Monday, March 12, 2012

Radiohead takes Kansas City

Radiohead. Sprint Center. Fandamonium.

Posted By on Mon, Mar 12, 2012 at 12:40 PM

All hail the King of Limbs
  • Angela Bond
  • All hail the King of Limbs

If you love Radiohead, then you've had this conversation:

Hater: “I don't know about Radiohead, man. I just don't get why people are so into them.”
Fan: ”Wait, what? Why are people into them? Because they are fucking awesome!”
Hater: “Yeah, I've heard that. But, like, it just sounds like a bunch of noise to me. I mean, that one song 'Creep' is OK. I like that one, I guess. And 'Fake Plastic Trees'? I can do that one.”
Fan: “'Creep'? For real? That song is 20 years old.”
Hater: “I know, but you can sing along with it and understand what the dude is saying. The other songs are just ... meh ... I don't get it. I'm not a music snob like you are, OK? Guh.”

So no show in recent memory garnered as much advance buzz and bragging ("Hey, bro, I got my Radiohead tickets. Did you get yours? Oh, no, my bad ... it's sold out...”) — and as much pre-emptive whatever hostility — as Radiohead's last night.

This one was for the fans, not the haters. Especially for those who swore we'd wait it out before giving in and heading to St. Louis or Denver in the past, fans of Thom Yorke and co. were duly rewarded last night by a band that last played these parts 16 years ago.

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Friday, December 16, 2011

Smithsonian unearths 130-year-old recordings

Posted By on Fri, Dec 16, 2011 at 7:30 AM

  • Rich Strauss, courtesy National Museum of American History

First the kids went crazy over vinyl. Then, when you were able to buy LPs at Best Buy, they started putting out cassettes. Cheap Trick and Fucked Up trumped all of that with releases on 8-track and reel-to-reel, respectively. Now, what's a lo-fi fetishist supposed to do? How about wax cylinders and glass discs? The Smithsonian recently figured out how to get sound from recordings made by Alexander Graham Bell more than a century ago. Take a listen to some of the recordings at the Smithsonian magazine blog.

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Friday, July 29, 2011

Odd Future headed to The Granada in October

Posted By on Fri, Jul 29, 2011 at 11:44 AM

The year's most blogged-about hip-hop act, Odd Future, has announced its fall North American tour dates, and we landed one. They hit the Granada October 11. That is gonna be one berserk show. No word yet on when tickets are on sale. 

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Thursday, April 7, 2011

Queens of the Stone Age threw down a show for the ages at the Beaumont Club

Posted By on Thu, Apr 7, 2011 at 11:20 AM

Queens of the Stone Age
  • Queens of the Stone Age

At one point during his band's sold-out show at the Beaumont last night, Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme said, "We may be drunk, but we still care. I may be really high, but I still care." He also claimed that he hadn't played in Kansas City for the past 19 years; but he was glad to be back. Everyone else packed into the Westport venue was, too, because Homme and his band fucking killed it.

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Friday, January 21, 2011

Ozzy Osbourne melts faces with Slash this weekend

Posted By on Fri, Jan 21, 2011 at 7:47 AM


Decades of touring, suitcases full of blow, and Axl Rose's L.A.-sized ego would have killed off the rock in most mortals long ago. But when metal courses through one's veins, these things are mere tribulations. So it is for Ozzy Osbourne, who brings his Ozzy Scream Tour 2011 to the Sprint Center with Slash (longtime buddy, fellow hardcore survivor and one-time Guns N' Roses guitarist) as opening act. Osbourne is touring in support of his 2010 album, Scream. But, come on, he's Ozzy! Does he need a reason to melt faces?

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Monday, November 15, 2010

Sam Baker inspires tears in the Conspiracy Room

Posted By on Mon, Nov 15, 2010 at 11:48 AM


If talking about a song two days after you heard it brings tears to your eyes, then whoever wrote it must be some kind of crazy genius poet. That's my take on the dusty singer songwriter who played an intimate show in the Conspiracy Room on Saturday night. Of course, Sam Baker comes from Austin, Texas, where country and blues regularly ferment into intoxicating Americana.

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Monday, October 18, 2010

Cash and weed: the Bleach Bloodz tour video

Posted By on Mon, Oct 18, 2010 at 11:21 AM

Bleach Bloodz. Photo by Forester Michael.
  • Bleach Bloodz. Photo by Forester Michael.

Saturday, the Bloodz were at the Replay in Lawrence, and yesterday they posted a little video tour diary thing on Facebook that features them smoking a bunch of weed and counting money. Hopefully it's a recurring feature? 

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Thursday, September 23, 2010

Sharon Jones teaches Kansas City a lesson that ends in a dance party

Posted By on Thu, Sep 23, 2010 at 9:34 AM


Remember when I told you about Sharon Jonesshow on Monday night with the Dap-Kings, and how the crowd stormed the stage? 

Well, there's a video of Jones getting lecturing the crowd for having too many people onstage, and then giving them a dance party. If we ever needed proof that Jones is one of the classiest ladies to grace a stage these days, here's Exhibit A. 

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You will not believe this little kid dancing to 'Billie Jean'

Posted By on Thu, Sep 23, 2010 at 6:00 AM

The kid in this video would clown on a young Michael.
  • The kid in this video would clown on a young Michael.
of a little boy dancing to Michael Jackson's "Billy Jean" is not fully viral as I write this Wednesday night, but I'm fairly confident everybody on the internet will have seen it by the end of the day Thursday. 

The kid is maybe two or three years old (?), and you've never in your life seen footwork, or sexually unaware crotch-grabbing, like this. He's like the Tiger Woods of dancing. 

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Friday, September 17, 2010

Mark Mallman, who is planning an uninterrupted, 78-hour-long rock show, is at the Replay on Saturday

Posted By on Fri, Sep 17, 2010 at 12:40 PM

Mark Mallman.
  • Mark Mallman.

In 2004, he played "Marathon 2," a 52-hour performance. The next logical (totally illogical) step is to try a third marathon, and of course he is: on October 7, at the Turf Club in Minneapolis, he'll attempt a 78-hour performance of "Marathon 3." 

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