Hometown Highlights: Scammers, Dead Dads Club, Obscenity Plugs + more

Kansas City, we think you're really cool so we made you an eight song playlist of new local music for you to listen to. It's got some punk rock, hip-hop, powerpop, singer-songwriter joints, and some other stuff. Let us know what you think of it.

Scammers - "#SelfieWalll"
Prolific Kansas City musician Phil Diamond has released a new Scammers album titled "400 LB BEAUTIFUL CYBER." Track three "#SelfieWalll" skewers and proceeds to completely roast nearly every aspect of Kansas City hipster/yuppie culture including -- but not limited to -- the overabundance of coffee shops, indie folk, and intense Royals fandom. Most songs with commentary on these topics are boisterous punk songs, but Diamond has taken things to another level by making it a full-on 80's pop song complete with funk bass and cheesy horn melodies (think Full House theme song). Track one "Everything Comes Easy" offers a similarly outrageous take on social media and privileged young adults.

Dead Dads Club - "feb3rd"
Alice Ryan has made a quick return to Hometown Highlights. Ryan took her previous "Riff Doesn't Know Shit" EP, added a few new songs, and renamed it "FARMBABY!!!!" "feb3rd" is a short track  -- like most of Ryan's -- that perfectly utilizes her quick strumming, chirpy vocals, and carefully placed harmonies.

The Drippies - "Razorblade Love"
Lovable Kansas City punk rockers The Drippies are back with a new single. "Razorblade Love" is the band's longest song yet and is among their catchiest. Vocalist Noah Hayes shyly sings about the ins and outs of his masochistic tendencies while the band cranks out hip-shaking 70's punk grooves. Fans can expect their vinyl debut early next year.

Kye Colors - "Slap"
Kye Colors has plans to release another mixtape before the end of 2016, but before that time comes he has offered fans a look back at one of his earlier songs. As the song's artwork notes, "Slap" was recorded on a laptop microphone when Colors was 14 years old. Despite not being all too polished, the song still manages to outshine scores of local tracks.

Obscenity Plugs - "hott mess blues"
Following two releases this year as Flatwoods Monster, Bennett Weaver has started another solo project. Flatwoods Monster and Obscenity Plugs both could be classified as lo-fi bedroom pop, but Obscenity Plugs shows Weaver writing in a more pop-conscious style as opposed to the gloomy, spaced-out vibes of Flatwoods Monster. There are already two Obscenity Plugs releases to listen to, but "hott mess blues" is a standout track and the "cassingle" release it's on shows a quick improvement from the Obscenity Plugs self-titled debut.

Berwanger - "I Want You Bad"
"I Want You Bad" is the first single off Berwanger's upcoming LP "Exorcism Rock." The song is as straightforward as a catchy powerpop love song can get. Moments on the band's previous release "Demonios" left room for indulgence, but if every song on "Exorcism Rock" is as uncomplicated as this, the band may convert a few fans upon its release.

Hungry Foxes - "Lilies"
Currently recording under the moniker Hungry Foxes, singer-songwriter Hanna Maria Albina has released a new single on her Bandcamp page. "Lilies" is Albina's most dynamic track yet, featuring crisp production (handled by Zack Hames of The Author & The Illustrator) and an electric guitar part that further accentuates Albina's flowery vocals.

Donnell - "Groove Tonight"
Good Colors singer and rapper Donnell is known for producing a majority of his own songs, but on his most recent single he handed those duties over to producer Wonya Love. Love creates a 2016 take on R. Kelly's "Ignition (Remix)" full of electronic instrumentation and vibraphone melodies. Donnell is left to rhyme and croon to his heart's content and focus on winning over that special lady.


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