Stories for April 2009

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Thursday, April 30

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Ramble On

The Midday Ramblers release new album, organize benefit show

Wednesday, April 29

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Barack and Awe: The first 100 days

After 3 months in office, the new president has yet to solve a global swine flu pandemic, irreversible climate change, a failing economy, two wars in the Middle East, and the threat of nuclear annihilation...

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Unhip Hop

Straight outta comic-con, a crazy muggle frakker named MC Chris

While MC Chris has often been dismissed as a niche performer in the genre coined as “nerd-core,” he’s an undeniably talented lyricist and rapper who takes his music very seriously—he just happens to bust rhymes about pizza and Spider-Man.

Tuesday, April 28

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Style Scout: Rockelle Meagher

Boots and vintage accessories are my bag...

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Global hamdemic

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24-hour cable news networks have been urging calm, with headlines such as “Stockpiling Weapons: A Good Idea to Combat the Zombie Hogs Which Will Rise Up to Devour Us All?"

Monday, April 27

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Gnarly!

BMXers crash campus (legally!), a sign of the sport's persistent popularity

On May 2, a mildly historic event will take place. BMX freestylers, a scourge for many a year to the KU campus along with their skateboarding and rollerblading brethren, will grind away without hassle from the fuzz...

Sunday, April 26

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TOWNIE GUIDE TO…behavioral bar science

Bartender, server, enjoys wine and bouldering...

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Size Matters

KC’s Olympic Size makes music for “pivotal, dramatic scenes,” as seen on MTV's Real World

With a name like Olympic Size, a band really ought to crank their amps to 11 and perform athletic feats of guitar-tapping and drum-soloing. The KC of that name is quite the opposite, purveying a slow and spacious brand of so-called “sadcore” (though it’s not really that depressing)...

Saturday, April 25

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Beareaved

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"Golden Girl" Bea Arthur died at 86...

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Child iBuse

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Hot new "Baby Shaker" app removed from iPhone App Store shelves...

Friday, April 24

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Save & Splurge: Kacie Brown

Shopping is for hipsters.

Thursday, April 23

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Fresh Meat

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The country’s No. 8-rated high school basketball senior selects KU...

Wednesday, April 22

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Townie guide to... Comic-conning

With Kara Holcombe—comic book conventioneer, ultimate bitch killer, and knitter.

Tuesday, April 21

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The Godfather II (PS3)

The Godfather II features some genuinely intriguing and innovative systems that emulate a mafia lifestyle like no game before it, but its glitches, repetitive nature, and laughable AI ensure that it ends up being nothing more than a few good ideas in a broken package.

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GILF Fight!

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Sebelius vs. Palin! The Silver Fox vs. the Raging Moose! Gubernatorial gladiatrixes get freaky!

Monday, April 20

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Save & Splurge: Michelle Marino

How to get eighty miles on a tank of gas.

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Fly-Ass Rapper

Greg Enemy makes his grand entrance with two EPs and some lifted glasses

If you think local hip-hop has fallen off the map, you probably haven't heard Greg Enemy yet...

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Verses

It’s National Poetry Month, and it’s your civic duty to write and read and think all the poetry you can before the month is through.

Sunday, April 19

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Mark of the Beast

Charles S. McVey unleashes his 'Animal,' a meditation on faith and desire

Let's just get it out of the way—yes, Charles McVey is really getting peed on by Jesus in his new CD’s album art.

Saturday, April 18

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The Lew Deal

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KU Athletic Department anal about retention.

Friday, April 17

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Style Scout: Melissa Sowards

Simple and classic, but with a little bit of edginess.

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Style Scout: Louis Anajjar

A poor ethnic kid looking at a James Dean poster.

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Style Scout: Kayleigh Nichols

I wear men's antiperspirant because I like the smell of pine trees.

Thursday, April 16

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Guitar Hero: Metallica (360)

Something tells me that the long-haired, hard-partying Metallica of the mid-80s would be more than a little surprised if you showed them these videos of them in 2009 sporting short hair and skin-tight mocap suits with little ping pong balls all over them.

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Teabagging the Face of Liberty

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Tax deadline marked by protesters who obviously don't know how to use Urban Dictionary.

