Posts tagged with The Replay

One-man band Monster masters beautiful buildups

If you’ve ever been fascinated by the art of building a song, Monster’s a great place to start.

The one-man-wonder treated the Replay to one of his yearly performances on Friday night. The sole performer — armed with a set of keys, buttons, mics, guitars and a highway system of wires — is grand fun to watch. You’re there for every step as he constructs a song, starting with repeating keyboard bits and drumbeats, then eventually looping in guitar rhythms and vocal harmonies.

On this night, his dreamy synth numbers were backed by accidental yet appropriate percussion, courtesy of the bleeps and bloops of the pinball machines behind him. Monster’s music is exquisitely ethereal, so all the space noises from those pinball machines were nearly mistaken as part of the act.

Here’s a clip of one of his songs, featuring his knack for beautifully subtle buildups.

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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The Sluts new music video pays tribute to their fans

This weekend when The Sluts hit the stage at the Replay, the audience will no doubt go nuts. That's a bit of an understatement, and a point we've made repeatedly.

The Sluts' fans are one of the funnest groups of concert-goers to watch in Lawrence. They thrash, they dance, they throw each other around (literally, we've watched them pick each other up and toss bodies across the room).

So the music video they just released (with the help of I Heart Local Music) makes sense. It's an homage to the fans we helped them create. The fans are showcased against a blank background so that you can see them in their lively glory without distraction. The video was created in Lawrence for your viewing pleasure ahead of their Replay show this weekend. Enjoy what the rockers (and their fans) have to offer before partying with them on Saturday:

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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Maria the Mexican the best of two music genres in one

We won’t sugarcoat it: Maria the Mexican is a female-fronted force.

The band delighted the Replay with an early patio show Friday, providing completely flawless harmonies full of crescendoing and various intensities. The band can seamlessly switch between rustic Americana and moody Mexican numbers, providing the best of both worlds.

There’s no need for a drummer in this band — the dancers will come out, as they did on this night. A fierce fiddle and guitar solos that flirt with danger on the higher frets meant the sirens had the audience eating out of the palms of their hands. Those same hands also gave us clave rhythm claps, solidifying our belief that drummerless is better for this act.

Maria the Mexican will be releasing its second album, "South of the Border Detour," in March. To hold you over until then, here’s a sample of what they sounded like as they completely wooed the audience two songs in.

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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Stiff Middle Fingers to play four shows in four cities in one day

The first time we saw Stiff Middle Fingers, the punk band’s frontman was stuck the to the tinted glass windows of the Replay, like a decal. He was half screaming, half singing at a man using the ATM outside until he noticed. The startled passerby giggled, pointed at Arey, looked at his friends and shrugged.

This was a classic maneuver from Stiff Middle Fingers. The band always seems to be pushing it when trying to get their audience’s attention. Saturday, Oct.10, will be no different. That’s when, for the first time, Stiff Middle Fingers will perform four shows in four cities in one day.

“We’ve always wanted to do the thing where you do it guerrilla style and play random shows around town,” says guitarist Cameron Hawk, who pointed out that the band decided to play four shows in one day instead. “For me, it’s the best way to express myself, and expressing oneself is really important.”

They’ll start at a house venue in Manhattan, then play Boom Comics in Topeka in the afternoon. In the early evening, they’ll play the Replay before going to Holy Cow Market in Kansas City for a “traditional” night show. The day will no doubt be full of those fast and furious, under two-minute songs peppered in with physical antics from Arey (who almost always finds a way to stretch the mic cord outside and serenade passersby).

“I try to take something that, if it’s bothering me, then I pour it all into this song. Then I don’t have to talk about it anymore. I can just scream about it. Then other people can relate to it," Arey says. "That was important to me when I was finding that outlet, songs that I could relate to. Instead of letting it be something that destroys you, you can make something that people can relate to.”

See how you relate to the band this Saturday when they play an early show at the Replay as part of their marathon, four-show-day, to celebrate their EP release.

To read the full interview with Hawk and Arey, visit I Heart Local Music.***

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A drummer’s diligence: Why Mark Osman could be the busiest drummer in Lawrence

Never has there been a more admired drummer in the current local music scene than Mark Osman. All the drummers here are top notch, but this is the one that’s been known to dive into a band and get them to positively channel their energy to operate at full gallop.

On Sunday night, Mark tested his own limits when he played with not one, but THREE bands on the lineup at the Replay. This wasn’t some sort of stunt, and it wasn’t the first time he’s done something like this. Mark is legitimately in all three of these bands at the moment.

