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Look Sharp, Kansas City. Here Comes Joe Jackson


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“Pretty women out walking with gorillas down my street.” As the opening line of his debut single “Is She Really Going Out With Him?,” those were the words that introduced Joe Jackson to much of the world in 1979. And… [Read More]


One Nation Under A Groove: George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic Set to Shake KC


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It seems wrong to call George Clinton underrated. After all, he’s widely hailed as a genius, a pioneer, a wizard, a mad scientist and a legend, and he and his bands Parliament and Funkadelic earned entry into the Rock and… [Read More]


Elvis Costello’s Masterpiece? Imperial Bedroom in Kansas City


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Hard on the heels of The Bridge’s celebration of the 50th anniversary of “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,” comes a concert commemorating one of that album’s most direct descendants. It was 35 years ago that Elvis Costello released “Imperial… [Read More]


Beatles on the Bridge: Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band at 50


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Here’s a bit of trivia to try on your friends: Of all the albums released since January 1, 2000, which has sold the most copies in the United States? Some hints: The band that recorded the songs has a massive… [Read More]


Beatles on the Bridge: The Black Album


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Above image: © Apple Corps Ltd. (As we continue our march toward Beatles on the Bridge — our full-day celebration of the Fab Four on June 1 — we ponder what might have been had the band not split in… [Read More]


Beatles on The Bridge: The Influences


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Above image: © Apple Corps Ltd. To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the release of “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” on June 1, we’ll have a special on-air event dedicated to the most important band in popular music history. Beatles… [Read More]


On the Way: The Blasters and David Gray


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There is a popular narrative that says that the punk rock of the mid- to late 1970s was a rejection of the past, a form that came to lay waste to the bloated beasts that had brought orchestral pretense, arena… [Read More]


Hip Hop You Don’t Stop: De La Soul and Talib Kweli Keep Pushing Across the Years


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With a few notable exceptions, rap has long been a young man’s game. It’s a style often fueled by youthful aggression and rapid reinvention. Street poets rise up from the underground by the dozens, by the hundreds, all looking to… [Read More]


On the Way: Delbert McClinton and Robin Trower


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  How’s this for a line on the résumé? Delbert McClinton can boast that the Beatles opened for him. Well, not him, specifically, but McClinton was on stage that night in England in 1962, playing behind Bruce Channel, whose song,… [Read More]


In Case You Missed It: Spring 2017 Edition


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Above image: The Districts, who are set to release their third album later this year. | Photo: Pitch Perfect PR It’s time for our periodic survey of new music that you might have missed. Today, we start with a quartet… [Read More]