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250 word album review: The Hold Steady – The Stove & The Toaster

  The opening line “Let’s just say they owe me a favor…” is probably about as good as Springsteen’s “They blew up the chicken man in Philly last night…” The line leads to a typically twisted Craig Finn penned tale … Continue reading

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Courtney Barnett at The Truman in Kansas City 7/18/18

WHO’S PLAYING?  Courtney Barnett (Melbourne, Australia) & Vagabon (New York) WHAT TO EXPECT?  Jagged new rock and roll by the queen of slacker rock. Courtney Barnett currently has the future of rock and roll on her shoulders. at one time Nirvana … Continue reading

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Concert Review: Jenny Lewis and The Cactus Blossoms at The Truman in Kansas City, MO 7/10/18

The prospect of a Jenny Lewis show only gets more intriguing with time. She has carefully built her body of musical work to be interestingly diverse. By doing this she has eluded monotony and really keeps her sound fresh. With … Continue reading

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Album at a glance: Smash Fashion – Rompus Pompous

These aging rockers still know how to have a good time. This album is sheer fun, never takes itself too seriously and maintains its high energy throughout. The thunderous radio-ready leadoff track “Can’t Take You Anywhere” shows Smash Fashion’s knack … Continue reading

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250 word album review: The 1984 Draft – Makes Good Choices

If you’re going to dabble in the indie rock scene, modeling yourself after The Hold Steady is a pretty solid game plan. The cleverly named The 1984 Draft seems to have done just that, from the jagged guitar licks in … Continue reading

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Coming Soon: Jenny Lewis to The Truman in Kansas City 7/10/18

WHO’S PLAYING?  Jenny Lewis (of Rilo Kiley) (Los Angeles, CA) & The Cactus Blossoms (Minneapolis, MN) WHAT TO EXPECT?  Heart melting pop perfection and sweet rootsy country Jenny Lewis is a lot of things, sure she has been in movies and … Continue reading

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The Vinyl Court: The Dave Brubeck Quartet – Time Out

Artist: The Dave Brubeck Quartet Album: Time Out (1959) Purchased at: Red Racks Thrift Store (St. Joseph, MO) for $1 The used record shelf at Red Racks Thrift Store has never been too nice to me. I got a little … Continue reading

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