Led by guitarist, vocalist and songwriter Joshua Allen, Various Blonde is one of Kansas City’s most daring indie-rock bands, incorporating funk and electronic dance music elements into the startling new sound showcased on its new record.
3 reasons we're listening to Various Blonde this week:
1. The band's new All Bases Covered was released last month by the The Record Machine, a Kansas City label.
2. It represents a sonic departure for Various Blonde. The bass-heavy title track riffs on the common electronic dance music theme of bacchanalian decadence. This artistic shift mirrors a larger trend in popular music, toward sounds made for the dance floor.
3. The band performs this weekend at a benefit concert for Harvesters food bank. Fed Up Fest features seven bands on two stages, with the North Carolina-based indie-pop duo Sylvan Esso headlining. Various Blonde goes on at 5 p.m.
Bill Brownlee’s writing appears weekly in The Kansas City Star and Ink magazine. He blogs about Kansas City’s jazz scene at Plastic Sax.