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Read more from Jackson at Mandatory Metallica and follow him on Twitter at @Mankvill.

Live Tonight: Through August 18th

Hooray for live music! There’s a smorgasbord of different types of concerts to choose from coming up. Everything from tributes to The Cure and Pantera (because those two bands go together, right?), happy-go-lucky pop punk from Masked Intruder, the stoner-folk of Kurt Vile, much clown love with Twiztid, and a benefit show at the Midland […]

Live Tonight: through August 11th

Lots of shows to choose from in the coming days in and around Kansas City. Everything from rockabilly to cover bands to pop to experimental to good ol rock and roll. And make sure you don’t miss an in-store performance at Mills Record Company on Saturday with LAZY and Bloodbirds! They’re gonna bring the jam, […]

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Live Tonight: August 3rd – August 5th

Saturday, August 3rd Cricket Wireless Amphitheater – The Killers w/ Queens of the Stone Age, Gogol Bordello @ 5 PM Sprint Center – T-Swizzle w/ Ed Sheeran @ 7 PM The Bottleneck – Melting Point of Bronze w/ Monsoon Lazer @ 9 PM Sunday, August 4th Sprint Center – Rush @ 7:30 PM The Riot […]

Live Tonight: Week of July 29th – July 31st

  Here’s what’s coming up for the first half of this week! Monday, July 29th Power and Light District – Macklemore and Ryan Lewis @ 7:30 PM The Riot Room – Major Major Major  @ 7:30 PM Record Bar – The Eschatones @ 10 PM Tuesday, July 30th Power and Light District – Silversun Pickups […]


Vans Warped Tour July 23rd @ Cricket Wireless Amphitheater

Despite a weather forecast of all thunderstorms and gale-force winds, Warped Tour at the Cricket Wireless Amphitheater was sunny and hot for most of the day. A huge crowd of mostly teenagers filled up each of the Warped Tour’s multiple stages to watch over 60 bands play. The tagline for Warped Tour this year is […]


Live Tonight: Week Of July 25th – July 28th

Thursday, July 25th Czar Bar – The Problems w/ Brent Lee @ 9 PM The Record Bar – The Monarchs @ 9:45 PM The Granada – RX Bandits w/ Northern Faces @ 7:30 PM Friday, July 26th The Riot Room – Guerilla Fest feat. Slick Rick @ 2 PM Czar Bar – Jess Williamson @ […]

Deafheaven at The Record Bar

Special Thanks to ricardoalmeida89 on Flickr for this photo American black metal is pretty sharply divided into two camps. There’s the throwback to classic Norwegian black metal which is making a surging comeback, and then there is the more ethereal type of black metal, taking cues from post-metal and shoegaze as well. In the latter […]

Lightning Swords of Death at The Riot Room

It was a homecoming of sorts on Independence Day-eve at the Riot Room in Kansas City. It was the return of a local musician on a bill filled up with some of the best-quality underground extreme metal from the United States today. It was a celebration of musicians and the art they create and it […]


Baroness at the Granada

In the past year, Baroness have gone through things that would rip most bands apart. They released the double album Yellow & Green last summer that was initially met with divisiveness. Shortly after, the band was involved in a horrendous bus accident — similar in destruction to the fatal crashes involving Metallica and Decapitated that […]

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The Dillinger Escape Plan at the Granada

The Dillinger Escape Plan by Jackson May Playing to a good-sized crowd on a comfortable Sunday night, the Dillinger Escape Plan brought their inimitable live show to the Granada in Lawrence and left ruins in their wake. Dillinger is the largest mathcore band ever, dwarfing Botch, Converge, and Cave In, some of the genre’s originators. […]

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Kvelertak at the Granada

Although the three main bands playing the Granada were from three different countries, they all had a type of music that could be traced back to a common ancestor. Black Tusk (from America), Cancer Bats (from Canada), and Kvelertak (from Norway) all worship the groove that is inherently found in metal, punk, and good old-fashioned […]

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