Thursday, May 30, 2013

nice jux-ta-pose

Tomorrow night features another installment of  jux-ta-pose at the increasingly popular Uptown Arts Bar.  This particularly special night of House music with resident Todd Howard, will feature performances by local House legends Pat Nice, Tony Markham and Chris.

These names are synonymous with KC House and are the founders of the House music scene we know and love in Kansas City.  They have kept the faith for longer than I can honestly recall.  Their mixtapes (yes... cassette tapes) still clutter the shelves of my music outpost in the garage, and are frequently recalled when I need a little bit of the real deal.  Honestly, I am surprised that one of them. a THC mix from 1990-something, hasn't disintegrated from all the play time.  I suppose that when it does, I will finally be forced to listen to the digital copy I made for myself and Pat quite a while back.  Perhaps one day, with their permission, we will post some of this stuff up to the MixCloud.

In juxtaposition, another local legend DJ JAH will be banging it out in the upstairs lounge with support from Madamsies and former phocas.net writer, Chris Mills (Demencha).  Chris worked with the Pitch for awhile after leaving us and then reinvented his own zine Demencha, which has turned out to be a rather good resource for what's going on in and around the local Kansas City music scene.

If you are looking for a break from the typical KC club hopping, but still want to get your groove on to some quality dance music, the Uptown Arts Bar is the place to be.  This is quite a fun little bar too; completely unpretentious, and if you didn't know better you would think you were partying it up in somebody's midtown house.

Besides, where else you gonna get in FREE to hear some of the best dance music that Kansas City has to offer in two rooms, with booming sound and cheap drinks?  Be there... check KansasCityTechno.com for full details or just click the flyer above.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

blacklight & incense sessions


"Deep dance music for serious souls."  That perfectly describes Saturday night's Blacklight & Incense Sessions at The Arts Asylum.  Chill.  Deep.  Dark.  Techno.

Everyone who was there wanted to be there, and were so glad that at the end of the night they could say they were there.  Hearing techno in Kansas City again outside the club scene was a breath of fresh air. 

We were there for the music.  And you should hear the speaker system that was just recently completed.  The sound moves you to your soul.  This party is sure to be a "must-attend" this summer.  Looking forward to the next one, you'll find me on the dance floor.

photos by sarah...








Friday, May 17, 2013

we love techno blacklight & incense


Saturday night in Kansas City, the Czar Bar features Rob Lemon with Zach Jennings from St Louis, along with locals Jeffrey B and Paul DeMatteo.  We've caught Rob's performances on numerous occasions and most recently caught up with him opening for Above & Beyond in St. Louis at Europe Nightclub for a fantastic night of music and dance.

With over a decade of experience behind the decks Rob Lemon has rocked other venues such as Vision & Spybar-Chicago, The Church-Denver CO, Late Night Empire Ballroom-Las Vegas, Kabal/Skybox-Kansas City, LaSouk-NYC and BLU Parrot-Mexico.   Rob regularly plays alongside top DJs such as Tiesto, Paul Van Dyke, Deep Dish, Sander Kleinenberg, Christpher Lawrence, Danny Howells, & Fedde Le Grand. As well, he is regularly featured on XM Radio, Proton Radio and Frisky Radio.

In 2006 Rob formed “X -1” with music production partner Byron Thomas. Their first release “Hypnosis” was released on Curvve Recordings in February 2007 and has made a huge buzz on the progressive house charts. The Terranova & Leeds remix of Hypnosis reached #4 on the Beatport Chart where it stayed in the top ten for twelve consecutive weeks. Hypnosis has been featured by Sharam of Deep Dish on Radio One’s Essential Mix and has been played regularly by Paul Van Dyke, David Guetta, Dean Coleman, D:Fuse, Tall Paul, & DJ Dan. Currently Rob & Byron are releasing music under their own names. (RobLemon.com)

Alternatively, the Arts Asylum Basement downtown will feature “Blacklight & Incense Sessions.”  MickFinesse will be throwing down his brand of Techno, along with ZSonic with Future Bass, Bilateral Motion doing Live PA and Base Theory rounding things out with some DubStep.  The show promises a serene landscape of glowing amber, ultraviolet light, and smoldering incense dominated by the newly reconstructed META HI FI Sound System.    We were not able to dig up much information about these artists, excepting the MixCloud links their names lead to, but it sounds as if it should be quite and evening out tomorrow night!  For more information on this event, visit KansasCityTechno.com

Summer is here and there is some great music happening tomorrow night in Kansas City, one of the only best places in the country you can go out with out going broke.  So, get out and get  down.

