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Weekend Picks: Major Games Album Release; #MXM2015 Conference; Kansas Food Truck Festival; David Mamet’s The Shawl; Taproom Poetry Series

This weekend isn't as festival-heavy as the previous two, but we still have one major festival to showcase, along with two major rock shows (one of them from Major Games!). Also on tap: a music conference, an unusual theatrical event, and an edgy Sunday afternoon of poetry.

Here's the scoop:

Major Games Album Release, Thursday, Bottleneck, 9:00 p.m.

If you're in the know on the local music scene, you've probably already heard Major Games long-awaited new album, which is unsurprisingly dense and intense (we're currently digging the track "Prism"). As a live band, they're well-known for moments that will melt faces clean off, Raiders of the Lost Ark-style. Be prepared for a full-on musical onslaught at the Bottleneck tonight from one of LFK's best (and occasionally loudest) bands.

The openers for this official album release bash are Maybe Not (fresh off their 3rd place finish at Farmer's Ball) and the mighty Psychic Heat. It's the rock show of the week, folks. You may want to call in sick on Friday.

Visit the Facebook event page here.

Bloodbirds, Drakkar Sauna, Eye Contact, Friday, Love Garden, 7:00 p.m.

This show is so cool it needs absolutely no description on the Facebook event page apart from "jam times." The fact that 125 people are currently listed as attending should tell you that this is the place to be on May Day.

Bloodbirds' Facebook page suggests that this gig (along with a KC show next weekend) will likely be the last for a long while, so don't miss this beloved psych-rock trio (featuring former Ad Astra Per Aspera members Mike and Brooke Tuley) as they "jam" with beloved locals Drakkar Sauna and up-and-comers Eye Candy (a band also described on the event page as "ex-Ad Astra Per Aspera").

#MXM2015 Music Conference and Showcase, Saturday, Bottleneck, Conference from noon-5 p.m. and showcase from 7 p.m. till closing

Are you in a struggling band and wish that YOU had a major album release party on the horizon? Consider attending this second annual event designed to offer musicians insight into recording and promoting and other facets of the industry. The afternoon is devoted to panels and workshops focusing on issues of "audience development" and "music industry mechanics" and the evening gives way to a major slate of well-regarded local bands such as Westerners and Pink Royal.

Visit the Facebook event page here and the official website here for full schedules of panels and bands and other necessary info.

2015 Kansas Food Truck Festival, Saturday, Warehouse Arts District, 5-10 p.m.

Last year's inaugural Food Truck Fest in East Lawrence was a raging success in terms of attendance but, we're gonna level with you here: It was also a bit of a frustrating mess after a certain point in the evening, with the bigger-than-expected crowds often waiting in line more than an hour for food truck fare. However, the organizers are insisting that this year's festival has more space, more trucks, and more volunteers ready to make this into the great event it can and should be. Let's hope so...especially since 1500 people are currently listed on Facebook as attending.

Among the new participants this year are LFK's very popular purveyors of creme brulee, Torched Goodness and KC's Bochi Truck, serving up "The only real boneless wing in town." Paper Buffalo will be on hand to play some tunes and this year's Fest will also feature buskers (it's hard to escape them these days).

Visit the Facebook event page here for full info on ticket prices and participating trucks.

David Mamet's "The Shawl," Aimee's Coffeehouse, Friday and Saturday, 8:30 p.m.

We love showcasing unusual theatrical events, and it doesn't get much more unusual than this staging of David Mamet's "The Shawl" by Orange Mouse Theatricals at Aimee's Coffeehouse.

A variety of ticket prices will earn you everything from drinks to food to a tarot reading to accompany Mamet's "biting exploration of trust, greed and betrayal, and the power of spiritual knowledge in a secular world" (Mark Shenton, Playbill).

Visit the Facebook event page here to learn more about this "immersive event."

Taproom Poetry Series, Sunday, Taproom, 5-7 p.m.

We had an absolute blast listening to the great Southern poet Tim Earley read at the last installment of this series, and we have it on good authority that this month's event (the last before a summer break) is another don't-miss lineup of great poets.

For those who fear an evening of polite verse, think again. One of the evening's featured poets, Jennifer Knox, is as funny and filthy as LFK's own "smutty metaphor queen" Patricia Lockwood. Her work has been featured in the New Yorker and, even hipper, McSweeney's. Read Knox's poem "Chicken Bucket" via this blog and, if you're still bold enough, come and listen to her along with Meg Johnson and Rich Smith on Sunday.

Visit the Facebook event page here for more details and to read the impressive bios of each of the readers.

Tweet us @LarryvilleLife with future tips or angry rants.


Watch: Something and the Whatevers cover La Guerre

This might be the best thing you see on the Internet today.

Something and the Whatevers aren't just a local band, they're a band that loves all things local. That includes other local musicians. On Saturday, they proved their love for Lawrence with an outstanding set at Middle of the Map Fest. In the past, we've seen them bust out covers of other local bands, including Dean Monkey and the Dropouts and The Sluts. But on Saturday, they introduced a cover of La Guerre's "Any Other."

La Guerre makes really beautiful, soothing, and ethereal-sounding music. But on this day, Something and the Whatevers applied everything they know about making loud, obnoxious noises to the song. What erupted was a spunky little pop-punk melody with blasting vocals. It was pretty impressive.

Something and the Whatevers may come off as a goofy little band, but in actuality they're fairly talented and dynamic. They can tackle any song, add their own flavor, and produce tunes that are catchy as all heck. On this particular cover, you may hear someone screaming at the mic as hard as he can, but he's actually hitting all those notes perfectly… something we've only seen the amazing songstress behind La Guerre do. If anything, this just reinforces what we already knew. La Guerre writes really amazing, perfect, and wonderful songs.

Words and photos by Fally Afani

Note: This post originally appeared on I Heart Local Music.

— Fally Afani is a freelance writer and editor of I Heart Local Music. She enjoys long walks, photography and rock and roll. She does not like cats, but makes exceptions for the ones at Love Garden. For more local music coverage, visit iheartlocalmusic.com.


Local bands bring Lawrence to Middle of the Map Fest

Middle of the Map Fest is a big festival. This year saw more than 100 bands scattered across several stages in Westport, and only a handful of those bands were from Lawrence. While large bands like Murder By Death, Peter Hook & The Light, and OK Go impressed with lively performances, Lawrence bands had a little something up their sleeves as well.

Bonzo Madrid was one of the first local bands to play, and he hit the recordBar stage solo on Friday night. CJ Calhoun's songwriting prowess is really starting to take a definitive form. Seeing Bonzo Madrid songs performed live is nothing short of astonishing. Calhoun has mastered a labyrinth of pedals and loops to create spacious sounds on his guitar and reverb-saturated vocals that could lift you off the ground if you close your eyes and concentrate hard enough.

