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The Best Kansas City Music of 2013 - So Far

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Is your iTunes library lacking a local flare? From jazz acts to hip hop artists and everything in between, KCUR has its finger on the pulse of local music. 

On Wednesday's Up to Date, Steve Kraske talks with music experts Bill Brownlee, a blogger for The Pitch, Chris Haghirian, Nightlife Marketing Specialist at INK magazine, and Michelle Bacon, editor-in-chief  of The Deli Kansas City, about what music is catching Kansas City's ears. 

Bill Brownlee's List

  1. "21st Century Ragg" by Matt Kane Trio
  2. "If You Say So" by The Grisly Hand
  3. “Branches on the Arrow Peak Revel” by The Appleseed Cast
  4. "Tharsis" by Pat Metheny
  5. “Super Stereo Blaster” by Reach
  6. "Come Back To Life" by Hospital Ships
  7. "Breakthrough" by Eldar Djangirov Trio

Michelle Bacon's List

  1. "Riverview" by The Pedaljets
  2. "The Loon" by The Jinxed
  3. "Cyclone" by Schwervon!
  4. "End of Time" by Silver Maggies
  5. "The Shivers" by The Architects
  6. "Ghost" by Tiny Horse

Chris Haghirian's List

  1. "Let It Down" by Cowboy Indian Bear
  2. "Tourniquets" by The Latenight Callers
  3. "Back To The Sun" by Clairaudients
  4. "Devil's Heavy 12 Gauge" by Cadillac Flambe
  5. "Bang Goes The Gun" by Not A Planet (Nate, Bill and Liam)
  6. "Animate" by Brain Food


Bill Brownlee is a music critic for The Star. He blogs at at plasticsax.com, Kansas City's top jazz blog. Michelle Bacon is the editor of the Deli Magazine Kansas City, a nationally based online magazine about local music. Chris Haghirian is with Ink Magazine and puts out a music podcast at The Mailbox.

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.