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.)