Spirit is the Spirit hit the big outdoor stage on Saturday. Watching these majestic musicians perform is heavenly. Their soothing songs feel like a gentle, warm hug. The frontman's long and golden locks flow gently in the wind while the bright lights of the big stage shine through, making him look a little bit like an angel. Yes, watching Spirit is the Spirit is a very spiritual experience. They're technically a psychedelic band, but they can also feel a little folky and comforting.

On the other end of the spectrum, Arc Flash got really weird at the Riot Room. They played perhaps their best show yet, nailing that exciting, thrilling space-punk sound over a solid driving beat. They also wore their "Sunday best," jumped into the crowd, and rocked the heck out… all while maintaining that fashionable chip on their shoulder. Arc Flash is very quickly shooting to the top of the local scene, and should be watched in dark corners of downtown as often as possible.

Something and the Whatevers continued serving their new robot overlord, a trend they started at SXSW. The giant talking iPod now dictates what goes on during most of their set. The band has been steadily playing songs from their last album for more than a year, but at their Middle of the Map Fest set, they knocked out a lot of new tunes. This could be a sign of another album on the horizon, should their robot master allow it.

The Sluts have gotten so popular in Kansas City that it took no time at all to fill the Riot Room. In fact, we saw fans leave other shows and sprint down just to catch their performance. The all-too-short set left everyone hungry, and the crotch-rock duo will be feeding that appetite this summer with a series of big, iconic performances in both Lawrence and Kansas City. Stay tuned.

— Fally Afani is a freelance writer and editor of I Heart Local Music. She enjoys long walks, photography and rock and roll. She does not like cats, but makes exceptions for the ones at Love Garden. For more local music coverage, visit iheartlocalmusic.com.


Weekend Picks: Riptide Comedy Festival; See/Saw Film Festival; Red Rockin Music Fest; Final Friday; Farmers’ Ball finals

Many local scenesters will likely trek to Kansas City this weekend for the music portion of KC's massive Middle of the Map Fest, but it's also a diverse festival weekend right here in LFK, with at least three festivals delivering comedy, film and music. Mix in a wealth of Final Friday activities and the Farmers' Ball finals, and there's surely enough close at hand to keep any culture-seeking citizen well-satisfied.

Riptide Comedy Festival, Thursday-Sunday, multiple locations

"It's not about us." That's the first thing that local comedy collective Harpoon Presents wants you to know about its second annual Riptide Comedy Festival. Sure, you can and will see plenty of familiar faces from the local scene, but the festival itself is bringing in talent from all over the country, including high-profile comics like Daniel Kibblesmith and collectives such as Denver's Fine Gentleman's Club. Expect more than just stand-up too, as these events will range from the debate format of the "Arguments & Grievances" event at the Taproom to the bizarre, sleepover-themed affair "Joe Pera Talks You To Sleep," a late-night Final Friday offering on Wonder Fair's not-so-secret "secret patio."

This is our TOP festival pick of the weekend if you are looking for booze-fueled vulgarity. Visit the official website here for info on festival passes, individual prices, participating venues and info on the performers and schedule. You can read more about this event in this LJWorld article, and check out the Facebook page here for handy links to individual event pages for all the varied showcases.

Final Friday, all over LFK

The most high-profile event of this month's Final Friday is almost certainly the Lawrence Inside Out project compiled by local photographer/artist Rachael Perry. These excellent large black-and-white photographs of local artists and art advocates of all stripes have likely been prominent in your Facebook feed for months, and have started popping up in various locations around town over the past few weeks.

The official Final Friday opening for this cool project is listed as the Percolator (visit the FB event page here), but you'll also encounter some of the portraits at the Lawrence Arts Center, Watkins Museum, the Warehouse Arts District, and elsewhere as you make the rounds tonight. Where will YOUR face be hanging? Read a nice LJWorld article on the project here.

Other events that intrigue us include an evening of music plus "live print making and live blacksmithing and live rock carving" at Art Emergency in the Warehouse Arts District (details here) and Ann Dean's photography exhibit "365: From Kansas to the Caribbean" at the Arts Center (details here).

See/Saw Film Festival, Friday-Sunday, Lawrence Public Library plus one screening at KU's Woodruff Auditorium

You'll find a festival of a very different kind at the Lawrence Public Library this weekend as the first See/Saw Film Festival offers up a well-curated selection of films from a variety of genres that "focus particular attention on children and youth whose experiences are under-considered or not considered at all." Among the highlights of the festival are "Rich Hill," a terrific documentary set in small-town Missouri (this one screens on Friday evening in Woodruff Auditorium on campus and is accompanied by a panel discussion) and the Oscar-nominated animated film "Song of the Sea" (the "Family Night" selection on Friday at LPL).

This is our TOP festival pick for educational value as well as a great choice for budget-minded film buffs: the festival is free but donations are encouraged. Visit the official website here and the Facebook event page here, and read Eric Melin's great LJWorld interview with festival founders Sorcha Hyland and Maggie Beneke here.

Rockin Red Music Fest, 3-7 p.m. Saturday, South Park

How about a family festival with music, food (including LFK's new BBQ food truck), beer for the grown folks, and a lot of activities for the kids? Stop by South Park on Saturday for the annual concert fundraiser for the Lawrence Community Nursery School (AKA "The Little Red Schoolhouse," hence the name of the festival). Visit the Facebook event page here for more info.

This is our TOP festival pick for exhausted adults looking for an excuse to drink beer in a park in the middle of the day while the kids hop around in a bounce house.

Farmers' Ball Finals, doors at 9 p.m., bands at 10 p.m. Saturday, the Bottleneck

On Saturday, one worthy band (or possibly the band who has convinced the most friends to attend and vote) will win this year's Farmers' Ball along with $2,000. After last weekend's semifinals, the four remaining bands are No Cave, Maybe Not, Toughies, and Via Luna. Click the links and study up before the finals.

Our prediction (based on very little research aside from their Facebook sound descriptions) is that the "dark bandicoot jazz" of No Cave will win the day. We'll predict that the "chandelier shakers" of Maybe Not take second. But does the "Tap-Happy/Twinkle" band Via Luna stand a chance? Perhaps. And it's also entirely possible that the Toughies could tough it out.

Do your scenester duty and stick around and vote.

Tweet us @LarryvilleLife and let us know what's on tap for next weekend.


Why local musicians shouldn’t miss the MixMaster 2015 Music Conference

If you are in any way involved with local music, you might want to sign up for an upcoming conference.

MixMaster 2015 is an event that helps local musicians connect with industry professionals such as journalists, record labels, promoters and more. The conference helps musicians learn about anything from copyright issues to production.

