A win-win Saturday for jazz fans

Pianist Brad Mehldau and composer Nathan Davis put on competing shows Saturday. Each is guaranteed to draw some audience away from the other. The bad part is that the jazz fan faces a difficult decision. The good part is that neither choice is wrong.

The Blessed Broke goes for broke on new album

Saturday night at the RecordBar, the Blessed Broke will celebrate the release of “Ladders Out of Purgatory,” the follow-up to its self-titled debut, released in 2009. “Purgatory” is filled with stark moods and introspective lyrics that address specific themes but in general terms.

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

Eleven months after Judy Mills opened Mills Recording Co. 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.” The store, which sells vinyl records, will be among those celebrating Record Store Day on Saturday.

AC/DC denies rumors of retirement

AC/DC frontman Brian Johnson put rumors of the band's retirement to rest Wednesday, revealing their plans to get together and write material for a new album. "We are definitely getting together in May in Vancouver," he told the Telegraph. "We're going to pick up some guitars, have a plonk, and see if anybody has got any tunes or ideas. If anything happens, we'll record it."

How Miley Cyrus fulfilled her destiny as a superstar

Miley Cyrus returns to the Sprint Center on Tuesday night with her worldwide “Bangerz” tour, which along the way has provoked the ire of some, shall we say, less culturally aware parents wondering whatever happened to that clean-cut child star who used to be on the Disney Channel. Check out the photos to see how that little girl has evolved into one of the most famous entertainers of her generation.

MTV Movie Awards big Hollywood studio plug-fest

Last year, the MTV Movie Awards moved up its broadcast date from June to April to incorporate a summer movie plug-fest. Sunday night's show cemented that change as clips from anticipated blockbusters debuted at the madcap ceremony.

Jazz museum honors tenor saxophonist and KCK native Nathan Davis

He hasn’t been back to the Kansas City area for about a dozen years, but the hometown memories are still clear for Nathan Davis, a tenor saxophonist, composer and educator who has been on the world stage for 50 years. Davis will receive the American Jazz Museum’s Lifetime Achievement Award and play a concert April 19 at the Gem Theater.

Dream Theater belies its reputation for excess

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

Jazz spotlight shines on talented women

It’s a busy month for jazz in Kansas City, and women musicians are responsible for some of the best events on the calendar. Pianist and composer Helen Sung performs Saturday at the Blue Room to promote her new album, “Anthem for a New Day.” Another schedule highlight is provided by singer Catherine Russell, who is at Knuckleheads on Wednesday.