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Looking Forward: April 3-9
MIDDLE OF MAP FEST APRIL 3-5 [KANSAS CITY PICK]
Have you gotten your tickets yet? Lot of locals in the mix on all three days so it’s best you show your support by heading to Westport and dancing your booty off to some of the best local, national and just emerging artists. Quality Kansas City entertainment brought to you by Of Montreal, Kate Nash, The Get Up Kids, Cowboy Indian Bear, Middle Twin, CS Luxem, Shy Boys, La Guerre and so so so many more. Seriously, buy those tickets now.
DJ Kimbarely Legal + Tom Richman
Two of Lawrence’s most talented rappers in one room? I’m down. Kimbarely Legal blends a fresh mix of current U.S. hits with Afrobeat, reggaeton, funk, hip-hop, moombahton, samba, salsa, bomba and plena. She’s popular in Lawrence for her DJ vs Drums nights at Taproom that pair her sick mixing skills with the traditional African drumming patterns of Dylan Bassett. Tom Richman is the co-founder of Team Bear Club —bringing the ever popular Goomba Rave parties to Kansas — and most famous for his track Dro Montana (https://soundcloud.com/tomrichman), which features remixes from Ryan Hemsworth, Obey City, Huerco S and Sweater Beats. It seems that all proceeds from this particular night will go toward helping a friend (not named) who will be traveling to study music so let the generosity flow and show up to support your local comrades. It’s all in the spirit of music. Friday, April 4, at Eighth Street Taproom, 801 New Hampshire St., 10 p.m., $3.
Having just celebrated their one-year anniversary this past week, Psychic Heat is one of the most buzzworthy bands in Lawrence at this point. Self-described as “ADHD-rock,” this psych rock group influenced by sounds of the 60s and 70s consists of Evan Herd on lead vocals and guitar, Tanner Spreer on guitar, Sam Boatright on bass and Ricky Barkosky in an energetic set that does LFK proud every time with their intense bouts of flailing onstage. Its debut EP "Lighter" was released last August (different members along with Herd and Spreer) showcasing a collection of songs with more of shoegaze feel. Whether it’s garage, shoegaze or ADHD rock, we’re picking up what these guys are putting down. They will be joined by The Sluts and Black Stacey. Friday, April 4, at Replay, 946 Massachusetts St., 10 p.m., $3.
You’ve got a lot of Friday night options for live music, you guys, so no excuse for staying in. These Lawrencians turned San Franciscan make up female-fronted indie rock quartet known for the dreamiest of pop. Having moved to California in 2011, they adopted a sunny, West Coast vibe playing up subjects of youth, love and adventure in songs on the latest self-titled album released in the summer of 2013. The album showcases the remarkable lead vocals of Kix Mead along with layers of dreamy pop rock-alternative sounds to put all listeners at complete ease. The band will also be playing at Kansas City's Middle of the Map Fest on Saturday, if you can’t get enough at the Jackpot. Friday, April 4, at Jackpot, 943 Massachusetts St., 10 p.m., $5.
All Time Low
Starting as a high school band in 2003 by Alex Gaskarth and Jack Barakat, this melodic emo pop band was originally a cover band in Baltimore, Maryland. During the breaks in school, they’d tour the east coast and south, first releasing a four-song EP with help from local label Emerald Moon. The band released its debut album, “The Party Scene,” in 2005, the success of which led to their signing with their label Hopeless before graduation, and appearing with Motion City Soundtrack, the Early November and Plain White T’s on tours across the country that summer. Now the pop-punk band, that has released five studio albums, is touring the U.S., having just wrapped up a European tour. All Time Low’s fifth album was reissued in September of last year, this time called “Don’t Panic: It's Longer Now!” and including the 12 songs from the 2012 album along with four new tunes and four acoustic tracks. Tuesday, April 8, at Granada, 1020 Massachusetts St., 8 p.m., $20 in advance.