You are most likely aware by now that April is National Poetry Month, yes? If you do only one poetry-related thing for this most auspicious of months, may I suggest that it be attending a reading by three up-and-coming young poets from right here in Kansas? April 15th, from 7-8:30
Meet these writers carrying on the proud tradition of poetry in the state of Kansas on December 6th, 2014 from 1-5 pm at our second annual literary fair! Denise Low Low, 2nd Kansas Poet Laureate, has over 25 books, including Mélange Block (Red Mountain Press) and Ghost Stories (Ks. Notable Book; The Circle -Best Native […]
Bowie is an artist who has tried on so many diverse styles, there’s really something for everyone in his catalog–it’s just a matter of knowing where to look. Luckily, your friendly neighborhood Music Nerd is here to help.
A macabre journey to the darkest, most blood-curdling and downright spooky era in human history–the early 1980s–to witness the birth of a beast whose reverberating moans can still be heard today. Behold, a beginner’s guide to the origins of gothic rock!
The perfect sonic backdrop for studying has to be mellow enough that it won’t stress you out, but not so much that it will put you to sleep.
Are We There by Sharon Van Etten This album marks the first time I’ve really taken notice of Sharon Van Etten. I have heard her music before, and her previous album, Tramp, was produced by Aaron Dessner of my beloved The National. For whatever reason, her music just hadn’t clicked. That all changed when I […]
Shriek by Wye Oak Wye Oak is a two-member band that makes a lot of noise. Singer Jenn Wasner became known for her mix of folky songwriting and heavy guitar outbursts. Drummer Andy Stack drums with his right hand (and both feet) while playing synthesizers and triggering sequencers with his left. A lot of reviewers […]
Singles by Future Islands I felt particularly let down by the internet when I discovered Future Islands through, of all things, a performance on David Letterman’s show (that, granted, I then watched on the internet, but still). Here I thought I was on the cutting edge! My nerd-offense aside, good for them. They went […]
Transgender Dysphoria Blues by Against Me! I was a big fan of Against Me! when I was younger, and they were too. Their first couple albums meant a lot to me, and then I sort of lost touch with them as I grew older (and they grew more “mainstream” but, gosh, that’s a can of […]
St Vincent by St Vincent also available on Hoopla After 2012’s excellent Love This Giant with the inimitable David Byrne, I was very excited to see where Annie Clark was headed next, musically. The influence of that collaboration is definitely evident here, some of the synth basslines even echoing the funky horns of that record. […]
Rave Tapes by Mogwai also available on Hoopla Mogwai are not a band who reinvent themselves with every album; each one is more of a continued refinement of their particular mostly-instrumental post-rock sound than a radical departure. For me, their albums are distinguished more by their overall mood. The mood established here, by opening track […]
Hello again, Music Nerd here. With this post, you may start to notice a pattern: I listen to a lot of sad music. It’s not all I listen to, but for whatever reason, no matter the genre or the artist, the saddest song on the album is probably my favorite. I’m not an unhappy person, […]