Speaking of which, this year's conference is adding production workshops at the Lawrence Public Library's Sound + Vision studio on Friday, May 1, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Producers and engineers will share their knowledge with attendees. Later that night at 7 p.m., Five Bar & Tables will host a Songwriter Night.

The actual music conference takes play the next day on Saturday, May 2, at the Bottleneck from noon to 5 p.m. The venue will also host a live showcase later that night.

I Heart Local Music attended MixMaster 2015 last year and was thoroughly impressed with the plethora of necessary knowledge available to local musicians. We encourage anyone to attend conference and showcase, spearheaded by Silly Goose Records.

You can RSVP to the event on Facebook here, or go to MixMaster's website here.

— Fally Afani is a freelance writer and editor of I Heart Local Music. She enjoys long walks, photography and rock and roll. She does not like cats, but makes exceptions for the ones at Love Garden. For more local music coverage, visit iheartlocalmusic.com.


The musical mad scientist: This Is My Condition

Craig Comstock might be the only person in town who can get a crowd worked into a frenzy over a series of noises.

The musical madman performs under the name This Is My Condition. On Saturday night, a rather large audience crowded around the solo performer perched behind a drum set and a few beat-up devices.

The shrill joy of a This Is My Condition show is the kind of bizarre experience you'll only find in a place like Lawrence. Comstock beats the holy heck out of his drums, and then he beats them some more. He also uses his sticks to slap a guitar that lays flat across the kit, while an infinite number of noisemakers decorate his left side. He's a scientist of sorts, crafting all sorts of gadgets to get the sound he desires. This series of unpredictable twists and turns expand your melodic mind. Think of it as jazz for punk rockers.

Here's what he sounded like:

Note: This post originally appeared on I Heart Local Music.

— Fally Afani is a freelance writer and editor of I Heart Local Music. She enjoys long walks, photography and rock and roll. She does not like cats, but makes exceptions for the ones at Love Garden. For more local music coverage, visit iheartlocalmusic.com.


Brace yourselves: Record Store Day is coming

Record Store Day is this Saturday, and Love Garden Sounds will be having a sale on top of selling the day's exclusive releases.

Record Store Day is this Saturday, and Love Garden Sounds will be having a sale on top of selling the day's exclusive releases.

By now the staff at Love Garden is in busy mode getting ready for Record Store Day, an annual event that draws music aficionados to local record stores across the country.

RSD is this Saturday and features loads of exclusive releases. Love Garden set up an event page on Facebook and says they'll send out an email the night before detailing all the RSD merchandise they'll have in stock. You can sign up for the email list over at www.lovegardensounds.com. They'll also post those items on the Facebook event page and take your questions online.

There will be some perks for those hitting the downtown store on Saturday. If you spend $50 or more there, you'll get a credit slip for 10 percent of your ticket subtotal to use on a future visit. Additionally, Love Garden merchandise (T-shirts, hoodies, bags, etc.) will be 25 percent off on RSD.

If you're lining up for the event on Saturday, employees will hand out numbers to people waiting in line before they open. The order of those numbers determines who gets their hands on exclusive items first. The store is allowing each person to grab five items to purchase from the exclusives table.

Whether you end up grabbing loads of music or just browsing, it's a fun community event for music lovers. Waiting in line hardly feels like a chore, as most attendees tend to excitedly chat about their various tastes in music.

— Fally Afani is a freelance writer and editor of I Heart Local Music. She enjoys long walks, photography and rock and roll. She does not like cats, but makes exceptions for the ones at Love Garden. For more local music coverage, visit iheartlocalmusic.com.


KJHK Farmers’ Ball semifinals feature 8 (mostly psychedelic) bands

This year's KJHK Farmers' Ball semifinals and finals will be April 18 and 25 at the Bottleneck.

This year's KJHK Farmers' Ball semifinals and finals will be April 18 and 25 at the Bottleneck.

A battle of the bands is brewing.

The finalists for KJHK's Farmers' Ball have been announced, with the semifinals scheduled for Saturday, April 18, at the Bottleneck. That's where the following bands will compete for cash and prizes:

While this year's competition sees some familiar faces, including doo-wop heavy-hitters Dean Monkey and Dropouts and aggressive garage-rockers Arc Flash, there are some new bands in the mix. Toughies, a new band comprised of members of Haunt Ananta and Panda Circus, has just one show under its belt. Maybe Not, another newer band featuring a former member of Haunt Ananta, has also seen some growing buzz lately.

There seems to be a heavy psychedelic theme in this year's competition, likely because so many musicians in this year's lineup come from the Whatever Forever family. No Cave might possibly have the most perfected psychedelic sound of the group. We're also seeing a surge in electronic sounds thanks to bands like LION and Wolf, The Rabbit. Via Luna also leans toward the instrumental side, but with a more organic (rather than electric) sound.

The eight semifinalists beat out 86 other bands for the competition. The audience at the Bottleneck this Saturday will vote to decide which four bands go on to the final round at the Bottleneck on Saturday, April 25. Audience members will have to stay until the last band plays in order to vote.

For updates regarding the competition, you can follow KJHK's website.

— Fally Afani is a freelance writer and editor of I Heart Local Music. She enjoys long walks, photography and rock and roll. She does not like cats, but makes exceptions for the ones at Love Garden. For more local music coverage, visit iheartlocalmusic.com.


Weekend Picks: KJHK Farmers’ Ball; Record Store Day; Pop-Up Festival; Poetry Fair; Letter Writing Club

Spring is here and that means festival season is upon us. But you don't have to run off to KC's Middle of the Map to fill your festival needs. We'll be showcasing several festivals and festival-like events in LFK over the next few weekends alongside the other worthy picks.

CS Luxem/Mat Shoare Release and Tour Kickoff/La Guerre (full band), 10 p.m. Thursday, Replay Lounge

Consider kicking off the weekend early with this nice triple-header at the Replay. The prolific and always-experimenting CS Luxem headlines an evening that also serves as a release party for Mat Shoare (check out his new video "Murder" via PopMatters). Make sure to get there early, as Katlyn Conroy's La Guerre will be expanding to a full-band for this show, and La Guerre in a full-band incarnation is a treat.

The Facebook event page is here.

Record Store Day, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, Love Garden

Record Store Day is like an early Christmas for music-loving scenesters, and Love Garden is the best (and pretty much only) place to celebrate in LFK. Visit their Facebook event page here for helpful links regarding the day's exclusive releases. And make sure to study the page closely, as you'll find Love Garden's specific regulations that have been devised to keep you crazed collectors from getting too unruly as you try to snag such treats as a colored-vinyl heart-shaped 7" of Father John Misty's "I Love You, Honeybear."

