We already told you about the Record Machine's free show tonight at the Black Bamboo as part of the First Friday art walk, but we've also got the scoop on a couple of other free live shows happening this weekend. And that could mean less strain on your pockets (or just more money for booze).
Attention, narcissists! There's a new contest to win a bundle of the Get Up Kids swag -- and it involves plastering your mug on the Lawrence band's new album, There Are Rules.
The Get Up Kids are back with their first full-length album since 2004. There Are Rules features original line-up -- Matthew Pryor on vocals and guitar, Rob Pope on bass, Jim Suptic on guitars and vocals, James Dewees on keyboards and Ryan Pope on drums -- doing what they do best.
Now, you can put your mark on the album, or rather, your face. Upload a photo of yourself to put into the album art and share with your friends!
The new album from IndyGround's Steddy P and DJ Mahf is available for free, and it's called What Happened Tomorrow. (Technically, it dropped on March 15, but a little reminder for a few free local tunes is never a bad thing, right?)
You'll find local band Everyday/Everynight in this week's Pitch, where we chat with the band about its first trip down to South by Southwest in Austin, Texas. Now, you can snag a track from these local rockers for free, thanks to the band's label, Golden Sound Records.
There's been a lot of buzz about the upcoming new release from Kansas City's indie mainstay Republic Tigers. No Land's Man is a four-track EP that fans can get their hands on during the upcoming Record Store Day in April. But what's that, you say? You just can't wait that long for new Tigers? No problem. The EP's single, "Merrymake It With Me," is available for free download as part of the iTunes' SXSW music sampler.
The Pitch's Nick Spacek spoke with Daniel Rossen of Grizzly Bear last week about the Oscar-nominated film Blue Valentine. (Grizzly Bear provided the score for the film, which stars Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams.) We have an autographed poster and a soundtrack to the film, for y'all to win. Who wants it?
For a hot minute in 2008, the entire blogosphere was plagued with one pressing question: Are you at the Pizza Hut or at the Taco Bell?
Who knew that two goofy guys repeating a couple of stupid phrases could have been the beginnings of a credible -- hell, revered -- rap group that Rolling Stone gave accolades to last year? (Truth: The magazine named the single "hahahaha jk?" one of the best singles of 2010.) Das Racist transcended its meme status with two serious (well, sort of) mixtapes: 2010's Shut Up, Dude and Sit Down, Man. Now, they're coming to The Granada on March 30. And you can win tickets. Yes, you!
Free song downloads are sweet, but 140 of them is a hell of a lot sweeter. Thanks to Spinner, you can grab yourself a free three-part MP3 download of more than 140 tracks from bands that will be at this year's South by Southwest music festival. And because the deadline has passed to register for the event, it will have to do in place of getting there yourself.
The MidCoast Takeover, Kansas City's showcase at this year's South by Southwest music festival, has released a 25-track album available for free download, featuring tracks from the acts that will be repping the KC-style in Austin this March. The album is anchored by local standards such as hits from the Appleseed Cast, Roman Numerals, and the Beautiful Bodies, but is also peppered with lesser known (and equally awesome) songs from Mansion, Walking Oceans, and Vertigone & Trystyl.
Lawrence music venue mainstay The Granada is holding a contest on Facebook, in honor of Valentine's Day, to give away five pairs of tickets to various upcoming shows. The catch is pretty simple -- find The Granada on Facebook, "like" its page (this would be one of those times when it would be sweet if Facebook had a "love" button), and then check out how many friends you have that "like" The Granada, too. The person with the most friends of The Granada wins and gets first dibs on the ticket selection. Not a lot of work for some free concert lovin'.
Sweet. I'ma bang that ho.
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