By Lyndsey Havens

Havens: Musical authenticty is more than meets the eye

Havens: Musical authenticty is more than meets the eye

Two hours after landing at Chicago O’Hare International Airport and enjoying a quick welcome home Potbelly’s pit stop, I was sitting in the Green Room at the music venue Evanston SPACE. I was there to help Val Haller, the founder of Valslist.com and the woman I intern for, with her interview of the Australian band […]

Havens: 'Affordable Ticket Act' keeps music alive in hard times

Havens: ‘Affordable Ticket Act’ keeps music alive in hard times

How much are tickets? This is usually the first question my friends will ask before they allow me to drag them to see a band they’ve never heard of before. Ticket prices often do raise some concern, especially if you happen to fall victim to the “broke college student” stereotype. After all, we have cover […]

Havens: Education needed to combat drug use at concerts

Havens: Education needed to combat drug use at concerts

Mary Jane, look out – there’s a new girl in town by the name of Molly. “Molly,” properly known as the powdered form of MDMA, has been causing quite a scene lately, raising much concern and controversy over drug abuse and its ties to the music industry. Electronic Dance Music (EDM) has been the genre […]

Buzz Beach Ball Review

Buzz Beach Ball Review

As a courteous audience member who respects the concept of space while at a music event, it’s natural to encounter those who don’t. Excuses ranging from, “my little sister is waiting for me upfront,” to “I dropped my cellphone at the front and need to go see if its still there,” all were tired and […]

Havens: Lawrence music scene relies on local support

Havens: Lawrence music scene relies on local support

Why Kansas? I’m certain that any Jayhawk has been asked this question at least once before. For some, it’s the beauty of Jayhawk Boulevard, Allen Fieldhouse or Massachusetts Street. Though for me, it’s the eclectic music scene that Lawrence has to offer. As I considered my collegiate options, the University of Kansas was barely on […]

Havens: VMA performance reflects on music industry, not individuals

Miley Cyrus is my personal Voldemort, or She-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named. Though Cyrus’ scandalous act at the Video Music Awards this past Sunday was about as disgusting as the floors of The Hawk, no one can seem to stop talking about it, and frankly, I’ve grown sick of hearing about it. Amidst the outrage she sparked over sexual […]

Havens: Differing musical tastes build roommate relationships

Opposites attract. We’ve all heard it before. We often use the phrase to justify and cope with the annoying antics of our counterparts, whether they are our best friends, boyfriends/girlfriends, or in this case, our roommates. When it comes to sharing a space with someone, being complete opposites may be problematic – messy vs. organized, […]

Kanrocksas returns with Imagine Dragons, Passion Pit

Kanrocksas returns with Imagine Dragons, Passion Pit

Lawrence is known for having an eclectic and vibrant music scene. In 2011, Kansas City decided it was time to jump on board by launching its very first music festival — Kanrocksas. The festival lasted two days and brought in more than 20 musical guests and about 100 thousand eager fans. While the festival started […]

Jukebox the Ghost tour stops in Lawrence

Jukebox the Ghost tour stops in Lawrence

The pop-rock trio Jukebox the Ghost released its third studio album titled “Safe Travels,” last June. Since then, the band has experienced just that — safe travels — as they tour relentlessly. Tonight, their travels have led them to Lawrence, where they will play a show at the Jackpot Saloon. The group consists of Ben […]

Love Garden to celebrate Record Store Day

Love Garden to celebrate Record Store Day

Record Store Day has quickly caught on as a celebration that thousands choose to be a part of. Taking place on the third Saturday of April each year, Record Store Day falls on this coming Saturday, April 20. The official website for the “holiday” eloquently states that the day simply intends for independently owned record […]

The Flaming Lips release 'dark, disturbing' album

The Flaming Lips release ‘dark, disturbing’ album

The Flaming Lips released their newest studio album since 2009 today. “The Terror” consists of nine tracks that, frontman Wayne Coyne says, are dark and disturbing. “Why would we make this music that is ‘The Terror’ — this bleak, disturbing record?” he said in a press release for the album. “I don’t really want to […]

The Strokes' fifth album signals end of era

The Strokes’ fifth album signals end of era

“Either you’re noticed or left out,” sings The Strokes frontman Julian Casablancas in the song “I’ll Try Anything Once.” Casablancas has surely pursued these lyrics in all aspects of his musical career, propelling The Strokes to reach more than a decade of acclaim and success. Since their start in 1998, members Nick Valensi (guitar), Albert […]

Spotify: NCAA Playlist

Spotify: NCAA Playlist

March Madness is in full swing. Its time for this number one seed to rival the competition and show the nation the title of Champions belongs in Lawrence and with all Jayhawk fans. Tensions are high and voices have been lost from yelling at the TV. If you still have your voice, sing along to […]

Beats Electronics expands to include streaming service

Beats Electronics expands to include streaming service

Dr. Dre’s Beats headphones revolutionized the way people listen to music, and now Beats Electronics is at it again with a new streaming service that will change the way people access their music. The service—founded by Dr. Dre and producer Jimmy Iovine—just received a $60 million investment from Len Blavatnik, owner of Warner Music Group. […]

Connecting with fans is No. 1 priority for rock band STS9

Connecting with fans is No. 1 priority for rock band STS9

Since instrumental rock band Sound Tribe Sector 9 formed in Atlanta more than a decade ago, the group has transcended the average performance and created a much more engaging atmosphere for its shows. And the band is bringing that energy to Lawrence. Sound Tribe Sector 9, or STS9, consists of Hunter Brown (Guitar/Keys), Jeffree Lerner […]