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Sugar Britches to boast new lineup at fundraiser tonight

Some midweek merriment is in store for Lawrence.

Our favorite foul-mouthed songsters, Sugar Britches, will be playing a benefit show on Wednesday for the Lawrence Community Photo Studio. The studio has had a tight relationship with the band, and even hosted them for a popular Final Fridays event over the summer. In return, Sugar Britches will be helping raise funds for the studio with a performance there.

The band will come armed with a new lineup. Previously, they performed as a four-piece, but have now added some percussion via Kimberly Simonetti. They've told us this is a permanent fixture.

The studio currently acts as a space for up-and-coming photographers, darkroom classes, gallery shows, equipment workshops and more. But it also has served as a strong ally to the musicians. "The folks at Lawrence Community Photo Studio are good friends of ours, and they have helped us out in the past," says Sugar Britches' Monica Greenwood, who also admitted the band "jumped" at the opportunity to return the favor. "We really liked the idea of giving back to the Lawrence community that has given us an overwhelming amount of support this year."

You can catch the benefit show this Wednesday at the studio, 720 E. 9th St., Suite 6.

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Beach Slang bringing raw, nostalgic rock sound to the Jackpot

The Jackpot is one of those places to see bands right before they take off, and we have a feeling Wednesday's show will follow the pattern.

That's where Beach Slang, a rapidly rising band out of Philadelphia, is set to draw out anyone who loves guitar rock and wears nostalgia on their sleeve. The current rock scene is littered with punk bands bands trying to pander to everyone's nostalgic woes, but most of kind of blow it (oof). Beach Slang is not one of those bands.

James Snyder and his bandmates are propelled by an authentic, raw and emotional fuel that appeals to both their mature and younger listeners. If you come to the Jackpot on Wednesday, there's a good chance there will be a few KU students thrashing at the front of the stage, while the older folk find that familiar "sweet spot" at the venue that allows them to take in all of the perfectly resonating and explosive guitars saturated with '90s wistfulness.

Beach Slang's appeal to a wide audience is a blessing because it could be the band that puts the final nail in the coffin on poorly constructed pop punk. It's allowing listeners to let their guard down and replant their rock roots into something organic and authentic.

Photo courtesy: Craig Scheihing

— Fally Afani is a freelance writer and editor of I Heart Local Music. She enjoys long walks, photography and rock and roll. She does not like cats, but makes exceptions for the ones at Love Garden. For more local music coverage, visit iheartlocalmusic.com.

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Something and the Whatevers loves local bands, will cover their songs at upcoming show

We know what it's like to "heart local music," but Something and the Whatevers may have outdone us this time.

Something and the Whatevers has never kept their love for local bands a secret. The band's guitarist even hosts KJHK's local music show "Plow the Fields" on 90.7 FM. But this Thursday, they're putting that local love in the spotlight with a set consisting entirely of songs by other local bands.

Their set is part of a covers show at the Replay. Me Like Bees will cover The White Stripes, which makes perfect sense seeing as how the frontman's voice is a dead ringer for Jack White's. The show will be headlined by an LCD Soundsystem Tribute featuring members of The Noise FM, Bonzo Madrid, and Blane Fonda.

But it's Something and the Whatevers' set that grabbed our attention. Songs by beloved Lawrence and Kansas City bands — including Major Games, Your Friend, and The ACBs — will make an appearance. They've covered local bands before, including The Sluts, Dean Monkey and the Dropouts, and La Guerre. Their La Guerre cover was particularly impressive because it required one of the singers' voice to reach heights only attainable by Katlyn Conroy.

That's something folks tend to forget about Something and the Whatevers. They may seem like a silly, loud band on the surface. But underneath is some highly impressive musical skill. Instead of hearing obnoxious shouting from the keyboard player, look down at his hands and see how swiftly they fly up and down the keys while messing with settings on the laptop. He also had to program "Tiny G," the robot they tout at all their shows now. The guitarist should also grab your attention. Look past the comical lyrics and you'll see a proficient guitarist with pitch perfect vocals.

You can watch these accomplished musicians in action when they play songs written by other Lawrence bands starting at 9 p.m. Thursday at the Replay

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Girls Rock! campers keep on rocking, will celebrate CD release this weekend

Girls Rock! campers are celebrating a release of their new CD this Saturday at the Cider Gallery.

Girls Rock! campers are celebrating a release of their new CD this Saturday at the Cider Gallery. by Fally Afani

It seems I can't go two weeks without hearing from someone about the positive, lingering effects of Girls Rock! Camp. Now, once again, young women in Lawrence will have their voices heard.

