Music Forecast for the week
Iceage, with Dark Ages and Mouthbreathers
Four Danish kids, who wouldn’t have been able to buy cigarettes in this country a year ago, are the new saviors of punk — this according to the breathless music blogosphere. Iceage’s debut, New Brigade, is a blasting ride of hardcore and post-punk fury. But the best barometer for bands like this is the intensity of the live performance. The early returns indicate that Iceage’s first North American shows have been pretty ferocious, but the only way to confirm this is to head up to the Jackpot and see for yourself. Local openers Mouthbreathers and Dark Ages are no punk slouches themselves.
Wednesday, August 3, at the Jackpot Music Hall (943 Massachusetts, 785-832-1085)
IndyGround’s Live Your Life Tour
For the Kansas City stop of its Live Your Life tour, rap label IndyGround Entertainment has put together a nice survey of the Kansas City hip-hop landscape. On hand are thePhantom*, who performs electronic-driven raps from his just-released LP, The Fountain of Youth; Ubiquitous of CES Cru, who plays a rare solo set; and, of course, IndyGround flagship act Steddy P with DJ Mahf. Royce Diamond and Ill Intentions round out the bill.
Friday, July 29, at RecordBar (1020 Westport Road, 816-753-5207)
I can’t say with certainty that Tab Benoit songs are a mainstay of Chuck Haddix’s The Fish Fry on KCUR 89.3 (8 p.m.-midnight Friday and Saturday), but Benoit’s jumping, swampy blues is exactly the type of music I associate with the show. Benoit is a down-home, Louisiana guy, and his songs tend to have big, fat holes in the middle, which he happily plugs with big, fat, in-your-face guitar solos. The man is handsome, too; he looks more like a bluesman on an episode of Sex and the City than an actual bluesman.
Saturday, July 30, at Knuckleheads (2715 Rochester, 816-483-1456)
Cults, with Guards, Writer and Minden
Cults have taken the Vampire Weekend path to indie-rock prominence: Attend an elite East Coast university, write three catchy songs, blithely toss them onto the Internet, then wait patiently — a couple of weeks or so — for your friends interning at New York media outlets to build up the buzz. The sausage making turns the stomach, but Cults’ recent full-length debut — a charming collection of ’60s girl-group sounds shaded with some fuzz — suggests that the band might have some staying power.
Tuesday, August 2, at the Riot Room (4048 Broadway, 816-442-8179)
American Idol Live Tour
Were contestants Casey Abrams and Haley Reinhart “more than friends” during this past season of American Idol? I believe they were, and I plan to do a little poking around to see what I can dig up on the matter Tuesday at Sprint Center. The two are coming as part of the American Idol Live Tour, along with some other former contestants from the show. We’re talkin’ heavyweights like Jacob Lusk, James Durbin, Stefano Langone, Naima Adedapo, Scotty McCreery. Uh, does the name Paul
McDonald mean anything to you?
Tuesday, August 2, at Sprint Center (1407 Grand, 816-949-7000)