Live Photos & Reviews

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

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Prayer of Transformation: Wolves in the Throne Room live in Kansas City, MO 09/22/16

Black metal is a strange genre. It either relies heavily on the minute changes in the undercurrent of songs to slowly build to the song’s release, or it pounds your face into dust with unrelenting riffs and blastbeats. The former kind, the less-aggressive yet still-menacing kind, is one of the most popular forms of underground […]

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Meyhem Lauren, Melo Miles, Ebony Tusks @ recordBar

recordBar is officially back. From their soft opening during Middle of the Map, the Kansas City staple has been steadying increasing their hours and show frequency. Having moved from old Westport to downtown (1520 Grand Blvd), recordBar is hosting an incredible night of hip hop. This Wednesday, New Yorker Meyhem Lauren will perform, supported by […]

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Welcome to Creepsylvania: Ghoul Live at the Riot Room in Kansas City 08/08/16

Moments before Ghoul’s set at the Riot Room Monday night, stagehands placed trash bags over the monitors on the stage. It was an omen of what was to come – a blistering hour of death-tinged thrash metal with full Gwar-esque stage props, characters and more fake blood thrown out into the audience than watermelon chunks […]

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Golden Number: Ghost Bath live in Kansas City, MO 07/20/16

Here’s an interesting question to ponder: in a post-Sunbather world, can post-black metal still flourish? Deafheaven’s monumental and underground-defining/dividing 2013 album changed the extreme metal landscape and it seems the groups that took particular influence from the album are now making their own ascent in the scene. Enter depressive/suicidal five-piece Ghost Bath, hailing from just […]

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Lawrence Field Day Fest: Night Two

In any city you go to, the people of that city claim to have the best music scene in the country. So, when I first started going to shows in Lawrence, I was inevitably surrounded by LFK residents saying things like, “You’ll never find a music scene as wonderful as this one.” In one ear […]

Carcass (Photo by Mushu Powell of The Kansas Coqui Nest)

This Mortal Coil: Carcass Live in Lawrence, KS 07/17/16

Just under two years since they last played the Granada in Lawrence, UK goregrind pioneers Carcass returned to the scene of the crime Sunday night to kick off their latest tour, bringing along yet another stellar group of extreme metal bands to thoroughly put the Kansas crowd through the meat grinder. Opening the show was […]

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Tiny Moving Parts, Prawn, and Free Throw at the Jackpot Music Hall 06/24/16

I’ll admit it – I only bought tickets to the Tiny Moving Parts show because a cute guy told me to. After hours spent in front of the mirror in order to impress this guy, I ended up coming home four hours later drenched in sweat. Pamona, an Overland Park-based band comprised of ambient progressive […]

Taake courtesy of Mushu Powell at The Kansas Coqui Nest

Helnorsk Svartmetall: Taake live in Kansas City 06/04/16

For the 2nd time in the first half of 2016, Norwegian black metal mainstays Taake unblessed Kansas City with their presence, this time bringing along blackened doom outfit Wolvhammer and locals Stonehaven for a night of Trve Norwegian Black Metal. Just like in February, opening the show was Kansas City’s own black metal horde Stonehaven. […]

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The Final Night of Middle of the Map

Middle of the Map has come and gone. This year the line up was packed with some of the best musicians and artists. From Charles Bradley to Zhu, from Psychic Heat to Ebony Tusks, Middle of the Map 2016 proved that Kansas City’s on the come up. And night four was no different. Whether you […]

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Middle of The Map: Friday at The Midland

  Last night at The Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland was spectacular. BLKFLANL kicked things off by setting the bar almost impossibly high. Between Barrel Makers’ taut lyrics and Conductor Williams’ beats (which he made exclusively from records he picked up at Mills Record Company), BLKFLANL proved this show had no warm-up, that it […]

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Review: Middle of the Map Fest 2016 – Thursday Recap

Middle of the Map is back again for 2016 and the lineup is better than ever. Featuring a huge roster of top-quality local bands and multiple fantastic national (and international) acts make this year’s edition maybe the best one yet? Here’s some of what happened on Thursday, day number two of the festival: Psychic Heat […]

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Battles In The North: Abbath Live in Lawrence, KS 04/06/16

One of the most consistent heavy metal tours year in and year out is the Decibel Magazine tour. In the past, it’s featured heavy hitters such as At The Gates, Converge, Carcass and Behemoth. However, 2016′s edition may have outdone every past iteration. This varied-yet-unbearbly heavy tour landed at the Granada in Lawrence on Wednesday […]

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