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Ink's Middle of the Map announces more bands

Organizers of the 2013 Ink's Middle of the Map Fest have added more bands to the festival's lineup, including headliner Divne Fits, who feature Britt Daniel of Spoon, Dan Boeckner of Wolf Parade, and Sam Brown ofthe New Bomb Turks. The festival has also announced the addition of Kansas City-area bands and the lineups for several showcases and day-parties

Eminent and imminent: 10 shows from Thursday to Sunday

Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears Thursday Riot Room Long before the throwback R&B of the Alabama Shakes galvanized appreciative listeners, Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears were throwing down retro soul for delighted fans. Known for manic performances in the showy tradition of James Brown and Sam & Dave, the Austin-based band is a riveting live act capable of sending dancers into a frenzy with deranged material like "She's So Scandalous" and "Booty City." The Les Izmore Therapy Hour, a project Kansas City rapper Izmore describes as "a live mixtape," precedes Lewis' band

Review: Valentine's fest

Carah Faye Charnow of Shiny Toy Guns. Photos by Susan Pfannmuller/Special to The Star Participating in a round of spin-the-bottle requires a willingness to take a risk in exchange for a chance at a desirable reward

Review: Calexico

Even before Calexico plays a note, the audience that awaits the seven-piece band based in Tucson, Ariz., has a keen sense of the show that lies ahead. Several minutes before the band’s Saturday nigh performance before a crowd of more than 700, a large menagerie of instruments filled the stage of the Granada theater in Lawrence: drums, keyboards, an array of guitars, including a pedal steel, an accordion, a vibraphone, standup and electric basses, maracas, trumpets

Review: Ed Sheeran

Photos by Susan Pfannmuller/Special to The Star If you aren’t aware of the force of Ed Sheeran, wait a few days. Chances are, it will introduce itself to you whether you’re willing or not

Review: Kid Rock

Photo by Joe Ledford/The Star Kid Rock’s drift toward mainstream respectability made a significant surge on the opening night of his “Rebel Soul” tour Saturday at the Sprint Center. An audience of about 13,000 heard Rock ratchet down the volume and increase the subtleties of his extensive repertoire during a 140-minute performance

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