Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Review: Krisitie Stremel and the 159ers- The Color of Stars

Look at that photo. It's hard to put on pretenses when you grow up in such a place. Kristie Stremel and I have deep roots in western Kansas. We both know it's not acceptable to get above your raising. Accordingly, Color of Stars, the new album by Kristie Stremel & the 159ers, fits this open landscape. Tough and unblinkingly honest, all twelve songs feature meat-and-potatoes rock in the vein of the first two Tom Petty albums. Songs like "Best Kiss" and "Unstoppable" are capable of kicking an affected indie-rocker from Atchison to Ulysses. Stremel makes me proud to be a Kansan.

I'm impressed by this Gayngs initiation.

Dick Griffey of Solar Records has died.

Kansas City Click: An email from the Power & Light District's marketing department promised that "Salvia" will headline a free concert Wednesday. They meant, of course, these guys.

Those Darlins play the Record Bar on Thursday.

(Original image of Kansas by There Stands the Glass.)

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