It’s First Friday, and there’s a chance you’ll want to kick back with some hallucination-inducing sounds. Prepare yourself for the intoxicating, experimental grooves of Myco, who celebrates the release of its debut self-titled EP with a free, all-ages show at Josey Records in the Crossroads.
Perhaps you’d feel more comfortable with a little more grit. Davey’s Uptown is typically the place for that, and tonight’s show is no exception. Punk heavyweights The Uncouth! headline the evening, but show up early to see the debut of post-punk trio 21 Years of Winter, and the pop-driven garage rock of Swell Boy. Fun fact: Swell Boy’s Nick McKenna and Alex Yoffie, along with Steve Gardels of The Uncouth! are former members of indie-folk rock act Appropriate Grammar.
Or maybe you need more soul in your life. Lee Fields got his start in the late 1960s, even briefly touring with Kool and the Gang. He’ll appear at recordBar tonight with his backing band, the Expressions. Opening the show will be Hi-Lux, led by Julia Haile’s brilliant voice and backed by some of the city’s most in-demand musicians: Tim Braun, Kian Byrne, Nick Howell and Pete Leibert.
The bones of Poor Bishop Hooper’s (pictured above) music are “adventure and hardship, faith and desire.” The husband-and-wife Americana duo of Jesse Braswell Roberts (former frontman of Quiet Corral) and Leah Grace Roberts releases its latest album, “Gold,” tonight at The Tank Room, with another husband-and-wife duo, Barnaby Bright.
Girls Rock Lawrence is the Kansas-based chapter of Girls Rock Camp Alliance, an organization that fosters music education and empowerment through music for adolescent girls and trans youth. Tonight, three female-fronted acts pay tribute to the music of women of the ’80s to benefit the organization. See Heidi Gluck and the Pony Show perform the music of The Pretenders, Youngest Children with the music of Laurie Anderson, and La Guerre with the music of Kate Bush.
If you didn’t catch the release of their album “Moon Birth” in Lawrence at the top of the year, The Ovaries-eez are bringing their dulcet harmonies (and some CDs) to Mills Record Company on Saturday night. Opening the show is songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Teri Quinn, who coincidentally released an album last year entitled “Moons and Meltdowns.”
The Kansas City Jazz Orchestra and Mills Record Company are teaming up to present a number of listening parties, where a member of the band will play and discuss one of their favorite records. Bandleader and trumpeter Clint Ashlock kicks off the free public event on Sunday with his favorite album, John Coltrane’s “A Love Supreme.”
— Michelle Bacon is a musician and writer dedicated to the Kansas City music community. She advocates for and helps spotlight music in the area, writes web content for 90.9 The Bridge, plays drums with Chris Meck & the Guilty Birds, and bass for about anyone who asks. Follow her on Twitter @michelleobacon.