Mike Krings

Mike Krings is a freelancer for the Lawrence Journal-World and lawrence.com.

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Tony Furtado picks his way into Lawrence's Westside Folk series

Blues and bluegrass are both forms of folk music, he explains, but he tries not to lean on any one genre. Furtado, hailed as a banjo savant and slide guitar blues interpreter, will bring his act to Lawrence’s Unity Church Nov. 9 as part of the Westside Folk series. While he still is best known for picking away at banjo and slide guitar, what he plays is more of a melding of styles.

Fall Arts Guide 2013

This autumn's biggest arts and entertainment happenings in Lawrence.

Do-over: Area band The Pedaljets back together after 23 years

It’s not uncommon to hear bands talk about taking a break. But when they do it’s either for a little while or forever. In the case of The Pedaljets, the Lawrence-born band that was on the cusp of national stardom, it turned out to be about a quarter century.

Japandroids find success celebrating rock

Japandroids, the Vancouver-based two-man rock band, were just about to call it quits when their music started to catch on. They’ve been touring the world essentially nonstop for the last five years and reveling in every minute of it.

Pale Hearts’ first album runs gamut of emotions

Sometimes, when a certain song comes on, you don’t know whether to dance or to cry. Pale Hearts aims to give people a little something for both urges.

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Rapper Big Boi focuses on future, wants to break from the familiar

When you’re half of one of the biggest hip-hop acts of the last 20 years, scoring No. 1 hits and selling out tours, it could be easy to stick with the familiar formula. But Big Boi, half of Outkast, isn’t interested in that.

Band of brothers: Fourth of July grows Midwest fan base

A lot of bands spit out the old cliché that the people they play with are like family. But the guys in Fourth of July mean it. By Mike Krings

Playing dead: Here Come the Mummies bringing funky, ghoulish act to Granada

Everybody has a dead rock star or two they wish they could have seen before they checked out to that great gig in the sky. Well, a bevy of long-since-buried rockers have been unearthed and will take the stage in Lawrence this week. By Mike Krings

Roots of Southern rock-blues band Delta Saints extend to Kansas

Not many bluesmen have lamented over the Sunflower State, but a pair of homegrown boys are starting to make noise with the Delta Saints, a blues-rock band that summons ghosts of the South and makes them dance to a steady rock rhythm. By Mike Krings

Replay Records to release album by local rockers Dry Bonnet

Local label Replay Records is releasing a seven-inch record for Lawrence rockers Dry Bonnet and throwing a release party. By Mike Krings

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