Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Photo Gallery: Haram/Wad/Blind Dog/AGENT at Gacy's Place

New York City punks Haram played at Gacy's Place late Monday night. The ferocious raw punk ensemble put out what may be the most vicious Arabic-language release of 2015 and quickly set out on their first tour with their fellow New Yorkers in Wad. Local punks Blind Dog, AGENT, and Narc Parade opened.

Full photo gallery: https://www.flickr.com/photos/118613296@N06/albums/72157669721977363

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Live This Week: August 21st-27th, 2016

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!

Listen to the new Frank Ocean album all day

Haram w/ Wad, Blind Dog, and AGENT
August 22nd @ Gacy's Place (KC)
8pm - All Ages

The Reptilian w/ Bluehealer and Canyons
August 22nd @ Harrison House (KC)
All Ages - 8pm - $5

Wite Wash w/ Killakee Kat and Narc Parade
August 23rd @ The Blind Tiger (KC)
21+ - 9pm - $5


Illustrations w/ Canyons and Bummer
August 25th @ The Chum Bucket (KC)
All Ages - 8pm - $5

Wildings w/ Innermodal and Laissez-Faire
August 25th @ Replay Lounge (Lawrence)
10pm - 21+

The Philistines
August 25th @ The Riot Room (KC)

Bearblood w/ Wides, Macemouth, and Rust Belt
August 25th @ Jazzhaus (Lawrence)

Daisy Chains w/ Shy Boys, Warm Bodies, and Phantom Head
August 26th @ FOKL (KCK)
9pm - All Ages

KCDIYYODA Watch Party (ft. Kool 100s, Creature Power, and Puffs Or Plumes)
August 26th @ Mills Record Company (KC)
All Ages - Free - 7pm

Cavi Basel (ft. Gee Watts, Riley, OT Watts, Dettsa, J-Tone, Izzy, Jay Rel, MB58, and Pistol Pete)
August 26th @ Prohibition Hall (KC)
$10 - All Ages

DCA: Fresh Air (ft. XV, Gee Watts, Crit Life, Doc Samson, Jooby Truth, Viva La Berg, and Trip Phontaine)
August 26th @ Encore at Uptown Theater (KC)
9:45pm - 18+

Tione w/ Raymond, X Wilson, and Kemper
August 26th @ Jackpot Music Hall (Lawrence)
9pm - All Ages

The Grasshopper Lies Heavy w/ Bluehealer
August 26th @ miniBar (KC)

Plack Blague w/ Droid's Blood, Faultfinder, Scammers, Killus, and OFL
August 26th @ Lindquist Press (KC)
All Ages - 8pm - $5

Method Man & Redman w/ Dizzy Wright, Murs, Ces Cru, Joey Cool, and JL
August 27th @ Crossroads (KC)

The Conquerors w/ Shy Boys and Fullbloods
August 27th @ The Blind Tiger (KC)
21+ - $5 - 10pm

Naughty By Nature
August 27th @ VooDoo Lounge (KC)

Truth Cell w/ Amenaza, Melting Point Of Bronze, Young Bull, Gnarly Davidson, One Jack Short, and Way Back When
August 27th @ The Bottleneck (Lawrence)
6pm - $10

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Photo Gallery: Samurai/J-Tone/Izzy/Plu$+/Antonio at Mills Record Company

Shuttlecock hosted a free rap show at Mills Record Company on Friday night. Samurai is moving out of town soon, but left Kansas City grinning and bouncing along to his outrageously fun trap tunes one last time. J-Tone opted to use his time to premiere three unreleased songs that will certainly be popping up on this blog -- and hopefully others -- once released. The always-explicit Izzy opened his set with an impressive, lengthy freestyle and played a couple familiar favorites. Izzy and J-Tone were also joined by Star B to perform their new song "This Is." Plu$+ and his pal Hotboy Leon had an energetic set and put on an electric performance of their song "Watch The Ice," with Plu$+ at one point leaping from his perch atop a speaker. Antonio opened the show up with two cuts of smooth, down to Earth hip-hop.

Full photo gallery: https://www.flickr.com/photos/118613296@N06/albums/72157671504980120/with/29023730631/

Friday, August 19, 2016

Photo Gallery: Snoop Dogg/Wiz Khalifa/Kevin Gates at Providence Medical Center Amphitheater

Wiz Khalifa and Snoop Dogg 
The two rappers behind hip-hop's biggest cannabis-loving bromance stopped in Bonner Springs, Kansas on Thursday night. Gangsta rap legend and Death Row Records alumnus Snoop Dogg and Pittsburgh stoner rap icon Wiz Khalifa teamed up for a joint set that included collaborative tracks, solo hits new and old, and tributes to some of their favorite artists. Giant inflatable joints were flung from the stage and goofy cartoons of the two were shown on the screen during smoke breaks. DJ Drama of Gangsta Grillz mixtape fame hosted the sets leading up to the main event -- which included New Orleans radio rap juggernaut Kevin Gates as well as Casey Veggies and Jhene Aiko.

