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
Now that all the festivals and special events have died down, it's time to enjoy the finer points of the rock scene in Lawrence. These dog days are a time for condensation from your beer bottle to slowly drip down your fingers, a time for slow drags of your cigarette in the humid air, and a time for rock shows on a lazy night in the middle of the week.
Such was the case when Major Games took to the Replay on Wednesday night. This band stayed mainly out of view for a couple of years, but have really been popping up randomly this year.
In a grand and laid-back gesture, the band took requests and played at its leisure. Local drummer extraordinaire Kliph Scurlock, a friend AND fan of the band, even spontaneously jumped in to play drums on one of the tracks. The band's regular drummer went off to the side for this portion and air drummed along, but he wasn't the only one. Major Games is a band that fans can let loose to, drumming along and sludgingly banging their head in approval.
Here's what it looked like during the gregarious moment:
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.