Sound Check

Kawehi releases first single on forthcoming EP

http://www.lawrence.com/users/photos/2014/jul/02/275921/ After a few months in the national spotlight, Lawrence one-woman band Kawehi is releasing her new EP “Robot Heart” on July 15. Best known for her [innovative cover of “Heart-Shaped Box”][1] by Nirvana, this album is entirely ...

Looking Forward: City and Colour coming to Liberty Hall in November

http://www.lawrence.com/users/photos/2014/jun/26/275676/ City and Colour (aka Dallas Green, former Alexisonfire guitarist ) added some new dates to his fall tour, and a Nov. 5 concert at Liberty Hall is one of the lucky six new stops he will be making. The Canadian acoustic solo act is ...

Looking Forward: Spoon coming to Liberty Hall in September

http://www.lawrence.com/users/photos/2014/jun/26/275674/ With forthcoming album “They Want My Soul” out this August, Spoon recently announced a 14-city North American tour not long after the album hits the shelves, and Liberty Hall is hosting the Austin band Sept. 21. The alt-rock ...

Connecting with Iska Dhaaf’s Benjamin Verdoes

http://www.lawrence.com/users/photos/2014/jun/25/275658/ “I’m half here all the time, always waiting to arrive.” This opening line from Iska Dhaaf’s “Sleepwalkers” is both the underlying theme of their debut album, “Even the Sun Will Burn,” and a plausible explanation for ...

Looking Forward: Jake Bellows, Neon Trees, Chris Robinson Brotherhood and more

http://www.lawrence.com/users/photos/2014/jun/18/275342/ **Jake Bellows** After fronting Neva Dinova for more than 15 years, releasing five full-length albums and split an EP with Bright Eyes (“One Jug of Wine, Two Vessels”), and touring extensively, Jake Bellows moved from his ...

Concert review: Re-meeting Lauryn Hill at this week’s Uptown show

http://www.lawrence.com/users/photos/2014/jun/18/275322/ “I know I’m up here and you see Lauryn Hill, and you came to see Lauryn Hill, but this is the first time y’all meeting me... And as I grow, you’re going to meet me a little bit more.” *- Lauryn Hill, "MTV Unplugged," ...

Guided By Voices concert canceled

http://www.lawrence.com/users/photos/2014/jun/16/275239/ The Granada announced Monday [via Twitter][1] that the Guided By Voices concert scheduled for this Wednesday has been canceled because of “unforeseen circumstances.” Refunds are available at point of purchase. The indie rock ...

Band of Skulls proves to be more than hype at Granada show

http://www.lawrence.com/users/photos/2014/jun/12/275031/ Band of Skulls ended its North American tour in Lawrence last night, performing infectious hits from all three of their albums to a sizeable crowd. Not bad for a night with Dar Williams at Liberty Hall and Detroit Cobras at Bottleneck. ...

Exploding UK group Band of Skulls ending tour in Lawrence

http://www.lawrence.com/users/photos/2014/jun/10/274897/ “Cool enough for hipsters, heavy enough for metalheads, smart enough for muso snobs…” From a Village Voice review of Band of Skull’s latest album, “Himalayan,” it’s true this English trio has yet to be claimed by a ...

Looking Forward: Acrobatics, lush lyricism and two blasts from the past

http://www.lawrence.com/users/photos/2014/jun/10/274879/ **Lucent Dossier Experience** *CANCELED- due to travel conflicts* Avant-garde performance troupe Lucent Dossier Experience is dropping by the Granada on its first headlining national tour, “Light of the World.” The Los Angeles ...

La Guerre, Forrester at free block party tonight in Kansas City

http://www.lawrence.com/users/photos/2014/jun/06/274758/ If you're looking for some good live music, live art and some food truck eats tonight, head on over to Kansas City's [Crossroads Summer Block Party][1] presented by Golden Sound Records and The Pitch. No cover charge, you guys. ...

Looking Forward: Latin, raucous and gritty sounds

http://www.lawrence.com/users/photos/2014/jun/04/274682/ **Son Venezuela** Kansas City band Son Venezuela is providing quality live Latin music for your Saturday night pleasure. The nine members of the band, who have toured mainly in the Midwest for the past 19 years, play congas, ...

Looking Forward: Free shows on tap, and say goodbye to Your Friend

http://www.lawrence.com/users/photos/2014/may/29/274425/ **Dave Shelton’s Soul Explosion** Bassist Dave Shelton is returning to Lawrence, and in [normal Dave Shelton fashion][1] he's recruiting a bunch of local musicians to put together soulful night of funky covers. The event invitation ...

Looking Forward: Hip-hop, electronic concerts and a new sports-themed dance night

http://www.lawrence.com/users/photos/2014/may/21/274146/ **Gee Watts** Kansas City’s own Gee Watts is headlining at the Granada today, his newest record “199x” (Nineteen Ninety Never) just out this past April. Even after 11 mixtape releases, Watts is best known for establishing an ...

Tickets still available to Morrissey show at Liberty Hall

http://www.lawrence.com/users/photos/2014/may/19/273981/ If you haven’t gotten your ticket to see former Smiths’ frontman Morrissey play at [Liberty Hall Tuesday][1] night, there are still between 50 and 100 tickets available, according to Liberty Hall. And even better, some of them are ...

Cowboy Indian Bear to release new EP on Tuesday

http://www.lawrence.com/users/photos/2014/may/19/273980/ The latest effort from Cowboy Indian Bear, a seven-track EP called “Vandeventer,” will be available Tuesday as a [free digital download][1]. Cowboy fans are probably on the edge of their seats for this recently announced and ...

Looking Forward: Graduation weekend concerts; Morrissey tries again at Liberty hall

http://www.lawrence.com/users/photos/2014/may/15/273706/ **Bobby Bare Jr. (w/ CS Luxem)** Touring to support his newest album “Undefeated,” singer-songwriter Bobby Bare Jr. is coming to Lawrence today to perform the latest of what he refers to as his break-up album, a collection of 10 ...

Looking Forward: Stop Day parties all over the place

http://www.lawrence.com/users/photos/2014/may/08/273069/ **i heart local music Stop Day Eve Party** Psychic Heat. Middle Twin. Forrester. This lineup is pretty damn great. If you’ve been to any of the three bands’ shows, you know that they get you on your feet every time and moving in ...

Carswell and Hope launch campaign in hopes of touring Ireland

http://www.lawrence.com/users/photos/2014/may/07/273057/ A long way from home, Nick Carswell, frontman of Lawrence alt-rock group Carswell and Hope, is hoping to raise enough money in the next 10 days to unite his two worlds in one tour overseas. Hailing from Ireland, Carswell and his ...

Taking in the hardcore hip hop of Mobb Deep…in Lawrence

http://www.lawrence.com/users/photos/2014/apr/30/272693/ As much as it pains me to say, Lawrence doesn’t exactly lend itself to the hip hop scene. I know, I know. This is coming off as completely new information. But for someone who was raised on Tupac, Biggie, Nas, NWA, Wu-Tang Clan, ...