He started off with Arc Flash, a band that is fairly physically challenging for all involved (even the fans, who always show up with their dancing shoes on). This was actually Arc Flash’s third set of the week (which means guitarist James Thomblison also pushed his limits with live performances this week). They had opened for The Coathangers on Tuesday, then headlined the Replay on Thursday. Right after that Thursday set, Mark hit the road and played with Baby Birds Don’t Drink Milk in Denver. Upon returning to Lawrence, he headed to the Replay once again for this lineup.

After Arc Flash’s fast and furious tempos, he stepped in to play with CS Luxem (possibly his longest running musical project here). Luxem’s songs are intricate and complicated. It’s no easy task playing with a musical mastermind like this, and Mark keeps it interesting. Sometimes, he even plays standing up.

During the set, his stool broke and he substituted it with a bucket. Because he’s surrounded by such a loving community, different musicians in the audience occasionally stepped in to help out (removing his stool, adjusting mics when they fell over while he was playing).

Mark is the only drummer in town that we know of who positions his kit at the front of the stage. He’s constantly thinking about his setup and how it affects the band. He might stay in the traditional setup when he plays with Oils, move it to the side for Arc Flash, and play at the front of the stage with his back to the audience for Luxem.

But when Baby Birds Don’t Drink Milk came on, they had their own interesting setup (one guitarist plays with his back to the audience), and Mark’s drums headed to the back of the stage. That’s a lot of moving around for one show. Additionally, Mark only recently started playing with Baby Birds Don’t Drink Milk. These songs could very well be a little new to him, but you wouldn’t be able to tell by the way he mastered them so gracefully.

We could go on, but by now you should have gotten the point. Mark is nothing short of a titan, with strength that rivals that of Hercules and Arnold Schwarzenegger, but with the speed of Usain Bolt. But most importantly (and this is key when it comes to joining and revitalizing bands), Mark has the overly positive attitude of Andrew W.K. Offstage, he’s chill and more level-headed than his peers. But onstage, he’s an animal in it for the fun. Party hard, Mark.

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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Carswell & Hope release two new songs before weekend show

Here are a couple of smooth tunes to help you along this morning.

Carswell & Hope recently wrapped up a busy weekend of shows, including a couple of sets at Kansas City Irish Fest. But they'll be headed to the Replay this weekend for a matinee on the patio.

In anticipation of all this excitement, the band released two new songs. “Glass Doors” is a lovely instrumental track, and “The Flood” comes off as effortlessly fluid. These songs come to us from the crooning indie folk rockers fronted by local Irishman Nick Carswell.

“The Flood” is particularly guitar-heavy, yet maintains a mild and gentle tone with polished high notes from the vocals (and plenty of “oohs” to guide you to a peaceful state of mind).

What’s important to note is that Carswell & Hope have never produced anything less than splendid. We’ve come to know this local act as an accomplished set of songwriters with foolproof hooks and excellent approaches to music.

You can listen to the music below after the link below, and check them out at the Replay at 6 p.m. Friday

Glass Doors/The Flood by Carswell & Hope
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Life of the party: Local rappers inspire, entertain and educate at Replay show

On Saturday, the love of hip-hop was alive and well at the Replay when three local acts got together to showcase what the genre has to offer. You won't always find hip-hop heads at these shows, but you will find those who are curious about the genre and applaud local talent.

Barrel Maker had the daunting task of starting the night off and getting the mood just right. Sometimes it takes rappers a song or two to get warmed up, but not Barrel Maker. He hits the ground running, putting his body into it and flinging across the stage at full gallop. He doesn't even need to close his eyes in concentration when he blazes through his lyrics.

Barrel Maker, an accomplished video artist responsible for some of the prettier music videos in the area, had a lot of camera references in his lyrics. He is a multifaceted artist that maintains his energy to the very end. That's the thing about Barrel Maker, he's good 'till the last drop.

During his set, Barrel Maker and D/Will kept bantering with the audience about hip-hop but got very little communication in return. Approach was in the crowd and remarked, "They're getting educated!" In a way, that was true.

Lawrence doesn't necessarily always turn out for hip-hop shows, although there are plenty of opportunities. lowercase KANSAS, a sort of open mic for rappers, has called both the Bottleneck and the Granada home. The Approach powerhouse resides at the Replay, so most of his associates will hit that venue up as well.

The Jackpot also has the occasional hip-hop show, and tends to bring out a Topeka crowd. The opportunities are there, and Lawrence is coming around… but it's a tedious process.

Here's an artist who could help speed that up. Duncan was the life of the party. There's something thrilling and gladdening about watching a live band with a hip-hop act.

