Get to know the Farmer's Ball semi-finalists

From 60 local band submissions, whittled down to 16 by KJHK/SUA committee members, and sliced in half by the community through online voting, eight bands will go head-to-head this Saturday, April 19 at The Bottleneck, at 8 p.m. This is the 20th year of this battle of the local/regional bands. It’s the second year the two organizations have been able to offer monetary prizes: the top reward being $2,000 and runner up receiving $1,000.

Mates of State: the ultimate power couple born out of Lawrence

Mates of State will be performing a stripped-down set at 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Granada.

John Cale always reinventing himself

John Cale is this month’s featured Nine Forty Live artist at Lawrence Arts Center, performing a variety of material from his six decades of studio albums (his latest, “Shifty Adventures In Nookie Wood”) with a backing band at 8 p.m. April 15. In true Cale fashion, there’s going to be some surprises in the mix to look forward to, but anyone familiar with his live shows already know not to come prepared to hear exact renditions they’ve heard in the past

She is Kawehi: One-woman band becomes Internet sensation

If you frequent this ol’ thing called the Internet, you've probably stumbled across the virality of Lawrence’s own one-woman band Kawehi, who has just within the last month managed to get the attention of publications like Esquire, Elle, The Huffington Post and Spin — not to mention even more websites — with the video release of a casual practice-run of a song cover.

Looking Forward: April 3-9

MIDDLE OF MAP FEST APRIL 3-5 [KANSAS CITY PICK] Have you gotten your tickets yet? Lot of locals in the mix on all three days ...

St. Vincent shreds crowd to pieces in genre-bending performance

It’s safe to say the good people of Lawrence who ventured out to the St. Vincent concert last night walked out of Liberty Hall looking ...

Soweto Gospel Choir to uplift Lied Center with messages of peace and love

Soweto Gospel Choir performs traditional South African gospels and celebratory songs learned as young children in the church, as well as covers of many Christian cultures, reggae, and American popular music. They will bring this joyous music to life onstage at the Lied Center on March 29 at 7:30 p.m., with traditional high-energy choreography, percussion djembe rhythms and traditional clothing in bright colors and with vibrant patterns.

Meet Middle Twin and the team that helped transform them

The last time I spoke with Middle Twin, they were Brain Food, and that name change inspired quite a few changes that have done wonders ...

Looking Forward: March 20-26

Fenster From Berlin, by way of New York, Fenster recorded their first album Bones before ever playing live together. The band was born from a ...

2014 Spring Arts Guide

Mark your calendars for some hot events of the spring season including touring musicians, community productions and exhibitions.

Ladysmith Black Mambazo spreading peace 50 years later

Performing from their latest album, "Always With Us," at Liberty Hall today, members of Ladysmith Black Mambazo bring their messages of peace to Lawrence on a tour (and album) dedicated to founder Joseph Shabalala’s wife, who was shot and killed by a masked gunman in 2002.

'Trail Mix' celebrates 20 years on air with special St. Patrick's Day concert

KPR's “Trail Mix” is celebrating its 20th anniversary at Liberty Hall this Sunday night, March 16, at 7:30, with a St. Patrick’s Day concert featuring singer-songwriter Ashley Davis and fiddler Liz Carroll.

Dr. Dog brought 'sweet soul and heavy metal' to LFK last night

In perfect timing with last night’s beautiful spring-like weather, Lawrence felt very much itself as Dr. Dog appeared onstage of Liberty with a standing marquee ...

Dr. Dog takes barebones approach to building a new record

Dr. Dog's latest album B-Room reflects a more organic sound recorded in their new studio converted from an old silversmith mill by all six members before even starting on the music.

Looking Forward: Feb. 27-March 5

Fox and the Bird Based on the band name alone, if I said this was a folk group, would you really be surprised? Combining rich ...

Music therapy: Healing through the power of song

Violet Russell holds a 'snowflake' as she dances around a class taught by Sarah Niileksela, a practicing music therapist. Ten years ago, maybe 25 percent of an introductory music therapy class at Kansas University had seen a news story about the field, says KU associate professor of music therapy Dena Register. Now they say they’ve known about the career since eighth grade, she says, a quick change she credits to fairly recent publicity. By Nadia Imafidon