Loud and Local

Lawrence Field Day Fest rocks the Bottleneck this weekend

Peter Lyrene

It’s a strange reality, but we live in a world with more multi-day summer music festivals than there are summer days. But with most of these bloated enterprises touting ticket prices in the $300 range or charging $8 for room-temperature bottled water, maybe it’s time to bring it all back ...

Hospital Ships release new album, plan big move

Chance Dibben

http://www.lawrence.com/users/photos/2013/jun/24/257585/ It may be disheartening for some fans to learn from a recent article in The Pitch that Lawrence band Hospital Ships are planning a move to indie-music mecca Austin, Texas, later in the year. “I'm still too close to Lawrence,” says Hospital Ships main creative force Jordan Geiger in ...

Cowboy Indian Bear releases music video for 'I Want a Stranger's Heart'

Peter Lyrene

Cowboy Indian Bear, recently voted best local band in our [Best of Lawrence awards][1], is keeping busy. Following a series of album release shows and expansive touring over the past two months, the band has released a [music video][2] for their latest single "I Want a Stranger's Heart" from their ...

After only a year together, Til Willis and Erratic Cowboy releases second album

Chance Dibben

http://www.lawrence.com/users/photos/2013/may/29/256225/ Performing at the Woody Guthrie Folk Festival in Okemah, Okla., a few years back, the power went out on Til Wilis. The singer-songwriter was faced with a dilemma: vacate his cool basement platform for the steamy bar upstairs and perform unamplified, or lose his turn to play altogether. Willis ...

Making Movies' Enrique Chi talks about newly released 'A La Deriva'

Chance Dibben

http://www.lawrence.com/users/photos/2013/may/06/254458/ Making Movies are making waves. The Kansas City four-piece has received recent acclaim and exposure for its sophomore album “A La Deriva” (Adrift), which expands greatly on the group’s signature synthesis of Latin, Afro-Cuban, Peruvian and indie-pop into one palatable mix. Known for invigorating performances, “A La Deriva" capitalizes ...

Meet the bands playing this year's Farmer's Ball

Jessica Sain-Baird

Farmer's Ball is KU student-run radio station [KJHK][1]'s annual battle of the bands — a competition held since 1994 that has crowned winners ranging from rapper [Stik Figa][2] to funk band the [Will Nots][3]. This past Saturday, eight bands performed and more than 250 audience members voted at the [Bottleneck][4] ...

Lawrence band Panda Circus to play final show

Jessica Sain-Baird

*This is the final article in a series looking back at past winners of KJHK Farmer's Ball, retelling the artists' memories of winning and their musical endeavors since. [This year's Farmer's Ball][1] will take place April 20 and 27 at the Bottleneck.* In the words of a Panda Circus fan, ...

Lawrence funk band Will Nots relocate to Bay Area to pursue music

Jessica Sain-Baird

*This is the second article in a series looking back at past winners of KJHK Farmer’s Ball, retelling the artists’ memories of winning and their musical endeavors since. [This year’s Farmer’s Ball][1] will take place April 20 and 27 at the Bottleneck.* Tyler Francis and Braden Young formed the self-proclaimed ...

Rapper Stik Figa looks back on Farmer’s Ball win

Jessica Sain-Baird

*This is the first article in a series looking back at past winners of KJHK Farmer’s Ball, retelling the artists’ memories of winning and their musical endeavors since. [This year’s Farmer’s Ball][1] will take place April 20 and 27 at the Bottleneck.* It was 2007, and [Stik Figa][2] had moved ...

Lawrence has big representation at South by Southwest

Chance Dibben

With each iteration every year the Austin, Texas-based arts and technology festival South by Southwest proves to be an important cultural test kitchen and showcase for music, film, interactive games and social media. The 2013 conferences, as they are often referred to, recently started March 8, and every year a ...

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