Loud and Local

Event Preview: Come Celebrate Marty's Birthday, featuring Cowboy Indian Bear, Cloud Dog and others

Chance Dibben

Just how old is Cowboy Indian Bear member Martinez Hillard anyway? Although Hillard has decided to downplay the conceit of Marty is 47? — an inside joke used to promote his birthday shows — he won’t give me a straight answer. “I decided to go ahead and opt out of ...

New release announcements from Soft Reeds, Cowboy Indian Bear, The ACBs, and Fourth of July

Jessica Sain-Baird

- [Soft Reeds][1] has released [a new single, "Pregnant Actress,"][2] with a mesmerizing accompanying gif cover. The band's new album, "Blank City," will be released April 23 and is [available for pre-order][3] on vinyl. - [Cowboy Indian Bear][4]'s new album, "Live Old Die Young," will be released April 23. The ...

Whatever Forever to launch cassette tape listening hub at Final Friday event

Jessica Sain-Baird

http://www.lawrence.com/users/photos/2012/sep/27/241907/ Rishi of [Whatever Forever Tapes][1] will unveil a four-headphone listening hub for its new cassette tape, *Phantasmagoria*, at a Fresh Produce Art Collective [open studio event][2] Friday at [SeedCo Studios][3]. [Rolf Petermann][4] of [Karma Vision][5] and Brian Miller of [Broken Fader Cartel][6] and [Ad Astra Arkestra][7] spearhead Rishi. A ...

Lawrence-based record label reissues 'Star Wars: Episode I' soundtrack on vinyl

Chance Dibben

http://www.lawrence.com/users/photos/2013/jan/30/248513/ Vinyl maybe experiencing a resurgence in popularity, but it is still up to audiophiles, graphic designers, boutique labels, collectors, and appreciators of the art form to keep it alive through cult care. One such caretaker, Craig Boliver, 24, a Pittsburgh, Penn. transplant, has run the small label I Am ...

Cowboy Indian Bear releases new songs — for free

Jessica Sain-Baird

http://www.lawrence.com/photos/2012/sep/28/241867/ [Cowboy Indian Bear][1] is [releasing a new record][2] in April, and you can download the album's first single, "Does Anybody See You Out?", along with three other songs, "Sheets," "Live Old, Die Old," and "Crime & Feel" on [The Record Machine's Tumblr page][3]. The band is next slated to ...

Artist Preview: Murder by Death is ringing in the new year

Chance Dibben

http://www.lawrence.com/users/photos/2012/dec/21/246635/ “This didn't happen out of nowhere — This isn't a runaway success by any means,” says Murder by Death guitarist and vocalist Adam Turla of the band's use of Kickstarter to raise funds for the vinyl production of their album *Bitter Drink, Bitter Moon*. “We've been cultivating a loyal ...

Parties for the end of the world

Chance Dibben

Kansas City Fox 4's weatherman Mike Thompson assures me that there *will* be a Saturday — look, his forecast even goes until Christmas! After hearing about this Mayan apocalypse nonsense for so long now, it's finally time. Will we pass drunkenly through a rousing celebration of life? Or will us ...

Going To Hell In A Leather Jacket does metal and electronica right

Chance Dibben

http://www.lawrence.com/users/photos/2012/dec/12/246190/ Going To Hell In A Leather Jacket is just as sinister and face-punchingly loud as the project's name would suggest. Under the guise of combining metal and electronic aesthetics, Victor Polanco conjures up a one-man army of abrasive noise and sly dance beats, all with an industrial crunch. While ...

Barnyard Beer and The Pool Room pair up for bluegrass, alt-country, and beer

Jessica Sain-Baird

http://www.lawrence.com/users/photos/2012/dec/09/246032/ When Heath Hoadley and Mike Hummell of [Barnyard Beer][1] started playing host to shows in the Barnyard Room of [The Pool Room][2], 925 Iowa St., they were set on creating a venue and bar that reflected their personalities. That means bluegrass, alt-country and beer. They’re aware of The Pool ...

Artist Preview: Hearts of Darkness

Chance Dibben

For a band that claims 15 regular members, Kansas City's Hearts of Darkness creates vivid and smooth afrobeat without collapsing under the weight of its roster. This is in part due to the incredibly talented instrumentalists at the core of the group that zig and zag through classic '70s funk ...

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