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Golden Sound Records presents 3rd annual Crossroads Summer Block Party

Golden Sound Records will be hosting its third annual Crossroads Summer Block Party on June 6, at 19th and Wyandotte in the Crossroads Art District for First Friday. This year promises to be its biggest yet, with eight bands, as well as food trucks, live art, craft beer makers, and much more.
 
If you haven’t heard of Golden Sound Records, it’s a Kansas City-based record label with a roster of talented local and regional bands—among them, The Empty Spaces, The Caves, and Baby Teardrops. But co-founder Jerad Tomasino doesn’t think of Golden Sound as a traditional record label.
“Golden Sound started as more of a collective,” he remarks. Tomasino, who co-fronted Everyday/Everynight (which, at the time included Mat Shoare and Evan Ashby), said that the idea for the label materialized around 2009. “As E/E was getting its engine running, we started to play around with how we would collectively release our music. We wanted to create an entity that could withstand more than a single person or band.”
 
Tomasino started the label along with Shoare and Ross Brown in 2010. Since its inception, Golden Sound has not only helped bands release albums—it has helped showcase many musicians to audiences that might not otherwise be exposed to them.
 
One of the best culminations of this exposure is with Golden Sound’s annual Block Party. In addition to eight of Kansas City’s best bands, the Block Party will include food trucks from Indios Carbonsitos, Wilma’s Real Good Food, Jazzy B’s, and Nani’s Kitchen, as well as offerings from several other sponsors. Brown mentions that this allows the collective to involve more of the community. “We can’t give you all the support of a regular record label and we aren’t experts at every aspect, but we can help in some way.”
 
“Our process is creation-oriented, and we bring in super creative people in to flesh it out with their offerings,” says Tomasino.
 
But without argument, music is the forefront of the annual Block Party. The lineup starts off with a swift kick in the teeth by Jorge Arana Trio at 6:30, followed by the sweet pop stylings of Rev Gusto and Mat Shoare. Katelyn Conroy’s solo indie project La Guerre follows, and power trio Loose Park and The ACBs will bring the rock ‘n roll. The night will be rounded out by the otherworldly sounds of Metatone and the atmospheric instrumental mutiny of Forrester.
 
For Tomasino, one of the highlights of the Block Party is being able to put the performers on a large, professional stage in the middle of the Crossroads during First Friday. “You know your band’s music is good quality and worth putting on a big stage,” he says.
 
Golden Sound begins its push for the Block Party this Sunday, June 1, when it will celebrate the release of See Through Dresses’ self-titled LP at Mills Record Company. This is the second stop on the Omaha band’s tour. Matthew Carroll and Sara Bertuldo, of See Through Dresses, were two of the first artists that the label approached outside of its core group. Golden Sound released an EP from their previous project Honey & Darling in 2010, and Bertuldo’s punk project Millions of Boys is also a label artist. “We just want to get behind a really special album and band on its way to whatever is next,” says Tomasino, who feels that Mills will be a great place to expose See Through Dresses to a KC audience. “Mills plays a vital role in the musical makeup around here. We’re doing the in-store there so that people—specifically those actively engaged with KC music—can step into an easy environment to meet these guys, hear their music, and that’s it.”
 
“We want to take away the barriers and create a relaxed, fun environment for people to experience some amazing music,” Tomasino concludes. And Golden Sound is a collective, a label, whatever you want to call it, that does just that—facilitating contact between artist and audience, and at once helping increase the reach of Kansas City’s musical landscape.
 
 
If you’re milling about First Friday next weekend, be sure to hit up the Block Party. It’s free! Facebook event page. For more info on the Block Party, check out crossroadsblockparty.com. And be sure to check out the See Through Dresses’ release party at Mills. Show starts at 6:00 pm. The Author and the Illustrator will also play. Facebook event page.
 
--Michelle Bacon
  
Michelle is editor of The Deli KC and is also a member of The Philistines, Drew Black & Dirty Electric, Dolls on Fire, and Lucky Graves. She’s a staff member of Midwest Music Foundation. She is getting tired of inserting all of these hyperlinks.
 
 
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Album review: Forrester - Antithesis (EP)

Forrester is a band based out of Lawrence, with Brian Rogers, Joe Newman, Connor Creighton, Will Chertoff, and Steven LaCour. Its debut EP Antithesis carries us through an instrumental rock experience, one not to miss.
 
With the initial sound on the opening track, "I Was With You To The End,” the four-song EP announces that it is not just another instrumental album. The talent behind each member is evident as Antithesis journeys from note to note, emotion to emotion. It is filled with bold guitars and sultry bass lines that walk from innocence into the depths of melancholy.
 
There’s a haunting section in "Anywhere But Here" that doesn't rush its message, yet twists into a steady progression of tempo that takes us into unexpected planes. The thrill behind the drums is undeniable as the heavy-hitting track "Fishes" weaves into eclectic samples and blissful guitar. The final sound of "The Forgotten" is a solid eight-minute track with an uncanny groove and irresistible energy.  
 
Forrester has crafted a breathing work of art with Antithesis. It is that of electro rock 'n roll, dripping with mood. 
 
--Rolanda Woods
 
Ro is the general manager of Datura Records
 
 
Forrester will be performing tonight at Jackpot Music Hall as part of I Heart Local Music’s Stop Day Eve Party. Psychic Heat and Middle Twin will also be performing. Stop by and see some of the coolest acts in Lawrence. Facebook event page.

 

  

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MXM2014 Showcase this Saturday at The Bottleneck

Ever wondered how to get your music out there? On the radio, at a big venue, on a record label? This Saturday, May 3, Silly Goose Records presents MXM2014 Mix/Master, a new music industry conference and live showcase, at The Bottleneck.

 
Workshops and panel discussions with industry experts will occur throughout the day, starting at noon. At 7:00, bands will take the Bottleneck stage. The lineup includes The Phantastics, SUNU, Forrester, Carswell & Hope, Pink Royal, and F.A.I.T.H.
 
The schedule for the workshops is below.
 
12:00   Copyright, Contracts, Royalties & Publishing - Workshop by Don Simon of Simon Business Consulting, Inc.KCVLAA
 
1:00     Panel discussion: Radio in the Land of Digital
Featuring Laura Lorson (KPR 91.5), Mark Manning (KKFI 90.1), Lucas Homer (KJHK), Mike Hannah (92.9 The Bull)
 
3:00     A Moving Target: Music Promotion & Growing Your Audience
Featuring Fally Afani (IHeartLocalMusic.com), Chris Haghirian (Ink), Steve Ozark (Ozark Talent), Rob Schulte (Pipeline Productions), Kemet Coleman (The Phantom, The Phantastics)
 
4:00     Demo Dip: submit your demo to be listened to and reviewed live by music industry experts
 
The showcase is presented by Five Bar and Tables, KJHK 90.7, Ink, and Mass Street Music and in partnership with Midwest Music FoundationKansas City Volunteer Lawyers & Accountants for the Arts and InterUrban ArtHouse. Admission is $10 for an all-day pass, $6 just for the show. Facebook event page
 

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