Photographer Scott Spychalski shares photos from the Pixies’ reunion tour stop in Kansas City. Cults opened.
Kansas City’s Uptown Theater had a line already forming the day before Fall Out Boy was set to perform a sold out show with New Politics. A few hours before showtime, that line was wrapped around the building and several blocks past. Fans were wearing homemade shirts professing their love or ‘I survived the hiatus’ messages. Others were singing along to the band’s music blaring from their phones. The show hadn’t even started and already you could see the eagerness and love these fans had for this Chicago pop punk band. Fortunately, Fall Out Boy would not disappoint the high expectations of these waiting fans.
Kansas City bands are gathering together to help their southern neighbors that we were recently struck by a terrible tornado. Beautiful Bodies, Not a Planet, and other bands join for Rock for Relief this Monday, June 3. Rock for Relief will benefit those affected by the tornado in Moore, Oklahoma.
It would appear that nobody told Oberhofer they were just the opening act for Matt and Kim. The Brooklyn band behaved like they were headliners…and in return the packed Liberty Hall crowd treated them as such.
Most bands save their big hit singles for last…It’s a strategy that makes sense if you’re worried that people are waiting around to hear that one song and will leave if you play it any sooner. Yet Sunday evening, two’s bands took a gamble and played their “big” singles earlier in the set. And guess what? The packed house remained packed. That’s how hooked Imagine Dragons and AWOLNATION’s fans were on their sets. From the diehards to the casual radio-only listeners, everyone wanted to hear every second of this show; it was that good.
Canadian alt rockers Metric are no strangers to Kansas City, but the popular band has mostly performed as an opening act for Kansas City shows. Finally, the band was playing the city in a much deserved headlining spot and the difference in this performance compared to the other ones in the last few years was astounding. This was Metric’s best Kansas City performance to date.
The Rufus Wainwright show at the Vic Theater in Chicago can probably be described as a religious experience. The lights are off and the this turn of the century building is sitting in an apprehensive silence. Out of the darkness a voice starts singing, “I’ve tried to do what I can, but the churches have run out of candles.” Church has begun and the choirs are singing.
For ten years, The All-American Rejects have been touring & putting out new music. Most bands get burnt out pretty quickly & it either shows in their performances or they break up. That’s not the case for the All-American Rejects; not only are the original four still playing together, but they’re all playing together and smiling. That’s right – these guys still have a fresh attitude and genuinely enjoy still being on the stage. Lucky for them & most importantly lucky for their fans that came out to their performance at Kansas City’s the Beaumont Club.
There are plenty questionable things going on at the annual Afentra’s VD Party at the Midland Theatre in Kansas City. Cock Ring Toss with inflatable penises (penii?), Spin the Bottle, Unhook the Bra Races and much more. Between the pot smoke and the borderline rape moves, you could almost forget to watch the bands. Almost. Fortunately, the one non-questionable thing about VD Party is that there is going to be good music, good enough to keep your eyes on the stage and off the sketchier behaviors of the audience. This year’s Buzz VD Party featured Middle Class Rut with Chain Gang of 1974, The Lonely Forest and local openers, O Giant Man.
A note to all men hoping to create a magical proposal: not all concerts are fitting places for a proposal. But if you’re going to propose in the heat of a crowd in the middle of a noisy venue, you couldn’t pick a more perfect band than Jack’s Mannequin. Two performances in and Kansas City has already set the bar high for the most memorable show of Jack’s Mannequin’s winter tour.