The Girls Rock! campers are getting together for a celebration, this time for their CD release party. Over the summer, young women in Lawrence attended the camp to learn about empowerment through music. At the end of the week, they were performing in rock bands on the Bottleneck stage. It was a high point of the summer for many Lawrence music lovers and scenesters because even if you weren't involved with the camp, you likely knew someone who was.

During that time, the girls recorded songs that they wrote at the Lawrence Public Library in the Sound + Vision Studio. This weekend, they'll finally be celebrating the release at Cider Gallery, 810 Pennsylvania St. The celebration takes place at 6 p.m. Saturday, and will feature a screening of footage from the camp and showcase, recorded by Women of Lawrence Film (WOLF). Afterward, DJ Kimbarely Legal will get the dance party started. You can hear a sample of what the girls have been working on below.

Local musicians, including members of Youngest Children, La Guerre, The Ovaries-eez, and Heidi Gluck, had a big role in the camp. They volunteered several hours of their time to teach the girls how to play music and how to use those skills to empower themselves.

"I want them to see what we worked on this year. I want to show how life-changing this weeklong camp was for many girls," Gluck says. "It was beyond music, it was beyond rock and roll. It was all about feeling confident by the end of the week, and we heard that from a lot of parents. Not only did their girls learn how to play instruments, but they grew into themselves as human beings."

This is a free event and all ages are invited to attend. If you purchase merch (or the CD) at the event, the proceeds go toward making sure the event can happen again in the future. Considering the overwhelming turnout for the camp's first year this summer, that's likely to happen.

Note: This post originally appeared on I Heart Local Music.

— Fally Afani is a freelance writer and editor of I Heart Local Music. She enjoys long walks, photography and rock and roll. She does not like cats, but makes exceptions for the ones at Love Garden. For more local music coverage, visit iheartlocalmusic.com.

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Watch: Godzillionaire terrorizes the Jackpot

Crotch rock is on the rise in Lawrence. If it wasn't clear from the likes of Gnarly Davidson, then Godzillionaire has sealed the deal.

On Friday night they shook the Jackpot stage with their terrorizing brand of grunge. They stomped around the stage, growled heavily, and slayed with sweet guitar riffs. This band likes to play around with tempos, but breaks it up with different sections. We seriously don't know where one song ends and another begins.

Their stage presence is truly intimidating, though. As an audience member, you're not sure if they're going to kick you in the teeth or tear themselves apart. Godzillionaire is like the Tool fan who's drunk and alone at the bar and wants to fight you. You don't want to do it, but you kind of want to see what would happen because some men just like to watch the world burn.

The terrifying band's been in the studio lately, so you'll hear a lot more from them soon.

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Watch: Something and the Whatevers cover La Guerre

This might be the best thing you see on the Internet today.

Something and the Whatevers aren't just a local band, they're a band that loves all things local. That includes other local musicians. On Saturday, they proved their love for Lawrence with an outstanding set at Middle of the Map Fest. In the past, we've seen them bust out covers of other local bands, including Dean Monkey and the Dropouts and The Sluts. But on Saturday, they introduced a cover of La Guerre's "Any Other."

La Guerre makes really beautiful, soothing, and ethereal-sounding music. But on this day, Something and the Whatevers applied everything they know about making loud, obnoxious noises to the song. What erupted was a spunky little pop-punk melody with blasting vocals. It was pretty impressive.

Something and the Whatevers may come off as a goofy little band, but in actuality they're fairly talented and dynamic. They can tackle any song, add their own flavor, and produce tunes that are catchy as all heck. On this particular cover, you may hear someone screaming at the mic as hard as he can, but he's actually hitting all those notes perfectly… something we've only seen the amazing songstress behind La Guerre do. If anything, this just reinforces what we already knew. La Guerre writes really amazing, perfect, and wonderful songs.

Words and photos by Fally Afani

Note: This post originally appeared on I Heart Local Music.

— Fally Afani is a freelance writer and editor of I Heart Local Music. She enjoys long walks, photography and rock and roll. She does not like cats, but makes exceptions for the ones at Love Garden. For more local music coverage, visit iheartlocalmusic.com.

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Local bands bring Lawrence to Middle of the Map Fest

Middle of the Map Fest is a big festival. This year saw more than 100 bands scattered across several stages in Westport, and only a handful of those bands were from Lawrence. While large bands like Murder By Death, Peter Hook & The Light, and OK Go impressed with lively performances, Lawrence bands had a little something up their sleeves as well.

Bonzo Madrid was one of the first local bands to play, and he hit the recordBar stage solo on Friday night. CJ Calhoun's songwriting prowess is really starting to take a definitive form. Seeing Bonzo Madrid songs performed live is nothing short of astonishing. Calhoun has mastered a labyrinth of pedals and loops to create spacious sounds on his guitar and reverb-saturated vocals that could lift you off the ground if you close your eyes and concentrate hard enough.