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Art stolen from Bourgeois Pig exhibit

Please help to make it known that this is not only unacceptable, but reprehensible, and that Lawrence is small enough that someone will eventually see these artworks....

Wednesday, April 15

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Guantanamo Vacay

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Obama eases embargo on Cuba, college student wearing Che t-shirt ironically has no idea what you're talking about.

Tuesday, April 14

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The Bark of the Moral Universe

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Obamas finally have lap dog other than elitist liberal media run by George Soros and ACORN.

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Undivided retention

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Aldrich and Collins decide to ride out the recession with another year of college...

Monday, April 13

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Save & Splurge: Lindsay Major

I know people hate merlot these days, but if you find a really good one, it can be amazing.

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Townie Guide to … Aw, screw it, who the hell cares?

Tim Hjersted, Films for Action media revolutionary

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The Fierce and the Fabulous

Lawrence fashion scene raises roof, awareness

God help us — Lawrence is hosting two fashion shows on the same day.

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Don’t Adjust Your Antenna

KC’s Antennas Up puts their nerdiness to the test

We often forget that not all nerds are created equal. Luckily, the Kansas City band Antennas Up is here to set everyone straight.

Sunday, April 12

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Style Scout: Will Vannerson

Utility chic.

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Style Scout: Christian Kennedy

Hangover chic.

Saturday, April 11

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He Who Smelt It, Drew It

Artist and Lawrence ex-pat Travis Millard returns with some fresh fudge

Although he’s called L.A. home since 2001, Travis Millard's work is still strewn about town—perhaps mostly prominently on the back porch of the Replay—usually signed “tm2.” Millard returns to Lawrence this week for two engagements.

Thursday, April 9

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WWE Legends of Wrestlemania (360)

Overall, this is a package that does a great job of appealing to its target audience - longtime WWE fans. For those that aren't familiar with the history of the Pay-Per-View or wrestling in general, there's far less to like here.

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Monsters vs. Aliens (360)

Considering its demographic, Monsters vs. Aliens does a perfectly good job of being what it needed to be - a simple, enjoyable title aimed at younger gamers that liked the film.

Wednesday, April 8

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Flaccid Election

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Lawrence voters make an indifference at the ballot box.

Tuesday, April 7

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Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars (DS)

It really is incredible that Rockstar managed to put so much of the GTA experience into Nintendo's insanely popular portable. Chinatown Wars is a true addition to the GTA series, and stands up to the level of quality that the franchise has exhibited in its last several titles.

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Six Appeal

6x6 show proves it’s not the size of the art, but how you use it

Said that loony broad in the turban from “Sunset Boulevard,” Norma Desmond, “I am big, it’s the pictures that got small.” Most of the artists in the 6x6 show, while not suffering from the megalomaniacal dementia of Ms. Desmond, might tend to agree...

Monday, April 6

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Urban Planting

A guide for getting your garden growing

Almost anyone can take steps towards creating their own food sources. Starting a garden in whatever space you have available is patriotic, rebellious, political, and most of all, freeing. But it does take some work.

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Townie guide to… rabbit Jesus eggs

Everyone knows our traditions are really just fluffy symbols from pagan Spring rites and rituals—because it’s hard to get kids pumped up about blood and poop and dead bodies and grieving mothers and reformed whores.

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The Cherry Only Falls So Far from the Tree

Sibling songwriting duo leads KC band’s debut CD

Alternating between mighty guitar rock and softer elements like folky banjo and whispered vocals, Kansas City's The Cherry Tree Parade comes out of the gate strong on its debut recording.

Sunday, April 5

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Style Scout: Gypsy Williams-Ratzlaff

Tacky, trashy bag lady.

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Style Scout: Sabastion Simmons

I don't like when people wear bright yellow snakeskin pants, or animal-print pants in general.

Saturday, April 4

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Save & Splurge: Randy Schwartz

I'm a master at coasting—driving without using the gas pedal. You've got to play the hills.

Friday, April 3

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Fight for Your Right to Hoodie

The Lucha Narrative starts selling cool stuff for righteous causes

The interwebs just birthed a teeny Lawrence-based website that might make our world a better place.

Wednesday, April 1

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Dame On!

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KU women's team proves once again they have more balls than men.

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Fuzzy Kathematics

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Gov. Sebelius the latest client of H&R Cock Block.