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Open season: Growing open mic night scene an opportunity for musicians to hone their craft

When you start talking to Nicholas St. James about open mic night, it takes about half a second for him to perk up and get really animated on the subject. That’s because in Lawrence, open mic night is not some boring stage where nervous songwriters try their hand at live music.

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After reunion, alternative rock band Failure kicking off tour at Liberty Hall

When Failure decided to reunite, they went big.

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Players and listeners: Paper Buffalo’s sound-seeking journey to Lawrence Field Day Fest

You wouldn’t guess this by looking at them, but Paper Buffalo sounds wise beyond their years. The indie-rockers will be among over 50 bands playing during the Lawrence Field Day Festival this weekend.

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ICYMI: It's Free State Festival week

Free State Festival has officially begun, and will features lots of art, film, food and music events throughout this week. Check out all our preview coverage in one place.

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JEFF the Brotherhood shows that freedom rocks

JEFF the Brotherhood is finally getting a taste of freedom. Earlier this year, brothers Jamin and Jake Orrall were cut by Warner Bros. Records just as they were about to release a new album. Instead of mourning the loss, they celebrated it.

Modest Mouse returning to Lawrence for Liberty Hall show this September

On the heels of an album that took almost a decade to make, Modest Mouse is coming to Lawrence for a Sept. 1 show at ...

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Free State Fest concerts bring week-long party to downtown

A free outdoor George Clinton concert headlines a week of music events during the Free State Festival.

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Buzz Osborne and The Melvins bringing iconic sound, strong opinions to Lawrence

Buzz Osborne will insist that nobody ever listens to him, but the man behind The Melvins is actually full of good ideas.

Kansas City Connection: Stones headline summer's biggest KC concerts

Looking ahead to Kansas City’s summer concert lineup.

'Song to the Cicadas' celebrates rare insects

It's the summer of the cicada here in Lawrence, in case you hadn't heard — and with all that gosh darn buzzing, how could you ...

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Music camp teaching girls how to rock in more ways than one

It’s only the first day of the Girls Rock! Lawrence summer camp, but a quartet of middle school-aged girls gathered in an upstairs classroom at St. John’s Catholic School has already come up with a name for their fledgling group: The Extraterrestrigirlz. The camp is helping teach about 20 young female musicians how to make music and empower them on and off the stage. By Joanna Hlavacek

Sunflower Music Festival to feature artists with KU, global ties

The 29th annual Sunflower Music Festival returns to Washburn University’s White Hall this weekend, bringing with it musicians from the Lawrence region and across the globe. The festival, which kicks off Friday and runs until June 13 in Topeka, will include 10 concerts of classical, chamber and jazz music.

Library's Lawrence Music Project aims to archive, share local music

The Lawrence Public Library is helping to archive local bands past and present in a new initiative called the Lawrence Music Project.

Entertainment Weekly calls Kawehi a DIY megastar

We here at headquarters have been fans of Lawrence's resident DIY, one-woman electronic band Kawehi for some time now, and we're not alone. With ...

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The Storyteller from Stax: Booker T. Jones kicks off library’s 780s Series

It was back in the ’70s that legendary blues musician Booker T. Jones discovered the importance of storytelling. The hall-of-fame musician will be sharing some of his stories Thursday night at Liberty Hall.