<![CDATA[Back to Rockville: Entertainment Columns & Blogs | The Kansas City Star & KansasCity.com]]> http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/ent-columns-blogs/back-to-rockville/ en-us Thu, 02 Oct 2014 19:52:00 CDT http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss McClatchy Interactive's Escenic Thu, 02 Oct 2014 19:52:00 CDT Back to Rockville 60 Death Cab For Cutie takes an unexpected turn at the Midland http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/ent-columns-blogs/back-to-rockville/article19362993.html#storylink=rss A capacity audience heard Death Cab For Cutie perform songs about loss, heartbreak and desolation Thursday at the Midland theater.

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Fri, 24 Apr 2015 02:12:06 CDT

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OK Go gets Middle of the Map Fest off to a roaring start http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/article19303980.html#storylink=rss Chicago band delivers a set filled with lights, videos, songs and lots of confetti, keeping a big, lively crowd involved and engaged for nearly two hours.

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Thu, 23 Apr 2015 10:38:43 CDT

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Middle of the Map Fest reflects Kansas City’s growing reputation as a big music town http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/ent-columns-blogs/back-to-rockville/article19237110.html#storylink=rss After five years, festivals like Ink’s Middle of the Map Fest can be taken for granted, just another event that comes and goes every year. But this year’s festival, which runs through Sunday, is significant for several reasons.

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Wed, 22 Apr 2015 13:32:08 CDT

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Sufjan Stevens performs a somber song cycle at the Midland http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/ent-columns-blogs/back-to-rockville/article19227888.html#storylink=rss A concert by Sufjan Stevens assumed the form of a somber wake Tuesday at the Midland theater.

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Wed, 22 Apr 2015 05:00:00 CDT

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KC band the String & Return re-emerges to perform at Ink’s Middle of the Map Fest http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/ent-columns-blogs/back-to-rockville/article19165074.html#storylink=rss The String & Return show on Friday during Ink’s Middle of the Map Fest technically isn’t a reunion show. It will be the Kansas City band’s first live performance in more than three years, but it hasn’t reunited. You can’t reunite if you never officially broke up.

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Tue, 21 Apr 2015 07:00:00 CDT

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Wed, 22 Apr 2015 11:22:38 CDT

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Ticket alert: Smashing Pumpkins, Melissa Etheridge, Ronnie Milsap, Charli XCX, Hozier and O.A.R. are on the way to KC http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/ent-columns-blogs/back-to-rockville/article19174962.html#storylink=rss Also on the way to Kansas City: Don Williams, Graham Nash, For King & Country, Lucinda Williams and the Rolling Stones

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Tue, 21 Apr 2015 17:13:01 CDT

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This weekend’s best music: Iron & Wine, Death Cab for Cutie, Rittz and Sleater-Kinney http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/ent-columns-blogs/back-to-rockville/article19125906.html#storylink=rss Next week in KC: Neutral Milk Hotel, Dirty Heads and Rhiannon Giddens

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Wed, 22 Apr 2015 07:00:00 CDT

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Death Cab for Cutie fixes what’s broken with something precious http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/ent-columns-blogs/back-to-rockville/article18671358.html#storylink=rss Death Cab for Cutie performs Thursday, April 23, at the Midland. Tickets are $35-$40 through midlandkc.com

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Mon, 20 Apr 2015 07:00:00 CDT

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Todd Rundgren enthralling in new, old music concert http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/ent-columns-blogs/back-to-rockville/article18849894.html#storylink=rss For most of Todd Rundgren’s two-hour set Friday night at the Voodoo, the cult classic rocker ignored his guitar and his impressive back catalog. Instead, he concentrated on his 25th solo album, “Global,” and performed against a backdrop of throbbing synthesizers and programmed drums. It could easily have been a mess. It was enthralling.

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Sat, 18 Apr 2015 07:30:03 CDT

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Alan Jackson revives country traditions at sold-out Independence show http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/ent-columns-blogs/back-to-rockville/article18857331.html#storylink=rss Veteran country star Alan Jackson brings his Keep It Country Tour to Independence Events Center and delivers nearly two hours of hit songs with deep traditional-country roots.

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Sat, 18 Apr 2015 12:52:29 CDT

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Drive-By Truckers deliver the power, unplugged and up-close http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/ent-columns-blogs/back-to-rockville/article18924762.html#storylink=rss The Southern rock/alternative country band drew about 500 Saturday to the intimate Madrid Theater and put on a memorable acoustic show.

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Sun, 19 Apr 2015 13:34:38 CDT

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Lil Boosie’s brief outing disappoints fans at the Midland theater http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/ent-columns-blogs/back-to-rockville/article18741597.html#storylink=rss A man who has spent a significant portion of his life behind bars might be expected to understand the value of time. Yet Lil Boosie, a rapper who was incarcerated from 2009 to 2014, gave an audience of almost 1,000 fans a mere 34-minute performance Thursday at the Midland theater.

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Fri, 17 Apr 2015 01:23:23 CDT

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Sunset Music Fest to feature Robert Randolph Band, David Cook http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/ent-columns-blogs/back-to-rockville/article18772035.html#storylink=rss Gin Blossoms, Sweet and Lit also part of free five-show series at Town Center Plaza that benefits the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

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Fri, 17 Apr 2015 13:39:03 CDT

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Burton Cummings delivers a lively Guess Who revival at Knuckleheads http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/ent-columns-blogs/back-to-rockville/article18689607.html#storylink=rss Cummings hardly looks his age, thanks to his mop of dark hair and his Tom Selleck mustache. And he still has that inimitable voice.