Farmers' Ball semifinals, doors at 7 p.m., show at 8 p.m. Saturday, Bottleneck

KJHK's long-running and ever-popular Battle of the Bands competition known as Farmers' Ball returns this weekend and the next. The eight bands chosen for Saturday's semis range from familiar faces like Dean Monkey and the Dropouts (who have been performing in holes in the ground behind the train station as far back as 2011) to newer bands like NO CAVE (who play "dark bandicoot jazz," according to their Facebook page).

As always, the audience votes on the winners, who then advance to the final round on April 24. Top prize is $2,000, which buys a lot of PBR or perhaps some recording time, depending on the band's work ethic.

The Facebook event page is here with helpful details but (unhelpfully) no links to the respective Facebook pages of the eight participating bands. You can, however, check out Fally Afani's I Heart Local Music blog where she gives a quick rundown of the participating bands. Also click here and see a cool profile of Arc Flash on YouTube via KJHK, and maybe more will be added as well.

Pop-Up Festival, 11:30 a.m. Saturday to 5 a.m. Sunday, North Sands Warehouse

The Farmers' Ball is sort of like a festival, in that it has a lot of bands. But a true festival really needs several stages. Saturday's Pop-Up Festival in North Lawrence has two stages, and they will be filled to bursting all day and (literally) all-night long on Saturday with many of the area's solid bluegrass, folk and jam bands. Don't miss those lovely Sugar Britches, who received the full Weekend Picks showcase treatment recently, along with local favorites like Tyler Gregory and Cowgirl's Trainset, plus bands paying tribute to The Meters (cool) and Grateful Dead (groovy, if you like that sort of thing).

Hopefully attendees are not too stoned to find their way to the address listed on the flier above. What IS the North Sands Warehouse? Our personal North Lawrence music treks consist mostly of the Gaslight and Frank's, so it's a new venue to us.

The Facebook event page is here.

'Dark Command' screenings and exhibit opening, Saturday, Watkins Museum of History

In 1940, none other than John Wayne (along with Gene Autry and Roy Rogers) came to town for the world-premiere of the Lawrence-set film "Dark Command," based on Quantrill's 1863 raid on our fair town. It's a legendary Lawrence event, and some claim as many as 75,000 people turned out for the premiere and a massive parade. Read a great 1998 LJWorld piece on the event here and stop by Watkins Museum on Saturday to see a new exhibit about the premiere, as well as three screenings of the film at 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.).

Second Annual Lawrence Poetry Fair, noon-4 p.m. Sunday, Lawrence Arts Center

Perhaps you prefer fairs to festivals? Stop by the LAC Sunday as it celebrates National Poetry Month with the second-annual Lawrence Poetry Fair. Here are some details via the LAC site:

"All poets who have published at least one book (or chapbook) and representatives from poetry journals are welcome to attend, sell books/journals, and participate in poetry reading at an open mic. Readings will be limited to 10 minutes each. If you plan to sell books or journals, please bring dollar bills for making change. To register, email Beth Schultz at: eschultz@ku.edu."

Letter Writing Club, 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Decade Coffee Shop (hosted by Wonder Fair)

If you're like us, perhaps you enjoy taking occasional breaks from writing smart-ass tweets in order to pen heartfelt letters to friends and lovers (though we suppose angry rants to bitter foes could work just as well). This month's installment of Wonder Fair's Letter Writing Club promises to be extra-cool, marking the debut of the event's custom return-address stamp carved by local paper/printmaker Kelsey Pike.

Give Letter Writing Club a "like" on Facebook here and find the full details about the events at the Wonder Fair site here so that you will know what to bring (pens and paper) and what NOT to bring (laptops...because this event is old-school!!)

Tweet us @LarryvilleLife with tips for next week, which is slated to include at least TWO Festivals: the second annual Riptide Comedy Festival and the inaugural (and free) See/Saw Film Festival at Lawrence Public Library.


Kawehi exceeds Kickstarter goal for next album in a hurry

Hello, World. I've been quiet the last week...because I'm putting together a new project!! I'm SOOO excited I can't even.....it's gonna be BANANAS!! Details coming tomorrow yo!!!!!!

Hello, World. I've been quiet the last week...because I'm putting together a new project!! I'm SOOO excited I can't even.....it's gonna be BANANAS!! Details coming tomorrow yo!!!!!! by iamkawehi

"My name is Kawehi and I am a DIY musician. I am not rich. I am not signed to a record label. But what I do have… is all of you! And that makes me the luckiest moo on the planet."

Those are the words that greet you when you land on Kawehi's Kickstarter page. It might have been more than luck that came to the Lawrence musician and Internet sensation recently. She just launched a Kickstarter to fund her next album, "INTERAKTIV," and in a very short time far exceeded that goal. In less than 24 hours, the project was 400 percent funded.

Kawehi initially needed just $3,000 for the album, but as of Friday had raised more than $21,000. The musician known for going at it solo (through a series of intricate loops) sure had a lot of hands on deck for this fundraiser. With more than 300 backers, Kickstarter named it a staff pick with still a month left in the campaign.

Last month, Kawehi wrapped up a nationwide tour in support of her most recent album, last year's "Robot Heart." To follow along with Kawehi's Kickstarter project, click here.

— Fally Afani is a freelance writer and editor of I Heart Local Music. She enjoys long walks, photography and rock and roll. She does not like cats, but makes exceptions for the ones at Love Garden. For more local music coverage, visit iheartlocalmusic.com.


Weekend Picks: Rave of Thrones, Charlie Crawl, sports trivia at Watkins, Farmers’ Market, ‘The Last Unicorn’

Readers, we're drifting a little further from the mainstream than usual this week in an effort to convince you that LFK is still trying hard to keep things weird (or eccentric, at least).

From a Charlie Chaplin parade to a medieval dance party, we've got you covered. Get out there and get freaky. Or just keep things normal and go to opening day of the outdoor Farmers Market. It's one of our picks as well.

Rave of Thrones, 8 p.m. Thursday (doors at 7 p.m.), Granada

As many of you geeks well know, the new season of "Game of Thrones" premieres this Sunday on HBO. If you love the show AND love to writhe around on a dance floor, you can't afford to miss the Granada's sure-to-be-epic event called "Rave of Thrones" Thursday night. The evening centers around a DJ-set from GoT's Kristian Nairn (Hodor) and the press material assures attendees that "medieval times-themed party Renaissance costumes are encouraged." Personally, we're working on some sweet baby dragon costumes!

This is our pick for best people-watching event of the week (if not year). Visit the Facebook event page here.

Watkins Museum Sports Trivia Night, 7 p.m. Thursday, Watkins Community Museum of History

If you're like us, you enjoy drinking not just in bars but also in unexpected places, like museums. Consider spending an evening of trivia with our friends at Watkins Museum, where $10 will get you some snacks, drinks and a chance at a $50 gift card for downtown hotspots.

