KCUR: Local Music Critics Pick KC's Best Tunes

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Looking for some new sounds? Kansas City has plenty to offer.

On a recent segment of KCUR-FM’s Up to Date, local music critics Chris Haghirian, Bill Brownlee and Michael Byars checked out some of the latest recordings by Kansas City musicians, and recommended their favorites.

About the critics:

Bill Brownlee is a music critic for The Kansas City Star. He also maintains Kansas City's top jazz blog.

Chris Haghirian is an account executive with Ink Magazine, co-founder of Ink’s Middle of the Map Festival, organizer of various music promotions for Ink, and co-host of the weekly webcast “The Mailbox” on

Michael Byars is a morning announcer at KCUR. Occasionally, you might hear his voice on "The Fish Fry," where he serves as a fill-in for host Chuck Haddix when he's away; he also engineers interview segments and edits the show's archived broadcasts.

KCUR-FM is a service of the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

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