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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Jeff Rosenstock, opening up for Andrew Jackson Jihad on Sunday at the Granada, talks being DIY on the Billboard charts

Posted By on Tue, Mar 24, 2015 at 11:28 AM

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Jeff Rosenstock's solo album, We Cool?, debuted on the Billboard charts when it was released a couple of weeks ago on SideOne Dummy Records. For those familiar with the former frontman for the Arrogant Sons of Bitches, as well as long-running basement favorites Bomb the Music Industry, this might've come as quite a shock. Rosenstock is the king of DIY, releasing albums for pay-what-you-want downloads on Quote Unquote Records long before the likes of Radiohead or Girl Talk.


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Friday, March 6, 2015

Dwight Twilley talks his split 7-inch with Josh Berwanger, at Love Garden on Saturday

Posted By on Fri, Mar 6, 2015 at 7:31 AM

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Musician Dwight Twilley has been making music since the mid '70s, when the Dwight Twilley Band had a Top 20 hit with “I'm On Fire.” His music's often pigeonholed as power pop, but the bluesy aspects of the rock 'n' roll Twilley plays can't be ignored, either. The Oklahoma-born musician's career paused for a bit in the late '80s and early '90s, but since the reissues of the early Dwight Twilley band albums in 1996, Twilley's been releasing music regularly.

Thanks to the inclusion of the song “Looking For the Magic” in 2013's home invasion thriller, You're Next, there's been a revitalized interest in Twilley's music. He released his most recent solo album, Always, in November of last year, and a split single with Josh Berwanger came out on Good Land Records this Tuesday, March 3. We spoke by phone with Twilley about the single and how it came to be.

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Thursday, March 5, 2015

Helmet's Page Hamilton on the 20th anniversary of Betty, playing at RecordBar on Sunday

Posted By on Thu, Mar 5, 2015 at 12:55 PM

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Since their formation in 1989, Helmet can be said to be one of the forerunners of metal for the thinking man. With complex rhythms, powerful riffs and lyrics speaking of alienation, their music helped set the scene for bands like Deftones who followed in their wake.

While the band broke up in the late '90s, Helmet reformed in 2004. Since then, they've released three new albums. They've also recognized their legacy: On the 20th anniversary of their major label debut, Meantime, the group embarked on a nationwide tour, playing the album in full. They're now doing the same with Meantime's follow-up, the critically acclaimed fan favorite, Betty. We spoke by phone with Helmet frontman and guitarist, Page Hamilton, about the legacy of Betty.

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Friday, September 19, 2014

Wolf Gang's Max McElligott talks about the changes he's encountered since his debut album

Posted By on Fri, Sep 19, 2014 at 11:13 AM

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Though his years in the music industry are short in number, Max McElligott of British rock outfit Wolf Gang is very aware of the power of recollection and growth, especially when it comes to his music.

In 2011, when McElligott was a student at the London School of Economics, he felt the need for a change and elected to take a break to pursue a career in music. That year, he recorded an album called Suego Faults - singing and playing all the instruments himself - and released it as Wolf Gang. Change came swiftly after that release, and McElligott has fleshed out his band since. 

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Friday, June 20, 2014

White Arrows frontman Mickey Church talks about his magic powers; opens for the Neighbourhood next week at KC Live Block

Posted By on Fri, Jun 20, 2014 at 8:40 AM

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If White Arrows was an Instagram account, it would post inverted gifs of L.A. palm trees swaying in the wind with post-modern psychoanalytical quotations as captions. Its bio would have "exploring neon as a medium" as its current vocation and a recently added posthumous send-off to Alexander Shulgin accompanied by an alien emoji.

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Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Leanna Brunner, of the Write the Dream conference, answers The Pitch's questionnaire

Posted By on Wed, Mar 5, 2014 at 7:08 AM

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Name
: Leanna Brunner

Occupation: Professor, writer, publisher

Hometown: St. Joseph, Missouri

Current neighborhood: Smithville, Missouri

What I do (in 140 characters): I write and teach others to write; I publish and teach others to publish; I dream and teach others to dream.

What's your addiction? My iPhone - like 99 percent of the rest of the population. I'm trying withdrawal on Sundays, although it isn't going very well. It's somewhat of a sad testament how we are so addicted to our toys these days, but who would have thought 10 years ago that I could pick up my phone and instantly be video chatting with someone on the other side of the world?