Hopefully there aren't any questions about KU basketball's recent habit of second-round tournament exits, because those questions are just too painful to reckon with on an otherwise pleasant evening.

The Facebook event page is here and the flier above is pretty "terrific" (as Bill Self might say, since he seems to love that word in interviews).

Lawrence Farmers Market opening day, 7-11 a.m. Saturday, 824 New Hampshire St.

The Farmers Market is one of the few events that will get scenesters and foodies up at a reasonable hour on Saturday morning. If you're ready for breakfast burritos, buskers, Hurtz Donuts, and (oh yeah) fresh fruits and vegetables, you'll want to be on hand for this year's debut.

Too bad the lovely Pollinators mural is no longer blooming in the background, however.

Charlie Crawl and Chaplin short films, crawl at 2:30 p.m., films at 4 p.m. Saturday, Liberty Hall

From the Mardi Gras parade to the Zombie Walk to the SantaCon pub crawl, LFK loves any opportunity to get dressed up and promenade up and down Mass. Street or its sidewalks.

Saturday brings a new opportunity with the Charlie Crawl, in which a group of folks dressed as Charlie Chaplin will (silently) amble their way from the Replay to Liberty Hall for a viewing of three short Chaplin films. Here are the necessary details from Liberty Hall's website:

"Join a mob of Chaplin lookalikes and strut down Massachusetts Street in the style of the Little Tramp. Don your derby, slap on a toothbrush moustache, grab your bamboo cane, and congregate at the corner of 10th and Mass (in front to The Replay Lounge) at 2:30 p.m.

This leisurely, silent stroll will conclude at Liberty Hall, where we will have a COSTUME CONTEST with PRIZES, then watch the short films on the big screen in Liberty Hall’s grand, main theater!"

The films themselves start at 4 p.m. if you prefer to watch without crawling.

Note: Looking for a more traditional street parade this weekend? LFK's annual Earth Day parade proceeds along Mass. Street starting at 11 am with festivities following in South Park. Their flier-less Facebook page is here.

'Flora the Red Menace,' April 10-16, Inge Theatre at Murphy Hall

Looking for a nice comic musical this weekend? Consider KU University Theatre's production of a lesser-known work from Kander and Ebb, the renowned songwriting duo behind Cabaret and Chicago.

Flora and the Red Menace is set in Depression-era New York and tells the story of "an optimistic and high-spirited young woman whose love life is complicated by the Communist Party." According to the KU University Theatre website, this production is modeled on "the stripped-down, 1987 off-Broadway revival" and is being staged in the smaller and more intimate Inge Theatre at Murphy Hall.

Day of Creativity and Closing Party, noon-5 p.m. Sunday, Spencer Museum of Art

It's Kansas Art Week at KU, and with the Spencer Museum poised to close for major renovations, you'll want to take in one more event at the museum followed by a last peek at the galleries.

The Day of Creativity will feature a "pop-up museum" on the front lawn plus as manner of interactive activities and music from The String Beans and Truckstop Honeymoon. Find the full slate of possibilities and set times here.

The Closing Party is scheduled immediately afterward from 3-5 p.m. with refreshments, bluegrass from MAW, T-shirt giveaways, and remarks from museum Director Saralyn Reece Hardy. More details here.

Lawrence Civic Choir 40th Anniversary Concert, 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Lied Center

If you've read our columns over the years at our former blog Larryville Chronicles, you've probably said to yourselves: those guys probably don't know a whole lot about choral and classical music. Well, you're right.

But we do try to get cultured on occasion, and a good opportunity this weekend is a major 40th anniversary Lied Center performance from the Lawrence Civic Choir as they present Brahms' "Requiem." The Civic Choir will be joined for this event by the considerably newer Lawrence Community Orchestra (a group that just debuted last year).

Make sure to click here and check out Joanna Hlavacek's excellent Lawrence Journal-World piece from this week that examines the Civic Choir's 40-year history.

"The Last Unicorn" screening and talkback, 8 p.m. Sunday, Liberty Hall

Should you return to Liberty Hall for ANOTHER film event on Sunday? You certainly should. After all, it's not every day when you can see a digitally remastered version of the 1982 fantasy cult classic "The Last Unicorn" complete with a Q&A from fantasy legend Peter S. Beagle, who wrote the screenplay and the novel the film is based upon.

Find details here via Liberty Hall.

Tweet us early and often @LarryvilleLife if you have events for possible inclusion here in the coming weeks.


Intimidating and classic: The People’s Punk Band

It's been a while since we last checked in with The People's Punk Band, but judging by Friday night's show, we should never let that much time pass between us again.

With a spunky new drummer in tow, the band finally made an appearance back at the Replay. The People's Punk Band is a good way to wake up any sleepy attendee. The singer alone is a good reason to get real terrified.

Some members will prop their legs up on anything in front of them while shredding the night away, and at the same time the vocalist's statuesque and intimidating frame might crawl up onto the monitors and lunge toward you at any moment. It was like watching a game of chicken between him and the audience. Who was going to flinch first? If you were lucky, the vein bursting out of his forehead would drip sweat onto you.

They had all the proper ingredients for a punk band. They played those classic punk riffs fast, they played furiously, they induced thrashing… they even went on a political rant in the middle of their set. It was all there. There was something for everyone with this band, which truly does make them the People's Punk Band.

Note: This post originally appeared on I Heart Local Music.

— Fally Afani is a freelance writer and editor of I Heart Local Music. She enjoys long walks, photography and rock and roll. She does not like cats, but makes exceptions for the ones at Love Garden. For more local music coverage, visit iheartlocalmusic.com.


The Philistines hypnotize with thrilling psych show

We've been tracking The Philistines for a few months now, and have noticed a fairly noticeable difference in their performances lately.

The Philistines are a fantastic psych-rock outfit from Kansas City, but you really can't limit them to a single genre. The band is dynamic, and can lure you in with hypnotic slow jams (like the first clip) and thrill you with exciting and racy numbers (second clip).

It's hard to get your attention past the female vocalist, who releases an effortless sensuality noticeable enough to fill the venue. But once you realize how many people are onstage, it suddenly becomes clear that those mesmerizing guitar lines were what drew you in in the first place.

Lately, the band has really secured all the different pieces of this exhilarating puzzle together. The bass lines, the steady beats, the guitar solos, and the occasional screams from the vocalists. It's all there, perfectly packed together. It may take your breath away, but the band certainly isn't out of breath.

The Philistines don't come to Lawrence too often, but they're worth checking out the next time they do. You'll come for the psychedelic thrashing, but stay for the narcotic-like dance moves that seem to plague audience members one by one.

Note: This post originally appeared on I Heart Local Music.