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Thu, 16 Apr 2015 08:00:00 CDT

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Day 2 of Middle of the Map is a contemplative affair http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/music-news-reviews/article19382937.html#storylink=rss Iron and Wine, Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear and others give a big Uptown Theater crowd nearly five hours of songs in the key of folk, country, soul and rock. One night after OK Go and other bands filled the theater, four acts took the stage Thursday night and gave about 1,700 fans a showcase in songwriting and lyricism.

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Fri, 24 Apr 2015 06:00:00 CDT

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Sixx:A.M. spreads a message of hope at the Midland http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/ent-columns-blogs/back-to-rockville/article18559544.html#storylink=rss Band led by Nikki Sixx, bassist of Mötley Crüe, delivers a set of uplifting songs about perseverance and sobriety

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Wed, 15 Apr 2015 03:28:14 CDT

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Veteran KC rocker Joey Skidmore mines the past to deliver the zesty ‘Now’ http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/ent-columns-blogs/back-to-rockville/article18498605.html#storylink=rss His seventh album is called “Now,” but Joey Skidmore will tell you that sonically it’s a throwback to another era. “There’s a really early ’70s vibe going on,” he said. There’s a classic rock vibe, too, the work of a veteran musician plumbing the past to inspire the present. Skidmore and his band will celebrate the release at 7 p.m. Friday at the RecordBar.

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Tue, 14 Apr 2015 07:00:00 CDT

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Stores stocked with exclusives and other treats for Record Store Day on Saturday http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/ent-columns-blogs/back-to-rockville/article18505115.html#storylink=rss Founded in 2007 by a collective of independent retailers to celebrate the culture of record stores, Record Store Day has picked up more momentum over the past several years as vinyl has become increasingly popular. Participating stores offer exclusive, rare, limited edition, and collectible releases available for one day.

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Tue, 14 Apr 2015 13:12:03 CDT

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This weekend’s best music: Drive-by Truckers at the Madrid; OK Go opens next week’s Middle of the Map Fest http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/music-news-reviews/article18441401.html#storylink=rss Also Next week: Sufjan Stevens, Langhorne Slim & the Law and the Infamous Stringdusters

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Fri, 10 Apr 2015 07:00:00 CDT

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Dr. Dog retrieves a carefree classic rock sound at Liberty Hall http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/ent-columns-blogs/back-to-rockville/article17924831.html#storylink=rss Dr. Dog has evolved since it making ramshackle rock in 1999. Portions of Wednesday night’s 90-minute outing at Liberty Hall sounded as if the the Philadelphia sextet were playing every song on the Beatles’ “White Album” simultaneously. Much of the concert was a mess, but the audience of about 700 didn’t expect perfection.

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Thu, 09 Apr 2015 02:01:54 CDT

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The sounds of the Ants attract musicians and music geeks http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/ent-columns-blogs/back-to-rockville/article17759534.html#storylink=rss The Ants are set to release its seventh album, “Control Your Thoughts.” Founder Chad Bryan calls it “a party album.” The veteran Kansas City band will celebrate the release Saturday at the Ship, 1217 Union Ave. in the West Bottoms. The Blessed Broke and Be/Non also are on the bill.

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Wed, 08 Apr 2015 07:00:00 CDT

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This weekend’s best music: Dead Sara, Liturgy, Matt Pryor, James Hunter and Futurebirds http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/ent-columns-blogs/back-to-rockville/article17565134.html#storylink=rss Next week in KC: Sixx:A.M., Kristeen Young and Charlie Parr

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Wed, 08 Apr 2015 07:00:00 CDT

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String wizard David Lindley astounds at Polsky Theatre http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/ent-columns-blogs/back-to-rockville/article17443745.html#storylink=rss The indelicate sensibility of the instrumental master David Lindley — who is best known for his work with Jackson Browne but also contributed to dozens of recording sessions for other stars — amused a refined audience of about 250 on Saturday night at Polsky Theatre on the campus of Johnson County Community College.

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Sun, 05 Apr 2015 08:19:09 CDT

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Dan + Shay throw a rocking country party at the Midland http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/ent-columns-blogs/back-to-rockville/article17453597.html#storylink=rss Dan + Shay’s Saturday night show at the Midland theater was a microcosm of modern country music, a genre dominated by men, many of them singing about girls, cars and parties. The term “bro country” was coined to describe this flavor of county music, and Dan Smyers and Shay Mooney clearly wear it like a badge of honor.

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Sun, 05 Apr 2015 12:38:06 CDT

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‘The Musical’ reveals the re-education of Mikal Shapiro http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/ent-columns-blogs/back-to-rockville/article17235386.html#storylink=rss “The Musical,”  Mikal Shapiro’s first album in five years, displays an array of music influences and styles: blues, jazz, folk, rock. But it does so seamlessly, an accomplishment that was years in the making, especially for someone easily distracted or seduced by so many inspirations. Shapiro will celebrate the release Saturday at Davey’s Uptown Rambler’s Club.

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Sun, 05 Apr 2015 07:00:00 CDT

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Rex Hobart and the Misery Boys are back in the saddle http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/ent-columns-blogs/back-to-rockville/article17050883.html#storylink=rss When he started writing songs for his band’s first album in a decade, Rex Hobart decided he had written enough about misery and heartbreak. Saturday night, Hobart and the Misery Boys will celebrate the release of “Long Shot of Hard Stuff” with a performance at the Westport Saloon.

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Thu, 02 Apr 2015 07:00:00 CDT

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This week’s best music: Oh Honey, Rex Hobart and the Misery Boys, Shovels & Rope and Swearing at Motorists http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/ent-columns-blogs/back-to-rockville/article16943117.html#storylink=rss In KC next week: Father John Misty, Jungle and Milky Chance

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Wed, 01 Apr 2015 07:00:00 CDT

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