The Kansas Music Hall of Fame will hold its 7th annual induction ceremony at Liberty Hall this Saturday, followed by a performance of some of the most lauded acts to come out of Kansas: Bobby Watson, Rudy Love, Riverrock, Jimmy Wilson, Central Standard Time and the Rainmakers. (These performers are also all inductees into the Hall of Fame this year.)
In 2011, Dirtnap is an anomaly: the first local indie-rock band to use keyboards and an oft-referred to foursome that scenesters could possibly lump together with some of the founding fathers of the Kansas City sound. There have been a few line-up changes, but drummer Pete LaPorte has been around since the band's inception in 1996. This weekend, he'll fly in from San Francisco to play a set with other members Billy Smith, Wade Williamson and Dave Gaume.
We caught up with him and asked him about this latest scheduled go-around with the band that hasn't really seemed to die down.
On the first Monday of February, 12 years ago, Rural Grit Happy Hour was born on the stage of the Grand Emporium. Its host, Ike Shelton, presided over a melange of local musicians in KC's roots scene who were bonded together by the Rural Grit collective, a recording label and artistic community.
If the Get Up Kids releasing a new album (There Are Rules, due out January 25) and touring weren't enough goodness to make you happy -- and you weren't lucky enough to have frontman Matt Pryor play in your living room -- perhaps the following bit of news will satiate your desire for all things GUK.
Early on a Tuesday night, dressed like they just stepped off a plane from Marlboro Country, Adam Lee and Johnny Kenepaske, of Adam Lee and the Dead Horse Sound Company, stride into Chez Charlie's in midtown to discuss their second full-length release, When the Spirits Move Me. It's a honky-tonk-heavy album that celebrates whiskey, women and the beauty of lap steel.
The Pitch: Are all the songs about drinking?
Adam Lee: There's a lot. A lot. I would say at least half of them.
Johnny Kenepaske: More than half.
Lee: That wasn't intentional.
Kenepaske: We were just singin' about what we know.
Looks like Vi Tran should be commanding a little more R-E-S-P-E-C-T these days. (Har, har.)
Lazy (also known around town as Lazy K) recently signed to the indie label extraordinaire the Record Machine, which has scooped up talented local bands like Cowboy Indian Bear, Max Justus, Soft Reeds, Capybara and Sam Billen.
Lazy will be frolicking about on a western tour in Denver and beyond until August 12 (balls). Keeping one's eyes peeled for appearances around town is recommended: the band's trippy, vaguely tropical garage rock is well worth the wait.
Hazy garage-rock outfit the Conquerors is one of my local faves, and since it is a slow news day, I am here to report that they just uploaded two songs to their way-dormant Myspace page. I heard about the Myspace songs because I'm a Facebook fan of the band. Here in the biz, we call that a Face-to-Space assist. Social media baby! It works!
Best Band in Missouri. Congrats, guys! (In other news, the 'Kansas' nominee is a rapper named XV from Wichita, who raps about comic books, videogames and John Hughes. Hey, we're cool with the Ta, but no love for our local Lawrence heroes? Boo.)
wow what kind of weekend was he planning?...doin tooo much
I'm freaking excited!
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