Calling all enthusiasts: Fans of Lawrence music, I need your help

Fans of local and national music, concertgoers, budding critics and insomniacs:

I need your help.

I'm looking for new people to step in and cover concerts, write music reviews and show previews and alert us to early warnings. I'm enlisting, you, the community, to get this done.

With that in mind, I present the Off The Record music blog.

Rather than pin an entire community on the interests of a single person, multiple people will write for Off The Record, making room for different types of music and showcases to be given proper treatment by people who have an interest or experience in the genre(s) of music they're writing about. After all, it doesn't make sense to have someone well versed in hip-hop to review country or someone with a love for bluegrass cover a DJ show.

I don't have a set number of people I want writing for this blog –– you could be a regular, write occasionally or write a one-off story and disappear into the night, never to be heard from again.

For compensation, I can offer access to shows and review copies of albums. I can also offer press access to events like SXSW, on the condition that you, write for us while you're there. And if any of you out there are students looking for an internship, I'd be happy to sign off on credit for that as well, though it will have to be unpaid.

This is an opportunity to write about your community, pad a resume and see some of the best Lawrence has to offer while talking to some interesting people in the process, all for free.

Send any questions and clips to, subject line: Music Reviews.


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