Classroom Series – Arc Flash and Psychic Heat


On Thursday, September 24th, Arc Flash and Psychic Heat kicked off the first Classroom Series event of the semester in KSDB’s McCain studios. Both bands hail from Lawrence and embarked on a national tour together soon after leaving MHK. Space punk duo Arc Flash are currently filling in for the rhythm section of Psychic Heat, playing bass guitar and drums. This event was the first time the two bands had played together and the concert in Aggieville that followed the broadcast was the first official stop on the bands’ tour to New York and back. At Aggie Station, Arc Flash and Psychic Heat performed to a large and welcoming crowd, and good vibes were had by all. For more information about both bands, visit their Facebook and Bandcamp pages:

Arc Flash Facebook – Arc Flash Bandcamp – Psychic Heat Facebook – Psychic Heat Bandcamp

For more information on upcoming KSDB events, visit our events page.

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Show Review: Glass Animals @ The Midland, KCMO

Screen Shot 2015-10-02 at 4.12.50 PMPeanut butter vibes were abundant on Thursday evening as Oxford’s premier indie quartet, Glass Animals, entertained a sold out crowd at The Midland Theater. 3,000 people crammed into the room for an ambient evening of groovy indie-pop, preceded by a group of Spanish garage rockers.

Madrid’s Hinds warmed the crowd up wonderfully. Success has come swiftly to the all-female quartet, who sang upbeat garage rock while garbed in 90’s clothing with genuine smiles plastered on their faces. Hinds offered very little in terms of innovation, but were a fun opener. Vocalist Carlotta Cosials’s shrill croon was washed out in the large venue and ended up sounded more like a melodic yodel. The headbob-worthy guitar lines and cheeky harmonies more than made up for that.

After a 30 minute wait, Glass Animals emerged on stage shrouded by smoke, lights, and waves of jungle sounds. It was a fitting entrance for an aptly named band, and set the mood for the experience that was about to take place. Over the next 70 minutes, Dave Bayley pranced around the stage. His intense movement didn’t hinder his vocal quality, and the level of precision between the recordings and live product were impressive.

In an age where “real” instruments are becoming less than normal, it was refreshing to see the guitarist and bassist being engaged in the show by also playing synthesizers and controlling the accompaniment tracks when the guitars were not needed. They were obviously having as much fun as Bayley through a parade of colors and smoke that perfectly melded to the mood of each song.

Obviously, the highlights of the evening were crowd-favorites “Gooey” and “Black Mamba,” but the band unexpectedly covered Kanye West’s “Love Lockdown” and “Gold Lime” by Yeah Yeah Yeah’s. By covering both RnB and indie, Glass Animals solidified themselves as one of the most impressive genre-melding acts at this time.

It was a nearly perfect evening in a room full of so much energy. At multiple points Bayley told the crowd that Kansas City was his “home away from home,” and while that may have been merely a nicety, he performed like it was the truth.

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Amateur Radio License examinations

The Kansas State University Amateur Radio Club and Manhattan Area Amateur Radio Society is hosting an event in Nichols Hall on Saturday, October 3rd which gives individuals interested in becoming certified by the Federal Communications Commission the opportunity to attain a license in amateur radio.

The cost is $15 cash(in exact change) and individuals must bring a photo ID.

If you have any questions, please contact Vern Wirka at 785-532-2332.


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#heARTmhk: So, what’s all the buzz about?

If you’ve been perusing local music Twitter lately, you’ve more than likely come across the hashtag “#heARTmhk.” Many may have put two-and-two together and assumed it was obviously something art-related; and while you’re not wrong, there’s much more to the story. KSDB met up with a few of the masterminds behind the project to dig a little deeper and learn more about how to get involved.

The #heARTmhk efforts were ignited by a small group of remarkably passionate individuals piqued with curiosity as to why Manhattan seems to have a lackluster arts (namely, live music) scene in comparison to comparable metro areas. In starting this digital and community-based movement, they hope to unite individuals in the Manhattan area that share this sentiment in order to gain traction to make a change.

The backbone behind the project at this stage is a brief, yet pivotal survey the team is putting together in order to gather data to leverage venues and promoters to take Manhattan more seriously. You can help advance the movement by taking 2 minutes to take the survey, which simply asks you to share your musical preferences and basic information about how and when you typically consume live music. Additionally–the team encourages the use of #heARTmhk freely; mark anything and everything that supports the mission of uniting the community around a strengthened arts scene.

For now, you can check out some of the ways the hashtag is being used in real-time below. Head over to @heARTmhk to keep up with all things local music, art, and culture–including two events tonight alone:

Did learning more about this excite you? If you are interested in getting more involved with the behind-the-scenes efforts of #heARTmhk, please leave us your information below. We look forward to engaging in this growing movement and as always, helping enhance all things local.

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