The latest episode of Cine Local covers all the bases and features some of the hottest acts in Kansas City right now. You better just hunker down, slip on your headphones, and let this collection of superlative visuals and excellent tunes take over the next hour of your life.
Khrystal, “Come Here”
The opening track from Khrystal’s new album, Be Life, “Come Over”, features the musician expressing her longing for a nameless person over a quiet, insistent bassline. Katheryne Johnson’s video does much the same. Using close-ups of Khrystal’s face and bass, the video for the short track makes extensive use of the singer’s expressive face, which is by turns pensive and eager.
You can stream Be Life to Spotify.
With each new track from Hembree, we get more and more excited for their next album. As I said in the last roundup, it seems that the band translates the pleasure of their concerts into their recording. It’s the funniest song Hembree has done so far, thanks to a stupidly catchy sax riff from Warren Huang and a guest verse from Bodye, aka Marty Hillard of Ebony Tusks. Put it all on Coco’s sleek video, and I can’t stop watching.
Hembree performs the Truman on Friday November 26 with Madisen Ward & the Mama Bear and Dreamgirl. Details about this show here.
blackstarkids“All cops are bastards*”
The title of the new Blackstarkids album for Dirty Hit, puppies forever, you might not expect a song called “All Cops Are Bastards”, but the trio manage to take their sunny pop and create the most subversive political song I’ve heard in ages. Guitar and fuzzy keys bounce, but the lyrics are pure 1312 energy, letting the kids know that Blackstarkids “are no friend to any police”, because – as Deiondre puts it unequivocally – ” They kill us in the streets” and “I know you hate my type.”
You can broadcast puppies forever to Spotify.
In June, the Lawrence Cuee rapper performed at a fundraiser for Haus of McCoy, the new center for queer and trans youth founded by Cody Charles. As part of this set, Cuee composed a song that featured RuPaul’s Drag Race Silky nutmeg ganache. Now that song is available to everyone, thanks to this video from director Matthew Cox. Not only is this one hell of a collaboration, but it’s also amazing to hear that Cuee can trap as well as he can rap.
If you like the video you can go to give money at Haus of McCoy and support their mission “to build a community that dreams of seeing all queer and trans youth not just survive, but thrive.”
There are some awesome things in this video. They shot all the footage live in the newly remodeled Bottleneck and it looks like it was fucking fire in the club the afternoon they were on stage. There are plenty of references to a classic Travolta/Cage movie.
We find out the answer to the question “Who is the better rapper: The Rock or John Cena?” and the answer is rather surprising (spoiler: one debuted on a Walls track and the other didn’t). At least Dwayne Johnson gets a take for Teremana, though I’m surprised he didn’t add one for ZOA as well.
Jenna Rae“I run”
Whenever Unfit Wives’ Jenna Rae steps out to perform solo or duo shows with her partner, Martin Farrell, she sets up a camera and gets amazing live video from every venue. Earlier this summer, for example, she did “I stay hereon a pontoon boat in the middle of a lake. However, this video from Palo Duro Canyon, outside of Amarillo, captures the meaning of the song and its talk of wanting to be free. Bonus points for guest appearance of Jenna and Martin’s dog, Roy.
Lonnie Fisher and the funeral“Wrong Way”
Lonnie Fisher and the Funeral has been in Lawrence for a long time. Although they’re one of those bands that don’t play as often as the younger ones, that just means it’s worth catching them when they do. The band’s mix of roots, gothic rock and indie is a weird mix, but it’s a powerful mix. This track, the first single from their new album Haunted— recorded by Duane Trower at Weights and Measures Soundlab — hits all those notes in one track, to boot.
The video is a collection of bizarre stock footage with a few effects thrown in, but it works well enough. However, I would like to point out how awesome it is that they use the actual MTV video font for the opening and closing titles.
You can catch Lonnie Fisher and the Funeral, plus the Shebangs and Alien Hellbop at Replay for a morning triple album release show on Friday, November 19. Details about this show here.
dead sign“Bitch at company expense”
“We’re from you,” read Dead Ensign’s email regarding their new album, Q: What else is there to do? Their Bandcamp bio reads “Create without waste No further information required”. The video for the lo-fi dance track, “Jerk on the company’s dime,” is stock footage of people at work intercut with waving hands and very unsubtle inserts that definitely suggest that, if you’re being paid a salary shit, you should definitely jerk off during the clock. I don’t have notes.
Q: What else is there to do? can be found on band campalthough Dead Ensign requests “that no physical copies should ever be made”.
The Brownz, “Working So Hard”
I’ll let the folks at Omegalistic take the reins to describe this one:
“‘Work So Hard’, through the song’s lyrics and video, portrays 2 different perspectives on one artist’s struggle, cleverly told through a thriller by Jordan Peele, We scenario. The first verse tells of a battle with the old demons within, trying to get you back to your old ways, while the 2nd verse is the frustrated rant of the underground artist who continues to work as hard or harder than the others, more successful artists without the perks and rewards.
Great production values from FiveOneVision too. It looks like a million dollars.
Cannabis Club“Every Time We Smoke”
Kansas City cannabis lovers Kannabis Club are getting a little jazzy with their latest single. It’s an incredibly laid-back track that feels like a throwback to mid-90s acts like Digable Planets. The collective opted to use all instruments live during the recording, which really feels like it’s been put together while the team lays down a few bowls and lets things rock. Melo Miles’ video at Viewpoint Visuals has a very crisp and vintage style Chill Madness atmosphere that goes well with the cut.
Are you a local musician with a new video to share? Email email@example.com.