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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Jeremy Messersmith enchanted his audience at Czar last night

Posted By on Wed, Jul 9, 2014 at 11:44 AM

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Jeremy Messersmith with the Invisible World
Czar, Kansas City
Tuesday, July 9, 2014

Jeremy Messersmith needs a bigger stage. It’s not that the Czar Bar’s setup was too crowded (although it was), but the Minneapolis singer’s sound was too big for its constraints. Hailed by Time last year as one of this year’s 14 most promising artists, Messersmith is Ben Gibbard and Guster, a little Andrew Bird, a dash of Simon and Garfunkel.

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Marasmus' 'Syphlitic' is your Pitch Music Awards song of the day

Posted By on Wed, Jul 9, 2014 at 9:46 AM

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This year, the 2014
Pitch Music Awards Showcase is split over two nights: Saturday, July 19, at the Riot Room and Friday, July 25, at Knuckleheads Saloon (lineup details and tickets here.) The PMA Awards Show is at the Uptown Theater, held this year on Sunday, August 3, and hosted by World Air Guitar Champion Eric "Mean" Melin and Mills Record Co.'s Judy Mills (tickets here).

To count down to the awards ceremony - and help introduce you to this year's picks - we're going to be debuting a "song of the day" each weekday until the show from one of this year's batch of nominees.


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Zepparella, at RecordBar tonight, talks originality in cover bands

Posted By on Wed, Jul 9, 2014 at 8:56 AM

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Whenever someone utters the phrase "cover band," my mind immediately conjures up a sad scene of social misfits in tie-dyed T-shirts and socks-and-sandals combinations, holding up lighters for a clutch of musicians playing what vaguely sounds like the Grateful Dead or Van Halen. But Los Angeles four-piece Zepparella blasts that stereotype to bits.

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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Jeremy Messersmith is at Czar tonight

Posted By on Tue, Jul 8, 2014 at 11:49 AM

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I have loosely followed the career of Jeremy Messersmith — NPR favorite and one of Minneapolis' hometown heroes — since the release of his 2010 full-length, The Reluctant Graveyard. Messersmith has an undeniable talent for pop standards, and his dusky voice is remarkably pliable.

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Radkey's 'Romance Dawn' is your Pitch Music Awards song of the day

Posted By on Tue, Jul 8, 2014 at 10:41 AM

ANGELA C. BOND
  • Angela C. Bond

This year, the 2014 Pitch Music Awards Showcase is split over two nights: Saturday, July 19, at the Riot Room and Friday, July 25, at Knuckleheads Saloon (lineup details and tickets here.) The PMA Awards Show is at the Uptown Theater, held this year on Sunday, August 3, and hosted by World Air Guitar Champion Eric "Mean" Melin and Mills Record Co.'s Judy Mills (tickets here).

To count down to the awards ceremony - and help introduce you to this year's picks - we're going to be debuting a "song of the day" each weekday until the show from one of this year's batch of nominees.


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Monday, July 7, 2014

Your Friend's 'Bangs' is your Pitch Music Awards song of the day

Posted By on Mon, Jul 7, 2014 at 12:43 PM

PHOTO COURTESY THE ARTIST
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This year, the 2014
Pitch Music Awards Showcase is split over two nights: Saturday, July 19, at the Riot Room and Friday, July 25, at Knuckleheads Saloon (lineup details and tickets here.) The PMA Awards Show is at the Uptown Theater, held this year on Sunday, August 3 (tickets here). To count down to the awards ceremony - and help introduce you to this year's picks - we're going to be debuting a "song of the day" each weekday until the show from one of this year's batch of nominees.

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Willie Nelson stopped time Sunday night at Starlight Theatre

Willie Nelson stopped time at Starlight Theatre.

Posted By on Mon, Jul 7, 2014 at 10:17 AM

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  • Zach Bauman

Willie Nelson with Alison Krauss and the Union Station and Jason Isbell
Starlight Theatre, Kansas City
July 6, 2014


“Gee, ain’t it funny how time slips away,” Willie Nelson half-sang last night at Starlight Theatre. The eponymously titled song came near the beginning of Nelson’s set, and it proved to be a sort of theme for the 81-year-old country legend.

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  • Willie Nelson stopped time at Starlight Theatre.

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CES Cru got metaphysical at the Riot Room on Saturday night

CES Cru got metaphysical at the Riot Room on Saturday night.

Posted By on Mon, Jul 7, 2014 at 7:11 AM

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  • Ces Cru

CES Cru with Sho Gun, Sir Adams, Cuddy Mac, Joey Cool, Yawn Johnson, and Info Gates
The Riot Room, Kansas City
Saturday, July 5, 2014


Lightning flashed in the sky, and sweat poured down the walls of the Riot Room on Saturday night as rap duo CES Cru leapt onstage. Donnie King (Godemis) and Mike Viglione (Ubiquitous) were met by the crowd’s stench of approval. The audience was filled with longtime fans; it was clear that quite a few showgoers standing in the steam bath had been following CES Cru since the duo was discovered by Tech N9ne in 2008, performing in the same space. These hardcore fans formed a tight group center stage early on in the night, willing to wait for hours in the humid room for the up-and-coming rappers.

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  • CES Cru got metaphysical at the Riot Room on Saturday night.

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Friday, July 4, 2014

Jackson Browne pleased a full theater at the Uptown Thursday night

Posted By on Fri, Jul 4, 2014 at 1:20 PM

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Jackson Browne
The Uptown Theater, Kansas City
Thursday, July 3, 2014


Singer-songwriter Jackson Browne’s decades of experience were highlighted at the Uptown last night, starting right on schedule at 7:30 p.m. Browne opened with “I’ll Do Anything,” and shared his three-hour, smooth acoustic set with a packed house of 1960s' revolutionists and laid-back middle-agers. The legendary crooner was solo last night, without a backing band to support him, but there wasn't a single dull moment in last night's set.

As Browne sauntered onstage, all conversation stopped. Crowd members sprang from their seats as Browne's effortless guitar work and warm smile took over. Concertgoers hollered personal requests in between songs and the majority of time, Browne played the requested tunes; he seemed eager to please the audience. Thanks to these requests, the audience was treated to well-known hits like “These Days,” “Doctor my Eyes” and “Running on Empty.”

“This tour just started, and I'm feeling pretty good,” Browne said, as he continued the steady pace of his set. His good spirits filtered in throughout his music. Standing ovations followed almost every song that was played.

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Album Review: Federation of Horsepower's Hermanos de Sangre

Posted By on Fri, Jul 4, 2014 at 8:23 AM

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Hermanos de Sangre
EP
(self-released)


It’s strange to think of a bunch of Midwestern white guys putting together this EP. It bookends three high-octane, full-throttle rock-and-roll numbers between an instrumental cumbia (“De Estas Mano...”) and a cover of the traditional Mexican song “Volver Volver.”

Somehow, it all works. The instrumental bridge in “The Tijuana Upholstery Job” sings like a mariachi band, and the swing of “Fried Chicken for Breakfast” sounds like something ZZ Top would broadcast from a border radio station. The inclusion of “The Queen of Rosedale,” which was on Federation’s debut album a full seven years ago, seems a little crazy, though. Why rerecord something old when you’re putting out so few songs, right? But the interplay between the soaring soul of Monique Danielle and frontman Gregg Todt — in addition to some royally beefed-up guitars — makes this track Hermanos de Sangre’s centerpiece. 

Listen to Hermanos de Sangre here

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