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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Sneak preview: Rev Gusto for Too Much Rock Singles Series

Posted By on Tue, Apr 1, 2014 at 8:00 AM

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Back in November, we got the word out about the Too Much Rock Singles Series, Sid Sowder's vinyl project featuring local bands. If you don't want to go back and read the whole article, here's a refresher: Sowder, notorious local music enthusiast and champion of the under-heard, selects a local band to cover a song of his selection and record a new song onto a 45 RPM record. Sowder issues 500 copies and hands them over to the band to do as it pleases. As his motto goes: "We lose money. Bands make a little. Vinyl lives. Everybody wins."  

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Gee Watts on his new record, '199x,' out today

Posted By on Tue, Apr 1, 2014 at 7:31 AM

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Local rapper Gee Watts has an acute sense of the depths of Kansas City's broken neighborhoods and the possibilities for lives born within the turmoil. His first official album 199x (Nineteen Ninety Never), filled with literate observations and prescient ruminations about life on KC's streets, drops this week and follows closely in the wake of his 11 unofficial mixtapes.

If there's any justice in the world, Watts will soon be recognized for more than just the cosign and guest verse from Kendrick Lamar that recently lit up hip-hop blogs. The release of 199x aims to position him as a more introspective alternative to KC's Strange Music label, and as an heir apparent to the lineage of self-aware lyricists turning the experiences of their youth into social commentary.

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Sunday, March 30, 2014

Dionne Jeroue, Kansas City jazz singer, found dead on Thursday night

Posted By on Sun, Mar 30, 2014 at 2:06 PM

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Kansas City jazz singer Dionne Jeroue died in her home Thursday night. She was 35 years old.

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Thursday, March 27, 2014

At the Left Hand of God robbed of $10,000 worth of equipment last night

Posted By on Thu, Mar 27, 2014 at 10:00 AM

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Last night, at the home of one of the band members for local heavy metal act At the Left Hand of God, a thief broke in and stole most of the band's equipment. According to the band's Facebook page, the value of the stolen goods is more than $10,000. 

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Thursday, March 20, 2014

Kawehi, from Lawrence, covers Nirvana's 'Heart Shaped Box,' becomes Internet famous

Posted By on Thu, Mar 20, 2014 at 12:00 PM

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Last week, Esquire featured a killer cover of Nirvana's "Heart Shaped Box" by an artist named Kawehi. The music video featured the singer performing a live-looped, synth-heavy version of the song that will turn your world upside-down. Spin picked it up, and a bunch of blogs followed. Even Courtney Love approves.

And surprise! Kawehi lives in Lawrence. Boom. Mind blown. She hasn't played any local shows since she relocated to Kansas from Los Angeles in June, which is probably why we totally spaced on her. We dialed her up from her home to chat about the cover song, how the Internet just made her famous and why she's not going anywhere. 

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Friday, March 7, 2014

Little Class Records sets up shop in Westport, celebrates grand opening this weekend

Posted By on Fri, Mar 7, 2014 at 8:39 AM

The Little Class Record crew from left to right: Travis Fields (Hospitality/Partner), Jody Hendrix, Matt Dennis (Founding Partner/Project Manager), Holly Hayden (Administration/Marketing), Eddie Crane (Partner/Director)
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Local roots and rockabilly music dreams come one step closer to becoming realized with the addition of a physical incarnation of Westport's Little Class Records to the KC sound scene, opening this weekend. The label's new spot - above Westport Saloon at 4112 Pennsylvania - gives LCR the opportunity to showcase acts onstage downstairs.

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Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Brent Tactic confirms the rumors: he's got a new gig and, soon, a new zip code

Posted By on Wed, Mar 5, 2014 at 12:48 PM

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If you've had an ear to the ground in recent weeks, you've doubtlessly heard rumors about Brent Tactic's new gig - which makes sense, given the relatively recent quiet of his label Think 2wice. Now Tactic, longtime Kansas City producer, DJ and electronic dance music champion, makes it official: Think 2wice hits the pause button as Tactic prepares himself to head up artist management for the brand-new CUFF Group, a global EDM label and PR team. 

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Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Bearing Torches' Jon Ellison on going from the pulpit to the stage and his rock-corrupted soul

Posted By on Tue, Mar 4, 2014 at 11:57 AM

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Bearing Torches is a brand-new band out of Kansas City, but it certainly doesn't sound that way. On the band's songs, lead singer Jon Ellison pushes his powerful, jagged-edged vocals to soaring heights, aided by the good company of driving guitar riffs and enthralling crescendos. There's something endearing and nostalgic about tracks like "Headlights" and "Radio Man," in which Ellison sounds every inch like the seen-better-days rock stars who undoubtedly inspired him. 

But there's quite a bit more to Bearing Torches than tribute chords and Bon Jovi-like swagger. Listening to the group's demos, you would never guess that the 29-year-old Ellison didn't hear his first rock song until he was 16, or that his past life included a long stint as a minister. Raised in a small town outside Tulsa, Oklahoma, as part of a strict sect of Baptists, Ellison never quite imagined that he'd get as far as being the ringleader in a rock-and roll-band, playing late shows at boozy clubs. 

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Friday, February 28, 2014

Katy Guillen and the Girls, Maria the Mexican, the Philistines and more at the Brick this Saturday

Posted By on Fri, Feb 28, 2014 at 9:46 AM

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This Saturday, the Midwest Music Foundation presents the final installment of its SXSW fundraising concert series with a handful of supremely talented and very different acts.

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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

SoundsGood to reunite for tribute to Joc Max, at RecordBar March 29

Posted By on Wed, Feb 26, 2014 at 12:31 PM

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The Pitch reported back in January that MC Reach has been paying tribute to KC hip-hop icon/MC/producer/DJ Joc Max via his GoodButta podcast, with a show to come at RecordBar on Saturday, March 29, as part 2 of that tribute. 

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