Friday, March 30, 2007

Out on the Weekend 3/30-4/1

Posted By on Fri, Mar 30, 2007 at 4:55 PM

Seems like it was only days ago that I posted the sometimes-usual, what-to-do-this-weekend stuff. What can I say, it's been a slow week. I haven't seen any sort of musical performance (not counting karaoke at DB Cooper's on Wednesday) since last Sunday, when Ghosty paid admirable tribute to Big Star. I feel so out of the loop. Don't ask me what's going on -- tell me what's going on. That's my new motto.

But if you got nothin', here are some shows I recommend, after you peruse the music section for our choicestest picks, of course.


We covered bits of the Sonic Spectrum Anniversary Party here and here, but here's a complete line-up of the all-star bangup weekend at the Record Bar.

Friday: State Bird, the Caves, Minus Story, the Starlight Mints

Saturday: Softee, Ghosty, the Pedaljets, American Catastrophe


Bacon Shoe returns, with its original Toine, to Mike's tonight for a sure-to-be-bacon-serving throwdown. Hopefully, the boys'll have copies of their new CD for sale. If not, demand they come equipped next time. Not many folks have heard it, but Back from Stinktion: Return of the Vaginosaur is the tits.

Now Hawkins, Miles of Wire, and the Capsules play tonight at the Brick, and I have never heard of any of those bands. I don't feel like this is entirely my fault. I bet at least one of them is good, maybe all three. Jessica Horn, the Smith Brothers and the Jerry Dowell Band play at Davey's, in reverse order from how I just listed them. According to Jerry, "We'll be answering the question: can there really be a country music scene in Kansas City?" If you go and find out the answer, let me know what it is, if you don't mind.


The Afterparty, Crawling with Kings and OK Jones at the Hurricane. Country-juke-rock-funtime band the Afterparty and OK Jones (who sound like the Pernice Brothers with a dash of Field Music) are both in my top local 20, and I've heard good things about Crawling with Kings, so this just might be an excuse to go to the 'cane for a change. By the way, the Afterparty has some dandy pictures up on the band's MySpace blog that were taken when they crashed Willie's ranch outside Austin last month.

The Afterparty's Danny Fischer hopes your weekend ain't a drag.

Also tonight, Pieta Brown and David Lindley strum their geetars at Knucklehead's.


Hey, it's actually a good Sunday to see at show. At McCoy's: Be/Non and Lovers in Transit. At Fred P. Ott's on the Plaza: the Caves and Crawling with Kings (again); and at the Record Bar, a show for bright young pop fans, with Skybox, the Stock Market Crash and Five Star Crush.

Personally, this is more my speed right about now:

Whatever you decide to do, have fun and leave a big tip.


Posted By on Fri, Mar 30, 2007 at 11:28 AM

Just a quick note: the latest is up. It's only, like, 22 minutes long this time -- the length of my average first date.

Also, Jen Chen and I will be on 90.1 KKFI today from 12:30 pm, along with David Wayne Reed and "Anything Goes" host and Pitch restaurant critic Charles Ferruzza, imploring you to give that poor and wonderful community radio station some money.

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Warped Tour Wannabes

Posted By on Tue, Mar 27, 2007 at 10:57 AM is hosting an online contest to get bands onto its stage at the Warped Tour. A few local groups have registered and are asking fans for votes through May 15. Go here and pull up the menu to vote.

The KC bands in the running that I recognize: Dead Girls Ruin Everything, the Esoteric, Flee the Seen and Super Black Market.

The Esoteric wants to get Warped.

The winners get "one of three 5-day slots or one of four 2-day slots," which means they don't get to do the entire tour, though a five-day slot could be a lot of fun and quite possibly productive.

Oh, and be sure to vote for mayor today 'n shit.

Monday, March 26, 2007

Slacker Picnic

Posted By on Mon, Mar 26, 2007 at 4:53 PM

A mere three hours after the Jayhawks' ignominious defeat to UCLA on Saturday, brand-new(ish) Lawrence band Fourth of July took the stage at the Record Bar. Lead singer, rhythm guitarist and main songwriter Brendan Hangauer was disappointed by the Hawks' loss and voiced his dismay at the beginning of the set, throwing in a few choice words. For an indie-rock troub, he's quite a fan of hometown hoops. He'd recently cut his long, shaggy locks down to a buzz, making him look like a self-flagellating ascetic, given the context.

Brendan Hangauer, resplendent in the hair he no longer has. (Photo: Jeffrey Isom)

But none of that despair cut through the Fourth's delightful set. The band consists of Hangauer up front; his brother Patrick on bass; his other brother, Kelly on keyboards, trumpet and tamborine; Steve Swyers on lead guitar; Brian Costello on drums; and Adrienne Verhoeven, solo artist, band member to Orenda Fink and ex-Anniversary member, on backup vox and tamborine. This shiny, unhappy, vagabond crew wasn't bristling with energy, but it didn't need to be, because the songs did most of the work. All the players had to do was hit the right notes.

