Can't stand the Midwest 2013 Tour

Hit Makers Music Presents: Metal Monday Edition

Can't stand the Midwest 2013 Tour

Mon, April 1, 2013

Doors: 4:00 pm / Show: 6:00 pm (event ends at 11:00 pm)

Czar Bar

Kansas City, MO

$8.00

This event is all ages

Give
Give
Hailing from Washington, D.C., GIVE have brought a breath of fresh air to the punk/hardcore scene. Taking influences from Revolution Summer-era hardcore, but with an undeniable style of their own, GIVE aren't following trends or trying to fit in; they're just putting music and lyrics first, and putting everything they have into their notoriously explosive live shows. Having already offered up an amazing self-titled, self-released debut 12", then touring the country extensively, and following that with two of 2010's most exciting 7" EPs, the band shows no signs of letting up -- staying connected to their eclectic influences of the past, but constantly evolving, dashing headfirst into uncharted futures. Moonflower / React! / Deranged Records.
Night Birds
Night Birds
Night Birds is comprised of four thoroughly modern morons from the New Jersey shore and Brooklyn, NY. After one listen it will only seem right that these guys spawn from the same state that brought you such class acts as the Misfits and Adrenalin OD. This high-octane surf-inspired punk rock band formed in the spring of 2009 following the demise of bassist Joe Keller's band, The Ergs! While they take cues from the greats of 1980's hardcore/punk bands like the Circle Jerks, Zero Boys, and Adolescents, they still manage to keep it new and fresh and consistently take it to that next level. To date, the band has released three 7" EPs as well as their 2011 debut album, The Other Side of Darkness on Grave Mistake Records (with a new 7" and LP just around the corner!), as well as playing nearly 200 shows all over the United States, Canada, and Europe. If you like Seinfeld, pizza, horror movies, or any combination of the three, Night Birds may be your new favorite band.
Tenement
Tenement
About
pity the fool
Band Interests
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Wild Man Wild
Heavy Punk & Roll from Kansas City.
Night Moves
Night Moves
For such a patently American locale, the Twin Cities have lacked a remarkable group that evokes the American rock canon in a classic manner for a long time. Enter Night Moves. Formed in 2009 by guitarist and vocalist John Pelant, bassist Micky Alfano and multi-instrumentalist Mark Ritsema, Night Moves is a distinctly original concoction. Their honey-dipped sound seethes with a kind of down-home tenderness - and like the best glittering music - the arrangements are colossal in shape. Night Moves' powerful debut Colored Emotions is this Minneapolis group's first album.

The three core members of Night Moves first met at Southwest High School in Minneapolis. Following the tangential fits and starts typical of early music projects (including a detour to college and back), the ensemble took definite shape as Night Moves and is the crowning achievement to the long-standing collaboration between John Pelant and Mark Ritsema, who first met as freshman.

Pelant's taste for Dylan, Blind Lemon Jefferson, et. al, would prove most propitious for their future work together in Night Moves. Ritsema describes himself as being into electronic music at the time – a Daft Punk fan – when he met budding folknik Pelant. Pelant throughout high school would write some solo material but hadn't been keen on sharing. Whatever musical differences there were between them faded as the motivation to play music together persisted over the next years.

In 2009, with the group at last solidified with the addition of bassist Micky Alfano, Night Moves began the long, astounding odyssey that was recording their meticulous debut album Colored Emotions. Nearly two years in the making, the debut exudes the craft and professionalism of a seasoned band. It was these painstakingly self-recorded tracks Night Moves prepared themselves that attracted interest from Domino, further developed with the appointment of studio guru Thom Monahan to take the album and set it free, so to speak.

Monahan's easy-going nature was a relief for this perfectionist ensemble, who had already made something wholly precious in private. According to Pelant, Monahan's mountainous pedigree of producing terrific psychedelic pop and freak-folk outfits immediately eased their mind: Vetiver, Devendra Banhart, Beachwood Sparks… Night Moves were indeed in good company, and so they hauled down to Los Angeles to put the final touches on Colored Emotions.

Pelant's tone-perfect vocals on Colored Emotions serves Night Moves not just as its lyrical core but also its glittering adornment. With an extensive vocal range, his voice ventures where lone guitar solos cannot. Hence, there's no cornball guitar hero antics in Night Moves. Instead, they carefully built their songs around strong acoustic and rhythmic grounds, the clarity of crystal-clear production, and Pelant's deft howl. The reverb of hollow-body guitars, the bright wash of crash cymbals, the haze of harmonica and organ tremolo – this is the album's bedrock and it shines like gold.

And just as The Zombies' classic Odyssey and Oracle has surprising melodic twists and shape-shifting choruses but never beats you over the head with them, the epic arrangements throughout Colored Emotions are sophisticated but not overbearing. Standouts "Headlights" and "Country Queen" are both perfect examples: seamless segues and hook-laden bridges defy conventional song structures, yet remain altogether memorable.

The songs of Night Moves conjure a spiritual energy only twenty-somethings dislodged by adversity and isolation could produce. An album like Colored Emotions seems intent to turn inward to create a joyous universe within its own boundaries. Certainly, the group's musical abilities are innate without ever being too self-conscious about it. It's as if Colored Emotions came second nature to them and the arrival of the rest of us took them by surprise.
Venue Information:
Czar Bar
1531 Grand Blvd.
Kansas City, MO, 64108
http://www.czarkc.com/