Long-running pop-punk act Yellowcard recently returned from a hiatus with a new album, When You're Through Thinking, Say Yes. It's the band's first since 2007's Paper Walls. In addition, the band is embarking on its first tour since a set of acoustic dates in 2008 and is playing the Beaumont Club on Tuesday, April 5, with All Time Low, Hey Monday, and the Summer Set. Yesterday, we spoke by phone with the band's violinist, Sean Mackin, about the band's evolution, its sound, and coming back after time off.
On Saturday, March 26, Kansas City's High Diving Ponies will play its first show since December. The live ensemble should fill out the stage and swell the Brick with its chaotic, noisy jams. The Pitch recently caught up with frontman Josh Thomas for some real talk.
The Pitch: Why was there a three-month hiatus?
Josh Thomas: The last show we played was in December, at AJS Memorial Hall, with the Conquerors and Whyte Bitch. It was the last AJS Memorial Hall show. I fell asleep on the drive home and ran into a pole head-on. My shoulder and neck were all messed up for about a month. That kind of slowed things down.
While Jon Cohen is probably best-known as a former member of Montreal's the Dears, it's his new band, the Jon Cohen Experimental, that will probably allow him to best make his mark. The Experimental is a mix of indie-rock and trance-inducing loops that make a hypnotic, accessible combination.
Cohen is currently traveling throughout the United States and Canada by Greyhound bus, performing a solo tour that hits RecordBar on Tuesday, March 29. He spoke to us last week from a pay phone in Austin's bus terminal before a set of shows during SXSW.
Why let fans name their own price for your record when you can auction off the experience of actually making the recording? Maybe Radiohead should take note: Local band the Sexy Accident will let you -- yes, you! -- be a part of the band's new record. As in, stop by the studio whenever you want; come to practices; listen to rough mixes; sing on a track. There's more stuff, too. Check it out here.
We asked Jesse Kates a few questions about the band's new recording process, starting with the most important:
The Pitch: Why?
Jesse Kates: To be not boring.
To connect with any fan that participates on a deeper level.
Because recordings are non-scarce and are therefore (next to) impossible to sell, but we still would like to raise a little money to pay for all these expensive recordings.
On the cover of Middle Cyclone, Neko Case's Grammy-nominated 2009 release, she kneels atop her burgundy 1967 Mercury Cougar. It's one of her favorite possessions, but next week she's giving it away, and you can be the lucky new owner. An online raffle is selling tickets for $45 (or two for $75), and Neko's hot ride will be given away to the lucky winner on Friday, March 18. The proceeds from the raffle benefit 826 National, a nationwide program that helps children learn to write (and get published!). We caught up with Case about the charity, the car, and her love of greyhounds.
For a young band -- none of InLike's members have cracked 23 yet -- InLike has played some pretty impressive places: the Uptown, the Beaumont Club, and Kansas City's Warped Tour. (They also opened for Chaka Khan last summer.) Now, the band is setting the stage for the Parlotones' stop at RecordBar on Sunday night, in advance of InLike's album release on March 19. We chatted with vocalist Casi McCall about recording in Nashville, playing Warped Tour, and what exactly "in like" means after all.
Describe your band in a sentence.
We are a young but explosive female-fronted rock band.
Long-running ska-funk-metal-punk act Fishbone hasn't been to this neck of the woods in over a decade, but it's finally making a triumphant return on Tuesday, March 15. The band is playing an early, all-ages show at Aftershock, in Merriam, on the way down to Austin's South By Southwest music festival, where Fishbone headlines a showcase at the Austin Music Hall on Thursday, March 17, with Wu-Tang Clan and Das Racist, and a DJ set from Erykah Badu.
We were lucky enough to catch up with one of Fishbone's founding members, bassist Norwood Fisher, by phone. We spoke with him about the band's tour and storied history, as well as the forthcoming documentary about the band, Everyday Sunshine.
The Atlantic is a fresh-faced band out of Overland Park, but you wouldn't suspect it from the way they rock. We caught up with the young band about the Atlantic's ambitions, its forthcoming EP, and how they think underage kids can still slay the bar scene.
Who are some of the musicians you try to emulate?
We all listen to a lot of different music, ranging from old blues to metal, and everything in between. I would say the biggest influences between the four of us would be Mewithoutyou, Brand New, La Dispute, Kevin Devine and Bright Eyes.
What has the reception of your band been like so far? I know that you've done some stuff with 96.5 the Buzz's Homegrown show. What was that like?
The response to our music has been incredible. So many things have been happening for us, and the support has been amazing. Homegrown Buzz is an awesome program. Jeriney is so nice and really cares about local music and the talent that exists here. We are so honored that we can be a part of that promotion for local music. Homegrown Buzz has helped us get our name out there, the same with many other local musicians.
Synthy disco freaks Sugar & Gold play this Friday, March 11, at Crosstown Station. The San Francisco act features members from Of Montreal's touring band, as does their tourmates Yip Deciever, with whom Sugar & Gold also shares members. Confused? So were we. Thankfully, Sugar & Gold's Philipp Minnig spoke to us by phone last week and cleared up any questions we might've had.
Building off My War-era Black Flag, Kansas City's No Class plays excellent testo-aggressive throwback hardcore. The band released their debut, Keine Klasse, in November on Deranged Records. (It's the Canadian label that was home to some of the early releases from Fucked Up). Now, the quartet is prepping for what is expected to be a whirlwind riot of a mini-tour in March. The Pitch recently sat down with frontman Neal Dyrkacz to chat about violence, words and hate.
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