Louisiana Street Band, a KU-based band named after the street in Lawrence, is the national champion of U Rock! Battle for the Best Band, a contest sponsored by General Mills. The six-man band includes four KU students (Evan Epperson, John-Marc Skoch, Bradley Feagan and Austin Quick) and two Baker University students (Scott Marks and Nate Deel).
According to a press release from the university, the band describes its sound as "Boots in a subway station. Howling at the moon. The rage of a thousand fiery hell-beasts. Wagon wheels crossing dew-laden grass ..."
If ever there was a list that we should be glad to be outside of the top 10, perhaps it's the Men's Health 2011 rankings of the drunkest cities in America. Kansas City was named the 36th drunkest city (out of 100 cities ranked), which is a bit like saying we may be a town of drunks. However, we're nowhere near as drunk as St. Louis (sixth on the list).
Fresno, California, earned the dubious honor of being America's drunkest city, which likely won't be replacing the current tourism slogan of "California's year-round playground."
The Riverfront Times' Gut Check in St. Louis has big plans for how St. Louis can ascend the ranks and dethrone Fresno. St. Louis has come in at No. 6 the past two years. While I'm not certain this is a list you want to top, I can't argue with the idea of spiked concretes or a bar at the top of the St. Louis Arch.
Lawrence's beloved crate-digging haven, LoveGarden Sounds, celebrates its 21st anniversary in February, and it's hosting a throw-down of a party. They'll be flying in garage-punk band Reigning Sound for a night of whiskey-slinging fun -- a special event that is sure to sell out at the intimate Jackpot Music Hall. In fact, they're so sure it will sell out that advance tickets cost more than day-of tickets at the door.
Reigning Sound will be joined by local acts Suzannah Johannes, Miles Bonny and Approach, and Mouthbreathers to complete an oddly diverse lineup.
Absurdist comedians Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim hit the Midland tonight as part of their Tim & Eric Awesome Tour, Great Job, Chrimbus Spectacular 2010. The show includes a performance by their '70s Southern-rock parody band, Pusswhip Banggang. The Pitch recently spoke to an impressively deadpan Heidecker about band dynamics.
The Pitch: So you'll be performing as Pusswhip Banggang, but you're going to be playing songs from the entire Tim and Eric repertoire?
Tim Heidecker: Yes, Pusswhip songs and then some other songs from the TV show.
Will you play the Pusswhip song "Jambalaya"?
Yes, that's actually one of Pusswhip's favorite songs. We love singing about bein' down South, cookin' up some spicy food, gettin' that meat all chopped up.
CMJ -- New York's version of SXSW -- is going down on October 19 through the 23, and Soft Reeds will be reppin' Kansas City among the hundreds of artists that will play venues tucked away in downtown Manhattan and Brooklyn.
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