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Legendary punk band X coming to Lawrence

Any crash course in the history of punk rock will land you right in the middle of an X album, two of which were ranked by Rolling Stone among the top 500 albums of all time.

The Vogts Sisters perform at the Kansas State Fiddling and Picking Championships

The Vogts Sisters perform at the 2015 Kansas State Fiddling and Picking Championships Sunday, Aug. 23, 2015, in South Park

Sights and sounds from the 2015 Kansas State Fiddling and Picking Championships

Sights and sounds from the 2015 Kansas State Fiddling and Picking Championships. Music by Gadjos-Chapeaux

Kansas City Connection: In the market for meat

With summer winding to a close and tailgating season right around the corner, I’d like to dedicate a hefty portion of this column to visiting three of Kansas City’s best family-owned and operated meat markets.

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Mandolin mecca: Tracing Lawrence's decades-long love affair with an old-fashioned instrument

Mike Black, 42, was in mid-twenties when he packed up and left his hometown of Salina to follow his then-girlfriend to Lawrence. The relationship didn’t last — they broke up shortly after the move, Black says — but his love affair with Lawrence and its music scene has held steady. By Joanna Hlavacek

Instrument builder Jim Triggs talks about mandolins

Jim Triggs and his son Ryan build custom mandolin and guitars by hand. Jim worked with Gibson for several years helping build mandolins and archtop guitars. Triggs' mandolins have been played by some of the top bluegrass musicians in the country.

Mountain Goats' John Darnielle coming to Lawrence Arts Center

John Darnielle, frontman of acclaimed indie folk rock band the Mountain Goats, will play a solo show next month at the Lawrence Arts Center, 940 New Hampshire St.

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Sugar Britches bring sass to bluegrass

Not all girl groups are sugar and spice; and if you don’t like that, then the gals in Sugar Britches will call you out on it… from the stage.

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Before Drakkar Sauna plays its farewell, a look back

The boisterous wailing, the twirly moustache, the science fiction-themed lyrics: they’re all key ingredients that have helped make the duo known as Drakkar Sauna a local music treasure over the last decade.

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Longtime friends and musicians Danny Pound, David Swenson to reunite for Love Garden show

Back in the late 1990s, when Danny Pound and David Swenson were just a couple of twentysomething kids tooling around with their guitars and playing offbeat gigs at local venues, Love Garden Sounds was the place to be.

Dean Monkey and the Dropouts doo-wop that thing

Band among 8 performing at this weekend's Forever Fest

Lawrence musicians will dive into all sorts of genres, from punk to garage to hip-hop. But if you’re in the mood for doo-wop, there’s only one band that will give it to you.

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Piano that once belonged to Phog Allen finds home at KU

The story of how Phog Allen's old baby grand piano made its way to the KU chancellor's residence is "a fascinating little nugget of Lawrence history."

Late, great Lawrence musician Clyde Bysom to be honored in tribute concert Saturday

Clyde Bysom was just a kid when he played his first concert with the Lawrence Boys Band at the South Park gazebo back in 1929. Bysom would return to that same gazebo — with his trusty clarinet or saxophone in hand — on several hundred occasions over the next eight decades, for Wednesday night concerts with the Lawrence City Band starting in 1949 as well as gigs with the dozens of local groups he belonged to throughout his lifetime. By Joanna Hlavacek

Young international piano competition winners to perform Saturday

Winners from this week's International Institute for Young Musicians International Piano Competition will perform at a special concert Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at the Lawrence Arts Center, 940 New Hampshire St.

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Chasing the sensation: How Ebony Tusks’ Marty Hillard returned to hip-hop

Ebony Tusks is, unmistakably, one of the most recognizable and well-loved hip-hop acts in Lawrence right now.

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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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