Monday, April 2, 2012

The Primetime Heroes announce reunion shows, debut new song

The Primetime Heroes are getting the band back together.

Posted By on Mon, Apr 2, 2012 at 9:16 AM

In 2000, the Primetime Heroes rose from the ashes of a previous Topeka pop-punk act, the Effigies. After releasing two albums on local label Noisome Records, the band played its farewell show in 2006. This past weekend, though, the band announced that it'll be playing two reunion shows this summer. Despite the announcement being on April 1, it's no April Fools' joke. The foursome will play Topeka's Boobie Trap bar as part of the club's twentieth anniversary celebration, with shows on Friday, June 15, and Saturday, June 16. Primetime Heroes have also recorded a new song, "Lonely Hearted in the Sunflower State," with another on the way. You can take a listen below.

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Monday, February 27, 2012

George Strait reschedules for this Saturday, March 3

Posted By on Mon, Feb 27, 2012 at 10:38 AM

Good news and bad news regarding the George Strait concert at the Sprint Center this past Saturday. The good news is that, if you'd been unable to attend, it's been rescheduled for this Saturday, March 3. The bad news is that, for everyone who came from out of town, you're kind of screwed.

Per the Sprint Center's website, the show was canceled "due to illness" and "all original tickets [...] will be honored on March 3." Per my friends who attended, Strait came out, played two songs, said he couldn't go on, and then walked off stage.

Martina McBride will open the rescheduled show, as she did the truncated performance this past weekend. Here's hoping she works up a different set list for everybody seeing round 2.

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Friday, October 14, 2011

Gigantic record sale in Waldo this weekend

Posted By on Fri, Oct 14, 2011 at 2:00 PM

Titan Records dudes Tom Sorells and Mark Prellberg are holding their bi-annual vinyl sale this weekend in Waldo, where you can sort through somewhere in the neighborhood of 8,000 records. Says Sorells: "We have records of all genres, loads of new stock since our big spring sale. On Saturday we'll have a guest dealer from Chicago, and on Sunday a guest dealer from Lawrence. We'll probably have more records in the garage than any real record store in the region. This is an event not to be missed. If broke, or not in a buying mood, come by to hang out and talk music." Fair enough. The sale runs 10-4 pm on Saturday and Sunday at 432 East 73rd Terrace.

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Wednesday, September 7, 2011

A kind of legitimate Grateful Dead tribute, tonight at Crosstown Station

Posted By on Wed, Sep 7, 2011 at 10:32 AM

It wont exactly be like this.
  • It won't exactly be like this.
Tonight: Another fucking tribute show!

Actually, I am kind of enjoying the sudden abundance of tribute shows in Kansas City, and I think tonight's tribute to the Grateful Dead at Crosstown Station — Workingman's Beauty — might be a good time. At least one of the dudes in the band, Steve Molitz, comes well-credentialed — he's played with Phil Lesh & Friend and Particle. They're a new act, too, and this is their first show. More info here.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Ultimate Fakebook has updated its status and the news is very good

Posted By on Wed, Oct 20, 2010 at 8:04 AM

Scott Spychalski
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In the late 1990s, back when Ultimate Fakebook did not rhyme with the world's most popular social networking site, the Manhattan, KS band released some much-loved power-pop albums. 

The first of those was Electric Kissing Parties, and yesterday Rocket Heart Records announced that it's reissuing it on vinyl -- a limited pressing of 500. Hooray! But wait, there's more!

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Friday, September 17, 2010

Classic Pop Songs: misinterpreted

Posted By on Fri, Sep 17, 2010 at 11:32 AM

John Lennon: genius songwriter, or stalker?
  • John Lennon: genius songwriter, or stalker?

​As the Hold Steady once said: certain songs, they get so scratched into our souls. Some songs help you through tough times; some songs are there because the radio has ingrained them in your brain when you were growing up.

After hearing songs thousands of times, you have to find alternate meanings because listening to the lyrics at face value has become a slog. Why not? Here are a handful of songs that will either be a) easier to listen to or b) completely ruined upon reinterpretation.

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Friday, August 27, 2010

Ridin' dirty: rock stars and their cars

Posted By on Fri, Aug 27, 2010 at 12:06 PM

Janis Joplin's psychedelic 1965 Porsche 356c Cabriolet
  • Janis Joplin's psychedelic 1965 Porsche 356c Cabriolet
Rule one in the rock and roll Bible: live fast, die young. Fast, sexy cars generally help this cause. Click through to see some killer photographs of classic rock stars with their cars. 

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Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Bonnie 'Prince' Billy on Kansas City's Fox 4 morning show is terrifying, and not because of Bonnie 'Prince' Billy

Posted By on Wed, Aug 11, 2010 at 1:24 PM

Not the crazy one.
  • Not the crazy one.

Legendary-to-some singer-songwriter Will Oldham, aka Bonnie 'Prince' Billy, played a show in Lawrence in 2008. The next day, for what I can only assume are perverse reasons on his part, he agreed to be a guest on Fox 4 Morning News. Worlds collided. To the tape!

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