This year’s fest was amazing! See what happened at Outer Reaches 2017.
This year’s fest was amazing! See what happened at Outer Reaches 2017.
Outer Reaches Announces Fall Music Festival Lineup
KANSAS CITY, MO. – The organizers of Outer Reaches, an annual live music festival in its sixth year, have announced official dates and lineups for their upcoming two-night event. On Friday, September 29 and Saturday, September 30, 2017, the festival Outer Reaches will overtake recordBar (1520 Grand Avenue) in Kansas City, Missouri.
Outer Reaches is a music festival based in Kansas City that showcases the ‘out there’, left-of-center, under-the-radar artists experimenting within and pushing boundaries in their respective genre. Regional acts as well as national and international touring acts are a part of the festival’s spirit, celebrating the variety of experimental music around the globe. There has always a strong tie to music that would fit into the realm of psychedelic music, but the festival has since opened up to more genres with a goal of promoting all music that is adventurous and mind expanding. The festival began in 2012 at FOKL Center, a community art space in downtown Kansas City, Kansas and was organized by Dedric Moore of local psych / experimental bands Monta At Odds and Mysterious Clouds. Adding Haymaker Records owner Brenton Cook and recordBar owner Steve Tulipana to the Outer Reaches crew, the trio have sought to grow and change the festival each and every year.
The music of Outer Reaches 2017 will be showcased over two days at recordBar in late September. Friday, September 29th will feature touring acts Deerhoof (San Francisco, CA), Lily and Horn Horse (New York City, NY), and Matchess (Chicago, IL). Kansas City acts Various Blonde and Mysterious Clouds also join the bill Friday. Saturday, September 30th features touring acts El Ten Eleven (Los Angeles, CA), Dead Rider (Chicago, IL), and Sego (Los Angeles, CA).
Kansas City is represented on Saturday with Pageant Boys and a special reunion show of The Hearers. The show schedules will be released at a later date with the possibility of one or more additional acts on the bill. Both days will have accompanying live video projection and local DJ’s playing music between sets.
Tickets are $20 each day, with $15 advanced single-day tickets available from the recordBar website and physical location.
And the photos are up! Take a glimpse at what happened during the 2016 Outer Reaches.
Rebranded festival, Outer Reaches, launches this Fall at recordBar
KANSAS CITY, MO. – The organizers of the Kansas City Psych Fest, an annual live music festival in its fifth year, have announced an official name change, official dates, and lineups for their upcoming two-night event. On Friday, September 30 and Saturday, October 1, 2016, the festival Outer Reaches will take over recordBar’s new location at 1520 Grand Avenue in Kansas City, Missouri.
The festival began in 2012 at FOKL Center, a community art space in downtown Kansas City, Kansas and was organized by Dedric Moore of Monta At Odds, a local psych/experimental indie band. Adding Haymaker Records owner Brenton Cook and recordBar owner Steve Tulipana to the Outer Reaches crew, the trio have sought to include regional acts along with national touring bands. With the fresh moniker as part of the festival’s rebranding, Outer Reaches aims to include music outside the psychedelic genre.
“This new vision for the festival is really about experimenting within and pushing boundaries in every genre,” Tulipana said. “We want to showcase the ‘out there,’ left-of-center, under-the-radar bands putting on great shows.”
The music of Outer Reaches 2016 will be showcased on two stages over two days at recordBar on Friday, September 30th and Saturday, October 1st. Friday, September 30th will feature the local acts Gamelan Genta Kasturi, Freight Train Rabbit Killer, and Psychic Heat on the first stage, joined by the touring acts Open Fields (Little Rock, AR) and L.A. Witch (Los Angeles, CA). The second stage Friday features the local groups Salty, Youngest Children, Arc Flash, and The Deep End (Brandon Draper & Joc Max). Saturday, October 1st features local acts Emmaline Twist, Michael Angelo’s Dreamfeast, and Be/Non on the first stage, joined by the touring acts Gramps the Vamp (Chicago, IL) and Magic Sword (Boise, ID). Michael Angelo’s performance is just a week after his performance at the POP Montreal festival, marking the first times that he’ll have ever performed the material from his self-titled (and now famously reissued) 1977 album. The second stage Saturday will feature Kimmie Queen & Cody Wyoming, The Tambourine Club, Witch Jail, and HMPH!. Both days will have accompanying video projection provided by Cinemaphonic.
Sponsors for this year’s festival include Records With Merritt, Josey Records, It’s a Beautiful Day, 7th Heaven, Sound 81 Productions, Boulevard Brewing Company, Seen Merch, Haymaker Records, and C&C Drum Company.
