Kid Congo & The Pink Monkey Birds w/ Charlie Megira, Domestic Drone and Postboy Live at Barleycorn’s

9PM // 21+ // $10

Kid Congo Powers
Ex guitarist for The Cramps, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, and The Gun Club.

ALSO FEATURING!
Charlie Megira charliemegira.bandcamp.com

and locals
Domestic Drone domesticdrone.bandcamp.com
Postboy postboy.bandcamp.com

Kid Congo & The Pink Monkey Birds

Waking from a nap in the swamps of outer space, Kid Congo & The Pink Monkey Birds ride a geisterbahn into the hypnagogic, a place between sleep and consciousness also known as the “Haunted Head”. “Haunted Head” is the third LP Kid Congo & The Pink Monkey Birds has oozed out for In The Red Records. Legendary guitar stylist Kid Congo Powers (The Gun Club, The Cramps, Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds) and long time cohorts, bassist Kiki Solis (Knife In The Water), drummer Ron Miller (Up The Academy), and guitarist Jesse Roberts (Sandrider, The Ruby Doe) take matters into their own mitts by having Jesse engineer and Ron mix the record at the now well-known Harveyville Project High School in Kansas. “Haunted Head” reflects the band at its purest distillation. The Pink Monkey Birds create a cocktail of fuzz guitars, New Orleans drum beats, soulful strut bass lines, and sonic ambrosia from beyond. The trip of your dreams includes the “cheap and tawdry” in a tribute to dearly departed actress Susan Tyrell (“Su Su”), the morphing of Jerry Lee Lewis with Phyllis Diller (“Killer Diller”) and the plain ol’ insanity of romantic love (“Dance Me Swamply”). The band will also tell you how they LIKE “the mondos and the cholos and the weirdos and he freaks” on the rollicking track “Let’s Go!” and how they DON’T LIKE “neocons in square back suits” and “throwing up in a dirty phone booth “ on the punky proclamation “I Don’t Like”. I mean, who does? In the title ballad “Haunted Head”, Kid Congo & The Pink Monkey Birds ask the listener “What’s inside your Haunted Head? Are you alive or are you dead? Are you kissing and a huggin? Are you pushin’ and a shoving? “. Perhaps only in dreams could you answer such a question.

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Fairness

Slyly meandering from complex and offbeat buildups to soaring post-rock interludes, Fairness draws the listener into an ultimately contemplative musical experience. The Wichita four-piece favors variety and experimentation, allowing songs to blend frenzied parts with hypnotizing instrumentation.

CATCH FAIRNESS TONIGHT AT 10PM!

by Thea Pajunen

Major Games

The first word that comes to mind upon listening to Major Games’ 2015 self-titled full length LP is dynamic. Each song is layered richly with skillful precision, the album oscillates from psych-tinged shoegaze to moodier alternative rock to groove-laden, more unpredictable tracks. Topped with equally versatile vocals, Major Games cover varied territory deftly to create a cohesive, atmospheric record whose layers reveal themselves with each repeat listen.

Hear Major Games at ICT FEST 2015 Friday September 4 at 10pm!

by Thea Pajunen

ICT FEST 2015 SCHEDULE

WEDNESDAY SEP 2 PRE-PARTY @ BARLEYCORNS – 9:30PM – FREE!!
Maria Elena
Mystery Blood
Iron Octomoms

THURSDAY SEP 3 AFTER-PARTY @ BARLEYCORNS – 10:30PM – FREE!!
Photonwives
Golden Living Room
Twin Cities

FRIDAY SEP 5 AFTER-PARTY @ KIRBY’S BEER STORE – 10:30PM – FREE!!
Hosmer
Bluehealer(KC)

THURSDAY
5:30pm Mammoth
6pm Shefford
6:30pm Yellow King
7pm Darjeeling
7:30pm Raunchy Dead
8pm Approach
8:30pm 69noses
9pm Dead Shakes
9:30pm Filius Sol
10pm Postboy
10:30pm Vehicles

FRIDAY
5pm Semiotic Weapons
5:3pm Evasive Flowers
6pm Godhat
6:30pm Obsidian Sword
7pm Roachblunt
7:30pm The Great Plains
8pm CJ Boyd
8:30pm Aseethe
9pm Knifewound
9:30pm Living Ghost
10pm Major Games
10:30pm Kill Vargas
11pm Varma Cross
11:30pm mr. and the mrs.
12pm World Palestine

SATURDAY
5:3pm Aksel Henderson
6pm Animal Parade
6:30pm Bluehealer(KC)
7pm Daddyos
7:30pm Domestic Drone
8pm Young Readers
8:30pm Lewelheds
9pm Lich
9:30pm Ebony Tusks (KC)
10pm Fairness
10:30pm Who and the Fucks
11pm New Wave Hookers
11:30pm Bummer
12pm DEAD SHAKES (TULSA)

ICT FEST 2015 LINEUP ANNOUNCEMENT!

