Thursday, July 3, 2014

Album Review: Gee Watts' 199x

Posted By on Thu, Jul 3, 2014 at 11:39 AM

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199x

(Distant Dreams Music)


Thanks to a serendipitous collaboration with Kendrick Lamar last year on his debut mixtape, Watts Up, Gee Watts is one of Kansas City’s most buzzed-about rappers. And when his debut, 199x (say: nineteen ninety never), was at last released, in April, it stirred up a flurry of approval from underground hip-hop blogs and local listeners.

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Schwervon's 'Land Locked' is your Pitch Music Awards song of the day

Posted By on Thu, Jul 3, 2014 at 11:22 AM

DANY NAIERMAN
  • Dany Naierman

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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Album Review: All Blood's The Kids Have No Taste

Posted By on Thu, Jul 3, 2014 at 11:06 AM

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The Kids Have No Taste
(self-released)

Calculated in its use of lo-fi recording techniques, the first release from the full-band All Blood expands on the work that Jonathan Brokaw has been recording as a solo project for the past few years. The quartet mines a sonic territory familiar to fans of Goner or Slovenly Recordings — angular, but with a jangly shimmy that allows for dancing even as it encourages you to wreck the room.

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The Antlers brought dark moods, improvisation to the Riot Room last night

Posted By on Thu, Jul 3, 2014 at 10:39 AM

APRIL FLEMING
  • April Fleming

The Antlers with Yellow Ostrich
Riot Room, Kansas City
Wednesday, July 2


One should probably not anticipate that a band that came on to the scene with an album titled Hospice would be a flying ball of fun (they weren't), but that doesn't mean that there weren't some surprises from the Antlers' show last night at the Riot Room. The unexpected, healthy amount of instrumental improvisation - it was almost jazz-like - particularly from the group's two horn players, was interesting and thoughtful, and it truly set the indie band apart from its contemporaries. Last night's show was a lovely, fairly serious outing from a group with a passionate local fan base.

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Is the International House of Prayer planning a ‘dorm’ in Hyde Park?

Posted By on Thu, Jul 3, 2014 at 8:15 AM

A little bit of Grandview in Hyde Park?

  • A little bit of Grandview in Hyde Park?
For the last several years, Glad Heart Realty has been buying up real estate in Grandview and Red Bridge, near its headquarters in south Kansas City. Glad Heart Realty is run by Diane Bickle, wife of International House of Prayer founder Mike Bickle. Many of those properties have been converted into dorm-style residences where the organization’s worshippers and students of IHOP University live together.

Is that the plan for 4400 Campbell, a seven-bedroom, five-bath, six-entrance, single-family home currently on the market in south Hyde Park? There are reasons to believe so.

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Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Album Review: Brooke Tuley's First Midnight

Posted By on Wed, Jul 2, 2014 at 12:50 PM

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First Midnight

(self-released)

When garage-rock trio the Bloodbirds dissolved last year, following the relocation of bassist Anna St. Louis, local music fans mourned the loss of one of their community’s most enigmatic groups. But in April, drummer Brooke Tuley announced the release of First Midnight, a small batch of songs she had recorded with her husband, Bloodbirds guitarist Mike Tuley, and now it seems that the best-loved parts of the band live on.

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Album Review: Burial Teens' Fascist Chrome

Posted By on Wed, Jul 2, 2014 at 12:31 PM

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Fascist Chrome
(self-released)

If you had to name a band that typifies the underbelly of Kansas City rock-centric music today, you may as well say it’s Burial Teens. Unapologetic and intentionally contrary, the band — guitarist and lead singer Nathan Loud, drummer Dan Ohm, bassist Carrie Thomas — began under this name just a few months ago and was obviously fated to implode. And so it has: Scarcely three months since the release of Burial Teens’ debut, Fascist Chrome, the group has split.

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My Oh My's 'Your Heart Not Mine' is your Pitch Music Awards song of the day

Posted By on Wed, Jul 2, 2014 at 12:10 PM

PHOTO COURTESY ARTIST WEBSITE
  • Photo courtesy artist website

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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Shopping for summer brews, with help from the Flying Saucer

Posted By on Wed, Jul 2, 2014 at 11:53 AM

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Summer is for cold beer — cold beer in sweaty cans, gripped in koozies. So I called Matt Gardner, general manager at Kansas City's Flying Saucer, and asked him to take me beer shopping for a Fourth of July backyard barbecue.

My only request: Keep it craft. Forgo the Bud and the Miller and the Coors Light Summer Brew.

That's no special challenge for Gardner, who has managed a list of more than 240 beers, reflecting some 100 brewing styles, since the KC Flying Saucer opened, in May 2008. He's a hometown guy, growing up in Topeka before attending college at Baylor, and he hooked on at the Houston Flying Saucer before transferring to Charlotte, North Carolina, for three years and finally returning home.

Gardner meets me on a hot Thursday morning at the Prairie Village Rimann Liquors. He hops out of his car and picks up a baby carrier from his backseat. His 3-month-old daughter, Elena, is sleeping. The three of us head into the store.

This time of year, Gardner says, he respects the can. "It makes sense to me," he tells me. "They leave a smaller footprint, and they're easy to dispose of. You don't have to worry about broken bottles."

As we browse the store, Gardner's first tip is to go for variety: "I want to get two to three different styles."

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Ophelia's Bobby Stearns helps us construct the perfect burger

Posted By on Wed, Jul 2, 2014 at 9:51 AM

Stearns surveys McGonigle's offerings.
  • Stearns surveys McGonigle's offerings.

The secret to that perfect burger: The sucker has to be bad for you. We're talking a greasy, messy tower of meat. The kind of thing for which you must unhinge your jaw. This was lesson No. 1 when Ophelia's executive chef Bobby Stearns agreed to help me build the kind of mind-blowing meaty masterpiece that makes everyone at a cookout fall silent after the first bite.

Within two minutes of meeting Stearns at McGonigle's Market, I was standing with him in front of the meat counter, gazing at mounds of ground chuck. At more than 6 feet tall and wearing his uniform from his lunch shift, Stearns looked like a man who knew what he wanted.

"I'm not terribly health-conscious," he said, and ordered a pound of 80-percent-lean ground chuck. "It's fattier, so it tastes better."

"That's cool," I said, curbing my dressing-on-the-side impulses. Today I'd decided to go all out and eat whatever Stearns told me to eat. "Let's do it."

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