Finesse, Horned Wolf, Beta Boys, Micronotz are among July’s must-see local music videos

It’s the heart of the heat of the summer, so hardly anybody’s out shooting music videos right now. However, everybody’s playing shows, so we have a wide array of live music on which to affix your gaze, be it the bluegrass of Julian Davis & the Hay-Burners, Horned Wolf’s metal, or some classic punk from the Micronotz. We have you covered in this month’s Cine Local.

Finesse, “Kansas City”
June 30
Kansas City seems to inspire lyrical devotion in ways that never cease to surprise us. Somehow, every track manages to be simultaneously self-effacing and proud, or like the rapper says, “humble with an ego.” It’s a Midwest thing shining through even the strongest braggadocio. The fact that Finesse’s video manages to showcase his neighborhood as much as it does himself and his crew is evidence of that, as well.

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Julian Davis & the Hay-Burners, “Free Born Man”
July 22
Julian Davis & the Hayburners were seen by execs at the hit NBC competition show, America’s Got Talent, and asked to audition for the current season. Unsurprisingly, the trio made it onto the actual show, in which judge, producer and notorious prick Simon Cowell managed to say some nice things. We sadly can’t find an embeddable clip of the performance, so here’s the next-best thing, with the band performing on KC Live!

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Horned Wolf at the Riot Room 7/16/16
July 22
There are dozens and dozens of videos on the Kansas Coqui Nest’s YouTube channel, and they’re all metal-related, for the most part. The person who runs it — alternately known as Pufi and Mushu — gets some pretty good video and audio of national and local acts, so it was pretty hard to decide which one to share. However, given that Frederick Foul, vocalist for Horned Wolf, holds a full pint of beer for the  duration of this song, that seemed like the most metal thing of all.

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Beta Boys at the Middle East 7/18/16
July 25
The Beta Boys and Deacons released a split cassette, After Dark, to commemorate the two-week tour they just finished and had a “farewell to Kansas City” show to kick it all off. The band’s music pops all the way back to the buzzsaw guitars of a band like the Zero Boys, but with the loose, fucked-up, “is somebody going to start a riot?” aspect of the Germs.

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Micronotz at 1st Avenue 7/29/85
July 26
Bar/None has made all the Micronotz records available digitally. Plus, there’s also THIS. Holy shit. It’s the Micronotz, not the Mortal Micronotz, so we have Jay Hauptli singing instead of Dean Lubensky, but I don’t think I’ve ever seen a bootleg recording of a local band from this era that sounds or looks this good. You could strip out the audio and sell me this, and I’d pay way too much money for it. Bonus points to drummer Steve Eddy for the KJHK t-shirt.

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The Conquerors, “Wyld Time”
July 27
The title track to the Conquerors’ forthcoming LP on High Dive Records bounces and shakes, while the video features a young man who never takes off his headphones. Maybe that’s why he misses what becomes so patently obvious at the end of this video? Watch and enjoy, then snag Wyld Time when it’s out at the end of this month.

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KCDIYYODA Episode 4, “Yummy”
July 28
Are you watching Kansas City’s finest underground DIY talk show, Kansas City Do It Yourself: You Only Die Alone (aka KCDIYYODA)? No? Why the hell not? You get musical performances, people smoking like they’re on Dick Cavett, and in this episode — a cooking lesson. It’s an absolute treat and a half, and the theme song will be stuck in your head for ages. If you can’t catch the boundless enthusiasm of Jonathan Brokaw (Li’l Toughies), you’re dead inside.

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Are you a local act with a music video? Send it to nicholas.spacek@gmail.com.

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