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Best of KC for Emerging Artists Final Results: Radkey wins hands down!

Deli Readers,

We are proud to announce that The Deli’s Best Emerging Kansas City Artist of 2012 is Radkey! The three-piece punk wonder brothers have swept the competition, with a landslide of votes from our local music jurors.  Taking second place is the sultry, syncopated group Making Movies, followed closely by recent NYC-to-KC garage pop duo Schwervon!.

Take a look at our chart of 48 Kansas City area bands below. The highest value of votes came from our jurors, who included individuals involved in local music. This includes promoters, venue owners, press, record storeowners, and other music experts. The remainder of votes was compiled by The Deli KC contributors, readers, and open submissions voted on by national Deli editors. Congrats to everyone who made the list!

 
ARTIST
J
W
R
OS
TOT
 
1
Radkey
36
3
0.028
1
40.028
2
Making Movies
10
 
0.052
1
11.052
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3
Schwervon!
7
3
0.029
1
11.029
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4
Antennas Up
8
2
0.007
 
10.007
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5
Dream Wolf
6
1
0.119
1
8.119
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6
The Quivers
2
3
0.057
1
6.057
icon
7
Molly Picture Club
5
 
0.046
1
6.046
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8
Shy Boys
6
 
0.004
 
6.004
icon
9
Dollar Fox
2
1
2
1
6
icon
10
She's A Keeper
4
1
0.12
 
5.12
icon
11
The Conquerors
4
 
0.041
 
4.041
12
The Empty Spaces
2
1
0.011
1
4.011
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13
Expo 70
4
 
0.005
 
4.005
icon
14
Gentleman Savage
1
 
1.5
1.5
4
icon
15
Cadillac Flambe
3
 
0.5
 
3.5
icon
16
Clairaudients
3
 
0.141
 
3.141
icon
17
Attic Wolves
2
 
0.086
1
3.086
icon
18
Conflicts
3
 
0.076
 
3.076
icon
19
Not A Planet
3
 
0.055
 
3.055
icon
20
The Sibyl
3
 
0.046
 
3.046
icon
21
Man Bear
 
 
0.015
3
3.015
22
The Bad Ideas
3
 
0.008
 
3.008
icon
 
The Caves
3
 
0.008
 
3.008
icon
24
Akkilles
3
 
0.005
 
3.005
icon
25
Beautiful Bodies
3
 
0.001
 
3.001
icon
26
We Are Voices
 
 
1
2
3
icon
27
Bears and Company
1
1
0.5
 
2.5
icon
 
Me Like Bees
2
 
0.16
 
2.16
icon
29
In Back of a Black Car
2
 
0.058
 
2.058
icon
30
Jorge Arana Trio
1
1
0.014
 
2.014
icon
31
Tiny Horse
2
 
0.008
 
2.008
icon
32
The Heavy Figs
2
 
0.007
 
2.007
icon
33
Shades of Jade
2
 
0.005
 
2.005
icon
34
Drew Black and Dirty Electric
1
1
0.001
 
2.001
icon
 
Quiet Corral
1
1
0.001
 
2.001
icon
 
Spirit is the Spirit
2
 
0.001
 
2.001
icon
37
The Republic Tigers
2
 
 
 
2
icon
 
The Phase
2
 
 
 
2
?
39
Cowboy Indian Bear
1
 
0.069
 
1.069
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40
The B'Dinas
1
 
0.044
 
1.044
icon
41
Gemini Revolution
 
 
0.017
1
1.017
icon
42
Oils
1
 
0.012
 
1.012
icon
43
The Blackbird Revue
1
 
0.01
 
1.01
icon
44
The Elders
 
 
0.008
1
1.008
icon
45
Ghosty
1
 
0.004
 
1.004
icon
46
The Dead Girls
1
 
0.004
 
1.004
icon
47
Ssion
1
 
0.002
 
1.002
icon
48
John Maxfield
 
 
0.001
1
1.001
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Legend: J = Jurors, W = Deli Writers, 
R = Deli Readers, OS = Open Submissions

