Tuesday, July 10, 2012

High and Outside

What a difference a day makes.  Along with Diverse, Hearts of Darkness and a passel of DJs, Making Movies performed for over 1,000 people at Crossroads KC on Friday.  Less than 24 hours later, the band played another free concert at Barney Allis Plaza that seemed to have been sponsored by the Kansas City Convention & Visitors Association.  While a couple dozen passerby stopped to listen, I suspect that my companion and I were the only people who showed up in the 100+ degree heat specifically to hear the band.  The massive scale of the venue made the turnout especially awkward.  Yeah, it was hot.  But Making Movies is worth a little discomfort.  While I've been championing the band for some time- the promotional clip for "Tormenta" topped one of my Top 25 Kansas City Videos of 2010 list- Making Movies has developed into an even sharper act during the past year.  The band's Chevy Music Showcase spot reflects its vitality. 

Andre Williams likes to remind people that he's a bad motherf*cker.  He's right. Here's my review of his appearance Friday at the RecordBar.

The 2012 edition of Warped Tour was my favorite in years.  My review is followed by a list of my ten favorite performances of the day.

Ben Kynard has died.

Talk about a bad look.  Check out "Billionaire", the music video by M.E., the wife of Ephren Taylor, Jr.  Read The Star's report on Taylor's appalling story.

K is for Kanda Bongo Man.

Kansas City Click: The Knux play Czar Bar on Tuesday.

The Farewell Drifters return to Knuckleheads on Wednesday.

Nicolay and the Hot at Nights perform at the Blue Room on Thursday.

(Original image of Making Movies' performance by There Stands the Glass.)


bgo said...

Loves me some Kanda Bongo Man. He was delightful seeing him in New Orleans back in the mid-1980's.

Happy In Bag said...

Oh man!

Anonymous said...

I agree about Making Movies...great band...though sorry to hear about Fan Fest turnout. How come no talk/comment streams about the "Death of Latin Rock"? wink - Sam