For more information, please visit www.outerreachesfest.com. Also review the Facebook Event Page. The show is 18+ and $12 for each day. Advanced tickets are available at $10 for Friday or Saturday or $18 for both days.
Rebranded festival, Outer Reaches, launches this Fall at recordBar
KANSAS CITY, MO – The organizers of Kansas City Psych Fest, an annual live music festival in its fifth year, have announced a name change and official dates for their upcoming two-night event. On Friday, September 30 and Saturday, October 1, 2016, the festival Outer Reaches will take over recordBar’s new location at 1520 Grand Avenue in Kansas City, Missouri. The fresh moniker is part of the festival’s rebranding, with aims to include music outside the psychedelic genre.
“The term ‘psych’ was convenient at first, but we’ve found it to be limiting,” said Brenton Cook, owner of Haymaker Records and festival organizer. “We really want to branch out from a particular genre, widening the base for adventurous music.”
The festival began in 2012 at FOKL Center, a community art space in downtown Kansas City, Kansas and was organized by Dedric Moore of Monta At Odds, a local psych/experimental indie band. From the beginning, Moore and partners have sought to include regional acts along with national touring bands.
“When we started, the intent was to bring a focus to bands and artists that wouldn’t otherwise have a stage or forum,” Moore said. “And we wanted it to be an immersive, interactive multimedia experience. So we’ve always had video projection and visual elements to lend to that idea. We plan to continue that as we move forward into the next phase of the festival’s evolution.”
“This new vision for the festival is really about experimenting within and pushing boundaries in every genre,” Tulipana said. “We want to showcase the ‘out there,’ left-of-center, under-the-radar bands putting on great shows.”
The Outer Reaches full festival lineup will be announced in August and there are plans to host two stages in recordBar’s new space during each night of the event. The artists showcased over the years have been culled from a wide range of talent, with past acts including Gringo Star, White Mystery, Slim Twig, and David Hasselhoff on Acid.
For more information, please visit www.outerreachesfest.com
KANSAS CITY, MO. – KC Psych Fest resumes last year’s tradition of sponsoring semioccasional non-festival events in support of the psychedelic music scene in Kansas City. A special March 22nd show at miniBar will feature performances by Winnipeg-based dream-pop band Living Hour and supporting acts Rachel Mallin and The Wild Type and New Baboons.
Living Hour, performing the first leg of a thirty city tour in support of their debut self-titled release on Lefse Records (Youth Lagoon, Neon Indian, Weed, How to Dress Well, Absolutely Free), arrive in Kansas City with much anticipation. Their dreamy love songs inspired by the cinematic sky of their hometown, blend shimmering guitar pop with thick casio drones and uniquely powerful, smoky vocals. Watery echoes of gorgeously sung melodies, psychedelic interlocking guitar, and huge driving crescendos create an enchanting wall of blissful dream pop. Stereogum declared that “Winnipeg rockers Living Hour dream big with grandiose, all-encompassing shoegaze that stretches to the ends of the earth…With gauzy guitar hooks and wide-open, drifting vocals, Living Hour wear their heart on their sleeve, and “Seagull” will no doubt pull on heartstrings. It is equal parts scuzzy noise and charming dream-pop.”
Local support is by buzzworthy band Rachel Mallin and The Wild Type and rock & roll outfit New Baboons. Rachel Mallin and The Wild Type will grace the stage with their take on dreamy indie rock following multiple performances at SXSW in Austin, Texas and in preparation for a new EP to come out in mid-2016. New Baboons are an up-and-coming rock band that manage to harness the sound of vintage ‘60s psychedelic rock and bring it to ‘90s Pavement and Sebadoh.
Check out the Facebook event page for more details on this show.
KANSAS CITY, MO. – Kansas City-based Haymaker Records releases the album Mystic Sunrise / Sunset Magic by space rock group Be/Non on vinyl LP and digital media on leap day February 29, 2016. Mystic Sunrise / Sunset Magic is the sixth album for Be/Non and will be celebrated with an album release concert entitled MEDITATION: A Live Presentation of Mystic Sunrise / Sunset Magic by Be/Non in the temple of the Kansas City Scottish Rite, 1330 Linwood Blvd, Kansas City, MO, on Sunday February 28th 6-10PM.
