Montana of 300 returned to The Granada on Sunday night. The Chicago rapper known for his tireless flow brought his Fly Guy Entertainment crew with him and gave the crowd 45 minutes of drill bangers, sex raps, and life stories. Gee Watts and Duncan Burnett joined forces in support as The Infinite, playing solo songs from each artist with a live guitarist and Burnett drumming along to Watts' songs. Kansas City's Zarin Micheal and St. Louis' Coup DV & Lil Savv also opened the show.
The "Døg" afterparty was planned to be the final appearance of Deaton Chris Anthony for the year, but as Kansas City has come to learn, Anthony always has another trick up his sleeve. Before leaving later this week -- word is he'll be relaxing out in Costa Rica -- Anthony gave it one last go in the living room of a packed house off the Paseo for a friend's birthday party. The performance included all of the DCA hits, a special birthday surprise, and a new rap song performed with Broderick Jones.
Hot off the release of their third album, "Sunlit Youth," California quintet Local Natives performed an hour and a half of light, shimmering indie rock. Cuts off the new album were more streamlined and quickly accessible than previous songs, allowing those who hadn't heard them yet to get dancing right away. Old favorites from the band's first two albums elicited passionate sing-alongs. Toronto singer Charlotte Day Wilson and her band opened the show with an impressive set cut short due to worries of rain later in the evening. Despite only getting to perform four songs, Wilson -- who also displayed her talent at guitar, bass, and saxophone -- quickly won over the crowd. Her BadBadNotGood collaboration "In Your Eyes" pleased those both in the know and those who chuckled at the band's name.
As you may know, we curate a very frequently updated local show list on the site, but if you need a quick look at the week's shows you can just check the homepage on Sunday mornings to see all the best shows laid out nice and tidy for you. Have a good week, see you at the gig!
Montana of 300 w/ The Infinite, Zarin Micheal, Coup DV & Young Savv, and Yung Grandpa
The Blind Tiger celebrated its one year anniversary on Friday night with one of the management's favorite bands: Ex-Cult. Aggressive dancing consumed the basement floor and a minor fist fight took place as the Tennessee garage rockers performed cuts from their new album "Negative Growth." The booze-fueled bash was already in full swing when Wet Ones took the stage for a set that included a crowdsurfing dinosaur, six broken guitar strings, and liquids sprayed from every direction. Long-running punk band Nature Boys opened up along with local d-beat machine AGENT.
Queens, New York trio Show Me The Body shook awake a small Wednesday night crowd at The Bottleneck. The group seamlessly blends together punk, noise rock, and hip-hop in a style not unlike Sacramento's Death Grips. With amplifiers and the drum set placed on stage, two-thirds of the group performed from the floor. Vocalist/banjo player Julian Pratt took to the "stage" while sending menacing glares to every member of the front row before grabbing his banjo and letting fly half an hour of abrasive, experimental rock music.
At times Pratt would drop the banjo as his rhythm section took on a more simplistic style while he clutched the mic and pushed his snarling delivery into a more hip-hop direction. When he had his instrument in hand, bassist Harlan Steed never stopped ripping, but other moments found him manipulating electronic equipment and creating grooves for Pratt to spew to. The size of the crowd didn't surpass 50, but that didn't prevent Show Me The Body from putting on one of the most vicious and impressive sets Lawrence has seen all year.
Ebony Tusks played before Show Me The Body. The local trio shifted into a duo for the evening -- one member skipped out to see Chance The Rapper in Kansas City. While the performance wasn't executed as impeccably as other recent sets, Martinez Hillard elicited a remarkably loud crowd response and delivered some emotional words about our country's current social and cultural landscapes.
Ricky Roosevelt and Alccalh are members of the Vivid Zebra collective. The duo have been working on a project together and performed several unreleased songs from it. Alccalh's smooth, bass-heavy beats paired well with Roosevelt's quick and bubbling flow, making for catchy hip-hop tunes without piling on any gimmicks. Several songs matched the style Tione and Alccalh's "Holupyah" from earlier this year. Roosevelt and Alccalh were joined by Raymond for the final song, by which point several audience members were hopping along and carrying out some fairly embarrassing dance moves.
Lawrence band Macemouth opened the show at 9 p.m. Mitch Hewlett and Josh Hartranft have been performing together in Westerners for over two years, but recently decided to begin writing songs as a duo as well. The outcome of this partnership is noisy, mid-paced kind-of-punk songs for not-punks. Hartranft's crude, uninspired banter in-between songs only cemented the band's role as a loud band for college kids to drunkenly push mosh to.