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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

Rob Zombie promises epic theatrics in upcoming Topeka show

It’s hard work being this evil.

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Regeneration: Singer Sam Baker celebrates K.C.’s Folly Theater

Theater and singer thriving after peering at death

Sometimes when destruction is near and the ravages of time and violence threaten to win out, beauty can overcome.

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Brotherly punks: Homeschooled teenage trio Radkey tread an unlikely path

Meet the brothers Radkey, who are dreaming big before they can even drink.

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KC's Making Movies making music without barriers

An upcoming record and a growing audience has the Latin-indie fusion group feeling good.

Teacher, author, singer, smile: Flecktones and Dave Matthews alum Victor Wooten keeps busy on and off the stage

"I hate to even say that, but there’s something very sensual and soft about female vocalists that you have to understand to support them properly with your instrument, especially with the bass."

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The Dead Girls live

Chevy Music Showcase, Daytrotter session bring Lawrence band to the masses

Lawrence rockers The Dead Girls will soon appear on your television as part of a new local music series sponsored by Chevy.

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Come together: Split Lip Rayfield, Bad Livers members see no limits to new project

Members of Split Lip Rayfield and the Bad Livers join forces for a summer tour that hits Lawrence Saturday.

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Heartless Bastards shoot straight with latest release, 'Arrow'

100 degrees in a packed Lawrence bar? "That there is rock and roll," says singer and guitarist Erika Wennerstrom.

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Deer Tick: down with stadiums, up with dive bars!

"Give us the opportunity and we'll play our asses off for you," says Deer Tick front man John McCauley.

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Up the Academy's new release on Replay Records a local, DIY effort

In business, they say it’s who you know that counts. Turns out that can also be the case in rock and roll.

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Yonder Mountain String Band gets into the string of things

Lawrence is no stranger to bluegrass that’s been sped up, punked out or generally molded with sensibilities that your grandparents and purists wouldn’t approve of.

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New Amsterdams please crowd with upbeat indie pop

Like any good basketball strategist, Matt Pryor had a plan B in case the preferred course of action didn’t work out. Had the Jayhawks, who had played North Carolina State in the Sweet Sixteen earlier in the evening, lost, the heartbreaking ballads were at the ready.

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For funk vets Galactic, every day is Mardi Gras

Galactic keeps finding ways to keep it fresh, including a remake of the most classic of Mardi Gras songs.

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No gimmick: Portland's Blind Pilot are finally getting recognized for the right reasons

Even though it’s felt like spring all winter long, the folks in Blind Pilot won’t be among those breaking out the bicycles to enjoy the sunshine.

Record review: "Red Wedding" by Archetype

It’s not every time around an album comes right out and sums up what its creators are up to and where they’re going. Lawrence hip hop outfit Archetype spells out its status on “All In” and “Last Time,” the first two cuts on its third and final album.

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Lawrence hip-hop duo Archetype says goodbye with its final record, "Red Wedding"

Lawrence hip hop duo Archetype started making music together in 1997 and is bowing out with its latest - and final - release, "Red Wedding."