In 1996, Brodie Rush and his rock band Be/Non recorded two sets of songs in a small home studio in Lawrence, Kansas – material that would become their first two EPs released on cassette. Twenty years later and with a rotating cast of band members, Be/Non is still at it and proud to present the release Mystic Sunrise / Sunset Magic. Recorded over the course of six years in Brodie Rush’s home studio, the album features Be/Non family old and new performing compelling songs that incorporate pop elements into synth-drenched space rock. A musical direction unlike all previous endeavors, Mystic Sunrise / Sunset Magic is a meditative album based on deep thought and cosmic oneness. It’s a one-two punch into the unknown with intuitive trajectory, a must-listen for those with a bucket-list for the bizarre. The vinyl is pressed in limited edition purple blob vinyl with digital download included. It is the fifth vinyl release for Haymaker Records.
The show on February 28th will feature Be/Non playing the new album in its entirety, rotating in musicians who assisted in its creation. The Kansas City Scottish Rite was chosen as a location for the event out of a curiosity surrounding the Masonic temple itself that will undoubtedly compliment the music and viewing experience. Built in 1928 and featuring classic Greek design inspired by the ancient mausoleum at Halicarnassus in Caria, the temple has a rich history in Kansas City but little in the way of public music performances. Christian Hankel will be handling stage production for the event and Kansas City catering company Cool Guy Foods will provide catered small bites. Copies of the new vinyl record will be available to the public for the first time at this event. Check out the Facebook Event Page for more details.
[Kansas City, MO] Charlotte Street Foundation is happy to announce a closing reception to celebrate Kevin Harris’ exhibition, Survival Always Sounds So Exciting, Friday, January 22nd, 2016 at 8PM at la Esquina Gallery Space ( 1000 W 25th Street, Kansas City, Mo). KC Psych Fest will present live music performances by Eric Hall (St. Louis) and Expo ’70 (KC), with live video projection accompaniments by artists, Kevin Harris and VJDN8.
Kevin Harris’ Survival Always Sounds so Exciting, is a sound sculpture utilizing multiple channels of audio to present an electronically created physical environment. As a sonic play, the piece uses dialogue, created with online Text to Speech tools, to examine the psychology of deception and self-deception. Through a series of mundane conversations mediated and determined by their environment, digital actors speak a language absent of context. The installation uses sound synthesis to re-create the geometric and sonic parameters of a Walgreens retail store. It is this setting that informs the dialogue being spoken, resulting in a new symbiotic relationship between language and environment.
Kevin Harris is a St. Louis–based artist, musician, and engineer. His music has been commissioned by numerous organizations, and his visual art has been shown in various solo and group exhibitions, nationally and internationally. His recent work focuses on the fabrication of immersive electronic environments.
ABOUT PRESENTER & PERFORMERS
KC Psych Fest started in 2012 as a way to bring together outsider musical acts and celebrate the variety of experimental music within Kansas City, particularly genres that ventured into the psychedelic realm. The goal of KC Psych Fest is to promote music that is adventurous and mind expanding. The festival aims to be genre-spanning. Folk, ambient, garage, heavy, electronic, drone, pop, rock, etc are all welcome – both young and established.
Eric Hall is a St. Louis, MO composer, improviser, producer, and performer of electronic-based music and video, as well as an installation artist, DJ, and freelance music and arts educator.
VJDN8 (Nate Bogert) blends his own video library with a live feed. This on the fly interaction offers a one of kind sensory experience that allows the audience to transcend to the next level as VJDN8 creates forever evolving extra-sensory dimensions.
Expo ’70 (Justin Wright) began producing this otherworldly music in 2003 while living in Los Angeles. Residing in Kansas City, Missouri now, Wright produces music that is sought after by people all over the world. Wright has toured extensively over the last several years. More recently Wright has added a drummer and bassist to the mix which has started release albums and touring less.
Come celebrate recordBar‘s 10th Anniversary with the 4th Annual KC Psych Fest. This is a two-night event on Friday, October 2nd and Saturday, October 3rd at recordBar. The night’s entertainment features both local and touring musical acts with a broad range of adventurous musical styles.
The shows are 18+ and only $10 each night. Video projection provided both nights by Steve Gardells
7:00PM – El Condor (Kansas City)
8:00PM – Jorge Arana Trio (Kansas City)
9:00PM – Be/Non (Kansas City)
10:00PM – Van Allen Belt (Pittsburgh)
11:00PM – Wet Socks (Savannah, GA)
12:00AM – Slim Twig (Toronto)
The 11th annual Crossroads Music Fest kicks off tonight at 6:00 at seven different venues in the Crossroads arts district of Kansas City. The Haymaker Records Stage will be at MOD Gallery featuring the KC Psych Fest showcase with Dark Satellites, Riala, Freight Train Rabbit Killer, The Philistines, Janet the Planet, 3 Son Green, and the psychedelic DJ workings of DJ Mod Professor (DJ Ray Velasquez). We’ll have brilliant screen projection work by VJDN8.