— Fally Afani is a freelance writer and editor of I Heart Local Music. She enjoys long walks, photography and rock and roll. She does not like cats, but makes exceptions for the ones at Love Garden. For more local music coverage, visit iheartlocalmusic.com.


Weekend Picks: Kansas Craft Beer Week, Anson the Ornery, punk rock, dance party, ‘Life of Brian’

Spring seems to have sprung in LFK, and your nightlife options are growing along with the flowers.
This week's picks lean heavy on the late-night music scene, but there are a few Craft Beer Week options as well as Liberty Hall's annual "Life of Brian" screening for those who keep earlier hours.

Psychic Heat/Cowboy Winter/Anson the Ornery, 10 p.m. Thursday, Replay

We're spotlighting this show not because of local heroes Psychic Heat. We all know they're awesome. And not because of Madison's supercool garage/soul act Cowboy Winter. No, we're showcasing this show for the unusual opening act Anson the Ornery. If you're looking for a welcome dose of weirdness (and possibly a little performance art) in your rock shows, this promises to fit the bill.

We've been fascinated by Anson since first encountering his "Robot Party" video in 2010 and witnessing a bizarre evening at Wonder Fair titled "Synaklavier Performance & Mysterium Screening" in which he attempted to trigger "synesthesia" in his audience. (Note: we did NOT experience "synesthesia," but we were freaked out plenty).

Anson sent us a blurb about his current solo sets, claiming he "performs acts of mysticism to transport the audience to a world of reveling ghosts and spirits of another astral plane through dance music." The sets feature songs from his album "Ferrule," which incorporates jazz and hip-hop into electronic music.

The Facebook event page is here.

Kansas Craft Beer Week firkin tapping, 6-9 p.m. Friday, Free State Brewing Company

Hopefully you all have made the most of Kansas Craft Beer Week with numerous events in LFK and KC, such as Hank Charcuterie's "Beer and Bites" event on Wednesday.

If you've been missing out, however, stop by the Free State patio tonight for a firkin tapping and sidewalk concert. Who is playing at this concert and what kind of beer is coming out of that firkin? Who knows. But the music is usually bluegrass-y at these events, and the beer will certainly enhance your enjoyment.

[Update: the beer is called Brother Epp’s “Because without beer, things do not seem to go as well” IPA and the music is from Old Fangled).

Red Kate/The Bad Ideas/People's Punk Band, 10 p.m. Friday, Replay

Look: we don't claim to know much about punk rock these days. We veer toward sad-bastard Americana and twee indie rock. But we have it on good authority from our punk-loving friends that this Replay triple-header is not to be missed.

A friend who caught a winter set from The Bad Ideas — a female-fronted KC punk band claiming the Ramones as a primary influence — has been raving about their stage presence and awaiting this show ever since. Visit the FB event page here.

The flier is outstanding too: a very punk rock image.

Folk-rock band Shovels and Rope, comprised of husband-and-wife duo Carey Ann Hearst and Michael Trent, will be performing at 9 p.m. Saturday at The Bottleneck.

Folk-rock band Shovels and Rope, comprised of husband-and-wife duo Carey Ann Hearst and Michael Trent, will be performing at 9 p.m. Saturday at The Bottleneck. by Molly Hayes/Contributed Photo

Shovels and Rope/Inlaws, doors at 8 p.m., show at 9 p.m. Saturday, Bottleneck,

Our pick for touring band of the week is unquestionably Charleston's outstanding "sloppy tonk" duo Shovels and Rope. We last caught them blowing the roof off the Bottleneck two years ago with Shakey Graves. They sound a bit like a wild hybrid of White Stripes and Dolly Parton.

Tonight they'll be joined by another Charleston band called Inlaws, a duo that seems to have expanded to a full-band for this tour.

Get a ticket early, as this one is quite likely to be sold out by showtime. And if you're still curious, check out Fally Afani's entertaining interview with the husband-and-wife duo that make up Shovels and Rope.

ASSJAMZ: All Black Everything Edition, 9 p.m. Saturday, Granada

On the night before Easter, many young Lawrence scenesters will dance in a very unholy fashion at ASSJAMZ, which has surely become LFK's largest recurring dance party. Attendees are asked to wear all-black at this special edition, for reasons that might be understood if you read the long explanation at the Facebook event page.

Life of Brian screening, 7 p.m. Sunday, Liberty Hall

Going to church is an Easter tradition for many. Going to see "Monty Python's Life of Brian" on Easter Sunday at Liberty Hall's Film Church event is a newer tradition but already an important one among local film-lovers for the past three years.

What's your favorite line? We're going with "Blessed are the cheesemakers." But don't try shouting your favorites along with the film. As Liberty Hall's Maggie Allen noted before a recent "Holy Grail" screening at the theater, "No matter how funny you think you are, you are NOT as funny as Monty Python."

Find more details via the Liberty Hall site here.

Tweet us your event tips or just say hello over @LarryvilleLife and we'll see you next week.


Watch: CS Luxem’s stunning a capella cover of ‘My Girl’

It seems like Love Garden really does bring out the best in everyone.

Last Friday night, the record store hosted an in-store performance by CS Luxem, Your Friend’s Taryn Blake Miller and Youngest Children. The three acts joined together to perform as one during the monthly Final Fridays activities. But halfway through the night, audiences got a real treat out of Luxem.

The last time we saw him perform at Love Garden, he busted out a Temptations cover. Being a fan of music from that era, he once again turned to the Temptations for inspiration with an a capella cover of “My Girl.” Luxem gets a little guitar intro from his musical peer before diving into an unending sea of loops and rich reverb effects to finish the job.

You can watch the cover below, and catch CS Luxem at the Replay on April 16.

Note: This post originally appeared on I Heart Local Music.

— Fally Afani is a freelance writer and editor of I Heart Local Music. She enjoys long walks, photography and rock and roll. She does not like cats, but makes exceptions for the ones at Love Garden. For more local music coverage, visit iheartlocalmusic.com.


Recapping the best SXSW moments from Lawrence bands

SXSW tends to be a rite of passage for local bands, and this year's event was no different. There weren't a lot of official showcases featuring Lawrence bands. But luckily, Midcoast Takeover helped put a lot of area bands in the spotlight with a five-day stretch of shows on two stages at Shangri-La.

Here are some highlights from our time with Lawrence bands down in Austin.

Black Luck

Black Luck by Fally Afani/Special to the Journal-World

Best face-melting moments: Black Luck

Much like the name implies, Black Luck tends to bathe in bad luck these days. But things are finally coming up Milhouse for the Lawrence rockers. They (unluckily) had to follow a fairly aggravated act on the final night of Midcoast Takeover. No one wants to follow a band that gets cut off early and throws a hissy fit, but Black Luck managed to completely turn the mood around. They ripped into the loudest, hardest, thrashiest set of the entire week. By this point, the venue was packed and revelers were avoiding the rain that plagued the festival during the week. The raging sea of people moved like a storm during Black Luck's set. It was one of the best ways to end a week of nonstop rocking out.


