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KC: Days N’ Daze, Nate Allen & The Pac-Away Dots Show

daysndaze---webDays N’ Daze are returning to KC. This will be one rad house show. DND are one of the best diy, thrash grass, folk punk bands around. I’m stoked to play our Nate Allen & The Pac-Away Dots, bluesy rock n’ roll / folk punk with them.  Bring some money to throw in their gas tank and bring your friends. Let’s get sweaty together.



Check out “Fallout” by Days N’ Daze:

The video is by the fantastic Shibby Pictures.

The Maiden Name

The Maiden Name

The Maiden Name is two parts hip hop, one part post-rock, with a dash of indie pop thrown in. At times I was reminded of Why?, a bit of Astronautalis, and a dash of Furthermore, Gorillaz and Mewithoutyou. But seriously, I’m being blown away as I listen! This is the kind of rap a therapist makes in his basement, and it’s amazingly accessible. Within the first song, “Mixtape,” you are able to go from tapping your toes to putting yourself down for a nap. These songs have a great cadence with clever phrasing and are the right pace to win me over in historic ways.

As 2014 is winding down, I think it’s safe to look forward to 2015 and the release of the first official The Maiden Name record and the awesomeness that it will bring with it.

Here’s a bit of Destroy Nate Allen trivia for you: Krispin Mayfield, the man behind The Maiden Name, wrote a little song years ago called “White Flag” that inspired my song of the same name. It’s been a very long time since he’s released an album and I assure you it was worth the wait!

For more info visit:

The Maiden Name is contributing a song to Nate Allen’s Kickstarter Mixtape. 

The first The Maiden Name release is streaming  below.

Where Division Ends

Where Division Ends

Atmosphere! Atmosphere! It’s everywhere and oh so clear.

Where Division Ends is comprised of Tyson and Jessica Kingrey and is perfect for fans of Radiohead or My Bloody Valentine. I lived with Where Division Ends for some months and never saw them perform. What I did hear came in the form of laptop speakers. I really should have insisted on making them play a show since the truth is I might not even be having a kickstarter for Take Out the Trash if it weren’t for them.

What happened is: I got a band together for one show. 1 show. After the show Tyson said, and I quote: “I’m not quitting.” This was the catalyst that enabled The Pac-Away Dots to form and Take Out The Trash to be recorded in the first place. It was Tyson’s attention to detail that empowered Take Out The Trash to become the record that is.

Tyson and Jessica are not just generous people – after all they let the album be recorded in the basement and all over the house. They truly created a rad space to live and rest in. It is this attention to detail and curation that makes Where Division Ends a compelling project that you should check out.

In their own words:

“Where Division Ends is somewhat of a young ghost in the Portland music scene. You can hear them, but rarely do you see them, and what you hear is only a fraction of what you know of them to be. That is, if you know them at all. Their music echoes the wonder years of 90’s Grunge and Shoegaze bliss while trying to find a slot in the present and a pathway to the future.”

Where Division Ends will be contributing song to Nate Allen’s Kickstarter Mixtape.

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FFO: Amusement Parks on Fire, M83, Maps & Atlases, Cocteau Twins, CSNY

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Desiring Dead Flesh

Desiring Dead Flesh

Desiring Dead Flesh is a hardcore punk family band comprised of Bryan Hampton (dad and vocalist), Adam Hampton (son and bassist), Raven Hampton (daughter and guitarist) and Pat Kowynia  (drummer and long time friend). They play dirty, rough around the edges punk rock to beautiful perfection. If fine tuning and immaculate tone are requirements for your enjoyment of rock n’ roll look elsewhere but IF you are looking for punk rock boiled down to its bare essence, I can’t recommend Desiring Dead Flesh highly enough.

Desiring Dead Flesh shows involve loads of sing-a-longs, cue cards, circle pits, stuffed animals, beach balls, and crowd surfing. Just watch the video below. What a beautiful mess!

Bryan Hampton is a Michigan legend. He’s been a fixture in the punk scene since the mid-80’s. He’s been running shows since the mid-90’s as Ripped Heart Productions and gave me one of my first Michigan shows as he has for countless other bands.

Desiring Dead Flesh are contributing their song “The End Is Here” to the Nate Allen Kickstarter Mixtape.

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The Bloodtypes

The Bloodtypes make electronic, pogo dance punk and it’s hard not to sing and clap-a-long when they bust out the blood splatter, fog machines and super catchy tunes. Too punk to be goth/industrial but still leaning that way, the Bloodtypes (ex-members of the Epoxies and many other amazing bands) play well informed, 80’s new wave inspired rock n’ roll.

A few years ago I encountered a string of bands that reinvigorated my love for punk (The Briefs, The Red Dons, The Clorox Girls, ect.) and The Bloodtypes are right on point in this way. If the rock n’ roll in your life is missing it’s fun it’s time you got a transfusion.

