Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Rany off the Royals: Royals blogger Rany Jazayerli's exit interview

Royals blogger Rany Jazayerli's exit interview.

Posted By on Wed, Oct 29, 2014 at 8:14 AM

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Rany Jazayerli started blogging about the Kansas City Royals because his favorite team was driving him crazy and he needed to tell someone.

In 1995, he co-founded Baseball Prospectus, a website dedicated to sabermetrics, the wonky discipline from which stats emerge about, say, how many runs the Royals outfield has actually saved this year. Later, he created his own outlet, Rany on the Royals, a blog as exhaustively detailed as it is entertaining. And he’s also a regular contributor to Bill Simmons’ sports and pop-culture blog, Grantland.

It’s a lot for a family man with another full-time day job to handle — enough, in fact, for him to set aside his blog.

The Chicago-area dermatologist, a father of four, had planned to table his sportswriting long before the Royals’ unlikely playoff run this fall — a decision that has given his recent entries even more power than the Royals’ thrilling postseason alone would have. Jazayerli’s posts this month have been fueled not only by a how-in-the-heck awe (with small doses of frustration when called for) but also by the knowledge, his and ours, that an era is ending. (Next season — one hopes, anyway — there’s always Twitter.)

With the Royals mere hours from a decisive World Series game 6, Jazayerli consented to an exit interview with The Pitch, conducted by e-mail.

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Alt-J performs an acoustic set this morning at the Indie on Main, get in line now

Posted By on Wed, Oct 29, 2014 at 8:11 AM

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Ahead of 96.5 the Buzz's second Halloweenie Roast show tonight at the Midland, headliner Alt-J will be performing an acoustic set at the Indie on Main for a lucky few fans. The first 400 people will take part in Afentra's Big Fat Morning Brunch with the English band from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. today. The line has already started, so you best make your excuses and skip out of work now. 

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Kate Lindholm, Westport Yoga owner, answers The Pitch's questionnaire

Posted By on Wed, Oct 29, 2014 at 7:37 AM

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: Kate Lindholm

Occupation: Owner and senior teacher at Westport Yoga

Hometown: KCMO

Current neighborhood: Park Farms

What I do (in 140 characters): I inspire people to intentionally breathe and move, each supported by a nonjudgmental community looking for peace and freedom with awareness.

What’s your addiction? Mud Pie’s fruit seedies and London fogs

What’s your game? I love to watch football, and I love to play golf. Yahtzee is pretty fun, too.

What’s your drink? Good me: Energized at Café Gratitude. Bad me: Beefeater martini, porno-dirty with onions. From anywhere.

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Czar Bar is closed, but why? (updated)

Posted By on Tue, Oct 28, 2014 at 2:42 PM


Several touring acts with shows scheduled at Czar Bar recently have had to find a different venue or skip Kansas City altogether.

We're hearing conflicting stories about what's going on with the Crossroads bar and music venue at 1531 Grand. John Hulston, an owner of Czar, couldn't immediately be reached for comment on Tuesday.

UPDATE: Hulston, as per his comment below, sold his interest in the Czar Bar in 2011. Hulston is not responsible for any of Czar Bar's obligations since 2011. We regret the error.

Dallas and Tim Gutschenritter are current owners of the Czar Bar. Via Pitch music editor Natalie Gallagher, Dallas Gutschenritter provides the following update:

Without going into too much detail, we've been having a difficult time working out amicable terms / lease with the current property owner(s) (although the decision to terminate agreements were much more abrupt than we anticipated)!! Everyone had really just hit the end of the road trying to get things worked out moving forward, so it seemed best for everyone to move on / go a different direction with the space. Nevertheless, I believe there will be a new tenant there very soon, although, I'm not quite sure yet what it will be exactly, and what the nature of it will entail. 
A sign on the door directs visitors to the Riot Room for "the show tonight."

But it appears that sign has been on the locked front door for at least a few days. Songwriter Rich O'Toole was scheduled to play at Czar tonight, but his management tells The Pitch that he will not play the Riot Room or anywhere else in Kansas City on this tour.

