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

Days 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 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: themaidenname.bandcamp.com/ The Maiden Name is contributing …

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 …

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. For more information visit: desiringdeadflesh.com Click here to order the Kickstarter Mixtape featuring over 30 bands! Click here to turn Nate Allen into a video game. Make your order …

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: thebloodtypes.com The Bloodtypes song “Alien Eyes” will be available on Nate Allen’s Kickstarter Mixtape. The Bloodtypes  “They Live” – Official Music Video: Click here to turn Nate Allen into a video game. Make your order by 8:59pm Pacific Time on Wednesday Nov 5.