I don't share the musical sensibilities of the organizers of Ink's Middle of the Map Fest. That doesn't mean that I couldn't find plenty to enjoy last weekend. I caught at least two sets at each of the event's six stages in the 17 hours I logged at the festival. All of my favorite performances, however, took place at the Riot Room. Here's the top five:
- Wolf Eyes- searing noise
- Reggie and the Full Effect- a glorious mess
- Bummer- Olathe grunge
- Shabazz Palaces- interstellar hip-hop
- Josh Berwanger Band- Kansas power-pop
Some of my commentary is incorporated into reports here and here.
Your Friend's session for KJHK at the KU Natural History Museum is impressive.
I ponder Mike Dillon's Band of Outsiders at Plastic Sax.
Wayne Henderson of the Jazz Crusaders has died.
Atmosphere's "Kanye West" is a bit disappointing.
The European piano trio Phronesis is doing interesting things.
Dave Koz's rendition of the "Game of Thrones" theme has gone viral.
B.B. King's performances continue to deteriorate.
Kansas City Click: My official picks are published here.
(Original image of James Dewees by There Stands the Glass.)