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Father John Misty and David Rawlings: Different Kinds of Folk


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L: Father John Misty · Photo: Emma Elizabeth Tillman | R: David Rawlings · Photo: Alysse Gafkjen A non-native English speaker confronted with the music of both Father John Misty and David Rawlings might conclude that the two were in the same… [Read More]


Herbie Hancock: A Legend in Nine Songs


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He is, simply, one of the greats of modern American music. For 55 years, Herbie Hancock has been a force in the world of jazz, and one of the few jazz musicians to cross over into the world of pop… [Read More]


On the Way: Fleet Foxes and Cracker


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Above image: Fleet Foxes (left) · Photo: Billions | Cracker (right) · Photo: Bradford Jones If the grunge rock that emanated from the Pacific Northwest in the 1990s mimicked the chainsaw buzz and machine-press kerrang of the region’s logging and shipping… [Read More]


Wonder Woman: The Enduring Importance of Lucinda Williams


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A while back, a friend and I had a brief text exchange inspired by a question from his daughter: Who are the three best-ever female songwriters? Without overthinking it, we each quickly submitted our answers, and our combined lists yielded… [Read More]


All Kinds of Country: Mary Chapin Carpenter and Sarah Jarosz in Kansas City


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  When an artist delivers year after year, with punch-the-clock consistency, it’s easy to take her for granted, especially when it seems that she goes out of her way not to call attention to herself. Mary Chapin Carpenter has been… [Read More]


Tomorrow Forever Today: Blondie, Matthew Sweet and Tommy Keene come to KC


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It’s a long way from CBGB. Blondie performs on Tuesday, July 18 at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, the gleaming, hyper-modern southern anchor of Kansas City’s downtown renaissance. The Kauffman Center — clean, pristine and perfectly calibrated for… [Read More]


On the Way: Michael Franti & Spearhead


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  Michael Franti walks the walk. And he does it barefoot. Through a career in music that has spanned more than 30 years, Franti has marched a righteous path. In his lyrics, he has addressed social and political issues head-on,… [Read More]


In Case You Haven’t Heard: Summer Edition


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Above image: Imelda May, who released “Life. Love. Flesh. Blood” on April 7. | Photo: Roger Deckker It’s time for our periodic survey of new music that might have evaded your attention. Here are 10 certified-terrific tracks from just off… [Read More]


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]