Full photo gallery: https://www.flickr.com/photos/118613296@N06/albums/72157672560873476

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Photo Gallery: The Melvins/Helms Alee at The Bottleneck

Buzz Osborne of The Melvins. Photo by Libby Zanders.
The mighty Melvins returned to Lawrence to split The Bottleneck wide open on a Tuesday night. Guitarist/vocalist Buzz Osborne and pioneering drummer Dale Crover have been making music together for well over twenty years and it was clear from their fluid connection. The trio was rounded out by Steven Shane McDonald of LA punk legends Redd Kross and OFF! on bass. The group ripped right through a varied set bookended by Melvins classics. Their characteristic heavy brick wall of rich sound was lightened with lots of antics and goofy cover songs including "Deuce" by KISS and "Halo Of Flies" by Alice Cooper. It was a relatively short set from a band with such a huge catalog, but The Melvins lit it up regardless. Doomy and hypnotic Seattle-based Helms Alee opened the show.

Full photo gallery: https://www.flickr.com/gp/143001577@N03/Tp533y

Lil Yachty Concert Review

Lil Yachty
August 16th, 2016
The Granada - Lawrence, KS

Lil Yachty
Lil Yachty is simultaneously among the most charismatic, buzzed about, and divisive rappers of 2016. The 18 year-old Atlanta star and his associates are responsible for making infectious and vibrant hip-hop anthems that they refer to "bubblegum trap." He is hated by rappers, DJs, industry heads, and listeners young and old who take issue with his often simple rhyme schemes, use of falsetto vocals and auto-tune, cartoonish personality, and intense dedication to his trademark nautical theme. All of those reasons and more are why the kids love Lil Yachty.

Yachty's style of hip-hop is similar to that of trap artists like Migos and Young Thug, but those who are well-versed in 2010's hip-hop could draw more comparisons between Lil Yachty and Tyler, The Creator. Tuesday night's show was remarkably similar to Odd Future's inaugural visit to The Granada in 2011. Much like Tyler, The Creator and Odd Future did five years ago, Lil Yachty and his crew The Sailing Team have been traveling across America and Europe playing large cities after gaining explosive online hype from singles early in the year. Cities like New York and Los Angeles have had their chance to see the rapper, now it's middle America's turn.

Lil Yachty
On Tuesday night Yachty and his loyal crew dropped anchor at The Granada, where an enthusiastic sold out crowd proved that Lawrence wasn't just any port in a storm. After a DJ set from Yung Grandpa and a short performance from Quality Control artist Jayaire Woods, Yachty introduced The Sailing Team from backstage. Each member performed two or three songs of their own before being joined by the next. Lil Yachty's song "All In" is a posse cut that features verses from numerous members of The Sailing Team. That song's hook includes the line, "Seven years later and I got the same friends," and that friendship was shown for all to see at this show. Nearly everyone on stage was cheering each other on, playfully roughhousing, and beaming wide for a majority of the show. That positive energy clearly spread to the fans as well, resulting in one of the most polite receptions a set of people opening a rap show could ask for.

Hundreds of adoring shrieks and gleeful shouts of his "Lil Boat!" ad-lib rang out when Lil Yachty finally took the stage. The self-proclaimed King Of The Teens greeted the crowd with his iced-out smile and quickly launched into his thoroughly impressive Kansas debut. After the curious decision to open his set with the mellow introduction tracks from both of his mixtapes back-to-back, the evening's first water-spraying, mosh pitting party broke out to "Ice Water" -- a pre-mixtape banger where Yachty raps about his diamonds and puts a ghetto spin on ice cream truck melodies.

Not every song was for raging, however. Many of Yachty's songs are quieter and feature more auto-tuned singing that rambunctious rapping. On emotional cuts like "Run/Running" Yachty quietly crooned while slowly weaving through his friends on stage. The show's star not being in plain sight, feeding the crowd party fodder may have dampened the mood for some, but many welcomed those moments as a chance to relax and wave their cell phones in the air.

