The Black Keys recently reminded me of something I'd come dangerously close to forgetting. A talented blues duo is capable of making people lose their minds. As the band from Akron played to a riotous crowd of over 10,000 at a racetrack, I saw fistfights, make-out sessions, temper tantrums and convulsive vomiting. Unpersons, the forthcoming release by The Pack A.D., contains a similarly sinister and potent energy. The Canadian duo of Maya Miller and Becky Blackmake make mean, dirty music meant to incite bad deeds. Asking if The Pack A.D. is as good as, say, Heartless Bastards misses the point. The music contained on Unpersons doesn't inspire such pointy-headed theorizing. The Pack A.D. provides an ideal soundtrack for
The RFT offers a great interview with St. Louis treasure Joe Edwards.
Here's the scoop on the 2011 edition of Crossroads Music Fest.
Kansas City rapper Neko is interviewed at Credentials Hip Hop.
This Farm Aid photo set is stunning.
The new The War On Drugs is Boss!
Kansas City Click: Brad Leali leads a band Thursday and Friday at The Blue Room.
The Black House Improvisors' Collective headline a free show Friday at La Esquina.
I might "Go Crazy" at Young Jeezy's concert Saturday at the Beaumont Club.
Marbin perform Sunday at The Record Bar.
Janet Jackson plays Starlight Theater on Monday.
(Original image by There Stands the Glass.)