Friday, May 10, 2013

white & black premier


A night of TechHouse featuring Richie Relax, Rachel Fair, PK and Josh C; brought to you by the KansasCityTechno krewe.  There are only a few photos from this even, shown below the little collage of videos on the YouTube below.






Thursday, May 09, 2013

white house black techno


Our two favorite colors Black & White, come together in Kansas City tomorrow night in a new monthly series featuring some of the finest in local and regional talent.    Headed up by locals JoshC and PK, of KansasCityTechno.com, the event will be held under the stars (or clouds) on the back patio of the new Gusto Lounge in Westport.

Helping to launch this new monthly, Richie Re Lax and RachelFair from Springfield, Mo. will be their first guests up.  We were not able to scrounge much up on them, excepting a few spots on MixCloud and the notorious FaceBook profiles, so it will be interested in hearing what they have to offer.  What we have heard so far sounds simply smooth & groovy. Hit their names to have a listen.

JoshC and PK are long time favorites of phocas.net.  Josh takes pride in his careful track selection, and has been moving the dance floor around these parts since 1999.  PK has been at it nearly as long, after having taught himself to DJ “Inidan Style.”  Both together put out a lot of good tunes that will keep your body movin’ and groovin’.

Should you be out and about tomorrow night stop by and have a cocktail and do a little dance.  You will find it was worth your while.  And if you are in Westport already, you have no reason for not stumbling by.  Gusto is right next to Kelly’s and this event is free before midnight for the guys, and free all night long for the ladies.

Wednesday, May 08, 2013

gruv featuring mr nuro


This past weekend I made it out to GRuV, a long-running monthly event at The Gusto Lounge in Westport.  The first Friday of the month, Mike DiLeo and Trevor Shaw host the night, and feature a local/regional guest.

Mr. Nuro, of KansasCityTechno.com, came through for May.  His first show in KC since moving to Texas, I know we were all excited to have him back!  Never one to disappoint, these three had the dance floor moving all night long with their blend of Deep, Tech, Indie & Bass House.  Hands were definitely in the air!

photos by sarah






Friday, May 03, 2013

she can dj

This week an exciting opportunity for aspiring female talent was announced.  Through a partnership with CBS Radio, Astralwerks Records introduced “She Can DJ – America.”  This challenge to all the up-and-coming lady mixers will be quite an interesting contest.  We can immediately identify quite a few locals we have had the opportunity to hear and dance to that should throw their hat in, and very much looks forward to them doing so!  So ladies… listen up!

An effort to discover the country’s top female DJ/Producer will launch in July 2013 with local competitions held in New York, LA, Chicago, San Francisco, Houston, Boston, Detroit, Phoenix, San Diego, Charlotte and Las Vegas.  12 semi-finalists and one wild-card will then compete for a Grand Prize that includes a recording contract with Astralwerks Records, as well as headlining a tour through all of the CBS Radio markets that took part.

“Aspiring female DJ’s/Producers need look no further than She Can DJ for that once in a lifetime chance to captivate an entire industry with their talent,” said Greg Strassell, Senior Vice President of Programming at CBS Radio. “As the competition plays out across our considerable platform of contemporary hit radio stations, participants will be front and center with millions of music fans, and the top decision makers in the business.  The electronic dance music movement has been playing out to much success on radio stations all over the United States, and CBS Radio looks forward to advancing the genre.”

As a label trusted for brining the world’s top dance music talent to America for 20 years, Astralwerks Records plans to bring the very best to fans and competitors.  Playing an integral role in the selection process for this event are legendary acts as such as Fatboy Slim, David Guetta, Hot Chip, Swedish House Mafia and The Chemical Borthers.