AT EL VAQUERO FRIENDS AND FAMILY WICHITA KS

ALL AGES // $20 FOR A THREE DAY PASS OR $12 PER DAY

45 BANDS // LOCAL AND REGIONAL // ALL DOPE

SEPTEMBER 3/4/5 5PM-MIDNITE

LINEUP:
SHAHMAN (TORONTO)
YOUNG READERS (OK)
CJ BOYD (THE ROAD)
ROACHBLUNT (KC)
RAUNCHY DEAD (ALABAMA)
MAJOR GAMES (LAWRENCE)
APPROACH (LAWRENCE)
69NOSES
RUPERT ANGELEYES (MN)
DADDYOS (OK)
WHO AND THE FUCKS (OK)
YELLOW KING
MYSTERY BLOOD
EBONY TUSKS (LAWRENCE)
WORLD PALESTINE
DARJEELING
MARIA ELENA
GODHAT
GREAT PLAINS
VARMA CROSS (LAWRENCE)
RAW SPACE (MN)
IRON OCTOMOMS
SLIME FLOWER
BRIDEGEIST
LEWELHEDS
KILL VARGAS
SHEFFORD
POSTBOY
FILLIUS SOL
LIVING GHOST
DEAD SHAKES (OK)
KNIFEWOUND
EVASIVE FLOWERS
VEHICLES
SEMIOTIC WEAPONS
MR AND THE MRS (LAWRENCE)
ASEETHE (IOWA)
NEW WAVE HOOKERS (MN)
BUMMER (KC)
MAMMOTH
LITCH (CO)
DOMESTIC DRONE
FAIRNESS
OBSIDIAN SWORD (IOWA)

So you want to book a show in Wichita?

So you want to book a show in Wichita? Its pretty easy if you make sure you cover all the bases. Lineup, promotion, and location are your primary concerns. If you have the work done three weeks before the show, you can use the time leading up to it to do word of mouth promotion and relax knowing the show will go well.

1.) Lineup
The best possible lineup will be two local bands and one touring band with the touring band always playing second. Find two local bands with friends that will would be into both the touring band and the other local bands’ jams, and ideally find two locals with draws from different groups of people. This is how you will attract 60% of your crowd.

2.) Promotion
Promotion gets you the other 40% of possible attendees. The best possible promotion is to only book shows that you are extra-stoked to be booking. If you aren’t that into the band, its more than likely that no one you know will be either.

Aside from that, you need to make sure you get the word out through all the channels available. These include:

a.) A Facebook event with band names, venue location, date, door cost, age restriction, link to music / videos, and some sort of description about the band. This can be four paragraphs or one colorful adjective.

Make sure to send the event link to all the local band members in a group message to peer pressure them into inviting all of their friends. You should share the event on any Facebook group for local music you can find, as well as repeatedly on your own Facebook page, twitter feed, etc. Also let ICT FEST know about it and we’ll share it on our Facebook and Twitter feeds, because if you are booking shows we like you a lot.

b.) Flyers and Handbills. Don’t ever not make flyers or hand out handbills (into actual hands, not lying on a shelf in a coffee shop) unless you want no one to come to your show. If you are ever at a show and you find yourself whining about how no one is there, please ask yourself, did I hand out handbills into 100-200 hands? If your answer is no, then you should shut up and do a better job next time.

c.) Word of mouth. This is the most important and why you should only book bands that you personally know are 1000% dope. You need to tell everyone you know in person that they should come to this show, because you really believe that their life will be at least a little bit more rad if they are there.

3.)Location
Every show has a proper venue. This is determined by day of the week and what bands are playing. If you are booking everyones’ favorite band in the world, don’t book it at a house show. If you want young people to come to the a show with a band playing their first tour, book a house show. Always try to book a space that will feel full with whatever number of people come. At a Kirby’s show or house show, if you get 20 people out the band will feel like champs. That same number at a larger venue like Barleycorns or Rock Island will feel empty, which does not often equate to fun.

Wherever you pick, make sure you know when load in is, when set times are, who is in charge, what the money situation is, and what the size / quality / condition of the pa is. If you are doing a house show do NOT depend on them having a pa, because they definetly don’t have a pa.

Theres a lot more to learn, and I’ll write more posts down the road with more detail on all these topics, but if you follow these basic steps and actually give a shit you will know that no matter how the show goes down you did everything you could to make it as easy and fun as possible, which is a good feeling. The main thing is to always have fun. No matter the turnout, no matter anything, just keep have fun and things will go well. Its only a bummer when you decide it is.

BEACH SLANG / CAYATENA / THE TRAVEL GUIDE

ICT FEST this year is going to be a week of fun. Starting August 31 with shows at Barleycorn’s AND Kirby’s.

We are excited to welcome very special guests Beach Slang and Cayatena at Barleycorn’s August 31, who will be joined by Wichita own super-rippers The Travel Guide. Get your tickets now for this do-not-miss show!

9pm | 21+
$5 adv / $8 at the door
BRING FRIENDS!

Get tickets: https://beachslangcayetana.eventbrite.com
Invite friends: https://www.facebook.com/events/529782627169706

Cayetana:
A three-piece from Philadelphia, PA, formed a band and a great friendship in early Fall 2011, creating indie punk poppy jams full of raw sound and energy.

Beach Slang:
Guitar, bass and drums. Played loudly. We make good trouble.* And better listeners. Your Mom will think we’re sweethearts. We kind of are. We hardly talk. So we make records.** And it feels good to feel like you finally belong. *James also plays in Weston, Ed also plays in Crybaby and JP also plays in Ex Friends. **Last Saturday, my friend Caroline told me, “You guys sound like what I imagine a one-night stand between The Psychedelic Furs and The Replacements would sound like.” I really kind of adore her for that.