The Bottleneck, November 5
Suggested Songs: “Peripheral Vision,” “Sunshine Type,” “Dizzy On The Comedown”
Turnover’s newest album, “Good Nature,” is propelling their tour throughout the U.S. -the shows are even sold out in Orlando, L.A., and San Francisco! Their sound follows the American Rock genre even though each of their three album releases have included several other music genres. Turnover’s diversity of sound ranges from dream pop to pop punk to indie rock. There’s a reason their songs have hundreds of thousands of views.
The Granada, November 6
Suggested Songs: “Last Letter,” “My Mistake,” “Lately”
Witt Lowry is a rapper from Connecticut with some of the most honest, moving lyrics in the rap world right now. The name “Witt” is intentional as his rhymes draw on the word “witty” that he happened to land on in a dictionary at the start of his career. The man behind the Witt is known as Mark Laurence Richard, Jr., who shifted his focus from graphic design to the music industry once upon a time. Since, he’s gathered a rap style that touches on that of Eminem and Macklemore. You don’t want to miss this up-and-coming artist and all his quick-witted lines.
The Bottleneck, November 11
Suggested Songs: “Our Apartment,” “’67 Cherry Red,” “Divorce And The American South”
Would you believe me if I told you that “Aaron West,” is actually Dan Campbell? Yeah, so Dan Campbell, the lead singer, plays “Aaron West” in a creative project called a character study. This folk rock project explores the life of “Aaron West,” a man dealing with the grievance of losing someone he loves. Through music, topics of desperation, hopelessness, and loss, are uncovered and communicated in new ways.
Jackpot Music Hall, November 13
Songwriters Featured: “Buck Brandt,” “Holly Taylor,” “Jacob Be,” and “Savanah Chestnut”
The Jackpot Music Hall is kind enough to offer an atmosphere that cultivates songwriters. Original songs and covers will be performed in the round in a truly authentic, vulnerable fashion for all to come and hear. It’s kind of like an intimate release party of all these newly-worked songs writers have been tuning up. Come and support them as they share their work and play some familiar tunes as well. -This is an experience that doesn’t come often in the music world, so swing by. Cover charge is $3.
The Granada, November 15
Suggested Songs: “Hate Me,” “Home,” “Into The Ocean”
Blue October is kind of a throwback band at this point, but why change what’s good. Their songs like “Into The Ocean,” were super popular almost ten years ago. But, like I said, they’re coming to Lawrence because they’re good. Really good. Good enough to have ten Top 40 singles in their career. And the lead singer, Justin Furstenfeld has a voice unmatched in tone. Come hear some old tunes and newer releases that the band is working on. There’s something for everyone whether you’ve been a fan since sophomore year of high school or if you’ve just discovered them.
The Replay Lounge, November 17
Suggested Songs: “Kid Kreative,” “Piss Wizard,” “Greedy Gull”
Melk? Mayelk. MALK! Gimme some MALK. -Got that out of the way for anyone else who can’t resist. In other news, we all need a release before we are stuffed into a room with all the family members we avoid all year long. Yes, Thanksgiving is right around the corner and it can be stressful so here’s THE band you need to see before all your long distance travels. Melkbelly is one rad band in the noise rock genre and they’re just silly. Silly enough to help you dance out all the emotions of the holidays and just enjoy life overall. Melkbelly is therapy only way, super duper better: a beer or two, dancing, chilling and talking, and the kind of noise to help you construct enough courage to face all the turkeys in your family this November.
Liberty Hall, November 17
Suggested Songs: Check out “Noname Tiny Desk Concert!”
In.cre.di.ble. This super tight 5-member band all taking on multiple roles. The keys player has a killer singing voice that backs up Noname while she throws a refreshing rap style on top. The bassist has harmonies and catches some backup verses while the drummer is so incredibly tight. Noname is one of the most intriguing bands I’ve ever seen or heard. It’s intricate, snappy jazz, blues feels mixed with crooning and fast, swelling rhymes. Everyone is perfection in this group. Noname, you go girl. You’re making waves in a male-dominated industry and that’s enough in itself. The future is Noname.
The Granada, November 20
Suggested Songs: “Gloom Days,” “Crave,” “Royal”
If you are looking for a pop punk band to relive your Fall Out Boy mixed with Blink-182 days then “Waterparks” is IT! Does anyone remember the band Secondhand Serenade and all the feels associated with them? Well, the lead singer and guitarist of Waterparks, Awsten Knight 1) is a babe, 2) will satisfy that secret desire you have for alt. love songs, and 3) will give you something new to listen and obsess over. “Hey, tell me that you want me to stay. You know I’m stupid for you.” Yeah, I mean did anybody else just melt?
The Granada, November 24
Suggested Songs: “In The Middle Of It All,” “How Does It Feel,” “Jet”
The dreamy voice of Mat Kerekes is relaxing, mellow, but has an enough of an edge to really keep you hooked. Citizen is comparable to “The All American Rejects,” but isn’t too punk rock. I can imagine grabbing a warm red wine, spinning around the room, slowly moving side to side and getting lost in the lyrics of, “Jet.” Citizen might be a little spicy, but they’re mellow at the same time -like that glass of wine you’ll be holding at their concert.
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