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Sam Billen's 'Jump On Tha Wagon' is the most adorable Royals theme song you'll hear this week

Posted By on Tue, Oct 28, 2014 at 12:14 PM


As Royals fever spreads, one happy runoff of our team's success is the clamor of artists throwing down creative songs in support. A new one has just cropped up from Lawrence tunesmith Sam Billen, called "Jump On Tha Wagon." It's a crisp little slice of jangly fall pop, and you will want to play it at least once hourly between now and tonight's game. 

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Generationals are at RecordBar tonight

Posted By on Tue, Oct 28, 2014 at 11:13 AM


Synthed-out pop-rock tunes aren't new to anyone at this point. But on Generationals' latest full-length, Alix, the New Orleans duo demonstrates a finesse rarely heard anymore on the radio. Ted Joyner and Grant Widmer have a sound that is part summer shoegaze, part 1980s rock ballad. The result is downright fun, a danceable batch of songs reminiscent of the sugar-high beats of Passion Pit but without the manic-depressive lyrical lows.

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The Kansas City Symphony performs 'Star-Spangled Banner' at Kauffman Stadium ahead of tonight's game

Posted By on Tue, Oct 28, 2014 at 8:52 AM


Tonight's critical Game 6 in the World Series puts a lot of pressure on the Royals, so here's hoping our boys fare better in their hometown than they have in San Francisco. To give them a little extra bump this evening will be members of the Kansas City Symphony, performing a rendition of "Star-Spangled Banner" just before the first pitch at 7:07 p.m.

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Courtney Barnett talks her evolution as a musician, at Riot Room tonight

Posted By on Tue, Oct 28, 2014 at 8:41 AM

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One year ago, Melbourne, Australia singer-songwriter Courtney Barnett was opening the showcase at New York's CMJ Music Marathon. Now, she's headlining her second tour across the United States. Her first tour, earlier in the summer, sold out most venues it hit.

Barnett's been playing all these shows in support of the stateside release of her album, The Double EP: A Sea of Split Peas, a collection of two self-released EPs she recorded on her own. She's now got a full band, and her hypnotic, bluesy rock is poised to fully infiltrate ears across the world when Barnett releases her first full-length early next year. Ahead of tonight's show at Riot Room, we spoke with Barnett by phone as she made her way to a show in Chicago.

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The Blair Witch Project and Exists director Eduardo Sanchez hosts a double feature of his films Wednesday at Screenland Armour

Posted By on Tue, Oct 28, 2014 at 7:56 AM


There will be a Sasquatch sighting Wednesday night at Screenland Armour. The North Kansas City theater (408 Armour Road) will host a double feature of found-footage films, including the Kansas City premiere of director Eduardo Sanchez's latest found-footage film Exists, in which Bigfoot plays a big role. Sanchez will be in attendance to discuss Exists and the other half of the double feature — and his most well-known film, The Blair Witch Project.

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Monday, October 27, 2014

Micah Moore confessed to Bethany Deaton's death after participating in an exorcism, his lawyers say

Posted By on Mon, Oct 27, 2014 at 1:51 PM

Details surrounding the bizarre death of Bethany Deaton — the 27-year-old woman who was found inside a minivan parked at Longview Lake in October 2012, a bag tied around her head and an empty bottle of pills and a suicide note by her side — are seeping out as the trial of her accused killer, Micah Moore, approaches. (It's set to begin November 6, in Jackson County Court.) 

Moore, a member of an offshoot prayer group of the International House of Prayer led by Deaton's husband, Tyler Deaton, confessed to killing Bethany Deaton a week after her death, and was charged with first-degree murder. He said Tyler Deaton ordered him to kill Bethany. Moore then recanted his confession. 

He did so, his lawyers allege in a recently filed motion to exclude his confession from being used against him in the trial, after participating in an "exorcism" of sorts, organized by an IHOP-affiliated prayer group called the Prisoners of Hope. From the motion:

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