Westerners by Fally Afani/Special to the Journal-World

Best SXSW noobs: Westerners

The boys in Westerners, like so many newcomers before them, were warned that they would likely make several mistakes during their first SXSW venture (we all do). This rock band is hands down one of the darlings of the Lawrence scene, and every time we ran into them they were shrugging off yet another newcomer mistake they made at the festival. They had only one set for the entire week (classic noob mistake), but rocked it as hard as possible. They were the last band to play the outdoor stage at Midcoast Takeover because the rain started right after their set and didn't end until after everyone had left Texas.

The Noise FM

The Noise FM by Fally Afani/Special to the Journal-World

Best covers: The Noise FM

The Noise FM don't live in Lawrence, but they used to. So when they tour through any city full of ex-pats, they turn out by the dozens. The Noise FM put on a fun and lively, power-pop-filled set. But audiences tend to love them for their covers, which sometimes involve guest musicians and offstage antics with their fans.

Something and the Whatevers

Something and the Whatevers by Fally Afani/Special to the Journal-World

Best SXSW weirdos: Something and the Whatevers

Comedic punk rockers Something and the Whatevers created a glorious new set of fans at the I Heart Local Music showcase thanks to some serious stunts. The band tends to use an iPod instead of a drum machine, but for their Austin set the iPod came to life. The band created a life-sized version of the device, complete with a robot face that spoke to the crowd in between songs (and encouraged audiences to give into their robot overlords). It was a hilarious sight and accompanied their outrageous lyrics and shrill yelling perfectly.


Approach by Fally Afani/Special to the Journal-World

Best audience interaction: Approach

Approach is generally the belle of the ball at Midcoast Takeover. He brings along the entire Boogaloo Odyssey and leaves them onstage while he jumps into the crowd as far as his mic cord will take him. The rapper is the very definition of showmanship and interacts with as many faces in the crowd as possible, complimenting them and addressing them by name. It's hard to beat an Approach set, and we've yet to see it happen.

Wild Eye

Wild Eye by Fally Afani/Special to the Journal-World

Best crooner: Wild Eye

He's just a man and his guitar, but he kept the Lawrence folks swooning nonetheless. Ross Williams is an up-and-comer in the scene thanks to his work with No Cave and casual appearances in other local bands. But he was one of the very first acoustic acts to hit Midcoast Takeover, and Lawrencians gathered round to hear his creative guitar work and smooth vocals. It felt like a gentle hug, and we're hoping this wasn't a one-time festival appearance for the solo act.

— Fally Afani is a freelance writer and editor of I Heart Local Music. She enjoys long walks, photography and rock and roll. She does not like cats, but makes exceptions for the ones at Love Garden. For more local music coverage, visit iheartlocalmusic.com.


Weekend Picks: Final Friday, Paper Buffalo EP release show; YART Sale; Kansas City Bear Fighters; Comedy Freakout; more Marx Madness

With KU making a(nother) frustrating pre-Sweet Sixteen exit from the NCAA tournament, you should have some extra free time on your hands this weekend, so let's see what LFK has in store for you.

Our column has been heavy on music and theater in recent weeks but light on art offerings, so let's rectify that with a number of options for the first official Final Friday of spring.

Don't worry, though. There's a lot of music and comedy and movies included as well for the non-Final Friday fans.

Walk the Moon/The Griswolds, doors at 7 p.m., show at 8 p.m. Thursday, Granada,

If you're looking for a packed house of young indie-rock fans, you'll find it at the Granada on Thursday as Cincinnati's "dance-rock" and festival-favorite sensation Walk the Moon takes the stage.

According to their website's tour page, however, all of the band's upcoming shows (including this one) are sold out, so let's hope you planned ahead. Australia's buzzy The Griswolds open the show and, yes, of course, the name is a reference to the family in "National Lampoon's Vacation."

Edible Books Festival viewing and voting, 6-9 p.m. Friday, Lawrence Public Library

This unusual Final Friday event allows visitors to view and vote on "edible book" art submitted by participants who have created their "own edible work of art based on the title, form, or content of a book."

Are visitors allowed to eat this art as well? Probably not. But we might steal a bite when they're not looking.

Find details on the submission process at the LPL website.

Quilter and historian Marla Jackson is pictured in front of her quilts on display at the Percolator, 913 Rhode Island St., as part of Jackson’s upcoming exhibition, “Tell Mama.” The exhibit, which opens during this month’s Final Friday, features 10 quilts that honor her mother, Fern Hill.

Quilter and historian Marla Jackson is pictured in front of her quilts on display at the Percolator, 913 Rhode Island St., as part of Jackson’s upcoming exhibition, “Tell Mama.” The exhibit, which opens during this month’s Final Friday, features 10 quilts that honor her mother, Fern Hill. by Mike Yoder

"Tell Mama" art opening, 5-9 p.m. Friday, The Percolator

The Percolator's "Tell Mama" exhibition of quilts by Marla Jackson may not immediately sound like a hot-spot scenester destination, but a quilt based on Tina Turner sounds pretty intriguing to us! Check out Lawrence.com's recent piece on the exhibit and quilter/historian/teacher Jackson's inspirational relationship with her mother here.

The event coincides with Women's History Month and according to the FB event page, "This exhibition of 10 quilts reflects the stories of notable women in Marla’s personal life, as well as personal heroes. Included in the exhibition are two story quilts never before displayed for the public." In addition to the aforementioned Tina Turner quilt, you can also see quilts that are based on the Middle Passage and Cuban salsa-star Celia Cruz.

Is it possible to access the Percolator now that the Marriott TownePlace Suites loom imposingly over the area? Yes. We're confident that you can still find your way to this show!

"Variations on a Theme" art opening + music, 6 p.m. Friday, Love Garden

We know that some of you can't tolerate art unless you are also being serenaded by the likes of CS Luxem, Taryn Blake Miller, and Youngest Children. Listen to them while looking at Sam Wardy's drawings and Christian Kennedy's embroidery. For more info, check out the Facebook event page.

Paper Buffalo EP release, doors at 8 p.m., show at 9 p.m. Friday, The Bottleneck

The week's best local rock show (well, arguably the best, but we're pretty sure) is at the Bottleneck, which seems to be picking up the pace a bit in booking great local shows such as the recent Psychic Heat cassette release show that scenesters are STILL raving about.

Tonight brings four stellar local acts, headlined by an EP release set from the ever-rising youngsters in Paper Buffalo, one of those bands that seemed already fully-polished when we caught some of their early-career Replay patio gigs. We can only imagine that they're really killing it these days.

