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Read more from Jackson at Mandatory Metallica and follow him on Twitter at @Mankvill.
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Capable of Anything: Ben Folds & the KC Symphony live 03/11/17

Just sticking a symphony with a performer doesn’t always yield the best results. For every “The Wall: Live in Berlin” from Roger Waters and “Concerto for Group and Orchestra” by Deep Purple – albums that deeply incorporate symphonic elements without overpowering the original music – there’s “S&M” from Metallica or some god-awful Kiss symphonic mess […]

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Live Tonight: Week of January 30th – February 5th: Superb Owl Edition

  Monday, January 30th American Wrestlers with The UK’s, Cudo at recordBar 8 PM $12 TV Girl with Moppet at minibar 10 PM $10 Tuesday, January 31st Jason Boland & The Stragglers with Bri Bagwell at The Granada 9 PM $15 David Allen Ho at The Bottleneck 9 PM $6 Wednesday, February 1st Country Jam […]

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From Chaos They Came: Inquisition live in Kansas City 01/26/17

Extreme metal has always been a violent genre of music since its inception, but some bands take it to the limit. Two-piece occult black metallers Inquisition, on an off-date from their tour supporting the legendary Norwegian black metal group Mayhem, hopped on a diverse bill at the Riot Room on Thursday night and what followed […]

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Live Tonight: Week of January 23rd – 29th: Dawn of a New Day

  Monday, January 23rd Take a well deserved break <3 Tuesday, January 24th Deerhunter at The Granada 9 PM $20 The MGD’s with The Brody Buster Band at recordBar 9 PM $7 The Irieplaceables Ska Orchestra with Part One Tribe at Davey’s Uptown 8 PM $6 Wednesday, January 25th The Hottman Sisters with Heidi Gluck, […]

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Rise From Your Grave: Altered Beast Set To Unleash New Music

Unless you’ve been sleeping for the past three years, chances are you’ve heard the name Altered Beast when talking about the local KC/Lawrence hardcore and metal scene – and that’s for a good reason. They’ve opened for heavyweights like Napalm Death, Madball and just about every other group in-between. Their blend of old-school crossover with […]

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Jackson May’s Top Ten Shows of 2016

  Kansas City and Lawrence only seem to grow in terms of how many quality shows a year we get, and 2016 was no exception. These are my picks for greatest shows/performances in the KC area for 2016. NOTE 1: I like mostly heavy music, so don’t go into this expecting to see 96.5 The […]

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Benefitting All: Ebony Tusks live in Lawrence, KS 12/01/16

If you’re in or around the Kansas City area and you have even a passing interest in the local music and/or art scene, odds are you probably already know about Ebony Tusks. But for the uninitiated, the trio is simple to describe – simply the most captivating hip-hop act in the Midwest. The benefit for […]

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Live Tonight: Week of November 14th – 20th: Hallelujah Edition

  Monday, November 14th See Through Dresses with Mumblr, Double Drag at The Tank Room 7 PM $7 Mr. Little Jeans with TRACE, Sinple at Riot Room 8 PM $15 Tuesday, November 15th Courses with Sheeva, Live Alone at Davey’s Uptown 8 PM Calvin Arsenia with JAMETATONE, Shane Borth at recordBar 7 PM $20 Wednesday, […]

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Smear Campaign: Napalm Death live in Kansas City 11/09/16

“Take care of yourselves, and take care of those around you.” Those were the last words Napalm Death frontman Barney Greenway left the sold-out crowd at the Riot Room Wednesday night before launching into their final songs of the evening. Though Napalm Death have made a now-legendary career on politically-charged left-leaning radio-unfriendly grindcore, Greenway always […]

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Live Tonight: Week of November 7th – November 13th: GO VOTE

  Monday, November 7th Laura Stevenson with Morgan Gillett, Doby Watson, Dead Ven at Riot Room 8 PM $10   Dream Theater at The Midland 8 PM $30 Tuesday, November 8th #NeverTrump Wednesday, November 9th Napalm Death w/ The Black Dahlia Murder, Misery Index, Abnormality at Riot Room 7 PM $25 The Anniversary with The […]

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Live Tonight: Week of October 31st – November 6th: Candy Edition

  Monday, October 31st The Sluts with Young Bull, Wides at The Bottleneck 9 PM $3 Bleached with Beach Slang at The Tank Room 8 PM $16 Jon Bellion with Travis Mendes, Blaque Keyz, Alec Benjamin at The Granada 8 PM $20 Not A Planet (Led Zeppelin) with Carswell & Hope (Elton John), Trashed (New […]

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