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Thursday, April 19, 2012

Listen Before the Show: Joe Pug

Posted By on Thu, Apr 19, 2012 at 7:20 AM

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  • Todd Roeth
Joe Pug is one genuine dude. At shows, he engages the audience in conversation, and expresses his opinions and ideas without worry (we know from experience - we reviewed his Bottleneck show last year). Excellent qualities in any touring singer-songwriter.

Pug's road to musical artistry was an odd one. He was a playwrighting student at the University of North Carolina. Before Pug began his senior year, he quit his studies because he was miserable. After leaving the university, he went to Chicago and worked as a carpenter during the day. At night, he played guitar. He recorded his first EP, Nation of Heat, on a scant budget and literally gave his music away to fans. Surprisingly, his plan worked, and positive word about his music spread. Pug is preparing to release his second record, The Great Despiser, April 24 (Lightning Rod Records).

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Thursday, April 5, 2012

Listen Before the Show: Beats Antique

Posted By on Thu, Apr 5, 2012 at 8:04 AM

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If you enjoy artists who blend seemingly diverse yet oddly connected musical genres with sprightly performance art, you may dig Beats Antique. The eclectic trio mixes live electronica, world, roots and brass-band music with professional belly dancing. Members David Satori and Tommy Cappel are classically trained musicians. Zoe Jakes is the group's dancer. She trained at Miles Copeland's Bellydance Superstars and Rachel Brice's Indigo Belly Dance Company.

You can listen to a four-song set from the band at Daytrotter. Songs performed include: "Beauty Beats," "Daze," "Egyptic" and "She's Looking for Something."

On April 6, Beats Antique will be at the Granada. Support from Random Rab. Doors open at 9 p.m. for the 18-and-older show. Advance tickets are $18; they're $20 at the door.

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Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Listen Before the Show: Reptar

Posted By on Wed, Mar 7, 2012 at 6:14 AM

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Bands that hail from Athens, Georgia, seem to be particularly apt in the art of funky beat creation. Reptar, just one of the latest bands to spring forth from the South, makes breezy, easy-to-digest electro-funk. The band recently announced the release date of its debut album, Body Faucet (hmm). Check for it on May 1 on Vagrant Records.

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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Listen Before the Show: the Chieftains

Posted By on Tue, Feb 21, 2012 at 8:45 AM

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The Chieftains recently collaborated with some impressive artists for their soon-to-be-released (as in tomorrow) album, Voice of Ages. Kinda curious? You'll hear the musical artistry of Bon Iver, the Civil Wars, the Decemberists, etc. Wow!

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Friday, February 17, 2012

Listen Before the Show: Puscifer

Posted By on Fri, Feb 17, 2012 at 8:30 AM

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Maynard James Keenan is involved with multiple musical projects: Tool, Puscifer, A Perfect Circle. He has also worked as an actor, a sometime comedian and, lest we forget, a vintner.

You can catch this talented man exhibiting his skills when he and fellow Puscifer members perform at the Music Hall at 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 6 ($28-$38). Support courtesy of Carina Round.

About a week or so ago, Puscifer released the video for "Telling Ghosts" (via Stereogum).

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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Grammy Museum's educational program gets a pilot launch in KC

Posted By on Tue, Feb 14, 2012 at 10:23 AM

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Kansas City is the location for the pilot edition of a new program from the Grammy Museum. The program, set to go nationwide next year, is called the Grammy Museum’s Music Revolution Project and means to connect young musical artists from all disciplines and genres — jazz, hip-hop, rock, folk, roots, et al. — with Grammy-level talent.

From the various press releases out, it seems that the pilot program will select 25 students for a four-week course starting June 18. It's open to students entering high school or college. Past that, details are sparse, with nothing yet revealed as to how participants will be selected for what are sure to be much-desired spots.

There's an informational meeting at the Kauffman Center Saturday, February 18, wherein more will be revealed. To RSVP, fill out the online entry form.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Listen Before the Show: Cursive, 'Wowowow'

Posted By on Wed, Feb 8, 2012 at 6:56 AM

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Cursive is headed out on the road again. The Omaha band is touring in support of its new LP, I Am Gemini (February 21, Saddle Creek).

Get a taste by listening to/downloading "Wowowow".

Want more? Listen here to "the Sun and Moon" or "the Cat and Mouse".

See Cursive with Ume and Virgin Islands on March 2 at RecordBar. Doors open at 9 p.m. for the 18-and-older show. Cost is $15.

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Friday, January 27, 2012

Listen before the show: Dr. Dog, Snow Patrol

Posted By on Fri, Jan 27, 2012 at 7:07 AM

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Listen to two very different bands before they roll into town.

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Thursday, January 19, 2012

Listen before the show: Craig Finn solo album, a video from Ryan Adams

Posted By on Thu, Jan 19, 2012 at 7:17 AM

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Hold Steady fans — a devoted lot — need no encouragement or further inspiration to attend frontman Craig Finn's upcoming concert at RecordBar on February 11 (9 p.m., 18-and-older, $12). But for a tease of Finn's debut solo record, Clear Heart Full Eyes, head over to NPR, where the hope-tinged, pleasantly sad alt-country album is streamable all week. (It's out next Tuesday, January 24.)

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Monday, November 21, 2011

Listen before the show: Thee Oh Sees

Posted By on Mon, Nov 21, 2011 at 10:46 AM

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It's no secret that many of us at The Pitch like Thee Oh Sees (these write-ups from 2009, 2010 and 2011 prove it). The San Francisco band consistently delivers amazing live shows.

If you're not familiar with the Sees' sound, here's your opportunity:

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