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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]


The Texas Invasion: Doyle Bramhall II and Hayes Carll Bring Lone Star Style to Kansas City


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Above image: Doyle Bramhall II (left), photo by Danny Clinch | Hayes Carll, photo by Jacob Blickenstaff Texas contains multitudes. More than a quarter-million square miles of hills and plains and long, lonely highways, the Lone Star State is a… [Read More]


The Bends or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Radiohead


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I bought “OK Computer.” Everyone bought “OK Computer.” It was the album that no one saw coming, the one that re-engineered everyone’s thinking. The one that moved past the brutal limitations of grunge and ushered in the post-rock world, even… [Read More]


Art Appreciation: Bryan Ferry and Adrian Belew descend on Kansas City (and Farewell, Chuck Berry)


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When it comes to music, Kansas City’s reputation is pretty meat and potatoes. We like our blues and country to be traditional. We like our rock and roll to be hard and direct. We’ve always been more prose than poetry.… [Read More]


On The Way: Shovels & Rope and The English Beat


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For the music fan, there is no greater sin than prejudice. I know because I have sinned, over and over again. I have judged music without hearing it, based on image or genre or any number of things that bear… [Read More]