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Many factors determine if shows like Miley Cyrus’ are canceled or postponed

Thousands of fans who were disappointed by the cancellation of the Miley Cyrus show on Tuesday can hope she will return on another date, but as of now, no plans have been announced to reschedule the Sprint Center show or Wednesday’s show at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis.

Both were canceled after Cyrus was hospitalized Tuesday in Kansas City for an allergic reaction to antibiotics. She previously canceled her April 7 show in Charlotte, N.C., because she was ill with the flu. That show also has not been rescheduled.

“We have told the promoter (Live Nation) we are very interested in rescheduling the show,” Sprint Center spokeswoman Shani Tate told The Star.

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By TIMOTHY FINN. 1 hour ago

John Cale revives unfamiliar material in Lawrence

John Cale rarely caters to the desires of his fans.

Throughout his extensive career, Cale has made iconoclastic music on his own terms. His appearance at the Lawrence Arts Center Tuesday night was no different. Cale focused on obscurities rather than performing the material that's generally considered to be his most important work.

For receptive members of the audience of about 300 who were willing to accept what Cale and his taut three-piece band presented, however, the 90-minute concert was profoundly rewarding.

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BY BILL BROWNLEE. 13 hours ago

After 11 months, business is humming along at Mills Recording Co.

It took Judy Mills several months to find the right storefront for Mills Recording Co.

Eleven months after she opened her business on the north side of Westport Road, just east of Broadway, she already needs more space.

“It’s a surprise, but a pleasant surprise,” she said. “I knew we’d grow, but I didn’t think it would be so fast.”

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By TIMOTHY FINN. 48 minutes ago

The Blessed Broke goes for broke on new album

The song that opens “Ladders Out of Purgatory,” the new album from the Blessed Broke, is a haunting dirge called “The Stain.”

Over a sparse bed of acoustic and slide guitar and the low-pulse throb of a bass and beat of a drum, Brian Frame sings in a world-weary voice:

“We were all waiting in line to get a little blood on our hands / But you missed all the signs and take a look now at where you stand. … You know well that it’s too late to give any other refrain / We have gone down to find something that might remove that stain.”

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By TIMOTHY FINN. 12 hours ago

Hospitalized Miley Cyrus cancels Sprint Center show

Miley Cyrus canceled her Tuesday night Bangerz Tour concert at the Sprint Center after a severe allergic reaction to antibiotics put her in the hospital.

The Sprint Center announcement, about 2 1/2 hours before the show was to start, said doctors had placed the performer on medical rest. It said refunds will be available where tickets were purchased, but those bought online or by phone will be refunded automatically.

Despite lightning communication through social media, some fans showed up hoping to see a show. Among them was a group from Neosho, Mo.

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On the way to Starlight: Steely Dan

They sold out the Midland theater in September, and they’ll be back in Kansas City this summer, playing a bigger venue.

Steely Dan’s summer tour includes a stop at Starlight Theatre on July 19, a Saturday. Tickets will go on sale on May 2. To see the entire tour itinerary, go here.

At its Midland show, Walter Becker and Donald Fagen were accompanied by an 11-piece band.

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2 days ago

Dream Theater belies its reputation for excess

One of the most revealing aspects of Dream Theater's concert Wednesday at the Uptown Theater was the length of drummer Mike Mangini's only solo.

His showcase lasted a mere two minutes, a duration that disappointed many in the audience of about 900.

Dream Theater is burdened with a reputation for bombastic excess. Although Wednesday's show lasted over three hours (including a 15-minute intermission), the members of the quintet allowed themselves surprisingly few moments of indulgent exhibitionism during their surprisingly taut performance.

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By BILL BROWNLEE. 6 days ago

Project Backstage honors Tyson Leslie for a life lived in music

In 2001, a few days after his boss at a music store fired him for excessive tardiness, Tyson Leslie decided it was time to drop the day jobs and become a full-time musician.

He already had a jump-start. For three years he’d been playing keyboards for Simplexity, one of the busiest cover bands in the city.

“That band was on fire back then,” Leslie said. “We played at the Levee every Wednesday, and it’d be 20 below but there’d be lines out the door both ways. It was a crazy, fun time. We were so tight. And I was the youngest guy in the band, and I learned so much. There was so much knowledge to absorb.”

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