What's your game? I like any of the latest mobile fad games; that being said, however, I get bored easily and move on to the next one. I don't care much for the bird games, though.

What's your drink? Sans alcohol: unsweetened tea; with alcohol: margarita.

Where's dinner? Anywhere I don't have to cook. I don't mind cooking, but cleaning up is too tedious and time-consuming.

Finish this sentence: "Kansas City got it right when ... " It sent the Kansas City Royals on a caravan when I was in college, and I was able to interview and write a story on George Brett. That was the highlight of my journalistic career. Some younger people forget that team won the World Series; I think I still have a scrapbook of those guys: Dan Quisenberry, Willie Wilson, Amos Otis, Willie Aikens. I am grateful the city has stayed true to that franchise, despite its ups and downs through the years.

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Friday, September 27, 2013

FIDLAR's Brandon Schwartzel: In a 24-hour period, there are four hours of fun

Posted By on Fri, Sep 27, 2013 at 7:43 AM

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The guys of L.A.'s skate-punk/garage-rock act FIDLAR (which stands for "Fuck It Dog, Life's a Risk") have become well-known for their hard partying and their loves of stick-and-poke tattoos and '90s music culture. Oh, and their own music, too, which has garnered them opening spots for the Hives as well as punk legends OFF and Adolescents. The band released its first full-length (self-titled) this past January. On first listen, it strikes similar notes to the Descendants and a little bit of Blink-182 (both influences the band proudly references), but it veers a bit harder musically and darker lyrically than either of those two acts.

The Pitch caught up with FIDLAR bassist Brandon Schwartzel over the phone earlier this week ahead of tonight's show at Czar Bar. Should be boozy, fun and thrashy.

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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Cameron Esposito will be at the Midland on Thursday

Posted By on Tue, Sep 24, 2013 at 8:59 AM

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Cameron Esposito is a talented comic who - thanks to a combination of her own natural gifts and a lucky slot on the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson and Jay Leno - is currently taking over the Internet. 

The Chicago-born, L.A.-based Esposito has a routine that draws heavily from her personal life as a lesbian, and she often finds that rare and wonderful balance of truth meeting humor. Esposito is also the mastermind behind Put Your Hands Together, a successful weekly podcast that functions like a live comedy show. Her Tumblr blog is at turns hilarious and poignant - the story of her father's response to the DOMA repeal was particularly touching.

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Thursday, October 18, 2012

Chino Moreno on the next phase of the Deftones; show Saturday at Voodoo Lounge

Posted By on Thu, Oct 18, 2012 at 8:03 AM

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When the Deftones last came through Kansas City, the alterna-heavy quintet was in the process of rebounding from the long-term loss of original bass player Chi Cheng, a series of divorces, and a sluggish writing process that had created no small measure of internal friction. The situation had begun to improve in 2008, when work commenced on what was to be the band’s sixth album, Eros (now shelved for a future release date that's as yet TBD), but then Cheng was severely injured in a car accident. Bassist Sergio Vega, who’s filling in on a semi-permanent basis as Cheng remains in a semi-conscious state, checked in with The Pitch in 2011 to talk about the band’s uplifted mood and improved creative process. Still riding the same wave of smoother productivity and mended relations, the band returns to KC for a show at the Voodoo Lounge this Saturday in advance of its new album, Koi No Yokan, its second album with Vega. We spoke with frontman Chino Moreno days before the band set out on tour.

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Friday, October 12, 2012

Mark Patton, KC native and star of Nightmare on Elm Street 2, on acting, horror and his 'scream queen' status

Actor Mark Patton talks about the horror con circuit.

Posted By on Fri, Oct 12, 2012 at 7:48 AM

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Though Mark Patton, native Kansas Citian and actor, has played many roles, he’s best known for his interpretation of Jesse in Nightmare on Elmstreet 2: Freddy's Revenge. Patton hasn’t lived in KC for a while, but he’s returning this weekend to meet fans and horror aficionados at the Boulevard Drive-In’s Horror on the Blvd. We recently chatted with Patton over e-mail and discussed how often he gets back to KC, why he originally stopped acting, and what caused him to get back into the role-playing game.

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