--Michelle Bacon





Show review: Sonic Spectrum Ramones Tribute, 10.28.12

Four bands came together to pay tribute to legendary punk band, the Ramones, as a part of Sonic Spectrum’s tribute series at recordBar. For all intents and purposes, the Ramones saved rock n' roll. When they released their self-titled debut in 1976, the radio was jammed pack with long-winded keyboard solos, disco beats, and mini-operas. The Ramones went back to the original blueprint, designed by the early rock n' rollers and doo-wop groups of the ‘50s. Only the Ramones' songs were faster, louder, tougher, and weirder; punk was born. Their sound continues to influence countless bands to this day, four of which showed up that night.

If there was a secondary theme to the night, it was that covering these three-chord simplistic songs looks much easier than it actually is to pull off. Nearly each band recognized that on stage. The first band, UFT!, kicked off the show right with the shouts of "Hey! Ho! Let's go!" in "Blitzkrieg Bop,” quite possibly the most recognizable tune in the Ramones catalog. Bassist Steve Tulipana shared a funny story about meeting the artist behind the iconic Ramones logo, and his surprise on how getting prepared for the show had been. They played other Ramones classics such as "I Wanna Be Sedated" and "Rock N' Roll High School.”

Next, Rockets to Russia took the stage (members of Bleachbloodz, The Uncouth!, Hobo Zero, Appropriate Grammar, The Bad Ideas). Consisting of the largest group of the night, the five-member band tore through songs about as fast as the Ramones would perform them live. Songs like "Glad to See You Go" and "Cretin Hop" were accompanied by boundless energy that seemed to run back and forth on both sides of the stage. Two songs in, vocalist Mitch Clark convincingly told the crowd he'd have to slow down for a song or two or else he was bound to have a heart attack on stage. Still, the band continued through their set this way.

Gene Kreamerz and the Pussycats (members of The Quivers, The Latenight Callers, Drew Black & Dirty Electric, Deco Auto) played their songs closer to how the Ramones sounded on the albums. It's not at the breakneck speed of their live performances, but still animated enough for a crowd to bounce around to. Highlights included "(Do You Remember) Rock N' Roll Radio?" and a personal favorite, "Danny Says,” the true ballad of the night (surprisingly, the Ramones were great at writing those, too).

True evidence of the Ramones influence in even today's world came when Radkey finished the night off. The band consists of three brothers, all of whom were born well after the Ramones had their heyday. The spirit, energy, and rock n' roll the Ramones championed during their career came through the band. Highlights included the seasonally appropriate "Pet Cemetery" and campy "Somebody Put Something in My Drink.” The band ended their set with the anti-political song "Bonzo Goes to Bitburg", a song most fans would consider to be a favorite. The night was a great tribute to the Ramones, and in turn, a great tribute to rock n' roll.

All photos by Todd Zimmer. Please do not use without permission.

--Travis Stull  

Travis is a technical writer who loves rock n' roll. Give him a hug sometime.

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On The Beat with Solomon Radke

In a very short time, St. Joseph brothers Radkey has taken the Kansas City area by storm, and beyond. They recently wrapped up a headlining show in Lawrence, just finished a music video in Brooklyn, and played the Afro-Punk Festival. A third of the band’s success is due to Solomon Radke, who pummels the drums with purpose and can show up any veteran drummer. Find out a little more about one of the youngest, most talented drummers on the scene right here!

On The Beat is typically brought to you by Sergio Moreno, but has been overtaken this week by editor Michelle Bacon. This weekly interview features some of the many talented drummers in the area.

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On The Beat with Solomon Radke

 

Solomon Radke seems fairly shy and soft-spoken when you first meet him. He looks like any other 15-year-old kid, maybe with a bit more style. But then he takes the stage with his brothers Darrion and Isaiah of Radkey, and this is where his personality shines. He beats the skins mercilessly, boldly, and precisely while his brothers hammer the audience with rock n’ roll in the same spirit as The Ramones and the punk attitude of Bad Brains. We got to talk to Solomon and find a little bit more about his background.
 
