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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

FIDLAR
  • FIDLAR
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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Monday, September 23, 2013

A look back at this past week's Walnut Valley Bluegrass Festival (Winfield)

Posted By on Mon, Sep 23, 2013 at 1:16 PM

The Fine Times Stage
With the exception of last Thursday's crazy thunderstorms, the conditions were perfect at this past week's Walnut Valley Bluegrass Festival (known simply as "Winfield" to many).

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Monday, July 29, 2013

Mates of State is playing a free show at Frank's North Star Tavern tonight at 7 p.m.

Posted By on Mon, Jul 29, 2013 at 12:11 PM

Mates of State gives some good duckface.
  • Mates of State gives some good duckface.
Connecticut by way of San Francisco by way of good old Lawrence, Kansas, Kori Gardner and Jason Hammel of Mates of State are back in their old home in Lawrence for an evening for a "warmup" show at Frank's North Star Tavern (508 Locust, north Lawrence) at 7 p.m. They will be performing again tomorrow and Wednesday at the Midland, opening for some band no one has ever heard of, the Postal Service.

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Monday, April 15, 2013

Steely Dan is coming to Kansas City

Posted By on Mon, Apr 15, 2013 at 12:00 PM

The kings of the world as far as we know.
  • The kings of the world as far as we know.
Geek-chic jazz fusionists Steely Dan just announced a pretty massive North American tour, and Kansas City is getting a piece of that smooth action. They'll be at the Midland Tuesday, September 3. Check here for sale dates.

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Tuesday, April 9, 2013

The Mountain Goats are coming to RecordBar this summer

Posted By on Tue, Apr 9, 2013 at 12:18 PM

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Great American Poet John Darnielle just posted a pretty long blog entry on the Mountain Goats' website explaining that the Goats will be touring as a duo this summer. It'll be just Darnielle and bassist Peter Hughes, and they'll be at RecordBar Wednesday, June 19. Hit the jump for one of my top Goats jams.

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311, Cypress Hill and G. Love and Special Sauce coming to Kansas City

Posted By on Tue, Apr 9, 2013 at 10:41 AM

This is 311 partying on a cruise ship.
  • This is 311 partying on a cruise ship.
It's unlikely that KC will offer a better opportunity this summer to bro out than at the just announced Starlight Theatre triple bill featuring 311, Cypress Hill and G. Love and Special Sauce. It's happening Tuesday, July 2. Tickets on sale this Friday.

Monday, April 8, 2013

Iron Maiden is coming to brutalize Kansas City

Posted By on Mon, Apr 8, 2013 at 10:45 AM

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British metalheads Iron Maiden just announced a bunch of 2013 dates, and among them is a stop at the Sprint Center on Saturday, September 7. Tickets aren't on sale until May 17.

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Friday, April 5, 2013

Sigur Rós, last night at Starlight (review)

Posted By on Fri, Apr 5, 2013 at 10:40 AM

It has been several years since I last saw Sigur Rós in Kansas City. That performance was at the now-defunct Madrid theater, and it was memorable for a couple of reasons. First, the band was as impressive live as advertised. Heightening the performance was the added spectacle of incredible lighting and a number of visual elements that were totally novel, including these opaque screens in front of the band that created intense shadows when hit with the stage lights. Second, the crowd was reverent. Like, silent-throughout-the-show, no-shouty-drunks reverent, except for the rapturous applause at the end of each song. It was so ridiculously spectacular that I figured there was no way the band could recapture that kind of magic several years later. I'm happy to report that I was mostly wrong about that.

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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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Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Dawes is coming to Kansas City

Posted By on Tue, Apr 2, 2013 at 1:49 PM

Dawes returns.
  • Dawes returns.
The Crossroads KC at Grinders summer dates keep trickling in. Today, word came in that California folkies Dawes will play the venue on Tuesday, May 28. Tickets on sale this Friday at 10 a.m.

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