Replay Lounge, August 2
The Still Tide is an adorable duo made up of Anna Morsett and Jacob Miller who were originally New Yorker’s but have relocated in the Mile-High City. Morsett’s hushed, alto voice sounds comfortingly familiar to Sara Bareilles, but a little less pop-y and a little more haunting. TST’s bluesy-indie-rock sound matches up perfectly with their mellow, yet deep-hitting lyrics. And their album “Half Empty Rooms,” is like a deep conversation, a drive at sunset away from everything, a moment of solitude in a crowded room. There’s something cutting and comforting about TST. I can imagine an intimate, smaller crowd -one you can really only find in Lawrence, KS.
The Granada, August 5
All the way from Memphis, Tennessee, this one-woman show could silence a room with her sweet, raspy voice and electric guitar. Her style of writing is comparable to Daughters, but is evermore powerful since she’s alone in the journey. There’s something especially courageous yet vulnerable about touring by yourself, and as a woman. She’s made appearances in New Zealand and Canada and isn’t stopping there. Support her at The Granada and also on Bandcamp where you can find her whole album for $5!
The Granada, August 8
ONE OK ROCK comes all the way from Japan! While they’ve recently been touring all over the world, OOR has become one of Japan’s most-recognized musical groups. This August they will be extending their reach into the U.S. by touring with All Time Low and Sleeping With Sirens. Come include yourself in one of the 100+ live shows they do per year!
Jackpot Music Hall, August 10
These four bands are opposites! See if you can match their genres to their sound. One group is pop-punk, one is ‘a product of our influences’, one is rock and lastly, one is completely avoiding genre and stereotypes by going for something new all the time. Show up and give them each a listen. You’re bound to find something you like at this sort of buffet-style lineup going on.
Replay Lounge, August 11
These days, there’s all sorts of subgenres in music. -Interstellar rock is one I’ve not heard of before. Straight from KC, this sextet of cosmic musicians is expanding on classic rock by mixing high energy metal with insane, psychedelic song-structure. You can expect this extremely creative up-and-coming group to perform songs off their newest, highly-rated release, “The Backbone of Night.”
Liberty Hall, August 12
With their newest record, “Whiteout Conditions,” TNP is “trying to rock out in a new way.” Their usual electronic vibes come together just in time for the heat of the summer which means…they better be on your road trip playlists! This new album sounds like one big dance party and everyone’s invited.
The Bottleneck, August 13
Once upon a time in a far away Thriftway, there was a grocery clerk named Melvin. He was apparently a turd and also happened to be a fellow employee to Buzz (drummer). And thus, the plural of Melvin was decidedly an ‘appropriately ridiculous’ name for the band. Now, more than thirty years later, The Melvins is running strong as collective of world-renowned musicians (usually three) who have worked alongside bands like KISS, Rush, Tool, NIN, Primus and many more.
Liberty Hall, August 18
This big-name band has been around awhile, but their more recent release is unlike anything you’ve heard. “Sweat,” is a new face for AAR to those of us who associate “Dirty Little Secret” with high school dances. This sound, this newfound power that AAR has recorded is, to me, completely other than. It’s seems to come from parts of Tyson Ritter that we haven’t yet seen. Look up the video to “Sweat” if you need proof or persuasion. Oh, and that sexy woman on the album cover? Yeah, that’s Tyler. Hot damn!
The Bottleneck, August 19
When you go to Moonshine Bandits’ website, you have the option to “Get Baptized In Bourbon.” Yeah, so I guess you can’t actually come to Jesus by being dunked in a tub of bourbon, but you CAN pick up (or better yet) come hear their new album “Baptized In Bourbon” live. Not surprisingly, their songs are country-rap mixed with a little religion and hell-raising.
The Granada, August 25
The Might Mighty Bosstones is gunna kick off the party for Lawrence Beer Co.’s official opening party! Located in the Warehouse Arts District, expect lots of delicious beer (awesome), an incredible Ska band, and one hell of a time! Be a part of history in the making by swigging down a few premium brews with your friends. Kids are welcome, so it’s not going to be TOO crazy. Everyone under 12 is free and doors open at 5PM. More details to be announced via The Granada Facebook Page!
Liberty Hall, August 27
Since pretty much everyone knows who Ben Folds is, here are some interesting facts (that only the true nerds will know): 1. Uh, did I say nerd? Well, Ben’s original guitar-less genre is classified as ‘nerd-rock.’ 2. Ben started playing piano after his dad was ‘paid in keys’ so-to-say for a carpentry job. 3. Originally, Ben wanted to be a professional percussionist! 4. The “Ben Folds Five” is actually made up of 3 people. They chose the name because they thought it was funny. 5. Ben doesn’t believe marriage is for him, after four failed attempts, but recognizes his recklessness as invaluable in his music. How about those facts? Want one more? …The Ben Folds concert is already sold out in Lawrence, dad gum it! Maybe we’ll see you there if you patrol Stubhub long enough!
The Bottleneck, August 31
Freakabout is a four-person rock band from Lincoln, Nebraska. Their hobbies include writing 3/4th’s of songs then stopping, blowing stuff up, and winning “The Best Rock Award” from The Omaha Entertainment and Arts two years running 2015-16 (and probably 17). This hard-hitting rock band has a sense of humor, a killer album “Don’t We All,” and is growing so rapidly that they got named “Top Band To Look For In 2016,” by Hear Nebraska. And don’t forget that you get two additional knock-out bands to accompany Freakabout -The Dear Misses and Vigil and Thieves. Three awesome bands rocking out in the same place, for one price? Studies say it’ll be a good time.
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