Review: Sweet Honey In the Rock

The rapturous praise and energetic applause that greeted the opening song of Sweet Honey In the Rock’s magnificent performance Thursday at the Muriel Kauffman Theatre indicated that the concert would contain plenty of communal rapport between the audience of about 1,200 and the six women on stage. The entrancing version of “Hush (Somebody’s Calling My Name)” merited the spontaneous displays of enthusiasm

Review: The Darkness

There’s nothing gothic or noir about Darkness. Wednesday night, the four-man band from England unleashed its garish mix of hard-rock glam and pop metal on a crowd of more than 500 inside the Uptown, proving over the course of 85 minutes or so that a little humor goes a long way toward making a show memorable and entertaining

10 shows in seven days: some Sweet Honey and Kid Rock

Sweet Honey In the Rock Wednesday Muriel Kauffman Theatre Formed 40 years ago in Washington D.C., the revered a cappella ensemble Sweet Honey In the Rock remains a vital force in the preservation of the African-American vocal tradition. The ensemble is closely associated with material related to its interest in social justice and traditional civil rights causes

Blake Shelton disrespects his elders

The country recording star, judge on "The Voice" and husband to Miranda Lambert had this to say in an interview with the Great American Country network: "Country music has to evolve in order to survive. Nobody wants to listen to their grandpa’s music

Ten shows in six days: for your consideration

Trampled By Turtles Tonight at the Granada The amusing but misleading name of the Minnesota-based band Trampled By Turtles implies that its music is lethargic. The members of the bluegrass-oriented quintet may take their time on sensitive ballads, but they’re also capable of playing with furious speed

Review: Keane

In the eight years since Keane’s last trip to Kansas City, the four-piece from East Sussex, England, hasn’t strayed much from its songwriting formula: tight 3- to 4-minute pop ballads about love and growing up. It’s a blueprint that has helped the band sell more than 10 million albums worldwide and land songs on shows like “Melrose Place” and “Grey’s Anatomy.” Keane employs no guitars, using only keyboards, bass and drums to produce a sonic background for frontman Tom Chaplin to sing over

Review: Bloc Party

Bloc Party is accustomed to playing for massive crowds on outdoor stages in Europe and Asia. The British band crammed its gear into Lawrence’s Liberty Hall on Sunday

Review: Jeff Mangum

Like J.D. Salinger emerging from seclusion to read choice parts from “The Catcher in the Rye,” Jeff Mangum, founder of a revered cult band and composer of its equally venerated music, shuffled onto the stage of Liberty Hall on Friday and took a seat aside four acoustic guitars

Wakarusa '13: The lineup, Part 3

Organizers announced the final three dozen or so bands and performers for this year's festival, which is May 30 through June 2 in Ozark, Ark. They include the Black Crowes, Gogol Bordello, Galactic, Grouplove, Del the Funky Homosapien and Ozomatli

Wakarusa '13: The lineup, Part 2

Organizers announced more than three dozen more bands and performers for this year's festival, which is May 30 through June 2 in Ozark, Ark. They include Dispatch, Calexico (above), Umphrey's McGee, Mutemath, Karl Denson's Tiny Universe, Emancipator, the Coup and Band of Heathens