For more information visit:

The Bloodtypes song “Alien Eyes” will be available on Nate Allen’s Kickstarter Mixtape.

The Bloodtypes  “They Live” – Official Music Video:

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Jim Strange and The Proud and The Damned

Jim Strange and The Proud and The Damned

Jim Strange and The Proud and The Damned are heavy metal, Americana gothic rock based in Portland. Fans of Slim Cessna’s Auto Club, Wovenhand, and Sisters Of Mercy will be won over by Jim’s deep and powerful voice.

If any of you are performers, perhaps you know the feeling of playing a bar show and giving it your all, only to wonder if anyone is even paying attention. Then you see that lone person in the crowd, holding their beer, looking at you and smiling. Jim was that guy for us once. Jim’s authenticity and genuine passion for music shine in a real way, and we are proud to call him a friend.

Jim Strange and The Proud and The Damned are contributing a song to Nate Allen’s Kickstarter Mixtape.

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Listen to Jim Strange and The Proud and The Damned’s Pox Americana below.

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Levi The Poet

Levi The Poet

Levi is a poet, a man of many words. As a verbal processor myself, I can appreciate this. His passion shines through in live performance. For the last several years he’s toured hard and heavy spouting poems of personal experience and theological insights. It’s inspiring stuff.

Levi The Poet was the kind of artist that got all up in your business and sweated on his audience (sound familiar?) but he recently shifted to performing in front of a projection screen. These new poems are his best yet. They resonated with the darkness we can all identify. As fictional works that tell a story, I believe they will identify even better. They are definitely a step in the right direction.

Levi will be contributing a poem to the Nate Allen Kickstarter Mixtape.

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Levi’s upcoming concept album Correspondence-(A Fiction) will be out in November.

Watch the “Dear Pianist” video below.

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McDougall is a foot stomping, bluegrass hustling one-man-band based in Portland, Oregon. Scott’s music has elements of folk, gospel, bluegrass, blues, and always a good amount of rock n’ roll. His live show is not to be missed and each record he makes takes a huge step-forward. Distinctively intense vocals also characterize this creative take on traditional Americana.

I like to say Scott McDougall is our rock n’ roll priest because the first 2 times I met him were on significant days in my life. We played shows together the night Tessa and I got engaged and the day we buried my Grandfather.

McDougall is contributing “Ones and Twos” to the Nate Allen Kickstarter Mixtape.

For more information visit:  FFO: Larry and His Flask, Muddy Roots, Jack White

McDougall recently released McDougall. Check it out below:

Watch one of my old personal favorites “Grandma Holley’s Blues” below

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Octagrape! OctaGRAPE! OCTAGRAPE!

I saw them once and I can’t get them out of my head.. seriously so rad. They are the sonic completion of the best 90’s garage rock band time warped to save the world in 2014.  Glen Galloway has a long history of making great music in Truman’s Waters and Soul Junk.

We’ve done shows with Soul Junk, but nothing could have prepared me for the joyful, distorted mess that was and is Octagrape. The thing is, Glen moves around a lot and he doesn’t wear a guitar strap. The frenetic energy released on stage is palpable. These guys are professionals. Octagrape combines life-lessons-learned from countless nights spent in dirty rock clubs to teach us all a lesson: play rock n’ roll like you mean it and remember to have fun because at any given moment things might spin a out of control and you want to be able to say “I was there when….”

For more information visit Octagrape on facebook.

Pick up some Octagrape from Sounds Familyre today.

Octagrape will be contributing a song to Nate Allen’s Kickstarter Mixtape. 

Watch “Eternal Hair” below:


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Von Strantz

Von Strantz

Step right up and jump right in… Von Strantz is about to begin… What you thought was a show might just be therapy! Like letting go at the top of the slide, by the time this ride is over you’ll be glad you took the chance.

Folk n’ Rollers Von Strantz play music built for connecting and building community, but before you dismiss Von Strantz as just another folky duo make sure you look them in the eyes, because in just one look you will know the rock n’ roll fire is strong in these ones.

i really can’t say it better than they do, so according to their bio:

“Utilizing a variety of instruments such as the mandolin, violin, bass, and cello, Von Strantz unites harmonies strung together by commanding and soulful lyrics. With story-sharing as their passion, Von Strantz invites their audience into the emotion of each piece. Von Strantz is storytellers, an ebb and flow of two different musicians, exploring the dark and emerging with hope.”

For more information visit:

Von Strantz will be contributing a song to the Nate Allen Kickstarter Mixtape.

Von Strantz will be joining Nate Allen & The Pac-Away Dots for the Take Out The Trash album release show Sept. 16th in Kansas City.

FFO: Over The Rhine, The Vespers, Mumford and Sons