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KCUR's Band Of The Week: Making Movies

Brian Slater
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Making Movies

One of Kansas City’s most accomplished rock bands, Making Movies tours extensively and collaborates with prominent artists — but this weekend they're part of a free concert in downtown Lawrence.

That free show comes as the band — brothers Diego and Enrique Chi, who are Panamanian immigrants; and brothers Juan-Carlos and Andres Chaurand — is enjoying a wave of national attention.

KCUR contributor Vicky Diaz-Camacho produced an 8-minute feature about Making Movies last week. That piece was in production when Felix Contreras of NPR’s Alt.Latino’s podcast recently told Weekend Edition host Lulu Garcia-Navarro that the band's new record, I Am Another You, is “sonically and lyrically one of the best albums of the year.”

The record is a topical concept album about immigration. Among its standouts is “Locura Colectiva” (“Collective Insanity”), which includes alarming lines such as “the world is ending and this time it’s not a lie.”

There’s a reason “Locura Colectiva” sounds a lot like the experimental side of Los Lobos: I Am Another You was produced by that band's Steve Berlin. Members of Ozomatli, Hurray for the Riff Raff and Tennis contributed to the project.

Live on Mass, a free-all-ages show with The Get Up Kids, Making Movies, Kawehi, Lily Pryor & Iris Hyde, 6:30 p.m. Saturday, June 24 in the 1000 block of Massachusetts Street in Lawrence, Kansas.

KCUR contributor Bill Brownlee blogs about Kansas City’s jazz scene at Plastic Sax.

KCUR contributor Bill Brownlee blogs about Kansas City's jazz scene at plasticsax.com.
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