Tuesday, September 9, 2014

The Architects released their Border Wars: II EP today, and it's completely awesome

Posted By on Tue, Sep 9, 2014 at 11:44 AM


Oh, the Architects. They make our music listening time all the more interesting. Especially considering the ongoing Border Wars project they are committed to, a five-part album and graphic novel series. A year ago, the Architects released the first episode. Today, we finally have Part II. It's a six-song fistful of punk-rock aggression and hard-hitting melodies, and it makes us feel alive

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Thursday, September 4, 2014

Bill Sundahl celebrates the 10th anniversary of the Crossroads Music Fest this Saturday

Posted By on Thu, Sep 4, 2014 at 8:58 AM

Sundahl, the man behind it all.
  • Sundahl, the man behind it all.

The Crossroads Music Fest, celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, may just be Kansas City's longest-running local-music festival, and surely it's one of KC's most successful. A big (perhaps the biggest) reason for this is the passion of the festival's organizer, Bill Sundahl, who does the lion's share of the booking and promotion. At last count, this year's fest boasts 30 artists at seven venues throughout the Crossroads Arts District. The festival kicks off at 6 p.m. Saturday, September 6, and runs all night. (You can find schedules, maps and more information here.)

The Pitch caught up with Sundahl via e-mail to check in ahead of this weekend's fest. 

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Conflicts throwing their own Benefest this Saturday

Posted By on Thu, Aug 28, 2014 at 6:51 AM

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Kansas City's Conflicts has a new album they'd like to release. The record, entitled The North Slope, is in the can, but the metal quintet is short of funds to put it out. Conflicts isn't taking to Kickstarter to raise the necessary cash, though. Instead, Conflicts will be putting on a seven-band benefit show at KC Autoworx this Saturday, August 27, in order to get the money needed.

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Friday, August 15, 2014

Art Closet Studios granted a stay of execution ... for now

Posted By on Fri, Aug 15, 2014 at 7:06 AM

Caroline at Art Closet on June 12. - NICK SPACEK
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  • Caroline at Art Closet on June 12.

First, the good news: Art Closet Studios, the all-ages space in the back room of the now shuttered Open Fire Wood Burning Pizza, will not be closing, according to Mike Moreno, one of the organizers of the space.

However, Art Closet's status is just that it has been granted a stay of execution. The space that Art Closet Studios inhabits was originally an arts education space, donated by landlord and building owner Ahmed Awad, who owned Open Fire. After Awad closed the business, Moreno and several others took over the pizza joint and ran it, but eventually their "backs were against the wall" with taxes, rent and bills, and they chose to close the eatery.

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Thursday, August 14, 2014

Listen to "Life," a new track from Major Games' upcoming full-length

Posted By on Thu, Aug 14, 2014 at 8:39 AM


Shark Week is just about over, but that doesn't mean the fun has to end. Lawrence label I Am Shark offered up their third Shark Week compilation earlier this week for free download. The compilation, Confessions Under Water, has cuts from American Baseball, Canadian punks Greys, and country-punk balladeer Austin Lucas.

If that wasn't enough wonderful, the label's offering up the first listen to "Life," a track from Major Games' upcoming LP. The band has played something like three times in the last two years, making this a ridiculously longed-for release.

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

El Torreon reopens as all-ages space, promises 'good music, no agenda'

Posted By on Wed, Aug 13, 2014 at 8:53 PM

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The recently reopened El Torreon seems to have floated under the radar of most show-going folks in Kansas City. While the all-ages venue hosted quite a few legendary shows in its heyday — Fugazi, Bright Eyes, the Get Up Kids, amongst others — the attempts to revitalize it as a performance space have never been met with much success. The Cowtown Mallroom flea market would play host to bands on Sunday afternoons, but other than that, the space hasn't been a music mecca in nearly a decade.

Any chance of the building at 31st and Gillham returning to its musical roots as the Cowtown Ballroom or El Torreon seemed dashed when it was announced that the Bridgeport Community Church would be taking over over the space. However, hope was offered in this April article in the Kansas City Business Journal, in which Bridgeport's pastor and founder made mention that the building would still host concerts in an effort to create "a community center, so to speak," but that the venue wouldn't "be exclusively Christian music."

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Friday, July 25, 2014

Approach, a Pitch Music Awards nominee, has a new instrumental hip-hop album

Posted By on Fri, Jul 25, 2014 at 3:15 PM


Never one to sit still (except, uh, in the above photo), Lawrence's Approach - a Pitch Music Awards nominee in the hip-hop/rap category - has just come out with a new mixtape. It's an instrumental hip-hop record, and it flows as smoothly as a river of butter under a hot summer sun. 

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Saturday, June 21, 2014

Ha Ha Tonka and Making Movies crossed cultural boundaries, formed new supergroup at Knuckleheads on Friday

Posted By on Sat, Jun 21, 2014 at 11:47 AM

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Ha Ha Tonka and Making Movies
Knucklehead's Saloon, Kansas City
Friday, June 20, 2014

Two of the area's most raucous live bands joined forces Friday night at a distinctly authentic local venue. Knucklehead's Saloon, nestled into the small residential community of the storied East Bottoms, played host to a gathering of friends and comingling of folk cultures that brought together the Panamanian roots of Making Movies and the Ozark heritage of Ha Ha Tonka.

The city had plenty to celebrate on this balmy summer evening as the Royals returned to a mid-June homestand in first place for the first time in roughly two decades (of course, it was short-lived, but still). In keeping with the spirit of homecoming, the boys of West Plains' Ha Ha Tonka celebrated their return from a whirlwind six-week tour of Europe to the welcoming confines of their current de facto base in KC. With Making Movies, Ha Ha Tonka shared equal billing at this event, which also promised a combined set from the two seemingly disparate acts.

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Friday, May 23, 2014

'Bring the Noise,' a new monthly DJ series at the Firefly Lounge, honors Pete Rock this Sunday

Posted By on Fri, May 23, 2014 at 11:21 AM


For fans of old school and classic hip hop, there's a new series going down on the last Sunday of every month at the Firefly Lounge featuring nothing but the good stuff. DJ Ataxic, DJ Platinum and DJ Joc Maxx have combined their powers to form Live PA. They've called the series Bring the Noise. We chatted with DJ Ataxic over the phone about what to expect this Sunday and how the whole thing happened.

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Friday, May 2, 2014

Golden Sound Records announces lineup for annual Crossroads Summer Block Party

Posted By on Fri, May 2, 2014 at 10:21 AM

The Jorge Arana Trio will be performing at the Crossroads Summer Block Party. - FACEBOOK/BRIAN CHAN
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  • The Jorge Arana Trio will be performing at the Crossroads Summer Block Party.

What's summer without a block party or 10? Not a summer, that's what. Thank goodness Golden Sound Records has the mother of all summer block parties under its belt. The lineup for the third Crossroads Summer Block Party, taking place Friday, June 6, has just been announced, and it's full of local favorites. 

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