Saturday, November 24, 2012
Review: Flood Fest 2012
Is that reckless woman throwing darts going to put my eye out? And why are drunk men hitting on me? Those are just a couple of the disconcerting questions that crossed my mind as Smash the State performed at a dive bar on Thanksgiving Eve.
The opportunity to put myself in uncomfortable situations is one of the most appealing aspects of any ambitious music festival. A $10 pass for Flood Fest 2012 bought me a chance to see 30 relatively unheralded acts in six venues. Smash the State appeared in a place I usually associate with the gauntlet of panhandlers that often gathers on a nearby sidewalk.
Smash the State was convincingly authentic. The band's official bio encapsulates its aesthetic- (f)ive dirtbags, thugs, bastards and hooligans who have gotten together to bring hardcore punk rock back to KC. Smash the State's perfect performance in a perfect place made my night.
For those about to rave? Beats Antique's remix of the AC/DC classic is available as a free download.
The Rosebuds have a new Christmas album.
P.O.S updates fans about his health.
I regularly mock overtly sappy Christian music, but this somehow manages to speak to me.
The Weeknd's "Wicked Games" makes most everything else on commercial R&B and hip hop stations seem like child's play.
Kansas City Click: My official picks are published here.
(Original image by There Stands the Glass.)