It will be a real treat for the eyes and ears and cheap drinks all night. We can’t say enough about CMF and all the great local music acts it has helped expose over the years and are so happy to be a part of it. See you tonight!
The 11th annual Crossroads Music Fest will be held on Saturday, September 12th, 2015 on 7 different stages in the Crossroads District. Haymaker Records and KC Psych Fest are pleased to announce a stage at the 2015 Crossroads Music Fest.
The Haymaker Records / KC Psych Fest stage will be at MOD Art Gallery on 1809 McGee St. The lineup for the stage is as follows
6:00PM – DJ Mod Professor (Ray Velasquez psyched-out hearlucinations DJ Set)
7:00PM – Dark Satellites
8:00PM – Riala
9:00PM – Freight Train Rabbit Killer
10:00PM – The Philistines
11:00PM – Janet the Planet
12:00AM – 3 Son Green
Advanced tickets can be purchased from Crossroads Music Fest.
Crossroads Music Fest Facebook Event Page.
We are working on an idea to do the fest as 3 one night events coming August, Sept. and October. More details to follow once we get some ideas worked out.
10pm 3 Son Green
12am David Hasselhoff on Acid
Live video manipulation by VNDN8
Live DJ between sets by DJ MEMO
6pm: El Rey-Tones
7pm: Gemini Revolution
8pm: The Philistines
10pm: White Mystery
11pm: The Conquerors
12am: Gringo Star
Live video manipulations by VNDN8
2pm Ape Herring
4pm Redder Moon
5pm Psychic Heat
6pm Cardio Mom
6:30pm C. Vadi
8pm Your Friend
9pm Magic Castles
10pm Jorge Arana Trio
11pm Monta At Odds
12am Thee Water Moccasins
the THIRD annual KC Psych Fest is OCTOBER 9, 10 & 11.
this year we have moved the fest to RecordBar and it will feature 24 bands over three days.
a two-day FEST PASS is $20
tix are $7 for Thursday http://therecordbar.com/event/182752
tix are $10 for friday http://therecordbar.com/event/176131
tix are $12 for saturday http://therecordbar.com/event/176132
you can buy tix in person with cash at recordBar at 1020 Westport Road.
THURSDAY, OCT 9
PRE-FEST KICKOFF PARTY
David Hasselhoff on Acid https://www.facebook.com/DHOAmusic?ref=br_tf
FRIDAY, OCT 10
Gringo Star https://www.facebook.com/gringostarmusic
The Conquerors https://www.facebook.com/THEECONQUERORS
White Mystery https://www.facebook.com/WhiteMysteryBand
The Philistines https://www.facebook.com/ThePhilistines
Gemini Revolution https://www.facebook.com/geminirevolution
El Rey-Tones https://www.facebook.com/theraydashtones
SATURDAY, OCT 11
Thee Water Moccasins https://www.facebook.com/TheeWaterMoccasins
Monta At Odds https://www.facebook.com/montaatodds
Jorge Arana Trio https://www.facebook.com/jorgearanatrio
Magic Castles https://www.facebook.com/themagiccastles
Your Friend https://www.facebook.com/yourfriendtaryn
Cardio Mom https://partsofspeech.bandcamp.com/track/cardio-mom
C. Vadi https://www.facebook.com/cvadisounds
Psychic Heat https://www.facebook.com/PsychicHeat
Redder Moon https://www.facebook.com/redder.moon
Ape Herring https://soundcloud.com/a-pairing
(lineup subject to change)
*******THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS**********
Seen Merch http://www.seenmerch.com/
Midwest Music Foundation https://www.facebook.com/midwestmusicfound
Haymaker Records https://www.facebook.com/haymakerrecords
Boulevard Brewery https://www.facebook.com/Boulevard
Mills Records https://www.facebook.com/MillsRecordCompany
C&C Drums http://www.candccustomdrums.com/
We have confirmed that the Conquerors, Monta At Odds, and Jorge Arana Trio will be returning for this year’s festival. We will have a special appearance by Thee Water Moccasins as well.
We will be posting lineup additions shortly. First we would like to let you know that the fest will be Oct. 10-11, 2014. Tell you friends and we’ll keep telling you our secrets.
Bill Elder, who performed last year under the alias DJ MEMO due to the global manhunt for his importing of rare vinyl into the country, will be djing psych from around the world in the courtyard this year on Friday night at FOKL. This alone is worth the entry price.
