Sounds Good: Fourth of July @ Jackpot, Demetri Martin @ Improv, Joshua James @ Bottleneck

 Hey, I fell for it too, guys, so don’t feel bad…

I mean, I’m no “local celeb” or anything, but when I found out that The Scribe was my new boss I was excited.  I figured, at the least, it would mean more strippers and fistfights at the annual KCC Christmas Wilding.  At the least.

So you can understand my disappointment when I read Hearne’s column laying out the ins and outs of the elaborate hoax.  To be honest, I still don’t fully understand it.


Friday, April 12th

Fourth of July and the ACBs at the Jackpot Saloon in Lawrence

Both these bands now reside on the High Dive Records label, and both have very recently released albums out.  Fourth of July’s just dropped, so I believe this show is actually a cd release party.  Though the Lawrence band has been playing pretty much all the songs on Empty Moon for a couple years now live.  Check out a review of the album from I Heart Local Music right here.  To me, the new record is pretty much par for the course, which is a good thing if you like Fourth’s jangly-angst-folk.  Now watch this.


Demetri Martin at the Improv in KC

What happened to this guy?  Remember about 5 years ago when he had that show on Comedy Central and seemed to be the next big thing in stand up?  Well, along came Louis CK, I guess, to make everyone else look cheap and shticky.  But Demetri Martin was funny, I swear.  Kind of in a nerdy sort of way.  After all, he did attend Yale and NYU Law School.


Saturday, April 13th

Joshua James at the Bottleneck in Lawrence

Here’s a guy I bet you’ve never heard of before.  But he’s played at Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, SXSW Music Festival, and opened for John Mayer, David Gray, and Ani DiFranco.  His style is intimate and folksy, with comparisons often to Ray Lamontagne.  Here’s what Maddy Costa of the UK’s The Guardian said about his late 2012 release, From the Top of Willamette Mountain:

“He sings of dying alone, of not believing in much, and of a darkness inside his heart, all in a voice that dips, rasps and soars much the way Marcus Mumford’s does. To temper the melancholy, the music offers sentimentality, in the syrupy 1950s romance that oozes across Surrender’s waltzing piano or the title track’s country chords. Now and again James startles you with a different sound, something more reminiscent of Elliott Smith.”

So…Jesus.  BYORB – (Bring Your Own Razor Blades.)
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9 Responses to Sounds Good: Fourth of July @ Jackpot, Demetri Martin @ Improv, Joshua James @ Bottleneck

  1. CG says:

    I am your boss, you didn’t mention April Macie the hottest looking female comic ever at Stanfords, YOUR FIRED.

  2. smartman says:

    Nice to see Kim Jong Goon weighing in for his equal time. By the way it’s “you’re” fired, not “your” fired. Technically your statement should be 3 sentences. Amazing how well you write at TKC but still botch grammar, structure and style here.

    • legendaryhog says:

      Hahaha….really? No seriously, really? Grammar smack? On this website? Zing! Good one doucheman. Haha, good one hog.

  3. legendaryhog says:

    In all seriouslyness (take the bait, take the bait!), that Friday 4th of July and ACB’s show is going to be a nice one. Both bands are a good time. Too bad it is at Jackpot though. I think they could come close to filling the Bottleneck with a CD release with this bill. Especially since 4th took a few years between releases and seem to have a decent Larryville following. Definitely will be at this one. Bring your longboards and mustache tattoos hipsters. Seriously, the mustache tattoo is the new mustache.

  4. balbonis moleskine says:

    I’ve spent too much time thinking about why the obsession with mustaches. I think it is either a desire to look outwardly manly in a feminized world (if you notice many male hipsters are rather effete) or it’s an ironic attempt at mocking members of the male working class (cops, firefighters, mechanics) as they consider themselves part of a higher intellectual class.

    We were due another lame facial hair trend anyway. The Goatee/Dick Target has been hanging around since 1995.

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