday songs. Because of popular demand, there are now two Tuba Christmases.

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Up To Date
12:06 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

Local Listen: Megan Birdsall

Megan Birdsall is Kansas City's finest young jazz vocalist. As musically accomplished as she is personable, Birdsall is a delightful entertainer. This week's edition of Local Listen features "Hey There (You With the Stars In Your Eyes)" from her album, "Little Jazz Bird."

Hear More: Birdsall will perform at the recently relocated Take Five Coffee + Bar in Overland Park, KS on Friday, December 5th at 8pm.  

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Up To Date
12:34 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Local Listen: Kasey Rausch

Kasey Rausch is the most prominent member of a new generation of dedicated folk musicians in Kansas City. This week's edition of Local Listen features a rollicking song from Rausch’s new album, Guitar in Hand.  Take a listen to "The Gospel of Winfield."

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Arts & Culture
12:14 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Gospel Singer Ah'Lee Robinson Sings Out

Ah'Lee Robinson rehearses an a cappella version of 'Give me Jesus.'
Julie Denesha KCUR

For the past 20 years, Ah'Lee Robinson has helped young people find their own voices as executive director of the Kansas City Boys Choir and the Kansas City Girls Choir

Robinson is an accomplished gospel singer himself. On Friday, he’ll sing in a concert of "praise and thanksgiving.”

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Arts & Culture
10:56 am
Thu November 20, 2014

New Release Brings Subterranean Sounds From 1960s, 1970s To Light

The new release, Local Customs: Cavern Sound features previously unreleased recordings by bands like Tide, the Reactions, Burlington Express, Faright, and more.
courtesy: The Numero Group

It was described as "one of the strangest recording studios ever built."

In the 1960s and 1970s, musicians found their way to Cavern Sound, a studio in an underground cave in Independence, Mo. James Brown and Brewer and Shipley recorded there. But so did garage bands, school choirs, gospel groups, and folk duos at a rate of $300 a day.

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Up To Date
10:46 am
Wed November 12, 2014

Local Listen: Gene Clark

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Gene Clark was born in Tipton, Mo., on Nov. 17, 1944. As a founding member of The Byrds, Clark played a major role in the development of folk-rock and psychedelic rock.

This edition of Local Listen features "I'll Feel a Whole Lot Better," a jangly 1965 gem that Clark wrote as a member of the Byrds.

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Up To Date
2:01 pm
Wed November 5, 2014

Local Listen: Sara Swenson

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The elegant Kansas City singer-songwriter Sara Swenson is one of many artists participating in this weekend's Apocalypse Meow benefit. This annual event raises money for Abby’s Fund for Musicians’ Health Care.

This edition of Local Listen features "Darling Dear," a lovely song from Swenson's new album "Runway Lights." 

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Central Standard
4:34 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Chuck Haddix's Tips For Collecting Records In Kansas City

Chuck Haddix is at home among albums at the Marr Sound Archives.
Credit E.C. Boldridge / Marr Sound Archives / UMKC

On Tuesday's Central Standard, Chuck Haddix, who hosts the public radio party known as the Fish Fry, joined a panel of guests in the studio to talk about the changing landscape for music collectors.

The consensus: Vinyl isn't going anywhere. If anything, it's seeing a revival, in the Kansas City area and elsewhere.

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Central Standard
4:28 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Kansas City's Vinyl Revival And The Music Collection Of The Future

Mills Record Company in Westport caters to vinyl collectors of all generations, including the Iron Maiden generation.
Credit Patrick Quick / KCUR

How are the elements of pride, care and luck-of-the-find translating from the tangible world of the record collector to the digital world of, well, everyone else? Plus, news from local record stores and a recent release from Numero Records, featuring music recorded in Missouri's limestone mines between 1967 and 1973.

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Up To Date
2:50 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

Local Listen: White Girl

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In one of the most striking transformations on the Kansas City music scene in recent memory ... Martin Bush has completely reinvented himself.  Once a prominent metallic punk rocker, Bush is now a dance music guru.  Operating under the moniker White Girl, Bush makes industrial electronic music. 

This week's edition of Local Listen features the A-side of the new 7-inch single "M.E.T.R.O.R.O.C.K."

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Up To Date
12:57 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

DiDonato Invites 40,000 Fans To Sing With Her At Kauffman Stadium

Mezzo soprano Joyce DiDonato, a Royals fan for decades, sings the National Anthem on Wednesday.
Credit courtesy: Joyce DiDonato

After a social media campaign with the twitter hashtag #LetJoyceSing, a Change.org petition, an invitation from Major League Baseball to sing in Game 7 of the World Series -- and the Royals victory that assured there would be a Game 7, Prairie Village, Kan. native Joyce DiDonato is ready to sing the National Anthem in the final game.

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Arts & Culture
5:14 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

World Series National Anthem Update: Game 6, Kansas City Symphony; Game 7, Joyce DiDonato

Joyce DiDonato is not available to sing the National Anthem before Game 6, but she plans to perform it if there's a game Game 7.
Credit courtesy: Carnegie Hall

Classical musicians will be taking center stage during the final games of the World Series at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo.

About 20, or as many as 60, members of the Kansas City Symphony, decked out in blue suits with blue accents, are scheduled to perform "The Star-Spangled Banner" in the pre-game ceremonies of Game 6 on Tuesday night. Music director Michael Stern is flying back Tuesday afternoon in time to conduct. 

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