Brenda Lee crooned about “everyone dancing merrily in a new old-fashioned way” on her 1958 holiday classic “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree.” Radkey, the most notable hard rock band to emerge from the Kansas City area in years, will instigate a very different type of “Christmas party hop” at RecordBar on Sunday.
The blowout is billed as a “Naughty and Nice Xmas Night.” Whether attendees are celebrating the receipt of a coveted gift or are simply relieved that their Christmas obligations are behind them, the loud show is a no holds barred immersion in what Radkey characterizes as “delicious rock noise.”
Radkey has cultivated an increasingly robust reputation since first turning heads as a precocious trio of teen brothers from St. Joseph in 2011. A poster for the forthcoming Rock on the Range festival in Ohio reflects Radkey’s progress.
A couple of years ago, the band’s name might have appeared in fine print at the bottom of the extensive bill. The band’s relentless tour schedule and meaty Misfits-style songs have placed Radkey a third of the way up the lineup headlined by Metallica.
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The heavy workload hasn’t dampened the brothers’ goofy exuberance. “Marvel,” a bonus track on the recent reissue of the trio’s debut album, is a cover of a forgotten 1990s grunge song inspired by comic books.
Drop a Grand, a Kansas City glam-rock spoof, and Lawrence-based punk throwbacks Stiff Middle Fingers open the Christmas show.
10 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 25. RecordBar. 816-753-5207. therecordbar.com. $12 in advance.