Kansas City Spotlight

The Pitch Music Awards Preview: Folk (Solo)

The Pitch has scoured every (hypothetically) smokey dive bar, porch sit, meadow, and barn in Kansas City and the surrounding areas to find the best folk artists in town today. From heart-deadening genuineness to raucous and full-force, these musicians take folk to another level with their acoustic and electric takes on the genre. Billy Beale […]


The Pitch Music Awards Preview: Hardest Working Act

The Pitch didn’t have to work too hard to find the bands that comprise the Hardest Working Act category of their Music Awards. From First Friday mainstays to bands gigging out all over town, this category showcases acts that would have given James Brown a run for his money. The Grisly Hand unspools its infectious […]


Oso – the Jorge Arana Trio

Acclaimed Kansas City noise-rock band, the Jorge Arana Trio, are poised to release their most recent effort Saturday at the recordBar. The three-piece have put a valiant effort into creating their newest EP, Oso. Spanish for bear, Oso embodies five songs of pure….well, noise and nonsense. It’s not the kind of noise that you find […]

The Pitch Music Awards Preview: Folk Ensemble

The Pitch has brought together the best boot-stomping folk of Kansas City and Lawrence in their Music Award category of best folk ensemble. Ranging from barn-raising country twang to hazed out freak folk, these bands touch Kansas City’s roots as well as make some damn good music. The Clementines are a thick soup of acoustic […]

Radkey Live in New York City

Radkey Discuss Their Favorite Things About Kansas City

While wrapping up their latest country-wide tour in New York City last weekend, we had the chance to catch-up with St. Joe natives and all-around awesome punk rockers, Radkey. That name should be familiar to anyone who has been inside Mills Record Company — from 7- and 12-inch releases to their recent Record Store Day […]

The Pitch Music Awards Preview: Album of the Year

The Pitch has gathered an eclectic array of musicians for their Album of the Year category. Ranging from pared down minimal bands to full orchestras, the albums definitely highlight the exciting and ever-improving nature of music in Kansas City. Josh Berwanger bobs through his music like a 90s influences Bruce Springsteen. Sometimes endearing, sometimes erratic, […]

The Pitch Music Awards Preview: Best DJ/EDM

These are not the DJs at your cousin’s bat mitzvah, but they’ll sure get you to (c)hallah. Whether they’re burning up the dance floor at bars around Kansas City or engineering tracks in the studio, these DJs and producers create quality dance music. The Pitch brought together a layering of crystalline synth lines and bouncing […]

The Pitch Music Awards Preview: Best Regional Band

The Pitch Music Awards category for Best Regional Band stays fairly set in indie pop. That said, the variations between the bands themselves add a depth that is both refreshing and interesting. Maybe not the most eclectic mix of styles, the category is filled with talent and promise. Dots Not Feathers comes from the opposite […]

The Pitch Music Awards Preview: Best Emerging Act

Like the rest of the categories of The Pitch Music Awards, the best emerging act brims with talent. Bummer, Burial Teens, Katy Guillen and the Girls, Outsides, and Psychic Heat solidify the notion that Kansas City’s music scene is only getting better. Bummer’s music is sludged up and heavy. Bass, guitar, and drums reach a distorted […]

“Desperation Hanging in the Air”- Jason Isbell Live at Starlight Theatre

I’m ignoring all the distractions I can as Alabama native Jason Isbell takes the stage at Kansas City’s Starlight Theatre. I pay no mind to the Sun beaming down out of the west or the small beads of sweat slowly rolling down my beard. Sitting next to me, my dad is slightly less attentive. He’s […]

The Pitch Music Awards Preview: Best Punk Band

It seems almost counterintuitive to have an award for best punk band, but The Pitch made one anyway, pitting five kinds of punk against each other for the top spot. All these bands dole out their distinct brands of punk with the recklessness and angst that defines the genre. Ranging from The Bad Ideas’ raw […]

The Pitch Music Awards Preview: Best Live Act

The best live act category of The Pitch Music Awards shows the wide breadth of talent and styles in the Kansas City scene today. All of these bands tear up their sets: Jorge Arana Trio’s jazz-infused blitz, The Conquerors’ 60s psychedelia barrage, Metatone’s bouncing indie pop, The New Riddim’s fiery ska, and Radkey’s unforgiving dance-punk. […]

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