Brendan Joel Kelley

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  • 8 years ago | Music News

    "What hip-hop do you know that has a Kansas country girl singing?" Mynce, the turntablist for local hip-hop group the Smob, asks me this over beers the day after the band's CD-release party. The answer is none. I don't know of many female artists ...

  • 8 years ago | Music News

    A couple of weekends ago, I traveled down to Sonoita, near the Mexican border, to hit up my cowboy buddy Andy Hersey's release party for his new CD, Between God and Country. The first song on the disc is called "Roughshod Range," and I'd been sitt...

  • 8 years ago | Music News

    Having covered music in this town for more than a decade, I see and listen to a lot of bands encompassing all genres, styles, and persuasions, but what I rock and go see for my personal enjoyment is another, more specific matter. A few years ago a...

  • 8 years ago | Music News

    In e-mails and comments on my blog, Ear Infection, I've gotten into it with the metal kids in town. They've criticized me for my opinions about metal or for my not paying attention to it. It's generally people like Marshall Beck, a musician in sev...

  • 8 years ago | Music News

    I've got a friend who showed up at the bar recently with his arm in a sling and stitches on his chin from an ass-whippin'. I asked him if he'd deserved it, and he said he didn't think so. But some dude bigger than him was talking bad about his...

  • 8 years ago | Music News

    About a year ago, a former girlfriend asked me why this town seemed so culture-less. She's from Los Angeles and is the sort of girl who likes to dress up and go to the ballet. "In L.A., people our age get dressed up and go to the symphony; you'll ...