Saturday will be loud at FOKL. Not in a bad way. In a way that shakes your core and makes you want to say “Yeahh!!!” and definitely a 180 degree turn from the throbbing electro that you will be dancing to on Friday at FOKL.
Karma Vision kick off the night with it’s brand of indie goodness. Hopefully we will hear them perform new songs from their ambitious “release one single per month” song cycle.
Snake Island! play teenage blues in classic garage rock style.
Bloodbirds have a new vinyl record. Their post punk take on psych will get you going. And grab that vinyl.
Comoros are a duo that planned a whole tour around stopping here for our festival. Bring some chalk and mark the floor in front of the stage as your place to stand and get enveloped in waves of synth, distortion, chaos and inner peace.
I heard Expo 70 practicing some new tunes for you. They are heavy riffage but hang on, they have some great drone moments to counter the RIFFS.
Conquerors will close out the night with swirly guitars as they perform their blown-out speaker garage rock. ENERGY is what they have on stage. You will too.
Aaron Martin will create a mesmerizing tapestry of loops with a cello.
Gemini Revolution will pause the drums and perform an ambient homage to the Geminid meteor shower that inspired their new release.
Aurograph feat. Ashley Miller, Mark Southerland and Shawn Hansen will perform trance inducing aural treatment.
Discoverer will bring his lush synth-based music to life.
Metatone will drop catchy, quirky (dare I say bounce) to the fest with their infectious upbeat music. They have a new CD released so hear it, feel it, buy it.
And yes, Sam F will be projecting more amazing visual stimulus.
Thoughts on what to look forward to at FOKL on Friday.
Your Friend will be giving you a beautiful start with dreamy guitar and floating vocals.
Stacian will move the night into a psych-tinged synth heavy electro dance vibe.
Samantha Glass will continue the trend and add in more dark 80’s scifi soundtrack.
Golden Donna has formed a 5-piece band to bring you their soundtrack to Drive if the driver stayed in the wrong part of town and had a more intense romance.
Umberto closes out the night with his own version of gritty electronics and hidden club dance vibes.
VJDN8 will be back at FOKL to provide the visual stimulation for your journey.
Without giving away too much you will hear on Friday at HQ:
CJ Boyd – a solo bassist take looping and emotion to a new level.
Jim Button, drummer of The Conquerors, bringing his solo project from the studio to a live band.
Parts of Speech inject Krautrock into their lush synths.
Monta At Odds have an entire new set this year of interstellar grooves and heady swirls of sound.
Your Reflection will play a rare live set mashing synths, samples, guitar and drums into some funky grooves and head-trip effects.
Sam F will be dropping visual magic at HQ all night long.
Q: Why isn’t my favorite band playing? They played last year and were great.
A: We loved every band last year. We were impressed that everyone gave great performances. We also had to decline a lot of bands that we did like but had no room left on the bill. So this year we asked new bands and had to tell past performers that we didn’t have room this year for them.
Our committee is determined to give you a new experience each festival. So we worked a long time on selecting bands that will make each night unique and retain the good vibrations we had last year. You dug it last year, right? So trust us again. And don’t worry, we will keep mixing it up so your favorite band might be on the bill next year.
Yeah, we know. It was magical last year. But things change that are beyond our control. Plus, new is exciting right? Maybe a little frightening? Maybe exhilarating too? Yes and Yes!!
So, we roll with it and now we have the familiar, FOKL lower level and courtyard, and we have something new, HQ. We selected HQ because there have been some great shows there in the past featuring local faves, The Conquerors, Expo 70, Monta At Odds, Surroundher, Gemini Revolution etc… People in-the-know, know and can tell you what a relaxed vibe those shows have been.
HQ was an old grocery store back in the good old days. Now in the good new days it is a remodeled art gallery/music venue in the Prescott neighborhood just 8 short blocks from FOKL.
Sam F is back and will be doing his modular visual projections and we will be featuring a 20+foot sculpture by Jorge Almodovar entitled Black Modules.
The HQ shows run from 7-10pm and the FOKL times are 8:30pm-1am. You can park at FOKL and take the shuttle back and forth. Or you can park across from HQ around Prescott Park. The shuttle will be happy to take you to either location.
So here is the first tidbit. The ticket price will be $10 per day. You can buy a ticket that includes both days in advance at It’s A Beautiful Day or at Zebedee’s for $20.
Otherwise you can purchase a ticket at the door from FOKL or HQ for the $10 per day or $20 for the two days.
