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May 2012
The Quivers
"The Quivers EP
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"The Quivers are foul. The Quivers are terrible people. The Quivers killed my dog, had me arrested, foreclosed on my trailer and put the milk carton back in the fridge when there was only a few drops left."

But in reality, the debut EP from The Quivers is a delight to the ears. Fronted by Terra Peal, the four-piece group is a powerful force of rock 'n' roll mixed with an old-school Motown sensibility. The group is propelled by Peal's strong stage presence and Tina Turner-esque vocals, but its staying power comes from having a tight musical backbone. Abraham Haddad's guitar riffs come second nature to him much of the time, while Todd Grantham channels old Motown sounds on the keys. With a solid and sometimes jazzy backbeat, Bernard Dugan sets the foundation of the music.

The stand-out track on this album is "Shake Me," a song that showcases Peal at her best: with a raw, melodic voice and a brazen boldness. She plows through the song with a purpose, and an enhanced strength from driving rhythm and a wailing axe. And every song on this quick 4-track album does just that. And that's why we like it.

 

 





Alice Sweet Alice release single "Alone"

Alice Sweet Alice has released an updated version of its 2008 song "Alone" in celebration of the second leg of its 2012 Singularity Tour to New Orleans, Memphis, and Little Rock. Available to stream at their Bandcamp website.

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The Slowdown: "A Mirror, A Torch"

Here's the video for "A Mirror, A Torch," the new single from The Slowdown, who has a full-length album due out toward the end of summer. 

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Chevy Music Showcase highlights local talent

Chevy has chosen to highlight the KC music scene with a short documentary series, focusing on 8 local bands and sponsored by local Chevy dealers. Starting May 30, the documentaries will air Wednesdays on KCWE between 9:40-9:50p during Entertainment Tonight and again between 10:40-10:45p during The Office. On Thursdays, episodes will air on KMBC between 11:29-11:34p during The Big Bang Theory and again between 12:58-1:03a during Jimmy Kimmel Live!. On Fridays, episodes will air on KMBC between 12:58-1:03 a.m. during Jimmy Kimmel Live!.

Here's the schedule:

And here's a video from Maps for Travelers, the first band featured in the series!

 





Antennas Up: June Artist of the Month

Antennas Up is one of our favorite Kansas City bands. Formed in 2008, the quartet showcases a range of genres in its music: funk, hip-hop, dance, electronic, and radio-friendly pop. The band is not afraid to take risks, but can execute its craft better than most bands in Kansas City, let alone around the nation.

The group's latest album, The Awkward Phase, was released on May 15 to favorable reviews.

The band also recently completed a successful Kickstarter project to get the album on airwaves across the country and more than exceeded the goal. Cheers!

Check out the first single from The Awkward Phase, "December."

Antennas Up is:

  • Kyle Akers: lead vox, bass
  • Bo McCall: guitar, vox
  • The Ryantist: drums, vox
  • Jonny Universe: guitar, keys, vox

 

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