Dan Calderon


Dan Calderon is a contributor to Flatland and 90.9 The Bridge, where he writes the bi-weekly music column, “Sympathetic Vibrations,” examining local and national music. Dan has been a lifelong resident of the Kansas City area and splits his time as an attorney and a DJ when he is not writing for Flatland/The Bridge.

Articles by Dan Calderon

Sympathetic Vibrations: A Better Future’s Past

Posted on May 16 2019 by Dan Calderon

Making Movies’ time-traveling new mixtape album seeks to give immigrant cultures a hopeful vision for tomorrow With their latest album, “Ameri’kana,” local indie rockers Making Movies are inviting fans to time travel to a version of the future where th... [Read More]

Sympathetic Vibrations: Hembree's Next Chapter

Posted on May 2 2019 by Dan Calderon

Local indie dance-rockers release stunning, high energy debut Growing up is tough.  And aside from our adolescent years, there probably isn’t a time where we feel more awkward, unstable and filled with self-doubt than our mid-20s. It’s a period of p... [Read More]

Sympathetic Vibrations: Spaces | Miller's Rural Escape

Posted on April 18 2019 by Dan Calderon

Local artist J. Ashley Miller shows us his rural home recording studio It’s a beautiful spring day as I drive toward the home of J. Ashley Miller — local musician, engineer, producer and creative force behind local acts like The Golden Calves, Meta... [Read More]

Sympathetic Vibrations: Excuses to Commit

Posted on April 4 2019 by Dan Calderon

Lawrence, Kansas synth pop duo set to release gritty debut EP In art, technology often conjures up feelings of anxiety and despair. And that’s likely because our  growing reliance upon tech seems to signal human beings’ ever-increasing surrender of ide... [Read More]

Sympathetic Vibrations: Mess' Clean Start

Posted on March 21 2019 by Dan Calderon

Local indie rockers set to release heady, concept-driven debut LP If you listen to “Learning How to Talk,” the debut full-length from local indie group Mess, you’ll find a gorgeous and haunting exploration of trauma, self-doubt and heartbreak. And that... [Read More]

Sympathetic Vibrations: Lifting Them Up

Posted on March 7 2019 by Dan Calderon

The American Jazz Museum's Women in Jazz series aims to celebrate history and inspire the next generation If you stroll about the permanent exhibits at the American Jazz Museum in 18th & Vine, you’ll find a room celebrating the four “jazz masters”... [Read More]

Sympathetic Vibrations: Spaces | The Coop

Posted on February 21 2019 by Dan Calderon

Mitchell Hewlett’s converted goat coop is kicking out a whole new funk Mitchell Hewlett and Josh Hartranft needed a new place to live in 2014, and a two-bedroom apartment in Lawrence, Kansas, wouldn’t do for two musicians. So the idea of scoring a s... [Read More]

Sympathetic Vibrations | Five Rules For Loving Vinyl

Posted on February 7 2019 by Dan Calderon

Vinyl Renaissance co-owner offers five tips to get the most out of your record collection Some music fanatics maintain record collections over time for sentimental reasons. Others prefer the richness and clarity of the medium. And still others use reco... [Read More]

Sympathetic Vibrations | Radar State Really Doesn't Care. Do You?

Posted on January 24 2019 by Dan Calderon

Despite a debut full length, a nationwide tour and being dubbed a 'supergroup,' the pop punkers say it's just for fun In 2017, Matt Pryor and Jim Suptic were grabbing lunch and lamenting that their band, The Get Up Kids, were in something o... [Read More]

Sympathetic Vibrations | Let's Dance

Posted on January 10 2019 by Dan Calderon

Local David Bowie tribute supergroup gearing up for fourth annual performance Ask 10 different music lovers about David Bowie’s legacy, and you’re likely to get 10 different answers. But if you’re trying get a better grasp of his enigmatic persona, may... [Read More]

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