Lil Yachty signs posters and greets fans at his merch table
The 28-song setlist was constructed well, giving the venue's energy a boost when it was in need of it. One of those energy boosters came as the mid-show arrival of Yachty's right hand man Burberry Perry -- now known as TheGoodPerry for obvious legal reasons. The two wore matching Sailing Team Athletics t-shirts and jumped up and down in sync, braids bouncing, as they blasted off into a raucous rendition of their song "Wanna Be Us."

The concert was closed out with an encore consisting of the rapper's three biggest hits: "Broccoli," "Minnesota," and "1Night." Everyone in the room was in celebration mode as sing-alongs rocked the theater and put a cap on a joyous evening of hip-hop for the internet generation. Immediately following the show Yachty took photos with fans for at least 45 minutes after his set -- a rare occurrence in an age where meet and greets can mean big bucks for artists on tour.

His critics can hate how fun his music is and pretend to be disgusted when he states that Soulja Boy is one of his biggest influences -- much like Tyler, The Creator's declaration of N.E.R.D. over Nas -- but what Yachty and his team have accomplished at such a young age is undeniably remarkable and the amount of respect he shows his supporters is undeniably admirable. As far as anyone can tell, there's nothing that can stop him in 2016; here's to the year of the boat.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Hometown Highlights: Flatwoods Monster, The Uncouth, Squibs + more

The best new songs in Kansas City are on Hometown Highlights. This week we have some choice new oi! punk, bedroom pop, hip-hop, and instrumental work. There are artists we've featured before and new ones. Stop reading this introduction and start listening.

Flatwoods Monster - "Killer"
Flatwoods Monster is the most recent recording project of Bennett Weaver. The multi-talented songwriter behind some of Kansas City's favorite punk bands has been writing some material that's a bit more sensitive. "Killer" is the final song of an EP of the same name. The track is a stirring bedroom pop tribute to a fallen friend. It's unclear if these songs will be played live at any point, but this hazy and touching sonic eulogy has hopefully been heard by the ones it's most important to.

Dettsa - "Go Crazy"
"Go Crazy" may be Dettsa's most danceable song yet, but don't think for a second that he doesn't have anything to say on it. While he spends much of the song rapping about growing up hard, getting women, and dodging cops, on the last verse Dettsa zooms out and puts things in perspective. He speaks on growing up, seeing a black president, and having a child of his own. "Go Crazy" may sound like a call to party at first, but by the end of the song it's clear that to Dettsa it's a call to work hard and achieve goals.

Samurai - "Runnin' Man"
Did you want to hear Samurai rap over the Toy Story theme? You definitely did. The rapper is still energized and oozing charisma on his latest single. Samurai is hoping to be "rocking shows and stealing hoes" on his way to fame once he touches down in Atlanta next month, but his Kansas City fans have one more shot to see him this Friday at Mills Record Company. Don't be a square.

Squibs - "Flux" (ft. Domineko & Dev3n)
Producer and Intelligent Sound associate Squibs has created music with rappers before, but nothing that has sounded this dynamic and complete. The rumbling bass lines, harpsichord and organ-style keys, and delightful horn riffing may sound like an odd mix, but never once does it clash. Domineko raps with his usual urgency and delivers a shout-along hook that also serves as a makeshift roll call for his detractors. Picture him as a rival gang member hot on the tail of the Warriors -- except instead of a school bus he'll probably be driving the Batmobile. Kansas City veteran Dev3n also joins in on the fun. "Flux" is a banger of cinematic proportions.

The Uncouth - "Madness On The Streets"
Long-running Kansas City oi! punk band The Uncouth have finally dropped their first full EP via 12" vinyl on Teenage Heart Records. Its opening track, "Madness On The Streets," is the shortest and simultaneously the most furious song on the release. The streets are on fire, the cops are on the run, and The Uncouth are there to fight it out.

Iddy Vice - "You Know Me"
Many Kansas City rappers draw their influence from a main source or two and mix it with their own flare. Iddy Vice seems to pick up as many different stylings as he can handle, mix them into a punch bowl, spike it, and pour out some thoroughly intoxicating tracks. "You Know Me" features Vice retaining his grime-influenced flows that we heard on "Brixton Ave.," but also tossing in some rugged flavor from the American coasts. Think of this song as a solid mix of Skepta, Joey Bada$$, and ScHoolboy Q. "You know me/I stay quiet, hustle lowkey" is one of the best Kansas City hooks of the year and the verses on this song aren't letdowns either.

West Peaks - "Jazzman"
Kansas City producer West Peaks is preparing the release of a full length titled "Nardis." "Jazzman" is a smooth and breezy instrumental track that was made to flip on while driving with the windows down and the sun setting on a summer night.

Check out past Hometown Highlights updates here.