The Revival Tour at the Granada on Friday night

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The long-running acoustic punk Revival Tour made its first-ever stop in Lawrence (or Kansas City) on Friday night. The Granada Theater in Lawrence was filled with folks in the mood for a sing-along. Surprisingly, though, the place wasn’t packed. Whether it was the fact that Bad Religion took everyone’s money on Monday, or that people weren’t aware that the frontmen for the Get Up Kids, Rise Against, and Hot Water Music were playing solo acoustic, the crowd was far smaller than I was planning on. Continue reading

The Anniversary almost played this year’s Middle of the Map

berwangerOn last week’s episode of the Nothing to Write Home About podcast, host Matt Pryor (the Get Up Kids, New Amsterdams, et al) was interviewing friend and fellow musician Joshua Berwanger about his time in the Anniversary and the Only Children, as well as talking about Berwanger’s new musical project, Berwanger.

In the course of the interview (which is really quite good, and a must-listen for anyone who was seeing shows in Kansas City during the mid-90s), Berwanger discusses the possibility of a reunion of his most well-known band, the Anniversary, and reveals something pretty astonishing: Continue reading

The Get Up Kids’ Matt Pryor on vinyl

tguk_landscape_color_final_72dpiBack in December, I interviewed Get Up Kids’ frontman Matt Pryor for a feature in the Pitch. That feature ran in last week’s issue, and turned out really well. However, there were portions of the conversation that really didn’t fit into the article or go with the angle I was pursuing.

However, as the first Get Up Kids full-length in nearly seven years, There Are Rules, comes out tomorrow, I felt it’d be nice to share this part of the interview, wherein Pryor discusses the band’s approach to vinyl releases.
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