Sounds Good: Stik Figa, Suzannah Johnannes, Brandon Draper & the Decemberists

Snooooooooooooooooooooow!  Cooooooooooooooooooold! 

Look, accept the reality that the world will soon be buried beneath a cold, hard, layer of frozen water and come out of your safe rooms. 

Man will survive.  Man must survive.  Man will develop a system of underground civilizations stretching across the globe.  These civilizations will learn to survive on nothing more than dope-ass MC’s and weird, pretentious northwestern indie rockers.

Come with me if you want to live….

Friday, February 4, 2011

Jockin’ My Fresh 2 with Stik Figa, Da Skeptics, JAMAAL, Ebony Tusks at the Jackpot Saloon, Lawrence

Stik Figa is a Topeka based rapper that doesn’t skimp on the smart lyrics.  He’s not phased by the fact that the Midwest’s story isn’t as "compelling" as either coast’s. Friday night he’ll be rhyming with Cowboy Indian Bear’s Marty Hilliard, as well as former Jen Say Kwahs (Marty’s previous band) drummer, Phil.  Hip-ster hop at its Lawrence finest. 

Saturday, Februaruy 5, 2011

Suzannah Johannes, Reigning Sound, Mouthbreathers at the Jackpot Saloon

Suzannah Johnannes doesn’t play a ton of shows, so don’t wait for the next time.  Her intimate presence and silky vocals will make you want to be her boyfriend.  But trust me, she can do much better than you. 

For now, be content with catching a glimpse of this songstress at the Jackpot.  Her folk songs talk of lost love, unfulfilled dreams, and … well you know the deal.  She just does it really well. 

Brandon Draper Presents Willie Waldman Project at Jardine’s in Kansas City

Brandon Draper hits stuff and it sounds really, really cool.  I mean, really cool.  He’s a classically trained drummer with his home base in KC who does crazy shit from jazz to loops to hip hop to this deal, which employs a trumpet player (Willie Waldman) who’s played with Snoop Dogg, Sublime, and a bunch of others.  Add to that, the bassist from Particle and you’ve got yourself a sold out show at Jardine’s.  Seriously, get there early if you want to get in to this improvisational explosion.  That’s right, I said explosion.   

Monday, February 6, 2011

The Decembrists at the Uptown Theater

The Decembrists might be the ugliest band I’ve ever seen.  They play a brand of indie rock that is original in its style, with lyrical content that often conjures images of weird, old timey people doing weird, old timey things. 

They’ll surely be a huge draw at the Uptown, with a new album out that is following up on the critical successes of 2006’s "The Crane Wife" and 2009’s "The Hazards of Love."  With concerts that are known for their odd instrumentation and theatrical style, any fan of whatever "indie rock" is will not want to miss this one.

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One Response to Sounds Good: Stik Figa, Suzannah Johnannes, Brandon Draper & the Decemberists

  1. Merle Tagladucci says:

    It’s Stik Figa Mayne!!!!
    For real.

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