Live Photos & Reviews

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

Explosion Of Fury: Origin Live at The Granada 01/16

It was very comforting to see a good-sized crowd filling out the Granada in Lawrence on a freezing Thursday night for what was to be a raucous homecoming for one of Kansas’ most prized possessions in music, rounded out with some of the best of the local metal scene. Kansas’ own Origin might just be […]


A Riot Of Violence: Kreator and Overkill w/ Warbringer at The Granada 11/07/13

The aptly named Legends Of Thrash tour made a stop at the Granada in Lawrence on a chilly Thursday night and performed to an unexpectedly enthusiastic turnout of metal heads, young and old alike. The night was full of riffing, guitar solos, blastbeats and lots of smiling, moshing maniacs. The show wasted no time in […]

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4th Annual Hammerween Music Festival A Frightening Success

One of the highlights of the year for Kansas City rock & metal fans over the past few years has been the annual local festival put on each October, dubbed Hammerween from the headliners each year – local thrash band Hammerlord. The first three years were held at the now defunct Beaumont Club in Westport. […]

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Homage For Satan: Deicide Live at The Riot Room 10/12

It’s not often that a quality death metal tour comes through Kansas City. It’s rare for a tour featuring one of the vast genre’s pioneers and legendary bands as headliners. And even rarer is a packed Riot Room from the very first band to the end of the show. But that’s exactly what happened on […]

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WHY? 9/30/13 @ The Granada

There’s something fascinating about WHY?’s amalgamation of devoted fans, myself included. The group of ardent followers may not fill up venues, but their presence pervades the space they briefly share. Although Monday night’s WHY? concert at The Granada was nowhere near sold out, we crowded together at the front of the stage, elbow to sweaty […]

Slaughtercult: Exhumed live at Riot Room 10/01

California’s Exhumed might just be the best death metal/grindcore band going strong today not named Carcass. And although Carcass just released their comeback album, Exhumed has filled the void left in their absence for almost 15 years. With a discography that only gets stronger and stronger with each release, the amount of energy and precision […]

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Helleluyah: Vader live at Aftershock September 13th, 2013

There’s something about legendary death metal bands that bring out the beast in Kansas City concert goers. Polish legends Vader brought their heavily stacked Back To The Blind tour to the Aftershock in Merriam on a cool Friday night and received one of the craziest crowd responses that the Kansas City area has seen in […]

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Give Me Sanctuary: Iron Maiden Live at Sprint Center 09/07

  The legendary Iron Maiden returned to Kansas City after 13 long years to a crowd of around 12,000 on a sweltering Saturday night. The anticipation of the legendary British heavy metal band was too much for most of the fans in attendance, resulting in multiple impromptu sing-alongs while waiting in line for the doors […]


Thrash Unreal: Havok @ The Riot Room – August 17th, 2013

Havok might just be the most consistent quality band to come out of the thrash metal revival scene that exploded a few years ago. They forgo the Paul Baloff of Exodus style vocals and rely more on harshness, but for every killer riff and thrash break, the band has just as much groove and melody […]

A Fan’s Perspective: The Postal Service @ the Midland

  Here’s another unfettered and unedited fan review of a recent show in KC. This comes to us from Paige Lockhart, a student at UMKC and a writer fond of using the F-word as an adjective. (As a part-time English teacher and devotee of the F-word, I can neither condone nor celebrate the usage.) Paige […]


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 […]

A Fan’s Perspective: David Byrne and St Vincent @CrossroadsKC

  This review of last week’s David Byrne and St. Vincent show comes courtesy of local writer Brian Clifton, an MFA student at UMKC. If you have a well written and informed perspective of a local show you’d like to share with us, feel free to send it our way. We may or may not […]

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