“Seeing how successful She Can DJ was in discovering top female DJ/producer’s overseas, it’s the perfect time to launch stateside,” Astralwerks General Manager Glenn Medlinger says. “The United States is the hottest place on earth for dance music right now but the industry is largely male dominated. We’re thrilled to be a part of a program that will help discover and develop top female talent in the dance music space.”
Further details about the competition including rules and regulations will be revealed soon. Visit www.SheCanDJUS.com for the latest updates.

CBS Radio, a division of CBS Corporation, is one of the largest major-market radio operators in the United States, with stations covering news, sports, talk, rock, country, Top 40, classic hits, and urban formats, among others. The division operates 126 radio stations across 28 markets, including all of the Top 10.  Operating within CBS RADIO is CBS Local Digital Media, a unique brand responsible for the convergence of the division's new and traditional media platforms through creative original content and advanced delivery methods.

Founded in 1993 in New York City, Astralwerks Records began as an independent boutique label releasing visionary records that helped ignite two explosive waves of musical creativity: first with Electronica in the '90s, and more recently with EDM in the new millennium. Celebrating its 20th Anniversary this year, the award-winning label has become one of America's pre-eminent homes for unique and forward-thinking artists, nurturing a roster of genre-bending musicians and bands including Air, Diamond Rings, Fatboy Slim, Gold fields, David Guetta, Hot Chip, Kings Of Convenience, Kraftwerk, Pet Shop Boys, Swedish House Mafia and The Chemical Brothers.

Thursday, May 02, 2013

the bunny the bear stories

Releasing their 4th album in just as many years this past April, New York-based band The Bunny The Bear latest “Stories” came across my desk for review.  Introduced to me as an electronic music band with promise, I agreed to have a listen and write a few thoughts. 

It has been a really long time since I sat down and intentionally listened to an entire album, and there are numerous reason for that; primarily that most “band music” has become hopelessly watered down with each trying to sound just like the other, and their tracks end up sounding just like the one before that and the one before that, and like everyone else’s.  The whole everyone has to sound like Dave Matthews thing awhile back is what really drove me over the edge, I think.  I still cringe anytime I hear one of those wannabe voices.

This release is nothing like that, but that initial introduction is a bit confining for this particular ensemble.  These guys have a unique sound that I cannot quite seem to compare to anything else really.  Their sound appears as a collage of multiple rock genres and musical styles mashed together.  At times uplifting vocals are trounced upon by growling death-metal  vocals , while another, reminiscent of Geddy Lee or Rik Emmett vocal stylings, linger in the back ground.  In contrast, at times, melodic piano runs dance over the top of heavy metal guitars pounding along with a stomping techno beat.  On top of all of that, here and there, one gets the impression that an old school Journey or REO Speedwagon power ballad is unfolding in directions frightening and unforeseen.  Indeed, the music contains its own special irony on all levels.

If you are looking for something different for your music collection, drop in and check it out; perhaps, you will find something new for yourself… or run away screaming.  Either way, be ready for a complex assault on the senses.  To sample that assault, hit the YouTube link below.


The Bunny The Bear ~ Stories on Victory Records ~ Available Now

  1. Eating Disorder
  2. In Like Flynn  (youtube)
  3. Hey, Allie
  4. It's Not Always Cold in Buffalo
  5. Another Day
  6. The Frog
  7. Melody
  8. Imagine
  9. Your Reasons
  10. What We're Hear For
  11. Saide



The Bunny The Bear are an American post-hardcore band from Buffalo, New York. Formed in 2008 by Matthew Tybor, also referred to as "The Bunny" hence the rabbit mask and persona he incorporates in the group. Tybor was immediately joined by Chris Hutka, known as "The Bear" whom likewise, wears a bear mask. In an interview with DEAD PRESS! when asked about the meaning behind the band name and the masks, Tybor stated that "I'm a little weird and a little off, but it was nothing in-depth or a serious meaning behind it. It was more of a random, incoherant thought and I ran with it".  Tybor employs screamed vocals for the band while Hutka provides clean vocals. Tybor also writes all music and lyrics for the band.

The Bunny The Bear's self-titled debut album was self-distributed in 2010 and was followed up with 2011's If You Don't Have Anything Nice To Say... which was issued through Victory after their signing to the label in February 2011. The next album, The Stomach For It, was released on May 22, 2012. Their fourth album entitled "Stories" will be released April 2013.