Five questions with a band and local band/cd reviews

Top City Ramblers – CD Release

A bottle of Whiskey, a case of Pabst Blue Ribbon and four really talented musicians makes up the heart and soul of the Top City Ramblers. Willie Madl (vocals / guitar), David Liston (percussion), Dan Mauer (...

5Q: Roger Ortega

Roger Ortega's last album debuted #62 on the iTunes RnB/Soul charts...right next to Usher's album. See him live Aug. 16 + 17 in Topeka.
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5Q: Bridges

A prominent force in the Topeka music scene for more than 13 years, Bridges is comprised mainly of passionate musicians who have known each other for decades which continue to grow and change. Having just finis...
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5Q: The Artificial Red

It is said not everyone grows up to be a professional athlete, astronaut, or rock star, but the guys from The Artificial Red aim to prove that wrong (the rock star thing, not the astronaut). Four guys raised in...
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5Q: Slow Ya Roll

Slow Ya Roll is the go-to band for variety. Justin Fowler, keyboard/vocals, and Brian Schmutz, guitar, prowled around from open mike night to open mike night looking for a bass player and a drummer. Destiny soo...
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5Q: Two Blue

The following interview by Tommy Anderson originally appeared in the December 1, 2011 issue of seveneightfive magazine. With the upcoming International Blues Festival, held January 31 through February 4 in Memp...
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5Q: Chris Aytes & The Good Ambition

The following interview by Robin Cremer originally appeared in the April 15, 2011 issue of seveneightfive magazine. After the highly successful, "LOUDsoftLOUD," music event held at the Boobie Trap on November 1...
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5Q: Topeka Tejano

Performing the music from their youth, Tejano band Paradize is celebrating 35 years of music-making this year. Growing up in the Oakland neighborhood, with a career older than most of the upstarts usually fe...
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5 Q: Monk’s Wine

Take a jigger of jazz and a dash of pop, stir together, garnish with just the right amount of witty acerbic lyrics, then sit back and enjoy the sweet savory sounds of Monk’s Wine. Getting their name from an un...
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DKU / N.O.C.C. Freebie

N.O.C.C., AKA Travis Jenkins, hip-hop artist from Topeka, is offering a free download of his album, Cold Winter / Cold World. The album is thoughtful, introspective and has killer beats. It was produced by Drea...