Live Photos & Reviews

Photos and reviews of live events around Kansas City and Lawrence.

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Album Review: Aprilmist’s “Remembrance” EP

If you were lucky enough to catch Aprilmist alongside Young Bull and Vivid Zebra at our place around this time last year, you’re well aware of just how promising a group they were. Combining elements of atmospheric black metal with a more modern take on the sound incorporating elements of progressive metal, shoegaze and post-metal, […]

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Absolutego: Boris live in Lawrence, KS 10/19/17

Boris is a Japanese trio that has been making music since 1992 and in the 25 years of their existence, they’ve released just as many albums and have explored just as many genres. It’s nearly impossible to define a group that leapfrogs from drone and doom metal to stoner rock and pop music – along […]

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Nefarious Orations: Inquisition live in Kansas City, MO 09/08/17

This Friday night, it seemed like most people are clinging on to summer as long as they can – Westport was jam-packed with people in t-shirts, shorts and flip-flops enjoying a street art fair. However, the Riot Room hosted four extreme metal bands who seemed anxious to usher in the harsh winter cold that came […]

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Submit to Self-Destruction: Shining live in Kansas City 05/12/2017

“This is Hail Darkness Hail. It’s dedicated to everyone here. Fuck you all.” Niklas Kvarforth, the driving force behind Sweden’s black metal outfit Shining, is an enigmatic figure – both on stage and off. His penchant for confrontational and sometimes abrasive live shows precedes him in such a way that when the band played the […]

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Middle of the Map 2017 – Friday Review

The good weather coupled with the weekend made Westport a hoppin’ place for Middle of the Map’s 2nd day. It’s hard to go anywhere in the district during the festival without bumping into a few awesome bands, and this year it was no different. Festivities kicked off, once again, at our lovely little record store […]

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Middle of the Map 2017 – Thursday Review

The 2017 edition of Kansas City’s greatest weekend of the year – AKA the Middle of the Map Fest – was maybe one of the best in its history. A smattering of local and national bands descended on Kansas City for 3 days of music and a plethora of fans, hardcore and casual alike, were […]

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Where I End and You Begin: Radiohead live in Kansas City 04/05/17

Amidst a 2 1/2 hour set spanning nearly 3 decades of material, UK genre-defining and genre-defying megaliths Radiohead sang, danced and entertained a sold out crowd at the Sprint Center down in Kansas City on a cold and rainy Wednesday night. In a bit of a departure from their high-energy set openers from last year, […]

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Swing of the Axe: Power Trip live in Kansas City, MO 03/16/17

In the few months of 2017, one of the most talked-about releases in the world of extreme music has undoubtedly been Nightmare Logic, the 2nd full-length release from Dallas crossover thrashers Power Trip. Since their Southern Lord debut Manifest Decimation on the Southern Lord label, Power Trip has made a name for themselves with relentless […]

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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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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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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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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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