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Monday, January 31, 2011

Michael Jackson mural at 18th and Troost is gone

Posted By on Mon, Jan 31, 2011 at 7:48 AM

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The king of pop no longer graces the corner of 18th and Troost. Alexander Austin, also known as "Mural Man," painted a tribute to Michael Jackson after his death in 2009. We spoke to Austin about how his mural no longer exists, and what happened to it:

"First of all, thanks for the interest and thanks to The Pitch for following my work over the years. The mural was painted as a tribute to MJ after I had heard of his passing. Words cannot express the magnitude and the sheer genius of his work, and the millions of people he touched all over the world.

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Monday, January 3, 2011

Where were you on New Year's Eve?

Posted By on Mon, Jan 3, 2011 at 10:59 AM

Were you watching Big Bill Morganfield at Knuckleheads?
  • Were you watching Big Bill Morganfield at Knuckleheads?

By now, you should have beaten your throbbing hangover into submission, cringed over your drunken text messages and remembered (well, sort of) where you were in those first few precious moments of 2011. I was judging the Donkey Gong Show over at RecordBar, wearing David Wayne Reed's fake clip-on tie and making Labyrinth references behind a podium. (Nice.) Where were you?

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Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Del Hedgepath sells Club NRG, soon to become another misspelled nightclub

Posted By on Tue, Dec 7, 2010 at 10:17 AM

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RIP, Club NRG. Del Hedgepath has officially sold the nightspot and all of the memories tied to it -- the pissing contests off the roof, the alleged rape of a clubber, the bloodying of a patron at the hands of a bouncer, the reported cocaine after parties, and the booty shootings, to name a few memorable moments from the club's past.

Hedgepath, who in September was accused of slapping a patron, was required to sell the club and cut all ties with new management because of the club's naughtiness.

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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Laugh at Bill Belzer -- for a good cause

Posted By on Tue, Nov 30, 2010 at 8:31 AM

The Mongol Beach Party, in 1989
  • The Mongol Beach Party, in 1989

There's nothing like a good old ball-busting roast to get a party started. Billy Belzer -- who's been a member of Mongol Beach Party, New Amsterdams, The Ssion and Uncle Tupelo member -- is hosting a multi-media show at the RecordBar on December 17. Here's the skinny:

I'm hosting a show at Kansas City's RecordBar that will benefit Kansas City Free Health Clinic's HIV Testing programs. The show's theme is a 'roast' of myself in which i play with my current bands The Sleazebeats and Mary Fortune. The Master (Mistress) of ceremonies is Shannon Michaelski who also sings in SSION and is entrusted, for the evening, with busting my chops between musical sets. There will be special guests, power point presentations, local celebrities and costume changes. FUN!

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Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Stream the new Beautiful Bodies track, 'You're A Risk'

Posted By on Wed, Jul 7, 2010 at 2:35 PM

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​We haven't heard anything from the Beautiful Bodies for a while -- since about 2008, actually. Today, Alicia Solo and co. are streaming its newest track on Myspace. The song is a more streamlined, modern stab at rock than the band's, erm, Yeah Yeah Yeah-like sound on Touch Me (But If Only You Knew How).  The track is called "You're A Risk," and it finds Solo sounding far more like Hayley Williams than Karen O this time around, don't you agree? Stream it on the band's Myspace, here

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Thursday, May 20, 2010

Spence makes time to make us a mix

Posted By on Thu, May 20, 2010 at 7:00 AM

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Scene & Heard -- wherein local music scene makers give you the lowdown on the soundtrack to their lives.

Danny Spence, aka Spence, recently released his Planet Pluto album. In addition, Spence also recently graduated from the University of Kansas. So, he's a man with a lot to celebrate.

He also DJ'd with the Unknown Souldier at Harbour Lights last night, and despite all the excitement of an album release, graduation, and rocking the decks, he still found time to put together this mix, which runs the gamut from Beach House to Sam Cooke.

Download Spence's new album, Planet Pluto (right click, Usershare).

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Wednesday, May 12, 2010

DJ Proof lists dance floor killers

Posted By on Wed, May 12, 2010 at 12:46 PM

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Scene & Heard -- wherein local music scene makers give you the lowdown on the soundtrack to their lives.

Ian Sotomayor is the best beer-slinger in Lawrence, providing Free State Brewery customers with perfectly pulled pints. In addition, he can be found rocking area clubs as DJ Proof. This is a man who knows what gets a party started, so for this week's Scene & Heard, Sotomayor lists eight songs he likes to play out. These are dance floor killers, guaranteed to get a party started right.

If you like what you hear, DJ Proof is spinning on the Replay patio on Friday, May 21.

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Wednesday, April 28, 2010

The Architects' Brandon Phillips rocks us twice

Posted By on Wed, Apr 28, 2010 at 8:30 AM

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Scene & Heard -- wherein local music scene makers give you the lowdown on the soundtrack to their lives.

The Architects' frontman Brandon Phillips is a man who knows his rock and roll. In his time with that band, and its forerunner, the Gadjits, he's been all over the country dozens of times, seeing more bands in one summer than most of you will see in your entire life.

It's that experience which had us tap him for this week's Scene & Heard. He even made us "two mixes with separate and distinct purposes," one of which is for waking up, and the other for more...salacious reasons. Dirty reasons. Reasons in which ladies take off their clothes.

The Architects play tomorrow night at the Jackpot with All Leather and the Beautiful Bodies.

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Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Sonic Spectrum's Robert Moore makes us a playlist all our own

Posted By on Wed, Apr 21, 2010 at 8:30 AM

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Scene & Heard -- wherein local music scene makers give you the lowdown on the soundtrack to their lives.

Robert Moore is the quintessential man about town. He hosts Sonic Spectrum on 96.5 the Buzz from 6:00-8:00 p.m. each and every Saturday night. In addition, you can frequently find him DJing at Fred P. Otts on the Plaza, hosting Sonic Spectrum music trivia at the Record Bar, and running Oxblood Records with Megan Hamilton. As a man who knows his music inside and out, we had him compile a list of tunes that currently have the attention of his rather busy ears.

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Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Love Garden's Kelly Corcoran makes an epic playlist

Posted By on Wed, Apr 14, 2010 at 7:00 AM

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Along with his wife, KPR's Laura Lorson, Kelly Corcoran is the owner of Love Garden. The store -- a downtown Lawrence staple for over 15 years -- is frequently mentioned as one of the country's best record stores, or so I hear each and every time I'm talking records with folks around the country.

Since this Saturday is Record Store Day, we felt it fairly appropriate to have the owner of actual, honest-to-goodness record store make us this week's playlist. Corcoran made us what is the most epic one to date, saying only, "Sorry, I do this for a living, ya know..."

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