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7:52 am
Thu September 26, 2013

Carrie Nation And The Speakeasy Spotlight Social Issues on 'Hatchetations'

Carrie Nation and The Speakeasy perform Thursday at The Brickyard to celebrate the release of their latest album.
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Carrie Nation and the Speakeasy’s 2010 self-titled debut featured mostly songs about fun and friendships, but when you listen closely to the band’s new record, Hatchetations, you see stark images of American life in the wake of the Great Recession.

Vocalist, guitarist and main songwriter Jarrod Starling says the music now has a narrower lyrical focus, which provides even more emphasis to the social commentary.

“It’s a much darker album," he says. "But I think it explores themes that are universal at least to Americans trying to make a living."

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7:58 am
Tue September 3, 2013

Musical Space: Stage 5 Makes Bold Difference At Walnut Valley Festival

Split Lip Rayfield launched their international reputation on Stage 5 at the Walnut Valley Festival.
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One of the most important expressions of local musical culture happens every third week in September, when thousands become willing refugees from the city and head south to live in a shanty town founded on bluegrass. It's called the Walnut Valley Festival, but the regulars just call it “Winfield.”

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12:30 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

Your Move: Soundtracks

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Music in video games has come a long way from the bleeps and bloops heard in the very first games.

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Music
6:00 am
Thu August 22, 2013

Moreland & Arbuckle Celebrate New Release With Concert Friday Night

Moreland & Arbuckle celebrate the release of their new CD, 7 Cities, Friday night at the Wichita Orpheum.
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Roots rock trio Moreland and Arbuckle has just issued its latest album, 7 Cities, which marks a number of firsts for the Wichita-based outfit. It’s the first time the band has recorded an entire project outside its home base, the first record to feature drummer Kendall Newby, and the first time the band has worked with an outside producer.

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Musical Space
7:39 am
Tue August 20, 2013

Musical Space: Four On The Floor

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Four on the floor is certain style of drum beat where the bass drum is hit with a steady quarter-note pulse; four equal stomps on the foot-pedal per measure. It’s very different from older pop beats where the bass drum typically hits beats 1 and 3. It really came into prominence with disco in the seventies, a real departure from rock and funk. Four on the floor is popular now as the driving force of many kinds of electronic dance music.

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12:00 pm
Fri August 9, 2013

A Musical Life: Beau Jarvis

Beau Jarvis spent several years living and playing in Los Angeles before returning to his home base in Wichita.
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Beau Thomas Jarvis holds an undergraduate degree from Friends University and a masters degree in Musicology from Wichita State University. He spent several years living and playing in Los Angeles before returning to his home base in Wichita. He has performed with Jean-Michael Byron (Toto), Doug Grean (Scott Wieland), The Lettermen, Benny Golson and Tim Orindgreff (Black Eyed Peas), among others. He currently teaches jazz piano, jazz combo, jazz big band, and aesthetics through music at Friends University and he plays with various musicians in the Wichita area.

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7:40 am
Tue August 6, 2013

Musical Space: The Most Culturally Important Instrument Since The Electric Guitar

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The drum machine is the most culturally important new musical instrument since the electric guitar.

Electronic drums have been around for generations, and the early ones sounded like the cheesy rhythm attachments on home organs.

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11:21 am
Fri July 12, 2013

A Musical Life: Kylie Brown

Kylie Brown
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Kylie Brown is a video producer, CreativeRush event curator, storyteller and a melancholy musician. She currently plays cello with The Broslyn Bards, Raging Sea and Everything and Nothing. She began learning cello at age seven, grew up in the classical world and participated in Wichita's Youth Symphonies; she became burned out and quit before her love of music diminished. After living and working in another state for seven years, she returned to Wichita, and ended up meeting musicians, artists, and poets who reignited this love of music.

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5:00 am
Tue July 9, 2013

Musical Space: Start Your Own Band

Playing music is a skill that can be exercised and enjoyed for an entire lifetime. In other words, music is the ideal hobby.

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12:12 pm
Fri June 28, 2013

A Musical Life: Joey Henry

The Calamity Cubes are a thrashicana band consisting of Joey Henry, Brook Blanche, and Kody Oh.
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Joey Henry is a storyteller. For the past six years he has been traveling the country sharing stories as the banjo player and one of three singer-songwriters for the Kansas-based trio, The Calamity Cubes, along with bandmates Brook Blanche and Kody Oh. When not touring with The Cubes, he focuses on his solo project, Joey Henry's Dirty Sunshine Club and occasionally gets back to his indie roots by providing words and vocals for the Lawrence based Old Canes (Saddle Creek records) and “noise banjo” for the Kansas City based High Diving Ponies.

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