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Friday, March 23, 2007

In Like a Lion, Out Like a Giant Slor

Posted By on Fri, Mar 23, 2007 at 3:49 PM

For those of you who think "penultimate" means "more ultimate than ultimate," it actually means "second to last," and this is the second-to-last weekend of the horrible month of March, so let's celebrate its imminent demise by going out to some local shows.

First, read the music section. See anything good? Maybe? There's also...


The Rich Boys, Super Black Market and the Architects at the Record Bar.

This is probably the happening show tonight, and that's OK, because all these bands kick ass. Bonus points to the Architects' drummer Adam Phillips for saying the phrase "drive over this boner" at SXSW. Peter Venkman would've been proud.

Alice and the Waiting List are at the Brick. Anvil Chorus, The Belated, Sleeping with the Aviary and Five Defy are at the Hurricane, and that's too many bands for one night, wtf!?, but it's one of Anvil Chorus's last shows. And over at Davey's, there's some crazyass Goth industrial dance throwdownness.

And if I lived in Lawrence, I'd go check out >Arthur Dodge or OK Jones. The new albums from both are really good.

But you wanna know what I'm doing tonight, KC? We-heh-heh-ell, I'm going to see the DJ team Tactic knock the beat on its ear at Jilly's. Come buy me a drink (if you're not weird or dangerous).

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Little Brazil, Reviewed

Posted By on Fri, Mar 23, 2007 at 3:49 PM

Little Brazil, with Radiant. Thursday, March 22, at the Record Bar.

Review by Crystal K. Wiebe

My best friend lives in Omaha and has a history of dating indie rock boys even though she thinks indie rock boys can't sing (or try to sound bad on purpose). I guess she hasn't been hanging out at Little Brazil shows over the years. That Omaha-based band's singer, Landon Hedges, has a sweet voice.

Cute indie rock boys, aka Little Brazil

Little Brazil played way too late at the Record Bar last night. I stuck it out, though, in spite of my inflamed sinuses. I've been meaning to see Little Brazil since about 2003, when we became MySpace friends. But I guess like 99 percent of Nebraska hipsters, I was too focused on seeing Saddle Creek bands.

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Wednesday, March 21, 2007

KC Bands in AP's Top 100 for '07

Posted By on Wed, Mar 21, 2007 at 4:59 PM

credit: wick

The Life and Times lives it up in Japan.

In the latest issue of modern-rock glossy The Alternative Press, three hometown bands were written up in the Top 100 Bands You Need to Know in '07 piece. (You can't tell from the site; I saw it in the magazine itself while waiting for my flight out of Austin.)

Congrats to the following:

Ad Astra Per Aspera

The Life and Times

and, bustin' out across a full page in the rag...

Blackpool Lights

There Will Be Roots Tonight

Posted By on Wed, Mar 21, 2007 at 4:42 PM

Tonight, Philadelphia hip-hop band the Roots is playing at VooDoo Lounge at Harrah's. I really, really wanted to get a preview in print, but it just wasn't in the cards. Instead, I give you a great write-up by the music editor at sister paper the Dallas Observer.

And the YT of my favorite Roots song:

I love that mumbled bit Black Thought does in the chorus. Wikipedia says:

The mumbling for the chorus in "Don't Say Nuthin" is said to say this, "When the saint on the ground with his nine on the line, with the niggas who grind with King Kong hittin' Thai-land. Give it here, and don't say nuthin', just give it here, give it here and don't say nuthin'... When the team on the set when the guns gone clap, gettin' down on everything,mmm, cut the check. Give it here, give it here and don't say nuthin',."

Damn, now I want to go to this show.

MJ & the Bear Mystery Solved!

Posted By on Wed, Mar 21, 2007 at 4:22 PM

Not that there was a "mystery," per se, but no sooner had I posted the last entry than Megan Metzger walked into my office. I told her the news of Anvil Chorus becoming MJ & the Bear, and she identified the source of the new band's name. Behold!

Megan took this picture of a bear, Dave Gaume and MJ with her camera phone, on the way to SXSW last year. Ha! No fun for you and your esoteric name no more, MJ & the Bear!

Ever the source of pop culture trivia, Megan also pointed out that there was a cop show involving a crime-solving monkey called BJ and the Bear.

Wow, I can't believe that actually existed.

Avil Chorus Breaks Up, Somewhat

Posted By on Wed, Mar 21, 2007 at 4:08 PM

Anvil Chorus

The band, or, more likely, singer/keyboardist Anna Cole, posted this MySpace bulletin this morning:

Hi All-

Anvil Chorus will be no more very soon. While this news could be taken as sad not was just time for this to happen and actually, I am quite excited. We are playing this Friday at The Hurricane with David Gaume on bass...then we will finish out our shows on the 30th, the 11th and the 13th with Jenny Carr on bass. Be sure to come and wish us well.

Speaking of Jenny Carr...

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