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Best Music of 2012

There's no doubt that much of Kansas City's creativity is embodied in its local music scene.

Friday on Up to Date, Steve Kraske welcomes the return of the Local Music Show​, during which our music experts Chris HaghirianBill Brownlee and Michael Byars will check out some of the best music - local and international - of 2012.

Bill Brownlee's Picks:

Mark Lowrey- "Buildings and Mountains" from the album Tangos for 18th Street
Iris DeMent- "Livin' on the Inside" from the album Sing the Delta
Krizz Kaliko- "Kali Baby" from the album Kickin' & Screamin'
Michael Pagan- "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" from the album Keyboard Christmas
Christian Scott- "When Marissa Stands Her Ground" from the album Christian aTunde Adjuah

Chris Haghirian's Picks:

First Aid Kit: "Emmylou" from The Lion's Roar

Chvrches: "The Mother We Share" 

Rhye: "Open"

Japandroids: "The House That Heaven Built"

Bat For Lashes: "Lilies"

Purity Ring: "Fineshrine"

Michael Byars' Picks:

The Caves - "Weekend Blues", from Duplexiaville

Thee Water MoccaSins - "In The City", from From the Rivers of Missouri and the Banks of Fear

Mat Shoare - "Meadowlark", from Domestic Partnership

Schwervon! - "Truth Teller", from Courage

Link Wray - "Fire and Brimstone", from Country Funk 1969-1975

Rodriguez - "Sugar Man", from Search for Sugar Man


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.  

Stephen Steigman is director of Classical KC. You can email him at <a href="mailto:Stephen.Steigman@classicalkc.org">Stephen.Steigman@classicalkc.org</a>.
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.