Posts tagged with La Guerre

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 La Guerre spread her wings at the Bottleneck

It's been a while since we checked in with La Guerre, but it was worth the wait.

Watching La Guerre is like watching a butterfly emerge from a cocoon. It's wonderful seeing how an artist like this matures, both personally and musically. The full band she's assembled to accompany her soothing synth skills is top notch, and she even brought along a brand new drummer for their Bottleneck show Saturday night.

Along with this new sense of maturity, there's something awfully comforting about Katlyn Conroy's lyrics and the way she executes them. It's like a mother patting you on the back at the end of a long day while you cry into a pillow about a boy. Somehow, mother knows best... most likely because, honey, she has BEEN there.

Conroy's perfect pitch is still exquisite to listen to, as was evidenced by the flock of fans who scuttled up to her after the set to compliment her singing. Conroy is also one of the few musicians capable of carrying out perfectly executed a cappella bits in her songs.

You can watch a video of her performance below.

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: 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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