No discount for two days? Sorry but we have 11 bands per day for $10. That is less than buying a download from itunes for a band’s song and you get to see a whole set instead of hearing one song (maybe even go to itunes and download their song while watching their set. That’s mindblowingly cool).
We think $10 per day is a great deal for you and we get to pay the bands for taking the time to perform. We want them to keep making music and hope you’ll join us in supporting them by not only attending but pick up some merch, hint, hint.
We hope this is helpful and should get you excited to attend. We know we are. Thanks for the support too.
Get a sample of this year’s fest for free or donate to help the cause and receive reciprocal good vibrations!
9:45 Your Reflection
8:45 Monta At Odds
8 Parts Of Speech
7 CJ Boyd
11:30 Golden Donna
10:45 Samantha Glass
9:30 Your Friend
8:15 Aurograph – Ashley Miller, Mark Southerland, Shawn Hansen
7:30 Gemini Revolution
7 Aaron Martin
11:30 Expo 70
9:30 Snake Island
8:45 Karma Vision
Oh yeah, we’ve got one more really teriffic thing to add, and that thing is COMOROS.
COMOROS began in 2007 when Jen and Adam Melinn attempted to connect enough echo and delay effects to endlessly repeat their musical improvisations. Primarily a guitar and synthesizer duo, they have released two LPs and an assortment of tapes and discs all centered around that initial experiment of blending all sounds together in diminishing returns, aiming for the elimination of ego and the awareness of an audible location. They are playing their first shows outside of their home city of Philadelphia this year and KC Psychfest with undoubtedly be the highlight of the tour.
Ladies and gentlemen without further ado: the last 4 bands we’re adding to the bill.
Aurograph is so new, We dont even have a picture for them. What we know is that Mark Sutherland is involved along with Ashley Miller and Shawn Hansen, and that this is his website. But mystery is sexy. We like sexy.
Parts Of Speech
Parts of Speech consists of Brandon Knocke (vocals, keyboards, programming), Alexander Thomas (acoustic/electronic drums, samples), and Adam Davies (guitar and good vibes). Though initially formed in late 2009 as a live vehicle for Knocke’s solo electronic music, a more collaborative and organic sound evolved out of the creative pairing. The results are sonically adventurous and moody, while the emphasis on groove and melody keep things accessible to a wide range of music listeners. And get ready for a kraut-rock vibe for the fest -per the band.
Gemini Revolution is another brainchild of Dedric and Delaney Moore, the keys and bass that fuels Monta At Odds. It’s the brothers Moore, so you know what to expect, and you won’t be disappointed. And get ready for a brand new homage to the Geminid shower the brothers witnessed. Going to take you into outerspace exploration with ambient textures.
Metatone is an Other-World groove septet from right here in K.row C.ity USA. Their music is a sort of spiritual weaponry, only imagine a sword being used at home for cooking instead of warfare. Their live shows are rare, rhythmic and radicool.
J. Ashley Miller, Lyrical Mastermind, Beginner’s Mind and Finger Picking Melodix
Jon Kraft: Tom Lover, Side-Stickler, Pocket Protector
Gary Miller: Myriad Percussion, Take-You-To-Church-Vocal-Breakdowns, and Additional Pocket Protection
Rabbit Killer: Handler of the Infamous Mr. Squeaky; Eternal Voice of the Tiny Mountains
Rhys Ziemba: Finger Picking Counter-Melodix, Musicology, Kalimbaaaaaaaaa!
Abbi Miller: Eggs-Above-The-Legs, Beautiful Post-Broadway Harmonies, and Quite a Few Foxy Formations
Ian Teeple: Summoning Sub-concious Sub-Bass Sublimation
Hello again psychedelic cats and dogs. Here’s our latest batch of bands that’ll be joining us. I’m literally trembling with excitement.
Large open spaces, layer upon layer of rich detail, texture for miles and a depth that will make you feel like you’re in a watery grave with the Titanic, glued to the sea floor looking up through miles of dark water to the sun that you might never see again. Topeka’s Aaron Martin will drown you in sound.
Snake Island describe themselves as “fuzzed-out teenage blues; reverb-drenched psychedelia; a maniacal force of volume; shamans of love; runaway sons of a post-nuclear age and most exulted revelators of the secret cosmic Id”. If that doesn’t get your psychedelic heart throbbing, then there’s not much hope for you.
Your Reflection is a collaborative project between Luke Rocha and Mike Hutcherson. It’s funkier than you’re prepared for. The guitars are fuzzy, the synth is Moog-tastic, the samples are potent and the beats are groove inducing. Also, if you’re into that whole “cool by association” thing, Hutcherson toured with the Twin Shadow, so, you know, that’s pretty rad.
