Ad Astra Per Aspera Ad Astra Per Aspera expects its fifth year together to be a frantic one. Rather than sticking to a traditional anniversary gift made of wood (BO-ring), they'll open it up with a South by Southwest appearance next month, to be taped by Lawrence's live music TV staple, The Turnpike. Afterward, it's back to Black Lodge in Eudora to finish a new album. And if that weren't plenty, the beautifully frenzied, heavily instrumental quintet is celebrating interband nuptials and planning for a fall tour. You thought you were busy.