The Deli: How did the drums find you?
 
Solomon Radke: I started playing two and a half years ago. Isaiah had the idea of starting a band so I just decided to play the drums.

The Deli: That’s pretty amazing, considering you’re already a very solid drummer. What has been your biggest musical accomplishment so far?
 
Solomon: Playing the Afro-Punk Festival (in Brooklyn) and making a music video.

The Deli: Who are your biggest influences as a drummer? 
 
Solomon: Neil Peart, Ringo Starr, Pat Wilson, Keith Moon, Tre Cool, Taylor Hawkins, and John Bonham.

The Deli: Do you still see yourself playing drums in 10 years?
 
Solomon: Yes. I want to do a national tour, and spend the rest of my life playing music.

The Deli: What have you been listening to lately?
 
Solomon: Weezer, Green Day and The Foo Fighters. 

The Deli: As the youngest musician I've interviewed, do you have any advice for other young musicians who want to begin a musical career?
 
Solomon: Practice for at least 15 minutes every single day and play the kind of music that you want to play. Don't try to please anyone but yourself when writing music. 

The Deli: What's next for Radkey? What are you most looking forward to?
 
Solomon: Hopefully a full-length album and a national tour. 
 
You can catch Solomon with his brothers tomorrow night, October 6, at The Brick. They’ll be performing alongside heavy hitters The Dead Girls and Sons of Great Dane. Also, see him in action below in Radkey’s first music video. This is “Cat and Mouse,” and it was recorded at Adrian Grenier’s Wreckroom in New York.

--Michelle Bacon

Michelle is editor-in-chief of The Deli - Kansas City. She also has a weekly column with The Kansas City Star and reviews music for Ink. She plays with Deco AutoDrew Black and Dirty Electric, and Dolls on Fire. Her first CD was either Green Day's Dookie or Boyz II Men's II. She is sorry. 

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New singles from Radkey, Umberto, The Clementines, Dream Wolf

(Photo above of Umberto at Replay Lounge, taken by Michael Byars)

Radkey - "N.I.G.G.A. (Not Okay)"

There’s a lot of buzz surrounding young rockers Radkey. The group's new single “N.I.G.G.A. (Not Okay)” is testament as to why that’s deserved. The song would fit very comfortably tucked away in a Misfits or Ramones playlist. Fuzzed-out guitars, a driving beat, and some impressively strong vocals make this rocker aggressive, while the infectious fist-pumping chorus allows for repeated listens.

--Travis Stull

Umberto - "The Investigation"

On its Facebook page, Umberto is listed as a four-piece electronic-rock band whose home base is Carson City, NV; recently Matt Hill took a solo turn behind the laptop as opener for Moon Duo at the Replay Lounge in Lawrence, KS. “The Investigation” starts off as homage to Nine Inch Nails with its slightly-slower “Closer” marching tempo, which gives way to the more ethereal sounds of bell-like keyboards and distant, tortured choirs about a third of the way through. The rest of the track includes 80s synthy effects given a modern heartbeat – overall, a hauntingly captivating effort.

--Michael Byars

The Clementines - "Bayou"

The Clementines have made strides since emerging as an acoustic duo in 2011. Since then, they’ve become a 4-piece, filling up a bluesy rock sound with a propelling rhythm section. "Bayou" begins with drummer Stephanie Williams’ consistent driving beat, and eventually is carried out by the soulful, blues-influenced voice of Nicole Springer.

--Michelle Bacon

Dream Wolf - "Astro Wolf"

"Astro Wolf" feels like a psychedelic excursion onto the moon. Galactic high-octave keyboards kick off and soar across the song. Elements of glam and prog rock enter in, gravitating the listener between a slow journey and a rapid ascent. A confident vocal delivery from Megan Zander and backup vocals from Katelyn Boone and Chris Tady only add to the song’s ecstatic, harmonious voyage through the cosmos.

--Michelle Bacon

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