Monta At Odds
Seasons change, snow falls, years pass, but in the KC electronica and psych scene, at least one thing remains constant: Dedric and Delaney Moore make good music. The brothers behind Monta At Odds have been at for a while and are quite good at what they do. What do they do? Check it out:
Here’s a fresh batch of KC Psychfest artist for your listening pleasures.
Golden Donna hails from the exciting electronic and experimental scene in Madison, WI. The man behind the Donna is Joel Shanahan, a former guitarist for Julian Lynch. He dropped his first Golden Donna EP on bandcamp and was promptly signed to Not Not Fun records, so that’s pretty sweet. Check out the visuals for Paulding Light below, or hop onto his bandcamp for more previewing pleasures.
Expo 70 is an unknown known quantity. Spacial exploration, spatial exploration, really just exploration in general seems to be the way of Mr. Justin Wright. He’s Missouri’s ticket to the clouds, or the deepest brightest nebulas of space, and he’ll be at the ‘fest.
Another repeat offender from last year, Karma Vision is back with us. The founders of Pizza Power in Lawrence will be back performing at KC Psychfest, and you will be back watching them. But first, watch them frolick backwards in animal masks.
Another local fellow, not that it’s a bad thing, KC’s got talent and we love to support it. Jim Button released Land of Plenty in 2009, and it was wonderful. Sometimes folksy, always toe tapping, completely enjoyable. He’s working on new material, and “Do Your Service” might just be a glimpse into what that new material may sound like.
Ok psychfesters, we’re back with another round of band announcements. MOAR BANDS. This batch features three touring acts and one that hails from our very own Lawrence, Kansas.
Samantha Glass is not a Samantha. In fact, he’s not even a she at all. Samantha Glass is the gender-confounded stage name of Madison, Wisconsin’s Beau Devereaux. Not Not Fun is due to drop his first full length project later this year, but for some good preview action check out his bandcamp. “Human Voice” is made up of ticking, plodding drum machines and impervious organ undertones. Get lost, in a good way.
From Moniker Records:
“Songs for Cadets id not a 37-minute barrage of Krauty, synth-drenched dance-pop from Miluakee’s scorching Stacian- it’s actually a coded training manual for intergalactic mercenaries, sent back in time from the year 2112. Life on earth has become unsustainable, and groups of young fighters have been enlisted by what’s left of the global government to colonize Jupiter 6, a rich earthlike planet out on the hostile fringes of the universe, populated by reptilian humanoids and robotic pterodactyls.
A 22nd-century Joan of Arc in dayglo armor, Stacian heads the sonic warfare division, wielding her synthesier like a light saber in a life-or-death contenst for control of the cosmic dance floor. Crisp, relentless drumbeats and rocket-engine bass vie with the echoing cries of those weird, metallic birds as Stacian rallies her troops into action- mandatory listening for future cadets.”
Enough said. Now listen.
C.J. Boyd has been on tour since 2008. Which sounds crazy, but when you hear his music, you’ll understand where his head’s at on that one. Boyd is a phenomenal bassist with a knack for wandering, improvisational textures and walls of sound. He’s a minimalist with an eye for the overstatement. A bassist with an ear for melody. An artist you should listen to. Check out his website, but first listen to “Every time I don the ski mask”, better yet, do both at the same time.
Y[our] Fri[end] is Taryn Miller. And she’s reppin the middle of the map. I could spend a few sentences telling you about her, but it’s probably best if you just head on over to 6lawrence.com and watch the video she recorded for The Not So Late Show.
Good people, we have good news. The KC Psychfest is coming back for round two. On may 17th and 18th, we’ll be bringing you KC’s haziest and craziest. Here are the first four acts we’re announcing- more to come later.
Don’t act like you’re not excited, we can hear your rapidly accelerating heartbeat from here.
Brandon Knocke, graced us with his dripping, juicy synthtastic textures weaved into hip-hop worthy beats at KC Psychfest 2012, and we’re pleased to announce that he’ll be back with us this year. Knocke also makes music under the guises of Svamps, Brazilian Television, and Parts of Speech, so if you’re familiar with those groups, you’ve got even more reason to be excited. “Circular Motherboard” is the lead track from his debut LP Tunnels. It’s a smooth journey through the fabric of space-time, never ceasing in head bob-ability. Once that beat drops and the hypnotic bass figures creep into your psyche, there’s no escaping the discovery of Discoverer.
