Friday, September 4, 2009
From the heart of the Arkansas Ozarks comes Mountain Sprout, a band of proud boogans who ain't afraid to sing about the spliff smokin, government hatin, stripper screwin life they lead. Fortunately, they can all play the crud out of their beat-up instruments and sing church-caliber harmonies, so dress in your best Sunday overalls for tonight's hootenanny at the Bottleneck.
Opener Deadman Flats blurs the drunken line between fact and fiction, chronicling the misadventures of everyday boogans and dudes who pick up greeters at Wal-Mart. Only Hutchinson could have spawned such a bass-ackward brand of bluegrass, but only Lawrence could make it sound right at home. The group recently celebrated the release of its second album "Read 'Em and Weep," which ups the ante in both speed and creepiness.
This "High Voltage Tribute" invokes the spirit of the band with the biggest balls of them all. The Kansas City-based fivesome plays both the Bon Scott and Brian Johnson eras of AC/DC with respectable authenticity, worshipping the Gods of hard rock with an undercurrent of boogie-woogie. The group will perform two sets tonight at the Granada. Doors are at 9 p.m.
Taking inspiration from spooky soundtrack masters like Ennio Morricone and Angelo Badalamenti as well as prog-rockers like Yes and King Crimson, Lawrence's Black Christmas builds layer upon layer of instrumental tension with spacey guitar effects, ethereal keys, and pounding drums. Tonight they'll inhabit the Jackpot with support from Spirit of the Stairs — an all-instrumental progressive-rock band from Wichita with two drummers — and the awesomely named Muscle Worship.
Hybrid Momentss is a monthly dance party hosted by DJ Iggybaby and Friends every First Friday at the Taproom. Expect a bit of disco, a bit of house, a bit of boogie, a bit of techno, a bit of hip-hop, a bit more of this, and a ton more of that from the mustachioed deckmaster who also spins at NEON.
The best excuse to burn a tank of gas to Kansas City is First Fridays, a monthly artwalk that showcases dozens of galleries in the Crossroads Art District of Kansas City. Besides the opportunity to see new works from KC's finest artists, many galleries offer free food and drink as well as live music. It's a mad scene — weather permitting — so arrive early to get a leg up on the crowds.
And new in movies...
"Office Space" creator Mike Judge gets back to the daily grind with "Extract," but this time he tells wacky working tales from the boss' point of view: that of Jason Bateman's owner of a flavor extract factory. Unfortunately, Judge's characters are so one-note and their misadventures so ridiculous that it's hard to get attached to them. **
Read Eric Melin's review of "Extract."