The Architects, Be/Non, Bummer and more of March’s must-see local music videos
It seems that March is the month for quality live videos. Be it on-the-road performances (Bummer), dive-bar rocking out (Kolumbine Kids), epic productions (Be/Non) or stadium quality rock ‘n’ roll (the Architects), area bands are starting to shake off the winter blahs and play out everywhere. Spring fever hits this installment of Cine Local.
Narkalark‘s final show
A highlight reel of visuals from the Lawrence electronic-rock band’s farewell performance. This was shot live at the Replay Lounge on February 26. The track used to score it is the band’s “Hideaway,” featuring Larren Winn, from their 2013 self-titled EP.
Kolumbine Kids, live at the Replay
The Replay’s new Three-Headed Thursdays shows seem perfectly calibrated for a college town: cheap show, hot bands, cheap drinks. The thirsty crowds seem to be drinking these performances (and beers) up, and it’s been a way for the Larryville crowds to see a slew of KC bands without having to make the trek east. Case in point: sleazy surf-punks Kolumbine Kids getting a dance party started.
Be/Non, “Cicadas (Don’t Have to Stick)”
If you’re going to do a record release show, why not go big? Such was the case when Be/Non released Mystic Sunrise/Sunset Magic on Haymaker Records at the end of February. The group played the stage of the Scottish Rite Temple, replete with projected visuals and guest musicians — in this case, vocalist Nanci Ayala Rush.
Thumbs, live at the Kansas Music Hall of Fame
Many thanks to Marty Olson, who shot Thumbs’ full set at the Kansas Music Hall of Fame induction ceremonies at Liberty Hall. The March 5 show sold out, as pretty much all of the KMHoF shows have, so if you slept on tickets, you would’ve missed your chance to see the first punk/new-wave act get inducted into the Hall and play a pretty great set of tunes, had it not been for this recording.
Maria The Mexican, “Que Yo Te Sigo”
Taken from the just-released Maria the Mexican album, South of the Border Moonlight, this is a live recording from Local 90.9 in Studio on the Bridge. Maria the Mexican’s music always has a plaintive edge , but this particular cut — the title loosely translates “And I’ll follow” — manages to add a sense of rising hope.
Rachel Mallin and The Wild Type, “I Drove All Night”
Blind Covers is a web series where they get a band to record a cover version of a song they’ve never heard before, with nothing but the lyrics and one hour. Rachel Mallin and her new group, the Wild Type, tackle the underrated Cyndi Lauper gem, “I Drove All Night,” turning it into an even more melancholy bit of ache.
The Architects, “We’re Goin’ Live”
Goodness. Is there a better song to kick off the Sporting KC home season than this track from the band’s Border Wars Episode I EP? Something about Kansas City rock ‘n’ roll just gets out there and goes big, and props to the folks at the soccer club for continuing to support Kansas City artists.
Bummer, “Freedom Cobra” & “Bossk Hog”
New jams from the doom trio, recorded live at the Paper Tiger in San Antonio. There’s a full set from the band, if you want to hear some of your favorites from past releases opened up and blasted out. Hopefully, one or both of these songs will get recorded when the trio heads back into the studio in May.
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