Matt Hill is the man behind Umberto, and he must be doing something right. Back in 2011 Umberto got a shout out on ALTERED ZONES, the now defunct sister blog of the all mighty Pitchfork. I guess Umberto outlasted the altered zone. We’re glad it worked out that way, because it leaves us with more creepy synth-scapes and less snotty music blogging. Umberto helped us close out last year’s show, and we’re ecstatic to have Umberto back for a second go round this year. “Everything Is Going To Be OK” is exactly what the title would imply, an anthem that lets you know everything is going to be ok. It sounds like something from the soundtrack of a low budget N64 game. That was a compliment.
Bloodbirds are Mike Tuley, Brooke Tuley, and Anna St Louis. Their sound is post punk, garage-rock, fuzztastic, guitar-heavy, and pretty much everything we look for in a good time. “Divorce Sea” is from their album Psychic Surgery. It’s a howling, screeching, smash and grab.
Thick guitar tears, energy on energy on energy. Rory Cameron, Christian O’Reilly, Jim Button, Vince Lawhon, and Mikee Pruitt make up the hazy local rockers known as The Conquerors, and they are out to… conquer. We’re beyond elated to have fthem with us again this year. Whet your appetite for fuzzy, unrefined, rock-n-roll with “Proxy Shady”.
Stay tuned, we’ll be announcing more acts all month.
May 17 and 18 will be nights to remember!
Saturday Performance Times as follows…
8pm – Import/Export (Sterling Holman & John Bersuch)
9pm – Goodwillies
10pm – The Conquerors
11pm – Gemini Revolution
12pm – Be/Non
1am – Kevin Harris
7:30pm – CS Luxem
8:30 Carnal Torpor
9:30pm – Plante
10:30pm – Karma Vision
11:30pm – Expo 70
12:30 Vor Onus
We are excited to announce the details for all three nights of the KC Psychfest. The set times are staggered giving the audience the opportunity to witness each act’s set without inner conflict on choosing whom to see.
The Superego will control our visuals with projections and light show on each stage for full mind expansion. Tickets are available for purchase online at www.foklcenter.com or in person at Zebedee’s RPM, Love Garden, and Earwaxx. Individual days are $11 for Friday and Saturday and $8 for Sunday. The three day pass is available in limited supply at $21. Save a dollar if you purchase in person at one of the locations.
Friday on the Ego stage:
Box The Compass
Monta At Odds
Mr. Marco’s V7
Friday on the Id stage:
Jorge Arana Trio
Sounding The Deep
South Bitch Diet
Saturday on the Ego stage:
Saturday on the Id stage:
Sunday on the Ego stage:
Here is the official poster for the fest. Don’t forget to go online and order those tickets!
We are proud to present the official list of bands for KC Psychfest May 18 – 20, 2012. Umberto, Dylan Ettinger, Be/Non, Expo 70, Mr. Marco’s V7, Monta At Odds, Metatone, CVLTS, Karma Vision, Goodwillies, The Conquerors, Gemini Revolution, Vor Onus, South Bitch Diet, Box The Compass, Plante, Sounding The Deep, Restless Breed, Import/Export, Scammers, Kevin Harris, Surroundher, Discoverer, Thee Devotion, Carnal Torpor, Jorge Arana Trio, Twofaced, Yam, CS Luxem, Yuo. Tickets can be pre-purchased online as a three-day pass or as individual days. Visit http://www.foklcenter.com/psychfest-tickets.html. Event sponsors lending support are Midwestern Musical Co., C&C Drums, Zebedee’s RPM, We Are Tribe, Love Garden, Boulevard Brewing Co., and Testimonial Video and more to be announced.
Testimonial Video, Zebedee’s RPM, Midwestern Musical Co., We Are Tribe, C&C Drums
Kansas City, Kansas, March 7 – FOKL Center gallery announces a two-day multimedia festival featuring psychedelic bands, live VJs, and visual artists from the KC Metro and Midwest.
After the announcement that Kanrocksas would be taking a break, FOKL felt that the citizens of Kansas City, Kansas would be let down without a major music festival. Teaming up with metro bands and artists, the KC Psychfest was imagined.
“The Kansas City Metro and Lawrence areas have cultivated their own musical definition of psychedelic music and we wanted to feature as many of them in one location for one major event.” Bands included are: Be/Non, Expo 70, Monta At Odds, Karma Vision, CVLTS, Goodwillies, The Conquerors and many more to be announced.
An event specific art sculpture video installation will be part of the event by featuring multiple live projections coinciding with the music. Art will be featured in the gallery, food trucks will be on site, merchandise tables hosted by Halcyon Diversified Trading and We Are Tribe, plus more news to come.
Tickets will be available online through the FOKL website.