I Heart Local Music

Black Violin

If you managed to make it through the snow for the zillionth time on Tuesday night, Black Violin put on quite a show at the Lied Center. The duo gained notoriety after appearing on Apollo Amateur Night in 2005. For Wil B and Kev Marcus, it's been all good from there. They've played ...

The Decemberists bring humor, wit and excitement to KC

Every winter I somehow find myself at a show that completely cures me of the winter blues. On Monday night, The Decemberists gave me that show. I don't know how long it's been since I've seen a show end with this kind of fantastic energy. Two encores, a host of antics and jokes, ...

Topeka hip hop invades Lawrence

If you went to the Jackpot on Friday night, you got a giant dose of Topeka. I really don't think I've been to a party this year as loud and crazy as Jockin My Fresh 2. I'm not sure if it was the party bus full of Topekans that showed up, or if it was the fact that Sneakhype, Bear Club and ...

The Hips debut at the Taproom

Don't we all deserve a little bit of fun after a messy blizzard? The Hips sure thought so, and after one of the most hyped shows this season, they delivered right on target. For about a week all folks could talk about in the scene was this new supergroup of a local band that was ...

Superbowl Sunday Alternative: Parlours at the Jackpot

Dana Halferty is a bit of a traveler. When I caught up with the lead singer of Parlours, she had just flown in from Guatemala, stopped in Chicago and was en route to Iowa. Her next stop? Lawrence. Parlours is set to take the stage at the Jackpot on Superbowl Sunday with a host of ...

Colony Collapse

Sometimes there's no better place to see a local show than Love Garden. Lawrencians huddled into the record store on Friday as part of Final Fridays. Along with the art opening (some lovely pieces from Amber Hanson and Nicholas Ward), we were treated to a couple of performances. Colony ...

No Joy

Nothing gets me more excited than chicks who play guitar and do it well. So it's no wonder I got off the couch Sunday night to watch No Joy at the Jackpot. Before No Joy took on Lawrence, US Beefheart took the stage. This is one of those bands where various folks from different ...

Elevator Action

After the rush of holiday celebrations, things finally slowed back down again at the Replay. A cozy crowd gathered to watch local darlings Elevator Action play along with Sour Boy, Bitter Girl and Grizzly J Berry. Grizzly J Berry is a band from Kansas City, and this was their first show in ...

Starting off a new year with old friends

On Friday night Lawrencians decked in sequins and feathers filled Downtown Lawrence to start a new year, but you could have fooled me. With the bands I saw gracing the stage, it (happily) felt like 2004. We packed like sardines (very nicely dressed sardines) into the Jackpot to see the ...

Top 10 Shows of 2010

I don't know if you've noticed, but something happened during this past year of shows. Bands became a little more respectful and polite. I used to see a lot of musicians who just "expected" you to come out to see them play. But this year, they were actually grateful you were there. The ...

Festive Fun at the Noise for Toys Show

On Saturday when I stepped inside the Bottleneck my eyes couldn't help but light up. I was met with a sea of red and green balloons, dangling Christmas lights and holiday kitsch everywhere. Folks were wearing Santa hats and glow-sticks, and there were ugly Christmas sweaters as far as the eye ...

Hooray for Americana Music Academy

What an incredible sight I ran into on Friday night. We are so lucky to have an institution like Americana Music Academy. On this clear, mild and beautiful night the good folks at Americana decided to do a little caroling. But first they played some holiday music live on Channel 6 ...

Persistence pays off for The ACBs

The phrase "labor of love" doesn't quite cut it when describing the absolute nightmare it's been for Konnor Ervin and his band to release a new album. It's been about four years since Kansas City band The ACBs put out anything new, and it didn't come easy. In addition to Ervin's ...

About that Tame Impala show

If you were one of the many who braved the cold and packed the Jackpot on Monday night (a school night!), you were part of something pretty special. When I arrived to help a friend record the show, there was an electricity in the air. Folks were packed in there, huddled for warmth, excited ...

Wolf Parade

On Friday night I went to the Wolf Parade show and became so fed up with the crowd that I wanted to leave early. At first I mistook these people for "fun" and "rowdy." But soon it became clear that they were more "drunk" and "disorderly." It wasn't all terrible. I was actually ...

Here come the Delta Saints

David Supica has to admit, Lawrence is a pretty intimidating town. The Delta Saints bassist just moved down to Nashville with his bandmates, where he says folks are constantly judging bands and their music. But when the band comes to Lawrence he can't help but feel a few of those same ...

A Simple Place: Interior Sea explores calm of the Midwest

If there's anyone who is swelling with Kansas pride, it's Justin Marable. You can see it in everything he does. Most folks know him through his art, but he's starting on a new venture with Interior Sea. Marable teamed up with Justin Hocking recently to stretch their wings in the music ...

Getting back in the dialogue: Ebony Tusks to debut

Photo Courtesy: Alex Bonham-Carter Marty Hillard is probably one of those folks who can't sit still for very long. Just when he's got one project down, he's starting another. On Monday night Hillard teams up with longtime friend and collaborator MORRI$ to debut their latest project Ebony ...

It’s about darn time, Walkmen

On Tuesday five tall, handsome men who dressed like they were ready to take you out to dinner took the stage at the Bottleneck and made our hearts melt. About five years ago, The Walkmen played a show in Lawrence. I missed that show and thought "Hey, they'll come back next year." I ...

Powerlifter

This week the Granada played host to what I can only call a dance party for nerds. The Level Grind provided art, comics, and video game stations for the folks who normally don't get out much. But what attracted me to the show was a fabulous chiptune band called Powerlifter. I was pleased ...