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Local Music Critics Pick KC's Best

Looking for a new sound? Kansas City's musical veins are still pumping with melodies.

On Friday's Up to Date, local music critics Chris Haghirian, Bill Brownlee and Michael Byars will check out some of the latest tunes to come out of the area.

Chris Haghirian's picks:

Making Movies - "Cuda de Vida" - from the album A Le Deriva We Are Voices - "Fighting Fires" - from the album Tread Lightly Ross Brown - "Small Victories" - from the album Small Victories The Empty Spaces - "Holidays Are Nice and Warm" - from the EP, The Party Line White Girl - "Last Man Standing" - from the EP, White Girl, Vol. Two

Bill Brownlee's picks:

Pat Metheny - "Roofdogs" - from the 2012 release Unity Band Joyce DiDonato - "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" - from the 2012 release Homecoming: Kansas City Symphony Presents Joyce DiDonato The Brody Buster Band - "You Don't Have to Go" - from the 2012 release Will Die Young Deborah Brown - "All Too Soon" - from the 2012 album All Too Soon Hearts of Darkness - "Come Forward" - from the 2012 release Shelf Life Project H - "Saturday's Back" - from the 2012 album Become Light

Michael Byars' picks:

The Caves - "Give It Away Or Lose It" - from the album Duplexiaville Gentleman Savage - "Open Eyes" - from the EP Open Eyes Dollar Fox - "This Apology" - from the album Little Mother's Things I Am Keeping Tiny Horse - "Ride" - single release Rumblejetts - "Rocket To The Moon" - from the album Motor Honey Hospital Ships - "Come Back To Life" - single release

Listen to hear why our critics picked these artists and songs.

Bill Brownlee is a music critic for The Star. He blogs at at plasticsax.com, Kansas City's top jazz blog. Chris Haghirian is an account executive with Ink Magazine, co-founder of Ink’s Middle of the Map Festival, organizer of various music promotions for Ink, and co-host of the weekly webcast “The Mailbox” on midwestmusicfound.org. Michael Byars is a morning announcer at KCUR. Previously, he was been a part-time announcer during classical music, then a Saturday afternoon announcer before moving up to full-time Morning Edition host in November 2002. Occasionally, you might hear his voice on "The Fish Fry", where he serves as a fill-in for Chuck when he's away; he also engineers interview segments and edits the show's archived broadcasts.  

When I host Up To Date each morning at 9, my aim is to engage the community in conversations about the Kansas City area’s challenges, hopes and opportunities. I try to ask the questions that listeners want answered about the day’s most pressing issues and provide a place for residents to engage directly with newsmakers. Reach me at steve@kcur.org or on Twitter @stevekraske.