Summer of the Buzz continued in Kansas with another night of great music. This time, alternative radio station 96.5 the Buzz brought in Vampire Weekend and Cults for an outdoor show at the Crossroads.
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A co-headlining tour causes a bit of a mixed bag. On the one hand, each band gets decently full sets. Yet on the other hand, no matter who you came to see, you can’t help but wish for more. In the case of the other night’s Relient K and Motion City Soundtrack co-headlining show at Emo’s in Austin, I was happy to hear so many great songs from each band, but call me spoiled; I couldn’t help but wish for even more. With three bands on the bill playing 45 minutes each, it was a great taste of each, but not quite enough to satiate my appetite.
You want to know how to earn loyalty, respect and love from fans in the music world? The Killers know the secret and its an easy one. Simply respect and love your fans right back. The Las Vegas rockers have been touring around ten years now and their live show has grown to perfection. It is more than just a performance for their fans; it’s a love letter.
The Midland was packed Sunday night for a strange, but good night of music from the Strangeland tour. The UK’s alternative pop rock group was set to headline the evening with big, motivational singalong numbers, but first the audience was introduced to an energetic new rock band from California, Youngblood Hawke.
For a place called the “Music Hall,” the Kansas City venue rarely sees a live band performance (it usually hosts theater productions). It’s a pity that it doesn’t pursue musicians more because it was the perfect setting for the Regina Spektor and Only Son concert.
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.
Pop rock band The All-American Rejects treated Kansas City to a special treat: a free show in the Power Light District.
Happy Even When It Rains: Buzz Under the Stars fans brave the storm for Garbage, fun., Silversun Pickups & more
The summer in Kansas City, much like the rest of the country, has been sweltering. For the first two bands at 96.5 the Buzz’s Buzz Under the Stars, that sweltering heat showed no signs of going anywhere. But Mother Nature felt like testing the music fans’ dedication to the show and rolled in a very large storm. Nearly two hours later, the storm passed with a double rainbow apology and the show would go on, making for one of the most memorable Buzz Under the Stars to date. And no, the irony of it raining just before Garbage played was not lost on anyone.
Counting Crows stopped in Kansas City at Starlight Theater as part of their Outlaw Roadshow tour with Field Report and Kasey Anderson & the Honkies.