Monday, February 4, 2013

Lady Gaga is just like us...she eats ribs at 2 a.m.

Posted By on Mon, Feb 4, 2013 at 7:52 AM

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All I can figure is that tracklisting must take a lot of energy. Lady Gaga is in Kansas City for tonight's show at the Sprint Center (here's The Pitch's review of her 2010 extraGaganza in the same venue), and she started the day off right with a rack of ribs. Now, if a barbecue place would just deliver to us regular working folk at 2 a.m., that would be something.

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Monday, January 28, 2013

See Sum 41 at the Granada tonight

Posted By on Mon, Jan 28, 2013 at 7:09 AM

Are you under the impression that Sum 41 is washed up, forgotten, yesterday's news? You are as wrong as singer Deryck Whibley was when he thought his marriage to Avril Lavigne would last forever! You are as wrong as Whibley was when he thought, There's no way my ex-wife will take up with that blond singer with the permed mullet from Nickelback! The Canadian pop-punk bros are still killing it - they have 3.5 million Facebook fans, if that counts for anything - and this Lawrence date is part of the second leg of their 10th anniversary Does This Look Infected Tour. Take that, Kroeger!

Monday, January 28, at the Granada, 7 p.m. doors.

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Monday, December 31, 2012

Three New Year's Eve events to ring in 2013

Posted By on Mon, Dec 31, 2012 at 9:00 AM

The New Riddim
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Murder By Death

A show by the aptly named group Murder By Death (murder ballads are its forte) isn't what jumps to mind for a New Year's Eve celebration. But the Bloomington, Indiana, quintet has cultivated a nice, bubbly fanbase in Lawrence. And local indie acts Cowboy Indian Bear and Y(our) Fri(end) ought to add a little life to the evening.

Monday, December 31, at the Granada, doors at 9 p.m., $12 in advance or $15 at the door.

The Golden Republic

Five years after splitting, the Golden Republic reunited for a couple of one-offs in 2011. The glammy pop-punk quartet does it again here with friends in Thee Water MoccaSins, who don't often play together, owing to geographic constraints.

Monday, December 31, at RecordBar, doors at 9 p.m., $12.

Nug Life New Year's Eve

You'll have to ignore the unbelievably terrible name, if you can, but this party has a lot of potential. I saw the reggae dudes in the New Riddim move some serious asses one random Friday night at Harling's earlier this year. And the 1990s-R&B-themed Booty Jamz is on the rise as one of Westport's best dance parties, even though it is totally biting the style of my on-hiatus DJ duo Pussy Monster. (Just kidding - Pussy Monster played only two shows, and nobody paid any attention.) Also on hand: DJ Clockwerk and Pocket Change.

Monday, December 31, at Riot Room, 8 p.m., $5.

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Thursday, December 27, 2012

Quiet Corral is at the Riot Room tonight with O Giant Man

Posted By on Thu, Dec 27, 2012 at 6:37 AM

Quiet Corral
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The Pitch last chatted with Quiet Corral just a few weeks ago, as the band prepares to release its new album in the spring. Quietly (get it? we are hilarious), the band has been building a fanbase around the country, including an appearance on Austin City Limits. If you haven't yet seen them locally, tonight provides a good opportunity - they'll be sharing the stage at the Riot Room with another quality local act, O Giant Man.

See Quiet Corral's cover of Aloe Blacc's "I Need a Dollar" here.

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Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Mac Lethal is at the Riot Room tonight

Posted By on Tue, Dec 25, 2012 at 3:02 PM

Mac Lethal
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KC's best-known speed rapper gone good (who recently had some words for the Westboro Baptist church) is playing a Christmas day show tonight at the Riot Room. Bring your pancakes, texts from Bennett, etc.

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Monday, December 24, 2012

Bored on Christmas? Go see the Beautiful Bodies

Posted By on Mon, Dec 24, 2012 at 9:30 AM

The Beautiful Bodies
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This Christmas-night performance is billed as "A Beautiful Fucking Xmas with the Beautiful Bodies." I don't care for the vulgar language. But if being cooped up with your family all day finds you in need of a cabin-fever cure, the Bodies' boisterous dance rock is probably the best option in town. With Is Paris Burning and DJ Thundercutz.

Tuesday, December 25, at RecordBar, 9 p.m., $7.

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Friday, December 21, 2012

The Conquerors/the Devil/Snake Island/the Levitators play end-of-the-world show tonight at the Roost

Posted By on Fri, Dec 21, 2012 at 9:22 AM

The Conquerors
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For anyone bummed that the world continued to turn today, there is an upside: the wealth of great local shows tonight (see here and here).

Another very promising option is the end-of-the-year show at the Roost in the West Bottoms (1100 Santa Fe), featuring the Conquerors, the Devil, Snake Island and the Levitators. For a mere $5, it promises to be psychedelic and rowdy - and perhaps a good way to usher in all of those remaining days.

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Friday, December 14, 2012

The Record Machine's holiday party is tonight at MiniBar

Posted By on Fri, Dec 14, 2012 at 2:41 PM

Katlyn Conroy aka La Guerre
  • Katlyn Conroy aka La Guerre
Have you noticed a lot of well-dressed drunk people around town lately? I have, and I attribute it to holiday party season. I am a fan of this season! I am also a fan of MiniBar, and local label the Record Machine, so tonight's Record Machine Holiday Party is looking like a strong option. Soft Reeds, La Guerre and Palace all perform. Here is the Facebook event page for it. And here's a nice electro-emo holiday song just for the occasion, courtesy of La Guerre.

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Thursday, November 15, 2012

Tonight! The Twilight Sad at RecordBar

Posted By on Thu, Nov 15, 2012 at 6:04 AM

Shoegaze? Post-punk? Mopey-ass new wave? It has never been entirely clear to me what sound the Twilight Sad is going for because I am too distracted by singer James Graham's super-thick Scottish accent. All I picture is Groundskeeper Willie sulking in some dark janitor's closet. But if you have a Joy Division type of soul, I'd say this is one of the better bands going right now. Its most recent, No One Can Ever Know, is possibly even bleaker than its title indicates. The band is at RecordBar tonight, Thursday, November 15, and it costs $10. Support from Errors and La Guerre.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

The Helio Sequence is in Kansas City tonight

Posted By on Thu, Nov 1, 2012 at 7:09 AM

The Helio Sequence is about as standard-issue as indie-rock gets, with its Pacific Northwest roots; Sub Pop affiliation; and gray, reverby, midtempo songs. This is the part where I crack a joke about sawing logs, but there's something about this band's sound that I really dial into. Keep Your Eyes Ahead, from 2008, is an album I find myself returning to again and again when my iTunes collection fails to excite me. Its latest, Negotiations, is maybe a little dreamier and more produced but basically has more of those same lovely, melodic vibes. See 'em tonight, Thursday, November 1, at RecordBar. Support from Drakes Hotel.

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