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Review: Dirty Projectors at the Granada

After many misadventures I finally made it to a Dirty Projectors show. Sure I was a little late and completely missed the opening act Wye Oak, but I did make it there for the entire set by the Dirty Projectors. I wasn’t expecting the size of crowd that had gathered, but was delighted when the […]

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Mates of State

Mates of State – Mountaintops

Mates of State releases their seventh album, Mountaintops, today. Kori Gardner and Jason Hammel met right here in Lawrence, Kansas before relocating to California and eventually settling in Connecticut. They now have two children but continue to make music and tour. Kori even has a blog, Diaper On The Run, in which she tells of […]

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Tim Kasher at The Jackpot

Tim Kasher, frontman for Cursive, is on tour pushing his EP, Bigamy: More Sons From The Monogamy Sessions. He’s making a stop at The Jackpot tonight in Lawrence. Bigamy is a spinoff of his debut album, The Game Of Monogamy, which was released last year. Bigamy was written mostly during Kasher’s tour for The Game […]

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The Black Angels at Kanrocksas

*Yes, it has been over two weeks since Kanrocksas but I still have videos to upload.* The Black Angels brought their psychedelic rock sound to the Ad Astra Stage early Saturday afternoon. I was looking forward to seeing them. I had missed them play in Lawrence earlier this year. A modest crowd endured the heat […]

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Muse at Kanrocksas

  It all starts off in the dark with a siren blaring over the speakers. Then spotlights shine through the crowd from the stage. Then you hear voices. The “Uprising” is coming. Muse kicked off the show with their song about being held down by “the man.” You would think that the lights beaming from […]

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Grace Potter

Grace Potter & the Nocturnals at Kanrocksas

  It was about 4:30 in the afternoon. I was in the media center at Kanrocksas taking a break and deciding which band I wanted to check out next. OK Go was playing on the Ad Astra Stage but that just wasn’t drawing my interest (I hear they put on a fun show though). A […]

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Kid Cudi On Stage

Kid Cudi at Kanrocksas

On Friday evening at Kanrocksas, Kid Cudi seemed like the consummate performer. He came onto the stage doing a long-jumping skip of some sort and pumped his fists in the air before grabbing the microphone. He was ready to give Kansas City a good show. Cudi opened with “REVOFEV” (short for Revolution of Evolution), the […]

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The Flaming Lips

The Flaming Lips at Kanrocksas

We have a lot of artists to cover that played at Kanrocksas but I’ll start the “festival band” of all bands, The Flaming Lips. Friday night at the Kansas Speedway was my first time seeing them perform since the Wakarusa Festival in 2006. The show has aged well in the past five years. It’s like […]

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The Joy Formidable

Kanrocksas Preview: The Joy Formidable

**This is the fourth installment of posts featuring non-headlining acts at the Kanrocksas Music Festival this weekend.** Since releasing their debut album “The Big Roar” early this year, The Joy Formidable has been hard at it touring the United States to promote it. They apparently played eight shows in five days at South by Southwest […]

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Review: Foster the People at the Bottleneck

The drive across western Kansas may have put their tour bus out of commission upon arriving in Lawrence but that wouldn’t stop Foster The People from bringing their high-energy, synthesized act to town.   The L.A. band played to a sold-out crowd at The Bottleneck on Friday night. The venue’s thermostat had to have read […]

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