The musicians were top notch, and quickly demanded everyone's attention when the drummer started up. That drummer, by the way, played his kit AND the keys at the same time. Like the performer before him, Duncan was also a spritely fellow and enjoyed spreading the good word through his music.

He slowed it down for a song when he dedicated it to his Granny. This one got us right in the feels. The song was highly relatable for anyone with a Granny, and entirely likable for those without.

But he quickly recovered with an inspirational number. It was kind of like going to church. His songs were full of positivity, especially when he dedicated one to his wife and preceded it with an announcement. "I think it's cool to make songs about your wife!" This was met with a round of applause, and more positivity that ran rampant in Duncan's act.

Lincoln Marshall extended the sentiment when they hit the stage. The collaboration between Approach and MilkDrop are a match made in hip-hop heaven. The two play off each other's talents and personalities, and we get to reap the benefits.

Approach still maintains his intense and likable onstage presence as he tumbles and darts around MilkDrop and various audience members. He called this set "20 minutes of cardiovascular," and it totally felt like it. By the time Barrel Maker joined them onstage for a song, Lincoln Marshall's act was beginning to feel like a buddy cop movie as the antics ran high.

Approach — an artist known for dipping his finger into writing, performing, recording and producing — announced, "I'm a man of many hats, and the hat I'm wearing right now is making your ass move!" There wasn't a still bootie in the house.

The time for Lawrence's hip-hop resurgence is now. Even at a late hour, fans turned up. How could they not? These rappers are lovable, contagious, and know how to convey a message.

If you make it out to their shows, you'll be entertained AND educated. Approach put it best when he addressed the crowd and waved his hand towards the performers. "We put the art in what we have to say and leave you with something so you don't go home stupid."

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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Soaking up psych rock with Spirit is the Spirit

Right now, psych rock is king in Lawrence, which makes Spirit is the Spirit royalty.

The longtime Lawrence melody makers are really best served on a golden summer evening. But for now, we’ll have to settle for a rain-soaked Friday at the Replay. That’s where they played both the early and late shows over the weekend.

Despite standing in a puddle while absorbing the moisture from our saturated boots, it’s easy for Spirit is the Spirit to transport you to another dimension. This is in part thanks to the sweeping sounds they make with their reverb-heavy guitars, thick synths, and more gadgets onstage than what a regular band tends to drag out to the Replay.

There are lot of fun little pedals and instruments to admire during their live shows, but it’s also recommended to just close your eyes and let the overly-wet summer disappear.

Take us away, Spirit is the Spirit.

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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This video of the Brody Buster Band will make you want to dance

Who knew the blues could make you feel so good.

Whatever the heat and humidity sucked right out of you this weekend can easily be restored by the great Brody Buster. The busy musician, capable of waking up any sleepy group of people, hit the Replay patio on Sunday with his band. You could hear his sturdy vocals from at least two blocks away, beckoning patrons with sweet promises of blues, rock and bluegrass.

The moment he fired up the set, folks were whooping and hollering. Most people stood up and paid attention from the very first note, but even the ones who remained seated were dancing in their chairs.

Brody is one of the few capable acts of putting on a lively and enticing show for folks of all ages and backgrounds. You might see him play a stage at a party in the park, a fun festival or a street soiree. He'll do it all (and he has). Between his tenacious voice, fast fingers and heavy-duty harmonica skills, there's nothing that won't restore your pluck.

Brody Buster and his band are a must-see live act for every Lawrencian this summer.

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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It’s time to root for Heidi Gluck

We get the feeling Heidi Gluck's been taking out the trash.

The last time we saw Gluck play, she performed solo, sitting on a stool, singing songs of heartbreak. She really didn't perform too much in the community under her solo act. At times, she felt like a delicate flower you could only admire from a safe distance.

But what we saw on Friday evening on the Replay patio felt like a whole new experience. Gluck showed up with a full band and even recruited Narkalark's Joseph Shoemaker and his exciting synth skills. Instead of sensitive little tunes, we're hearing lyrics indicative of Gluck really giving someone the boot (and the business).

"I don't miss you, you only bring me down," she declares triumphantly in her opening song. She had such a sense of confidence that we wanted to stand up and root for her with every challenging and nonsubmissive line.

Now, there are still traces of heartbreak in her recently released EP, "The Only Girl In The Room". Her track "One Of Us Should Go" hangs heavy on the heart but is too beautiful and downright catchy to walk away from. With this recent release, rather than feeling sorry for Gluck, you sympathize with her. You may even admire her for her resiliency for some of the baloney she's had to go through (as is evident on the title track of the EP).

This is what it looks like when Stella gets her groove back.

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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