Tuesday, July 31, 2007

A Welcome to the Newest Royals Burnout

Posted By on Tue, Jul 31, 2007 at 3:42 PM


The Royals finally cut a deal that sent closer Octavio Dotel to Atlanta. The pitcher they got in exchange, Kyle Davies, really, truly, absolutely couldn’t be a better fit for the Royals. Why, you ask? Because the 23-year-old is another could’ve-been-great pitcher who burned out early. He’ll join a team that – in the David Glass era – has gotten used to such wasted talent.

Here’s a little recap of the Royals-style meltdown of Kyle Davies.

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Erasure at the Uptown

Posted By on Tue, Jul 31, 2007 at 1:09 PM


Sunday, July 29

Uptown Theater

Better Than: Being on holiday in the Candy Cane Forest with Rick Astley, Ronnie Spector and Lady Bunny.

By Megan Metzger

All was full of love at the Uptown Theater Sunday night when electro-pop tart Andy Bell and his partner in music, Vince Clarke, turned the sometimes stodgy ol’ music hall into a sumptuous wonderland of sparkle and whimsy.

All colors of the rainbow were equally represented among the sizeable, up-on-its-feet crowd. High-rolling executives of the gay elite shook their butts next to swarthy, Birkenstock-wearing granola lesbians who high-fived the fantastic plastic androgynes on dates with their fruit-fly best friends.

Unfortunately we missed opener Young Love because we were at Our Lady of Perpetual Sorrow serving soup to homeless, transgendered kittens. Luckily for us, we arrived just in time to catch Erasure in all its glitter-coated glory.

Fan footage from the show:

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Monday, July 30, 2007

Our Daily Bread

Posted By on Mon, Jul 30, 2007 at 4:08 PM


Before July fades, let’s not forget an important culinary anniversary that should have been celebrated all over Missouri this month but wasn’t. Well, not in Kansas City anyway.

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The Pomonas at the Replay Lounge

Posted By on Mon, Jul 30, 2007 at 10:40 AM

The Pomonas

Saturday, July 28

The Replay Lounge

Better Than: Getting hugged by a sweaty, shirtless man.

The scene Saturday night at the Replay Lounge in Lawrence was infernal. There must have been nothing else going on that night in Larryville -- either that or the Volunteers and the Pomonas are (or, in the Pomonas' case, were) bigger than I and my fellow KC pilgrims thought.

By 11:30 p.m., the patio was crowded as hell and continuing to fill with bright young Lawrence things seeking cheap thrills -- a $2 cover and $1.50 PBRs. Inside, where the bands were playing, the temperature was in the 80s and getting more sweltering as the room filled with bodies, even though the bartender I talked to said that the air conditioning was indeed on. (Maybe it was because the doors were open?)


The crowd for the Volunteers was paying to be there.

I was stoked to see the Pomonas, a merry band of guitar tricksters who bounce between the Strokes (in that band's cheerier days) and the Monkees (but with instrumental chops). It was to be their last show before frontman Justin Ripley left to join bandmate Andy Gassaway in Seattle, where the Pomonas' bassist moved several months ago, presaging the death of the band. Earlier this year, over a period of eight days, the Pomonas banged out their second full-length album, Good Cop, Good Cop, and it's full of good pop and better pop. I wish that had been the case for the other bands on the bill.

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Sunday, July 29, 2007

Sonic Spectrum on the Buzz

Posted By on Sun, Jul 29, 2007 at 10:38 PM

As the man himself says: "It's finally official."

from Robert Moore:

"Sonic Spectrum will air on the Buzz beginning Saturday, August 11th from 6-8pm."

For those who need explication:

After a break of barely over a month, Robert Moore's popular, locally based freeform music program, which held down a Saturday slot on public radio station KCUR 89.3 FM for over 4 years, has found a new home at commercial alternative rock station KRBZ 96.5 FM.

The station of Lazlo. The station of LoveLine. The station of Jeriney's Homegrown Buzz and Mac Lethal's Black Clover radio. The station of Sonic Spectrum. Who woulda thunk it?

Moore's assessment: "Better time slot, bigger audience." [...] "Same style of show...freeform...total creative control."

Yay, Robert! Yay Buzz!

89.3, um...

Friday, July 27, 2007

Like Shark Week, Fringe Fest Comes But Once a Year

Posted By on Fri, Jul 27, 2007 at 3:14 PM


Yes, the Fringe Festival is this weekend. Yes, there’s a lot going on. Why not learn about the weekend’s public arts events at the official Web site of the Kansas City Fringe Festival? Because you’re not going to learn about it here. For information on other subjects not covered by this blog, check out the television in your living room. Television has a lot to offer by way of Axe Body Spray commercials, market updates and uplifting news programs about pedophile entrapment. Have you watched television today?

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Fringe Festival Rocks

Posted By on Fri, Jul 27, 2007 at 12:44 PM

There's a lot going on this weekend at the Kansas City Public Library's Fringe Festival, which started Wednesday night. For the benefit of late-to-the-show nincompoops like us, here's a slapdash list of the remaining, music-only acts that I basically cut and pasted from the site.

Here's a map of the locations.

Here's our Night&Day writeup.


Here's the list.

Ambient Music from Outer Space by Brother Iota

10:00 Fri, 7:00 Sat at the Arts Incubator

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Elton John to Open Sprint Center

Posted By on Fri, Jul 27, 2007 at 11:24 AM

The bitch is back.

On Saturday, October 13, Elton John returns to Kansas City to play the Sprint Center's grand opening.

Sprint Center GM and Senior VP Brenda Tinnen told Fox 4, "Fans throughout the region will witness a historical moment with a true industry icon. Elton John's long history of sold-out concerts in Kansas City -- beginning in the early 1970s -- makes him the perfect artist to open Sprint Center."


But what's really got us holding our breath is Disney High School Musical: The Ice Tour, coming to the Sprint Center November 30 through December 2.

Hey, everybody, the new downtown KC is going to be so much fun! Let's see that picture of Elton again.



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