Spirit is the Spirit hit the big outdoor stage on Saturday. Watching these majestic musicians perform is heavenly. Their soothing songs feel like a gentle, warm hug. The frontman's long and golden locks flow gently in the wind while the bright lights of the big stage shine through, making him look a little bit like an angel. Yes, watching Spirit is the Spirit is a very spiritual experience. They're technically a psychedelic band, but they can also feel a little folky and comforting.

On the other end of the spectrum, Arc Flash got really weird at the Riot Room. They played perhaps their best show yet, nailing that exciting, thrilling space-punk sound over a solid driving beat. They also wore their "Sunday best," jumped into the crowd, and rocked the heck out… all while maintaining that fashionable chip on their shoulder. Arc Flash is very quickly shooting to the top of the local scene, and should be watched in dark corners of downtown as often as possible.

Something and the Whatevers continued serving their new robot overlord, a trend they started at SXSW. The giant talking iPod now dictates what goes on during most of their set. The band has been steadily playing songs from their last album for more than a year, but at their Middle of the Map Fest set, they knocked out a lot of new tunes. This could be a sign of another album on the horizon, should their robot master allow it.

The Sluts have gotten so popular in Kansas City that it took no time at all to fill the Riot Room. In fact, we saw fans leave other shows and sprint down just to catch their performance. The all-too-short set left everyone hungry, and the crotch-rock duo will be feeding that appetite this summer with a series of big, iconic performances in both Lawrence and Kansas City. Stay tuned.

— Fally Afani is a freelance writer and editor of I Heart Local Music. She enjoys long walks, photography and rock and roll. She does not like cats, but makes exceptions for the ones at Love Garden. For more local music coverage, visit iheartlocalmusic.com.

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Why local musicians shouldn’t miss the MixMaster 2015 Music Conference

If you are in any way involved with local music, you might want to sign up for an upcoming conference.

MixMaster 2015 is an event that helps local musicians connect with industry professionals such as journalists, record labels, promoters and more. The conference helps musicians learn about anything from copyright issues to production.

Speaking of which, this year's conference is adding production workshops at the Lawrence Public Library's Sound + Vision studio on Friday, May 1, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Producers and engineers will share their knowledge with attendees. Later that night at 7 p.m., Five Bar & Tables will host a Songwriter Night.

The actual music conference takes play the next day on Saturday, May 2, at the Bottleneck from noon to 5 p.m. The venue will also host a live showcase later that night.

I Heart Local Music attended MixMaster 2015 last year and was thoroughly impressed with the plethora of necessary knowledge available to local musicians. We encourage anyone to attend conference and showcase, spearheaded by Silly Goose Records.

You can RSVP to the event on Facebook here, or go to MixMaster's website here.

— Fally Afani is a freelance writer and editor of I Heart Local Music. She enjoys long walks, photography and rock and roll. She does not like cats, but makes exceptions for the ones at Love Garden. For more local music coverage, visit iheartlocalmusic.com.

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Brace yourselves: Record Store Day is coming

Record Store Day is this Saturday, and Love Garden Sounds will be having a sale on top of selling the day's exclusive releases.

Record Store Day is this Saturday, and Love Garden Sounds will be having a sale on top of selling the day's exclusive releases.

By now the staff at Love Garden is in busy mode getting ready for Record Store Day, an annual event that draws music aficionados to local record stores across the country.

RSD is this Saturday and features loads of exclusive releases. Love Garden set up an event page on Facebook and says they'll send out an email the night before detailing all the RSD merchandise they'll have in stock. You can sign up for the email list over at www.lovegardensounds.com. They'll also post those items on the Facebook event page and take your questions online.

There will be some perks for those hitting the downtown store on Saturday. If you spend $50 or more there, you'll get a credit slip for 10 percent of your ticket subtotal to use on a future visit. Additionally, Love Garden merchandise (T-shirts, hoodies, bags, etc.) will be 25 percent off on RSD.

If you're lining up for the event on Saturday, employees will hand out numbers to people waiting in line before they open. The order of those numbers determines who gets their hands on exclusive items first. The store is allowing each person to grab five items to purchase from the exclusives table.

Whether you end up grabbing loads of music or just browsing, it's a fun community event for music lovers. Waiting in line hardly feels like a chore, as most attendees tend to excitedly chat about their various tastes in music.

— Fally Afani is a freelance writer and editor of I Heart Local Music. She enjoys long walks, photography and rock and roll. She does not like cats, but makes exceptions for the ones at Love Garden. For more local music coverage, visit iheartlocalmusic.com.

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