The Pitch Music Showcase 2013 

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What's your favorite local act at the moment?

At the Left Hand of God, Ambulants, Clairaudients

Your Reflection

What's new and what's next?

Our new record, Psychic Fayre, is in production. Playing more shows.

In 140 or fewer characters, my/our sound is ...

Experimental psych funk

What are you liking/not liking about the KC music scene right now?

It's great to see more DIY/all-ages venues cropping up and people pushing sonic limits. Can't think of anything we don't like ... it is what it is.

The best song/album I/we heard this year:

Baris Manço, 2023 reissue on Guerssen Records; Circuit Rider on Número Group

The best show I/we saw this year:

KC Psychfest

What's your favorite local act at the moment?

The Conquerors, J. Ashley Miller and Expo '70

Metatone

What's new and what's next?

The now is always new, and what's next cannot be known.

In 140 or fewer characters, my/our sound is ...

We play in the other-world beat style, with a lyrical emphasis on exorcising attention from the mind-body and cultivating delight.

What are you liking/not liking about the KC music scene right now?

The return of restrain.

The best song/album I/we heard this year:

The silence in between noises, IRL

The best show I/we saw this year:

Tatsuya Nakatani at the Laundromat

What's your favorite local act at the moment?

TIME GATE I.S.A.M.


BLUES

Grand Marquis

What's new and what's next?

We have a new release called Blues and Trouble. Doing a bunch of traveling and getting into some new markets this year. Mainly we have stuck to the Midwest, and this year we will continue to do that, but we are doing a week and a half in the Southeast and working on a West Coast trip for the winter months. We are getting great responses on the record in lots of new places, so hopefully that pans out!

In 140 or fewer characters, my/our sound is ...

American roots leaning on blues and jazz, pulling from our Kansas City roots and heavily influenced by Memphis and New Orleans.

What are you liking/not liking about the KC music scene right now?

The diversity is the best part. Great music across all genres. If you want to work as a musician, there are plenty of places to play. We have always been centrally located to get to all the hot spots around the country. The tools are there; you just have to work for it, but that's kind of a Midwestern attitude. Right? On the negative side, we get to go to many different cities where they have capitalized on their music heritage. There is music tourism and respect for the heritage. KC does some of that, but it would be super to see the city do some things like other cities have.  

The best song/album I/we heard this year:

We love the new Dr. John record — modern while keeping a vintage sound.

The best show I/we saw this year:

Our friends from Minneapolis, Davina and the Vagabonds, are a must-see when they come through.

What's your favorite local act at the moment?

Well that's a no-brainer: Be/Non!  

Jason Vivone and the Billy Bats

What's new and what's next?

We are in preproduction for our new CD. The feedback from our last one, Lather Rinse Repeat, was so strong that we want to really hone this material. We are workshopping the new tunes kind of like you would a play. You cast the roles. What instruments can play what character? Then we try the tunes out at a gig and gauge reactions, and then go back to the lab and tighten things up. I confess: We've been sneaky, though. We may introduce the song as a cover — "Oh, this is by James Carr" — just  to really get your true response.  

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