I'm willing to bet that more than one Lawrence indie music lover had a bit of a joy-conniption (I count myself) over the huge news Monday that Liberty Hall will host not only Morrissey but also the lesser-known-but-highly-influential Jeff Mangum. They're both great gets for Lawrence. Mangum plays Jan. 18.
Mangum is the singer-songwriter behind Neutral Milk Hotel and its coming-to-be-iconic, highly cryptic and highly praised 1998 album In the Aeroplane Over the Sea.
Tickets go on sale via Tickmaster online at 1 p.m. Thursday, a time that was reportedly moved up from Friday to prevent an overload of Mangum and Morrissey fans. For the extra anxious, Liberty, 644 Mass., will start selling in-person at 10 a.m. Prices there are $27.50 for general admission and $35.50 for reserved balcony. (With Ticketmaster's fees, they're charging $34.30/$43.55, but note that Liberty is cash-only.)
A portion of the ticket sales ($1 per ticket) is set to go to Children of the Blue Sky, a charity that aims to help street children in Mongolia.
Mangum doesn't tour often, though he has sporadically played larger festivals (and Occupy Wall Street) in the past year or so.
Mammoth Productions and Liberty Hall announced a major show today, as English iconoclast Morrissey will descend on our fair town Feb. 2.
Tickets go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. through Ticketmaster.
The former lead singer of the Smiths is touring with St. Louis native Kristeen Young. Morissey hasn't released an album since 2009's "Years of Refusal." He announced the postponement of his U.S. tour last month after his mother took ill. His autobiography is scheduled to be released some time next month.
Sure, there's a ton of great music this weekend. Local acts and some emerging national artists will peddle their sounds across town. But there are also some interesting lectures that will help you work that brain muscle. Know of any Best Bets we're missing? Tweet 'em to us: @lcom.
Part activist summit-part candidate forum, this event focuses on issues affecting Lawrence's LGBT population. Speakers will hit on topics ranging from faith and culture to race and family. Local candidates have been invited to mingle, starting at 6:30 at Maceli's, 1031 New Hampshire.
Why did acclaimed 19th century photographer take her own life by drinking a chemical developer from her darkroom? Natalie Dykstra, Fellow of the Massachusetts Historical Society and associate professor of English at Hope College in Holland, Mich., takes us through Adams' life, explaining how she went from a rising star to a torn soul in three years. The lecture starts at 7:30.
"Hailing from San Francisco's vital garage rock scene, psychedelic-pop outfit The Fresh & Onlys distinguished themselves from their peers with powerful songcraft in addition to the requisite level of fuzz." Check out the rest of Chance Dibben's preview of the show, which starts at 8.
Sub Pop artist Daughn Gibson brings a trippy, ethereal sound punctuated by a deep baritone that calls to mind Urge Overkill. He hits up the Replay with local indies the Hips and the up-and-coming, Bon Iver-esque Y(our) F(riend).
Ukes, banjos and good ol' drunken sing alongs mark the KC Bear Fighters' sound. This matinee show kicks off at 6.
An acoustic show at the intimate Gaslight.
This is not Radio Romantica, but it would be funny if it were.
Brooklyn-based DIYers Matt & Kim bring lo-fi anthems and head-bobbing melodies. They might even strip down to their birthday suits, as they did in their "Lessons Learned" video. Probably not, though.
Lewis Lindsay Dyche was the original Most Interesting Man in the world. He traveled the globe, bringing back exotic plants and animals back to Lawrence. They became to Dyche Natural History Museum on campus. Historian Bill Sharp will dissect Dyche's legacy, and actor Chris Roady will interpret his life. See Matt Erickson's story on Dyche here.