Red Kate is a no bullshit, class conscious punk rock and roll band from Kansas City. The band's newest release, a split with Lawrence, KS punks, Stiff Middle Fingers, is eight minutes of tight chaos packed onto 7 inches of virgin black vinyl. If this record doesn't make you move, call an ambulance. You might be dead.
Stiff Middle Fingers formed in 2010 with the intention of covering a few of their favorite punk songs for fun - "In My Eyes", "California Uber Alles", "Bikeage", the entire Nervous Breakdown EP - you get the idea. One day, they decided it might be fun to start writing some of their own. Flash forward to six years later - after sharing the stage with revered acts such as Bomb the Music Industry!, Pears the Band, Joyce Manor, Agent Orange, Guitar Wolf, The Adicts, The Seven Degrees of Stephen Egerton (Descendents), Peelander-Z, Radkey, Michale Graves (Misfits), and more - and SMF has completely Hulked-out into one of the Midwest's foremost must-see/must-hear punk bands.
Wick & the Tricks is a glittering juggernaut of Rock-&-Roll that will leave you sweaty, smiling, and staggering home like a fiery one-night-stand. Ever since they crawled out of the trash soaked shores of the Missouri river and slipped into the streets of Kansas City, middle America has never been the same. Nationally infamous for their salaciously energetic performances full of political undertones, it's likely by the end of the show you'll either be making out or in a fist fight with one of them. Lucky you.
Long before it was cool to wear a trucker hat, a little band from Manhattan, Kan. called Truck Stop Love stopped drinking long enough (well, not really stopped) to record a 1993 self-titled EP and a 1995 full-length that, courtesy Los Angeles' Scotti Bros/Backyard Records, slowly crept its way across the plains and into the stereos of America. And then those albums were played loud.