Monday, July 20, 2009

Review: Exit 159 at The Record Bar

I missed Exit 159.

I don't recall everything I was listening to in 1998, but Exit 159 was not in the mix. After catching one of the band's reunion shows Saturday, I regret being oblivious to Exit 159 the first time around.

Frogpond was once the talk of the Midwest. Like most everyone else around here, I figured they'd make it big. In more recent years, I became a fan of ex-Frogpond member Kristie Stremel.

Based on the band's performance at the Record Bar, I now know that Exit 159 represents Stremel's sturdiest vehicle. I've always heard her songs as variations on Tom Petty's Damn the Torpedoes. The guys in Exit 159 act as Stremel's Heartbreakers.

The approach isn't trendy or innovative but it's guaranteed to always sound good. I don't intend to miss out again.

Friends tell me that 72 Musicians makes them proud to be part of Kansas City's music scene. There's a trailer for the documentary at the link.

We Were Promised Jetpacks are more than a just a great name.

I enjoy Incubus. Here's my review of their Sunday concert.

Kansas City Click: Mayhem strikes Sandstone Tuesday.

(Original image of Exit 159 by There Stands the Glass.)