Loud and Local

Lawrence band OILS prepares for busy spring

Jessica Sain-Baird

Members of the band [OILS][1] are three songs into a practice session in the upstairs of [SeedCo Studios][2], and three of them — Andrew Frederick, Chris Luxem and James Thomblison — have already made their way to the floor. http://www.lawrence.com/users/photos/2014/mar/06/270101/ Sitting cross-legged with eyes closed, Frederick switches between his guitar ...

Middle of the Map Fest to feature Get Up Kids, La Guerre, CS Luxem and other local bands

Jessica Sain-Baird

The fourth annual [Middle of the Map Fest][1] will be held April 3 to 5 in Kansas City, Mo. The festival, curated by Kansas City record label [The Record Machine][2], announced its lineup last week — and as expected, it features many Lawrence and Kansas City bands. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OgqxFcVD89M&feature=youtu.be Included in ...

Matt Pryor releases new music video with scenes of Lawrence

Jessica Sain-Baird

The Get Up Kids' Matt Pryor, who will perform at the [Lawrence Arts Center Friday night][1], has a new music video for "Kinda Go To Pieces" from his 2013 album ["Wrist Slitter."][2] It features Liberty Hall, East Lawrence, and Eric Melin, drummer for Lawrence band [The Dead Girls][3] and the ...

Former Lawrence musician to launch new project with member of Ratatat

Jessica Sain-Baird

If you’ve followed the Lawrence music scene over the years, you’ve likely heard of Justin Roelofs. He was a guitar player for [The Anniversary][1] and released a [solo experimental record][2] under the name [White Flight][3]. http://www.lawrence.com/users/photos/2014/jan/20/267748/ Now, after several years and a [successful Kickstarter][4], Roelofs is preparing for the release ...

Lawrence musicians collaborate on free Christmas album

Jessica Sain-Baird

Free Christmas music from Lawrence artist [Sam Billen][1] is a bit of a tradition — and his new album released today, [*You Can Always Give*][2], is another great compilation of tunes featuring local artists [Kawehi][3], [Suzannah Johannes][4], and others. On his blog, [Billen explains][5] he aimed to pair up musicians ...

Approach releases music video for "Of A 1,000"

Jessica Sain-Baird

The Lawrence-based rapper [Approach][1] released his album, *[Make Out With Violence][2]*, last month. Now, the album's first single, "Of A 1,000," has a music video. Watch it below. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XIOpGXqjr7s [1]: http://www.lawrence.com/news/2012/jul/06/humble-approach-lawrence-hip-hop-artist-back-makin/ [2]: http://approach.bandcamp.com/album/make-out-with-violence

The sisters behind Americana soul band Maria the Mexican

Jessica Sain-Baird

Cuevas sisters Tess, 28, and Maria, 25, have always been surrounded by music. Growing up in Topeka, they frequently performed with their grandmother, Maria Teresa Alonzo Cuevas, a musical icon who founded [Mariachi Estrella de Topeka][1], the first all-female mariachi band in Kansas. http://www.lawrence.com/users/photos/2013/oct/20/263368/ Playing as a duo for about ...

Desaparecidos Reunion Tour Hits Liberty Hall

Peter Lyrene

http://www.lawrence.com/users/photos/2013/oct/21/263384/ Call it a comeback if you must, just don’t call it a side-project… Omaha emo-punk stalwarts Desaparecidos will take the stage at Liberty Hall tonight, bringing their raucous political anthems to devoted fans and new converts alike. Fronted by Conor Oberst (Bright Eyes, Mystic Valley Band), the group plays ...

Rapper Stik Figa releases new album, which is available at Love Garden with a free ticket to a show

Jessica Sain-Baird

Back in March, [I chatted with Topeka rapper Stik Figa][1] in a look back at his Farmer's Ball win in 2007. At the time, he told me he was working on a handful of projects, but wanted to keep the details a "surprise." http://www.lawrence.com/users/photos/2013/mar/24/251861/ Today, he released what he's undoubtedly ...

Josh Berwanger, previously of The Anniversary, releases new album, prepares for tour

Jessica Sain-Baird

[Josh Berwanger][1], lead singer of the beloved late '90s-early 2000s Lawrence band [The Anniversary][2], has remained active in the local music scene since the "All Things Ordinary" band's sudden breakup nearly a decade ago. He first created [The Only Children][3], a country-rock band that released two albums, in 2004 and ...

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