Weekend Showdown

Friday, June 7, 2013

U.S Air Guitar qualifier at RecordBar tonight

Posted By on Fri, Jun 7, 2013 at 8:28 AM

Will the Manther get wild tonight?

Two new air-guitar champions will be crowned tonight at the RecordBar. I'll be one of the three judges again this year, so come out and say hi or boo me or whatever works for you.

This competition is a regional qualifier for the U.S. Air Guitar Championships, and the winners go on to the semifinals. Previous champ Eric "Mean" Melin will host the show, and he's promising lots of ridiculousness. How could it not be, with local weirdo Peter "Stiff" Dickens in attendance?

The show starts at 10 p.m. If you're not hyped enough, watch the CorpAIRation's campaign ad slinging mud at his fellow competitors after the jump.

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Friday, November 4, 2011

Apocalypse Meow 4 is this weekend

Posted By on Fri, Nov 4, 2011 at 8:00 AM

Them Damned Young Livers
  • Them Damned Young Livers
Apocalypse Meow needs little-to-no introduction. For the last three years, the event (along with help from the Midwest Music Foundation) has helped raise money for a musicians' health-care fund. The fund aids uninsured and underinsured Kansas City musicians and people who work in the music industry.

“This year will be very similar to past years. We've found success with this model, and people seem to really enjoy the event,” says Rhonda Lyne of Midwest Music Foundation and Apocalypse Meow. Hit the jump for details.

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Friday, October 28, 2011

Grand Marquis' Bryan Redmond on swing battles, territory bands, and his band's new album

Posted By on Fri, Oct 28, 2011 at 11:54 AM

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If jazz, swing dancing, and heated competition strike your fancy, head to Californos' Ballroom Sunday evening (6 p.m.) to watch Grand Marquis and David Basse's band compete in the battle of the swing bands.

Both bands will compete for four hours, trading 30 minute sets. At the end of the night, the audience will vote to decide the winner. Attendees can enjoy food, drinks, and swing dancing. Go to grandmarquis.net for tickets ($10 pre-sale, $12 door). All-ages.

We recently spoke with Grand Marquis' Bryan Redmond (sax, vocals) about the details of the evening, and what the band has in store for later this year.

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Friday, October 14, 2011

Q&A: Dead Meadow, Saturday at the Bottleneck

Posted By on Fri, Oct 14, 2011 at 11:33 AM

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Dead Meadow does vintage rock right. The L.A. band (Meadow formed in D.C.) built its hazy vibe on psych-rock staples, such as Hendrix and Zeppelin. It formed in 1998, and in 2010, Dead Meadow released Three Kings, a feature film/soundtrack combo that's one of the band's most inspired and trippy pieces of art to date.

The Pitch recently spoke with Jason Simon (guitar, vocals).

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Friday, September 9, 2011

The Features, with Nick Devine, are at RecordBar Sunday

Posted By on Fri, Sep 9, 2011 at 7:20 AM

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If you find yourself seeking a dose of modern pop laced with the slightest psychedelic-grunge tinge on Sunday night, drag your lazy bones to RecordBar to see the Features.

The Nashville, Tenn., band has had a good year. The Features' third album, Wilderness, recently received an eight out of 10 at Spin Magazine. The band also got a shout-out from Time Magazine in the publication's 2011 summer entertainment preview.

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Thursday, March 17, 2011

The Weekend Showdown: DeVotchka, Galactic and more

Posted By on Thu, Mar 17, 2011 at 9:16 AM

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We'd hate for you to miss out on all the awesome that happens every weekend, so we've decided to run down four of the best shows in one easy-to-swallow post, with video and audio. Tell us -- and the rest of the world -- what we missed in the comments.

This weekend, Little Miss Sunshine sweetheart DeVotchKa graces the stage, along with local troupe Quixotic Fusion, on Saturday night. Friday night brings New Orleans to Lawrence with funk band Galactic, and Sonic Spectrum hosts its latest installment in its tribute series, dedicated to Neil Diamond.

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Thursday, March 3, 2011

The Weekend Showdown: Fourth of July, MidCoast Takeover Benefit, Arturo Sandoval and more

Posted By on Thu, Mar 3, 2011 at 10:44 AM

Catch Hospital Ships before it heads down to play SXSW's official showcase.
  • Catch Hospital Ships before it heads down to play SXSW's official showcase.

We'd hate for you to miss out on all the awesome that happens every weekend, so we've decided to run down four of the best shows in one easy-to-swallow post, with video and audio. Tell us -- and the rest of the world -- what we missed in the comments.

This weekend, Arturo Sandoval showcases his world-class horn chops at the Folly. On Saturday, Kansas City readies a trip down to Austin, Texas, at the SXSW MidCoast Takeover Benefit at Crosstown Station, and Fourth of July, Mansions and Hospital Ships showcase some of the brightest-burning talent in Lawrence at the Jackpot. Sunday night, the award-winning bluegrass band the Grascals tear it up at Knuckleheads.

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Friday, February 25, 2011

Your weekend showdown: Kid Rock, Rick Ross and more

Posted By on Fri, Feb 25, 2011 at 8:05 AM

You can blow your money fast seeing Rick Ross this weekend.
  • You can blow your money fast seeing Rick Ross this weekend.

We'd hate for you to miss out on all the awesome that happens every weekend, so we've decided to run down four of the best shows in one easy-to-swallow post, with video and audio. Tell us -- and the rest of the world -- what we missed in the comments.

This weekend, Kid Rock brings his incarnation of rock-and-roll Jesus to the Sprint Center, with the critically lauded country star Jamey Johnson. Rick Ross blows money fast with Monica, Soulja Boy and local MC Ron Ron at the Sprint Center on Sunday night. Our local leading ladies - and some dudes, too - pay tribute to the music of the Pretenders on Sunday night. There's a masquerade ball and jazz showdown, N'Awlins-style, at Crosstown Station on Saturday night.

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Thursday, February 17, 2011

The Weekend Showdown: Ke$ha gets slutty, and Motorhead revs its engine

Posted By on Thu, Feb 17, 2011 at 9:37 AM

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We'd hate for you to miss out on all the awesome that happens every weekend, so we've decided to run down five of the best shows in one easy-to-swallow post, with video and audio. Tell us -- and the rest of the world -- what we missed in the comments.

This weekend, Ke$ha slops slime and glitter all over the Midland. (It was sold-out at the Uptown, but the show was moved, and more tickets were released -- and she sold it out again. Scary, eh?) Motörhead revs its engine at the Midland tonight with self-proclaimed Venusians Valient Thorr. A slew of local musicians come together in exile for a Rolling Stones Tribute; and Thee Oh Sees play with our local 'thee' band, Thee Water Moccasins, at The Granada. Local rock band Dirtnap may have bit the dust awhile ago, but they're back at it at Crosstown Station this weekend, too.

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