Concert Announcement: A.A. Bondy & more...

The promising concert dates are starting to roll in for the Lawrence and KC area. Another Jeopardy of Contentment favorite A.A. Bondy will be at The Jackpot in Lawrence on Friday, January 29th. His most recent album, When The Devil's Loose, is another strong effort and certainly will find a place high up on my best albums of the year list.

There are a few other noteworthy announcements that I missed over the last week or so. As always, check HERE for the full concert calendar.

12/03 Spoon/The Bravery/Metric/Hockey @ The Midland, KC
01/26 Yo La Tengo @ The Granada, Lawrence
01/28 The Life and Times @ The Record Bar, KC
01/31 Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin @ The Jackpot, Lawrence
02/21 Alice In Chains @ The Midland, KC
02/28 Dropkick Murphys @ The Beaumont Club, KC
03/14 Flogging Molly @ The Uptown, KC
04/03 Tegan and Sara @ The Uptown, KC
04/14 Rogue Wave @ The Bottleneck, Lawrence



Video: The Antlers - 'Kettering'

I've already gushed about The Antlers album, Hospice, here before. In recent weeks after returning to the album again, it's begun to inch it's way in front of Sunset Rubdown for my favorite album of 2009. Few albums this year or this decade have had an emotional impact on me like Hospice has. It really is an album meant to be listened to the whole way through to appreciate the theme and story it tells. Here is a video for one of the best songs from the album, 'Kettering'. This fan made video pairs the haunting song with photos mostly taken from Flikr pages. It really does the song justice, enjoy...



Video: Wild Beasts - 'All the King's Men'

Another surprise album this year is from British group Wild Beasts. Their second full length album, Two Dancers, is a solid album from start to finish. It's sure to find it's way in my top 20 albums of the year. Here's what's becoming one of my favorite songs of the year, 'All the King's Men', performed live in Juan's Basement from P4K TV.



Baroness - Blue Record

Metal doesn't get talked about too much here, but it's not a genre that I overlook. A lot of what gets recommended to me I can't get into because of the screaming vocals. There are a few bands that are able to nicely blend screaming with singing and those bands are the ones I enjoy the most. Truth be told, everything I love about Metal can be found in the second full length album by Georgia band Baroness. It's heavy and intense but yet it's really beautiful at times as well. All that and the fact that there are actual melodies as well and I'm sold. I would be surprised if this isn't in my top 10 albums of the year, it really is that good.

Below you can watch the video for 'A Horse Called Golgotha' off Blue Record:



Concert Announcement: St. Vincent

It's been a long time since I've done one of these worth noting. St. Vincent will making an appearance in Lawrence on February 15th at The Bottleneck. St. Vincent is Annie Clark who has previously played with The Polyphonic Spree and Sufjan Stevens touring band. Annie herself is quite accomplished in here solo career as St. Vincent though. 2007's Marry Me (which is extra noteworthy since it's name was taken from the greatest TV show ever, Arrested Development) and this years Actor are both worth checking out.

Here's the video for 'Marrow' from the album Actor:

St. Vincent Myspace