Friday, January 27, 2012

El Valiente’s Eric Caldera on tonight’s show at FOKL, experimental music

Posted by on Fri, Jan 27, 2012 at 11:01 AM

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I’m a sucker for weird band descriptions. For example: El Valiente is a band that blends Tex-Mex and spaghetti-western influences into experimental, instrumental, indie rock. See? Instant intrigue!

The three-piece band from Madison, Wisconsin, creates moderately intense, 10-minute symphonies that border on jam band-y, but never cross to boring or cheesy. We recently spoke with Eric Caldera of El Valiente.

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Mountain Sprout on making music full time, new tunes

Posted by on Fri, Jan 27, 2012 at 10:57 AM

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About five years ago, Mountain Sprout made playing gigs and slinging tunes its full-time job. The band hasn’t wavered on that intention since. Sprout is a four-piece band that specializes in bluegrass-abilly and insurgent Americana, and the band’s music and lyrics are as straightforward and blunt as the aforementioned genres; the instrumentals are complex and smart, the lyrics smirking.

Grayson Van Sickle (banjo) recently spoke with us about Mountain Sprout’s traveling lifestyle and the new material the guys will soon release.

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Natural Grocers is coming to Overland Park

Posted by on Fri, Jan 27, 2012 at 10:34 AM

Organic produce is a focus at Natural Grocers.
  • Greeley Gazette
  • Organic produce is a focus at Natural Grocers.
The intersection at 91st Street and Metcalf is about to become the center of the local health-food universe. The Kansas City Star reports that Natural Grocers, the organic grocery chain that came to Lawrence last year, will be opening in the former Borders at 9108 Metcalf on April 24.

Natural Grocers will be located in a neighboring shopping center to the Whole Foods Market at 7401 West 91st Street. While both stores focus on organic produce, vitamins, supplements, and grass-fed beef, Natural Grocers doesn't stock prepared foods and is known for catering to those with specialty diets such as vegan or gluten-free.

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T-Bones hiring Frank White is a savvy move

The Royals let Frank White get away.

Posted by on Fri, Jan 27, 2012 at 10:04 AM

White will be wearing different home whites this season.
  • White will be wearing different home whites this season.
Frank White should be at Kauffman Stadium this spring. He should have the chance to walk by the bronze statue that is a tribute to the nearly two decades he anchored second base for the Kansas City Royals. He should be near the fans who can still remember his streak of 62 games without an error. He should be part of the organization that has relied on him as its emissary since his retirement in 1990.

But sports, like life, is rarely neat or sensible. Instead, Frank White will wear a different Kansas City uniform for the first time next season. The Kansas City T-Bones have hired White to be part of their coaching staff in a role that includes player evaluation and development.

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  • The Royals let Frank White get away.

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Wish Kansas a happy birthday and other weekend possibilities

Posted by on Fri, Jan 27, 2012 at 8:30 AM

Were going to need a bigger cake.
Kansas has reached the grand old age of 151 years. And while you might not have been able to have a glass of wine in its honor around Prohibition, you’re free to drink a glass (or bottle) this Saturday. Holy-Field Winery (18807 158th Street, in Basehor, Kansas) is holding a Home on the Range party from 2 to 5 p.m. to celebrate Kansas’ statehood. The free party features birthday cake and music from RagtimeX2.

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Listen before the show: Dr. Dog, Snow Patrol

Posted by on Fri, Jan 27, 2012 at 7:07 AM

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  • Dr. Dog's dogs.
Listen to two very different bands before they roll into town.

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Thursday, January 26, 2012

Most honest student in America pays $30 for textbook on Amazon and receives $400 worth of cocaine

One student makes a surprising discovery inside a used textbook.

Posted by on Thu, Jan 26, 2012 at 11:19 AM

Stop sending coke with textbooks, Amazon users.
  • Stop sending coke with textbooks, Amazon users.
If you've read The Pitch cover story this week, you know that use of black tar heroin from Mexico is spiking in the Kansas City area. But there's also news that people who sell used textbooks on Amazon are shipping drugs to the area.

Sophia Stockton, a student at MidAmerica Nazarene University, ordered a used textbook about terrorism from an Amazon user. When the book arrived, she flipped through the pages and "a little tiny package falls out with white powder in it," according to Fox 4. Demonstrating that she pays attention to lectures, Stockton told the TV station: "In class we talked about people sending bombs in the mail, and I thought of, you know, they send anthrax in the mail, too."

Stockton took the baggie to the local police, and officers asked her if she had ordered cocaine (not an advised study aid) with the book. "I was like, 'no,' " she told them. Good answer.

Police valued the cocaine at $300-$400.

  • One student makes a surprising discovery inside a used textbook.

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Kansas Legislature mulls over bill to allow samples at liquor stores

Posted by on Thu, Jan 26, 2012 at 10:59 AM

Should Kansas drinkers be able to try it before buying it?
  • Kabooski
  • Should Kansas drinkers be able to try it before buying it?
Liquor has always been a matter of taste. But for Kansas retail liquor stores, it's now all about tastings. The Kansas Senate Committee on Federal and State Affairs heard testimony yesterday on a bill that would allow for beer, wine and spirits sampling inside Kansas retail liquor stores.

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Five cups of hot cocoa to make you feel like it's winter

Posted by on Thu, Jan 26, 2012 at 10:43 AM

You cant go wrong with Elbow.
  • Christopher Elbow
  • You can't go wrong with Elbow.
It's not winter until you're wrapping your hands around a warm mug of hot chocolate. Back in 2009, we sought out some of the finest representatives from gas stations and grocery stores and restaurants across the metro. This week, we've decided to update the list with some new options and five cups of hot cocoa that are a mug above.

5. Aztec Hot Chocolate from Hi Hat (5012 State Line, in Westwood Hills) — The tiny coffeehouse in Westwood Hills (the recent site of a cash mob) makes a spicy, rich hot chocolate using bark from the Aztec dark chocolate sold next door at Annedore's Fine Chocolates. Call ahead; it's a winter special that's not always on the menu.

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The Civil Wars, live in Lawrence High School's Room 125

Posted by on Thu, Jan 26, 2012 at 10:27 AM

I thought my eldest was pretty well-off attending Lawrence's Free State High School. Seems that the folks at Lawrence High have better connections, though, because they were able to get the Civil Wars to perform as part of their "Classroom Sessions" before the Americana duo's sold-out show at Liberty Hall. Click to check out the rest of the videos done by LHS' film/media student production crew Room 125 Productions.

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