Above image: Bummer, who will release a split 12-inch record tonight at Mills Record Company. | Photo: Todd Zimmer
If First Friday in the Crossroads is your destination on what looks to be a sunny weekend, stop by Josey Records for an eclectic evening of free music. It starts off with hip-hop duo Danza Special, followed by the intense glam grooves of Drew Black and Dirty Electric and the surf-influenced pop of Electric Orchids.
Mills Record Company presents two robust record releases this weekend, starting tonight with a split 12” from a couple of trios — San Antonio, Texas-based Pinko and KC’s own Bummer. The two High Dive Records labelmates will go head-to-head in a battle set, trading off songs. Vohnkar will open the free show at 6 p.m.
Over at Love Garden Sounds in Lawrence, Kansas, Arc Flash is celebrating the release of “Carbon Copy” with an all-ages show this evening. Special guests include Shy Boys and This Is My Condition. But if you don’t feel like making the drive from KC, never fear — Mills will host the duo’s release on Saturday night.
But maybe a solid ear pummeling is exactly what you need. If so, get down to Davey’s Uptown for the KC release of Red Kate and Stiff Middle Fingers’ split seven-inch record tonight. The two bands will headline the night, but show up early to get a dose of gritty, sleazy punk from Wick and the Tricks and a blast of dark wave from Emmaline Twist.
Tonight, recordBar will host this month’s Sound Machine KC. The Record Machine hosts Cloud Nothings, a Cleveland-based band whose latest album “Life Without Sound” has received rave reviews from Pitchfork and Consequence of Sound. You’ll also have a chance to preview two KC-based bands who will appear at Middle of the Map Fest next month — False Brother and Mess. Tickets are available.
Who doesn’t want to spend a Saturday night on the dance floor, especially when you can do some good for the community? Visit The Ship on Saturday for a Crossroads Academy benefit show. It’ll feature an eclectic mix of KC musicians whose children attend the school, including Andrew Ashby, Zhanna Saparova and Beau Bledsoe, Morgan Elyse Christensen and Kemet the Phantom. Stay late for sets from Rex Hobart and the Honky Tonk Standards and Dead Voices.
With the help of audio engineer wizard Duane Trower, The People’s Punk Band’s monstrous new full-length packs in all the energy of the band’s relentless and ridiculously fun live show. From the walloping rhythm section to the vocal assault of frontman Tim Mohn, the self-titled album is a solid representation of the old school punk ethos with a modern post-hardcore bent.
Searching for the perfect springtime anthem? Alicia Solo’s new single, “Fevah,” may be for you. The frontwoman of the dearly departed group Beautiful Bodies has given us a teaser of her forthcoming EP, with a booty-bumping lyric video. Now, where can I find one of those Alicia Solo cardboard head cutouts?