How to rock like a natural-born Wichitan

Wichita has a long and proud tradition of local music, and despite a ten-year slump precipitated by the unforgivable cancellation of KMUW's "After Midnight" show, there is currently something of a renaissance going on.

Whether you're into punk (Nowhere Fast, Skid Marx, No Tomorrow), country/bluegrass (Grandpa's. 38, Delano Bluegrass Pilots, Split Lip Rayfield), blues (Barry Harris, Terry Gwinn, so many others), experimental post-emo (And Academy, The Sick One), folk (Bryan Masters, Mackie Redd, Howdy), brutal rock (Big Bruiser, Killed by Robots, Big Block Hitchcock), hip-hop (Danoiz, Rapstar, Ballin' Ass Dame), or even the commercial horse manure you're so used to hearing on the radio (no need to name the bands...they know who they are), Wichita has something for every ear.

Much information about Wichita's band scene can be found at, a recently-launched website. They've got pictures, bios, schedules, links go check 'em out.

Here at the Dispatch, we've got a few favorites among the local musicmakers. Scavenge around below and see if you don't get yourself rocked.


CANDYMINEcatchy-as-hell pop punk guaranteed to cause tooth decay

DRUNKEN MONKEY TECHNIQUEloud, weird rock music with a kung fu grip

SPLIT LIP RAYFIELDspeedgrass supergroup par excellence

ISTANBULLIESsurf music with a punk snarl

NOWHERE FAST straight-up powerchord punk rock...yeah!!!

AND ACADEMYcerebral, textural alt.rock

SKID MARXsongs of rape, incest, sodomy and life's other little horrors

7/8 QUICKrock the way rock ought to be: no bullshit!

BRYAN MASTERSjangly, folky acousticpop singer/songwriter

GRANDPA'S .38beautifully rustic pickin' and sangin'

BIG BRUISERmusic to be beaten to death by

DANOIZthe Madwest Connection...the ICT's preeminent hip-hop trio