live music

Black On Black / Greys / Westerners at the Replay Lounge

Posted in live music, local, photos, punk, reviews on July 22nd, 2014 by Nick – 1 Comment

Black On BlackMore shows need to be like this: all ages, over by 9:00pm, and cheap. I would go to each and every matinee rock show, schedule allowing. There’s something wonderful about getting off work, eating dinner, and then seeing a couple of bands, and getting home in time to knock out a couple chapters in that book you’re reading.

Yes, I know this makes me old and lame, but yesterday evening’s show at the Replay Lounge was fricking great. In addition to the situational things, it had that rarest of elements these days, wherein the bands didn’t all sound alike. Don’t get me wrong: I love a standard punk bill. However, opening the show was Lawrence’s Westerners, who start out their sets sounding kind of funky, kind of jammy. It gets a few raised eyebrows on an “all-ages punk show” kind of bill, obviously, but the way this band gets progressively weirder as their set progresses never ceases to amaze.
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Helms Alee’s Ben Verellen on the band’s new album and tour

Posted in interview, live music, metal, upcoming events on March 12th, 2014 by Nick – 1 Comment

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Seattle’s Helms Alee just released their third full-length, Sleepwalking Sailors. It’s their first for label Sargent House after two LPs on Hydra Head. It’s a massive piece of work, both in terms of sound and emotional impact. The trio is currently on tour, opening for labelmates Russian Circles. That tour (also featuring the ever-brutal KEN Mode) hits the recordBar in Kansas City on Saturday, March 15. We spoke with Helms Alee guitarist Ben Verellen a while back about the new album and tour.
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High on Fire / Kvelertak / Windhand at the Granada

Posted in live music, metal, photos, reviews on December 2nd, 2013 by Nick – Be the first to comment

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In what seems to be unanimous agreement from all of the friends who were at Friday night’s show with me, High on Fire was one of the loudest fucking concerts most of us have ever seen. Given that this is a crowd of musicians, mostly, that’s not a small thing about which to quibble. For as loud as it was, and as much of a concrete box the Granada is, it sounded amazing. Every band was crystal clear, yet ear-splittingly loud.

Indeed, though: High on Fire blew some hair back at the Granada. It’s always wonderful when a an act’s not touring in support of a new album. I mean, yes — High on Fire released the two live EPs, Spitting Fire volumes 1 and 2, earlier this year, but it’s not like they had an album of all-new tunes to flog. This meant they were able to play whatever, and it made for a set full of blazing rock ‘n’ roll.
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Baroness / Coliseum at the Granada

Posted in live music, metal, punk, reviews, rock 'n' roll on June 5th, 2013 by Nick – Be the first to comment

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Last night, Georgia’s Baroness played Lawrence’s Granada Theater, with openers Coliseum. It was the first tour for the Savannah metal quartet since their April 2012 bus crash in England, as well as the departure of drummer Allen Blickle and bassist Matt Maggioni in March of this year.
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Chrome Sparks’ Jeremy Malvin on translating a bedroom project to a live band

Posted in electronic, interview, live music, upcoming events, vinyl on May 31st, 2013 by Nick – Be the first to comment

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Chrome Sparks is the project of Jeremy Malvin, a Brooklyn musician trained in classical percussion. The act originally started out as a bedroom recording, but Malvin has put together a live band when he takes it on the road. As a matter of fact, Chrome Sparks is currently opening for Anamanaguchi, with a tour that ends Tuesday, June 11, at the Echoplex in Los Angeles.
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Bitter End’s Daniel Rosen on bringing hardcore back to Lawrence

Posted in hardcore, interview, live music, upcoming events on May 17th, 2013 by Nick – Be the first to comment

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Daniel Rosen, of Texas hardcore band Bitter End, has put together a show that looks to be the first legitimate hardcore show in Lawrence in quite some time. Billed as “Gig #1,” and announcing “HARDCORE IN LAWRENCE IS BACK,” the show features Rosen’s band, as well as California’s Take Offense and Downpresser, along with locals Iron Guts Kelly and Backstabber. Rosen chatted with us about the upcoming show, how it came to be, and upcoming plans for Bitter End.
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Disappears on Live From Studio 10

Posted in indie, live music, rock 'n' roll, streaming audio / video on May 2nd, 2013 by Nick – Be the first to comment

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We went to Chicago last weekend for C2E2, and as I do in every city we visit, I hit up a bunch of record stores. And as I do every time I visit a record store in a different city, I asked for the hook-up on the best band I’ve probably not heard of back home. The dude at Reckless in Wicker Park suggested Disappears, saying that they were “probably the best live band in Chicago right now.”
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Iceage and Pujol at the Riot Room for Middle of the Map

Posted in garage rock, hardcore, live music, video on April 11th, 2013 by Nick – 1 Comment


Kansas City’s third annual Middle of the Map festival took place last weekend in Westport. In addition to photographs, we shot video of quite a few bands. We’ll be rolling out some local acts tomorrow, but in the meantime, check out video of Danish punks Iceage doing “Ecstasy,” from their new album, You’re Nothing, above and Nashville garage rockers Pujol below, performing “Mission From God,” from United States of Being.

Yo Gabba Gabba live at the Midland this weekend.

Posted in comedy, live music, reviews, streaming audio / video, upcoming events on February 20th, 2013 by Nick – Be the first to comment

yo gabba gabba liveThe past couple of weeks, I’ve been driving to work, listening to the same CD — namely, the fourth volume of the Yo Gabba Gabba “Music Is… Awesome!” series of compilations. For them’s that don’t have kids, Yo Gabba Gabba is a show on the Nick Jr. cable network, and was co-created by Christian Jacobs, who readers of this site might better know as MC Bat Commander of the Aquabats.
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The Dead Girls / The Depth & The Whisper at the Replay, 2/1/13

Posted in indie, live music, local, pop, reviews, rock 'n' roll, streaming audio / video on February 4th, 2013 by Nick – Be the first to comment


Lawrence’s power-pop quartet the Dead Girls released their latest LP, Fade In/Fade Out on Friday, and to celebrate, they played an album release party at the Replay Lounge. The group played the entirety of the new album, top to bottom, and it sounded fucking incredible.
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