Wednesday, August 13, 2014

The Baseball Project is at RecordBar tonight

Posted By on Wed, Aug 13, 2014 at 9:40 AM

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There are several reasons to see the Baseball Project at RecordBar tonight: Notably, it features members of Dream Syndicate, the Minus 5, and R.E.M. However, what with the Royals now first in the American League Central, their performance seems to have been presciently booked. Given the fact that each and every song the Baseball Project performs is about the national pastime, combined with the fact that Kansas City has lately gone baseball mad, means that tonight's show may be about more than a few baseball-mad, power-pop nerds. This may be the coolest pep rally you'll ever attend — to say nothing of seeing Peter Buck play guitar from 5 feet away.

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Local musician Grant Wish holds benefit tonight for Hope for Haiti; Good Time Charley and DJ Thundercutz provide the soundtrack

Posted By on Thu, Jul 24, 2014 at 12:20 PM

DJ Thundercutz spins tunes tonight to benefit a school in Haiti. - ZACH BAUMAN
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  • DJ Thundercutz spins tunes tonight to benefit a school in Haiti.

For local musician and rapper Grant Wish, tonight's Hope for Haiti benefit at the Bauer Building is one of many steps in a larger goal - that of getting a new school built in Haiti. Wish says the idea originally came to him in March, when he released his second album, Journey of the Soul. 

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Monday, June 9, 2014

Mills Record Co. hosts listening party for Jack White's 'Lazaretto' tonight

Posted By on Mon, Jun 9, 2014 at 6:23 AM


As the music world is all abuzz with chatter about Jack White's latest album, Lazaretto, you can get in on the action locally at Mills Record Co. Tonight, the Westport shop opens up at 11 p.m. for a special listening party. Mills will spin the whole of Lazaretto, and at 12:01 a.m. on Tuesday, June 10, you can fork over some cash for the record (if you'd like to, of course, but duh, it's Jack White). 

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Friday, November 8, 2013

The Josh Berwanger Band and Uzis have a free in-store show at Mills Record Co. tonight

Posted By on Fri, Nov 8, 2013 at 1:12 PM

Josh Berwanger - PHOTO BY JEFF RK
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  • Josh Berwanger

Perhaps you missed the epic, awesome times that the Josh Berwanger Band delivered last Thursday with a Halloween CD-release show at RecordBar. We feel sorry for you. There is hope for you yet, though: The cool kids over at Mills Record Co. are hosting a free in-store show tonight featuring Berwanger and local garage rockers Uzis. 

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Friday, October 25, 2013

Night Beats, the Conquerors, Shy Boys and Pharaohs are all at the Guild tonight

Posted By on Fri, Oct 25, 2013 at 7:02 AM

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Who says rock and roll is dead? Night Beats has taken the soul of 1960s psychedelic rock and given it a body, in the form of a new album called Sonic Bloom, and tonight at the Guild, you can hear it all. 

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Thursday, April 4, 2013

Sigur Ros is at Starlight tonight

Posted By on Thu, Apr 4, 2013 at 11:54 AM

The Icemen cometh.
  • The Icemen cometh.
Middle of the Map Fest officially starts tonight, but the best show in town is about seven miles northeast, at Starlight Theatre, where the Icelandic post-rock titans in Sigur Ros is performing. The group has a well-earned reputation as one of the finest live acts in the world. Tickets are still available.

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Monday, March 11, 2013

Marshall Crenshaw at Knuckleheads tonight

Posted By on Mon, Mar 11, 2013 at 1:45 PM

Eight p.m. isnt too late for Monday Morning Rock, is it?
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  • Eight p.m. isn't too late for "Monday Morning Rock," is it?

We almost missed this one: Marshall Crenshaw - maker of 1982's ninth-best album and all-around pop-rock treasure - plays the Retro Lounge at Knuckleheads tonight at 8 (doors at 7).

Crenshaw's latest project is a series of EPs, titled I Don't See You Laughing Now. Each KickStarter-funded installment features a cover, a redone older tune from his own catalog, and a brand-new original. (A subscription to all three 10-inchers goes for $26 on his website.) The first disc is worth it just for his cracking version of the Move's "No Time." (There's pretty much no one savvier about covers than Crenshaw.)

"Digital is more convenient, I'm on board with that, but I think that analog is actually better," Crenshaw told American Songwriter magazine earlier this year. (The EPs come with digital downlods.) "The other thing is that I just love records, and so do lots of other people. When I got the first copies of my new EP I stared at the thing just like I used to do."

There are still tickets ($30) available. Order here.

Pat Hopewell's first UFO Show is tonight at Davey's, with Locrian

Posted By on Mon, Mar 11, 2013 at 12:37 PM

One spin through last year's double album The Clearing/The Final Epoch, by Chicago drone duo Locrian, puts you in a dark place. It's full of proper apocalyptic noise driven by doom and disaster - breathtaking black-metal-influenced tunes with the power to raise evil spirits and drop testicles. This bill, which also includes metal locals Boreas and Jason Zeh, is the first UFO Show, a new series at Davey's curated by local experimental music sage Pat Hopewell. "Booking shows that other venues are too chickenshit to attempt" is the promise that Hopewell shot us when he announced the series, and it looks like he's on his way to making good on it.

Monday, March 11, at Davey's Uptown Ramblers Club

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Monday, February 18, 2013

Arrington de Dionyso is at RecordBar tonight (Monday)

Posted By on Mon, Feb 18, 2013 at 12:42 PM

Arrington de Dionyso's noisy free jazz - a stew of bass-clarinet blurts, throat singing, polyrhythmic drumming and feral world music - has earned him acclaim among the types of music fans who subscribe to defiantly nonmainstream magazines like the U.K.'s The Wire. So it stands to reason that during his stop here in town, he'll be performing alongside some of Kansas City's avant-garde elite: Snuff Jazz-centric musicians Mark Southerland, Ashley Miller and Shawn Hansen. Expo '70 opens.

Monday, February 18, at RecordBar.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Fat Tuesday Festivities: Dropout Boogie, Bloodbirds

Posted By on Tue, Feb 12, 2013 at 11:30 AM

Today is Fat Tuesday, a day for imbibing and carousing and sometimes hooliganism. If you're up for leaving your place of residence on a Tuesday night, we have a few ideas.

Dropout Boogie at the Brick

Carnival costumes are encouraged at this Mardi Gras celebration, and guests are also promised delicious New Orleans fare and drink specials. Work off all those heavy calories by getting down to some presumably Big Easy-centric soul and funk 45s from the DJ dudes in the Dropout Boogie.

UPDATE: Ex-Cult has canceled. Bloodbirds and Lazy still playing. Cover now only $5.

Bloodbirds, with Ex-Cult and Lazy at RecordBar

Over the past year and a half, local trio Bloodbirds has released a handful of EPs, the common denominator being a dark, psych-tinged post-punk sound. The group is led by Mike Tuley, who has brought the same unhinged quality to Bloodbirds that he did to his former group, Ad Astra Per Aspera. Bloodbirds' new LP, Psychic Surgery, is out online; the vinyl, which you can order at this show, will be available in April.

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