When asked for a blurb about this show, Paper Buffalo sent along this mysterious and somewhat frightening missive: "We're hosting a blood ceremony at the Bottleneck on March 27th to celebrate our EP's manifestation into the physical realm." Don't be alarmed, though. They seem nice.

Opening up will be Westerners, Arc Flash, and our pal Craig Comstock's always interesting (and always noisy!) one-man project This is My Condition (Craig still mostly exists on MySpace, God bless him!).

You will want to attend. Check out the FB event page here.

YART Sale, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, New York Elementary School

Looking for a quirky, family-friendly daytime event for Saturday? Look no further than the annual East Lawrence YART (yard/art) sale at New York Elementary School. The Facebook event page assures attendees that, yes, this year's sale WILL be at New York Elementary despite the construction there.

The YART sale is a fundraiser for ELNA (East Lawrence Neighborhood Association) and features donated merchandise, local art and neighborhood musicians. If nothing else, this is surely the best place to hear live music on a Saturday at 8 a.m. since the Farmers Market hasn't opened for the year yet.

Comedy Freakout, 10 p.m. Saturday, Frank's North Star Tavern

Comedy Freakout is upon us again, and the touring headliners for this month's "Good Hermanos Edition" are Colorado's The Bueno Brothers alongside a slate of local comedians. The event is hosted as always by the muy divertido Peter Lyrene and Chance Dibben. The Facebook event page claims that the event is "all ages" (really?? or is this one of their jests and japes?) and requests "no policia" at the event.

Kansas City Bear Fighters, doors at 8 p.m., show at 9 p.m. Saturday, The Bottleneck

Are we recommending two consecutive evenings of music at the Bottleneck? Yes, even though the always-wacky Kansas City Bear Fighters would really be better-suited to the bear-baiting pit at Frank's North Star. Even so, their bouncy singalongs about cannibals and wolfmen are welcome and usually well-received in any venue.

Combine the Bear Fighters' antics with the hot-picking bluegrass of the Ready Brothers, plus performances (and a kissing booth) from a few of the Foxy by Proxy gals, and you've got yourself a guaranteed good time. But you can find a few more details about the show and set times here.

Marx Madness, Round 2, 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. Sunday, Liberty Hall

With KU making a sad second-round tournament exit, you may find yourself weary of basketball and ready for a few laughs. Consider catching a couple of lesser-known Marx Brothers films, "The Cocoanuts" (4 p.m.) and "Horse Feathers" (6 p.m.) as this year's Marx Madness enters its second and final round at Liberty Hall on Sunday.

The plot of "Horse Feathers" involves silly campus hijinks such as Chico and Harpo joining a college football team, so this should provide a particularly welcome respite for any non-basketball fans at this time of year. Visit the Liberty Hall website page for "Horse Feathers" here.

Finally, a shout out to Lawrence Public Library and Love Garden for tweeting us tips and getting their events included here this week. It can happen for you too! Just visit us @LarryvilleLife.


Watch: Lawrence rapper Approach rules Midcoast Takeover at SXSW

Approach is, without a doubt, the boss.

There's a reason we've seen people race to a venue to catch his set. The Lawrence rapper is the very definition of showmanship. When this lyricist leader speaks, everyone listens.

Once again, Approach made his way down to Austin during the SXSW music festival to perform at Midcoast Takeover's day party at Shangri-La. He spent all but a minute onstage before leaping into the crowd and going as far as his mic cord could take him.

Aided by big-shot beat maker DJ G Train (one of the few remaining DJs who actually scratches) and keyboard commander Nate Holt, The Boogaloo Odyssey tore into their top-notch lesson in hip-hop. It's important to note that while a lot of rappers tend to sample sounds and beats, Approach and The Boogaloo Odyssey created every single noise themselves. In fact, Approach spent years making every sound you hear under his rhymes.

But while every sound is calculated, most of his moves are spontaneous. His freestyles are unmatched, and you never quite know what the boss is going to do in his set.

"The beautiful part of our show is we're making it up as we go along!" he exclaimed before strutting over to a group of bystanders and encouraging to wave their arms in the air. Once he was satisfied with everyone's reaction to the beat, he declared "Rap music is good!" for all to hear before diving into his next verse.

When Approach really gets going, he tumbles all across the dance floor, interacts with everyone, and gets everyone grooving. The best part of the set is what Approach calls the "Get Down" portion of the program, when DJ G Train leaps off the stage and goes head to head with the man himself. You can watch it in the video below.

Note: This post originally appeared on I Heart Local Music.

— Fally Afani is a freelance writer and editor of I Heart Local Music. She enjoys long walks, photography and rock and roll. She does not like cats, but makes exceptions for the ones at Love Garden. For more local music coverage, visit iheartlocalmusic.com.


Watch: Tyler Gregory’s new music video captures West Coast road trip

A new music video chronicling Tyler Gregory's tour has just been released, and it is absolutely stunning. The video compiles clips from Tyler's 2014 West Coast tour, and if you know how his tours run, it's not just stage video.

The music video for "Solace Lying In The Open Road" details, as the name implies, life on the open road. When Tyler tours, he camps out and hits up scenic nature shots worthy of a National Geographic spread. The picturesque shots you see in the video are actually places he visited on tour. The performer is at his best when he's on the road, and it's easy to see why. Canyons, rivers and plains help weave together images of Tyler playing a number of venues.

Here's the video, courtesy Technickolor Video Productions. As the lyrics suggest, you can watch his "heart pass through every town" below. To catch him in person, Tyler plays this Friday at the Replay Lounge for an early matinee show.

Note: This post originally appeared on I Heart Local Music.

— Fally Afani is a freelance writer and editor of I Heart Local Music. She enjoys long walks, photography and rock and roll. She does not like cats, but makes exceptions for the ones at Love Garden. For more local music coverage, visit iheartlocalmusic.com.


Watch: Wild Eye plays Midcoast Takeover party at SXSW

Ross Williams seems to be a jack of all trades. We never quite know where he's going to pop up, even at the SXSW music festival in Austin, Texas.

We've seen his exquisite guitar skills in Oils and his booming voice in No Cave, but on Thursday he gently plucked away on the acoustic stage of Midcoast Takeover's day party at Shangri-La.

Wild Eye isn't your average folk music. The crooning on this guy is to die for. It sounds like CS Luxem and James Taylor had a love child. As a solo acoustic act, the versatile performer still puts his expertise with reverb and loops to use. He can play fast, slow and everything in between.

Note: This post originally appeared on I Heart Local Music.

— Fally Afani is a freelance writer and editor of I Heart Local Music. She enjoys long walks, photography and rock and roll. She does not like cats, but makes exceptions for the ones at Love Garden. For more local music coverage, visit iheartlocalmusic.com.


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