29 November 2005
On December 2, a cast of Lawrence musicians will perform at The Granada to benefit The Lawrence Community Nursery School. Matt Pryor (formerly of <a href="http://www.lawrence.com/bands/the_get_up_kids/">The Get Up Kids</a>) will do double-duty, performing an early set with his children's band <a href="http://www.lawrence.com/bands/terrible_twos/">Terrible Twos</a> and a late set with his grown-up band <a href="http://www.lawrence.com/bands/the_new_amsterdams/">The New Amsterdams</a>. Lawrence singer/songwriter <a href="http://www.lawrence.com/bands/julia_peterson/">Julia Peterson</a> will also join the late bill with her seven-piece band The Breaks.
27 November 2005
When he's not printing t-shirts or warming hearts, Lawrence's Adam Jeffers - a.k.a. <a href="http://www.lawrence.com/bands/superargo/">Superargo</a> - creates some of the most awesome, mind-blowing, berserker, post-Nintendo electronic music this side of Aphex Twin. Jeffers stopped by to discuss his new single "The Backspace Statement" as well as the art of "screwing and chopping," his current projects, his love for cookies, his hatred of certain soda brands and much more. Included are complete versions of all three songs from "The Backspace Statement" and other Superargo cuts.
14 November 2005
<a href="http://www.lawrence.com/bands/reach/">Reach</a>'s reach has been rapidly expanding thanks to a busy calendar of shows in the Lawrence and KC area. The KC-based rapper just learned that he won the Scion NextUp emcee competition, earning him a phat paycheck and a music video. In some ways, it's an unlikely pairing: a humble, introspective lyricist being co-opted for the purpose of selling aftermarket-friendly tuners. But if there's on thing Reach has proven, no audience is outside his grasp.
10 November 2005
When they're not moonlighting as Jehovah's Witnesses, Lawrence's <a href="http://www.lawrence.com/bands/the_ants/">The Ants</a> create eccentric, homespun indie-folk records that bring to mind primitive Pavement recordings and the reckless creativity of The Mountain Goats. The now-stable quartet recently released a split CD/LP with Nashville band Ole Mossy Face titled "Chinese Democracy," a subversive tactic that could either catapult The Ants into infamy, foretell a career of financial ruin or both. Singer/songwriter Chad Bryan and multitasker Brad Nichols address this topic and much more in this half-hour podcast.
2 November 2005
Since arriving in Lawrence six years ago, <a href="http://www.lawrence.com/bands/archetype/">Archetype</a> has been among the most consistent purveyors of innovation and excellence in the local hip-hop scene. The group's sophomore album "Bleed for Them" is a deft 15-song collection of soulful beats, superior production and introspective lyrics that builds on the young-and-hungry appeal of 2002's "Freehand Formula." Producer/lyricist Jeremy "Nezbeat" Nesbitt and chief lyricist Isaac "ID" Diehl stopped by to discuss the new record, the art of self-producing records, the state of the Lawrence hip-hop scene and much more.