Nik’s Music Almanac

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Something and the Whatevers

From my hometown and (again) brought to you by I ♥ Local Music and the letter “C”.

This is a very strange band to try and talk about. It’s like a hipster punk band, only not really. It works because they’re funny and have some good guitar licks.

Sounds like: A pretty cool rock group, ironically.

Lyrics:

This is the part of the song with a predictable beat drop
And here is the part in the commercial where the car changes gears

You don’t wanna sing along, but you can’t help it
The endorphins in your brain, keep you addicted to this BS

Rating: ♥♥♥

Status: Active!

Links: Facebook, Bandcamp.

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Stiff Middle Fingers

So they’re loud, obnoxious, and a bit rude. And that’s just their fans. The band is even crazier.

If you like punk type stuff, they’re worth a listen, but they are probably one of those bands that is 10x better live. Good thing they have a live album!

Sounds like: A band of drunken yahoos with guitars and no rules.

Lyrics:

The only change I ever found Is when I see a penny on the f-ing ground!

Rating: ♥♥♥

Status: Active!

Links: Facebook, Bandcamp

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Suzannah Johannes

So I don’t know much about this singer, except that she’s got one EP and I like it pretty well.

Also, I think someone picked it up on NPR years ago.

Sounds like: A girl with a guitar.

Lyrics:

I know no one in this town
I have no friends still around
Let me be alone and trapped inside my mind
Leave me in peace
It shouldn’t be so hard to find

Rating: ♥♥♥

Status: Inactive. I think.

Links: Band Page

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Teenage Cool Kids

A good band that is fun to listen to when you want something loud, but not too obnoxious. They’re also great for video gaming for some reason.

Denton After Sunset is their only album that is for sale on the Interwebz, but it’s likely also their best.

Sounds like: A good indie/punk rock band.

Lyrics:

Turn this
Water into wine
Zealous Convert

Can you kneel and pray
With that crooked spine
Zealous Convert

Rating: ♥♥♥♥

Status: Inactive.

Links: Facebook, Bandcamp, Wikipedia

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Tara Vaughan

I first heard about her on the Worlds of Wayne podcast, and you could tell the host was as charmed as I was with this young performer.

She has an amazing voice, good lyrics, and solid music backing it all up. Her 2011 album is good, but her 2016 release with a more bluesy sound backing her up is even better. A real gem.

Lyrics:

You feel like breathing
I’m panicking for air
When you’re not away

And you feel like falling
I’m already in pieces on the ground
Won’t you lay your weapons down

Rating: ♥♥♥♥

Status: Active!

Links: Facebook, Bandcamp,

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Three Man Cannon

They have a great sound; complex and interesting without being experimental. The lyrics are sort of there to move the music along but aren’t very memorable, and they can be a little indulgent but still a very solid group.

The only album I’ve listened to is Will I Know You Then but it’s worth a listen.

Great to listen to when you’re working or just wanting to chill out a bit.

Sounds like: Fleet Foxes, only not so SF Hippy-dippy.

Rating: ★★★

Status: Active.

Links: Band Page, Bandcamp, Tumblr.

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The Tontons

First heard about them from SXSW. They’re fun, they’ve got a really good sound, and a few standout songs (Bones 1 is my favorite).

For some reason, I don’t love them with the intensity of some of their fans. I guess maybe their lyrics just don’t stick with me. But they are still fun to listen to and relax with.

Sounds like: The Tontons.

Lyrics:

And one of these days
I’ll get a 9 to 5
Corporate parties, men in ties

But today’s not that day
And I’m not that girl
I’ve got time
I’ve got the whole wide world
In my hands

Rating: ★★★

Status: Active.

Links: Band Page, Bandcamp, Wikipedia.

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Vehicles

I believe I heard about these from Twitter when they came through LFK. They’ve been around for awhile, doing shows in Wichita mostly.

They have a good sound (kind of Rush lite). They’re especially good for working. Of their two albums, I’ve only picked up This Bluebird Wants You Dead which has better lyrics and vocals and a bit less guitar heavy than their first one.

Sounds like: Rush.

Lyrics:

Artists don’t sleep hungry
Fingerpainting and charging money
You’re so sad
’Cause you never get your chance

Rating: ★★★

Status: Active.

Links: Band Page, Facebook, Soundcloud

Whiteboy James and the Blues Express

This blues band was playing on the jukebox in Starcraft II. And they are alot of fun, though a bit raunchy at times.

Their self-titled album is the best, and Starcraft fans should enjoy Zerg, Shotgun, and You.

Sounds like: The Blues.

Lyrics:

Please excuse me for scribblin’
I can barely write my name
Quit school at 17
And I ain’t the slightest bit ashamed

Rating: ♥♥♥

Status: Active? Inactive? on Mar Sara? Who knows.

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