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Violent Femmes with Echo and the Bunnymen


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Violent Femmes started out in Milwaukee as an acoustic punk band in 1981, and have become a mainstay at festivals, clubs and theaters worldwide over the past three decades. They’re touring in support of 2016 album “We Can Do Anything.”… [Read More]


Weekend Roundup: KC Staycation


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Above image: Instant Karma releases its EP, “Trying To Find My Mind,” this Saturday at Revolution Records. | Photo submitted by artist The Atlanta-based members of Coathangers are no strangers to The Riot Room stage; they return tonight with copies… [Read More]


Do the Hustle: Being A Full-Time Musician


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Above image: A number of KC-based musicians do it for a living. Among them is trumpet player Clint Ashlock (second from right). | Photo: YouTube Being a full-time musician can often be grueling — it means late nights, juggling projects… [Read More]


Weekend Roundup: Meet Me Outside


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Above image: Edison Lights performs a matinee show at The Riot Room on Saturday, with CD copies of their debut album on hand. | Photo courtesy of artist Lawrence Field Day Fest continues tonight and tomorrow, with nearly 70 acts to… [Read More]


10 Acts To See at Lawrence Field Day Fest


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Above image: (the) medicine theory plays at Lawrence Field Day Fest on Saturday night. | Photo: Todd Zimmer Lawrence Field Day Fest was conceived in 2012 as a way to bolster the college town’s music scene during the typically slower… [Read More]


Shells: ‘Fragments’ Exclusive Song Premiere


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On her debut EP “New Bones,” singer-songwriter Riley Brown confronts the transitions of adulthood and motherhood. “In early 2015 when I started writing ‘New Bones,’ I was a new mother, newlywed, recent college graduate living in a family member’s basement… [Read More]


Weekend Roundup: Not For the Faint of Heart


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Above image: Crystal Rose and Payge Turner perform at Lifted Spirits Distillery tonight. | Photo: Brian Turner In case you missed it, we premiered an entertaining music video from Westerners last week. This weekend, the boys are hitting Kansas City… [Read More]


15 Essential Summer Songs From the Heartland


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Above image: Ha Ha Tonka took a trip to The Bridge’s 909 Studios back in May, and performed the lead single, “Race To The Bottom,” from its latest album. NPR Music staffers recently compiled a list of 15 songs that… [Read More]


Westerners: ‘Wasn’t In My Right Mind’ Exclusive Video Premiere


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Westerners’ new music video for “Wasn’t In My Right Mind” makes fun look easy. With a playful backdrop, the band employs the same vitality that draws audiences to its spirited live shows. Frontman Mitchell Hewlett’s dreamy, lulling delivery pairs well… [Read More]


Weekend Roundup: Go Out With A Bang


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Above image: Carswell & Hope returns to the stage tonight, to perform a matinee show on the patio of the Replay Lounge in Lawrence, Kansas. | Photo: Brian Byers Photo Start your weekend off at Mills Record Company tonight to… [Read More]