I'm delighted to report that the Natural State met my expectations when I saw the band perform on the Ink Stage at the Plaza Art Fair yesterday. The Natural State is more or less just as I'd imagined- three young women and a guy on cello. And my goodness- they were absolutely adorable! Playing with the guileless enthusiasm of children, the quartet's disheveled set was unprofessional in the best sense of the word. I never stopped smiling.
Don't get me wrong- I still find today's
I reviewed T.J. Martley's new album at Plastic Sax.
Midwestern Audio Vol. 1, a new compilation of 41 area acts, is available as a free download. Artists responsible for my favorite tracks include Cowboy Indian Bear, Diverse, the Conquerors and the Empty Spaces.
Kendrick Lamar's current hit "Swimming Pools" sounds like a Strange Music release.
The unrelated video doesn't do anything for me, but Aesop Rock's "ZZZ Top" is a smart analysis of popular music's role in teen rebellion across generations and cultures.
Kansas City Click: Mark Lowrey performs Monday at the Blue Room.
Franke Valli visits the Muriel Kauffman Theatre on Tuesday.
Mono plays the Riot Room on Wednesday.
Will Nick Lowe play my favorite pub rock song Thursday at Knuckleheads?
(Original image of the Natural State by There Stands the Glass.)