Music

by Torin Andersen | Thursday, November 13 | Posted in Music

Kentucky Knife Fight returns to Wichita on Friday, Aug. 22, performing in a more grandiose venue than they have here in the past. The stage at Crown Uptown will be filled out with the St. Louis six piece rockers. KKF will be joined by Christian Lee Hutson, Your Friend and The Travel Guide.

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by Torin Andersen | Thursday, November 13 | Posted in Music

Josh Berwanger is no stranger to performing in Wichita. Having played with his band, The Broadcast, in the late '90s at the Comm-Tech warehouse on the north-side of Wichita, The Broadcast changed names to the now more oft recalled The Anniversary. Having made two records with that band and returned to Wichita many more times, The Anniversary later went down in flames attempting a Japanese tour. Berwanger then quickly started another band called The Only Children, which had two releases over four years.

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by Torin Andersen | Thursday, November 13 | Posted in Music

Bob Dorman has been involved in the music scene in South Central Kansas and North Central Oklahoma for well over 40 years. In his early years, Dorman played with numerous local and regional touring bands, most notably "Bandjama," a regional touring band.

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by Torin Andersen | Thursday, November 13 | Posted in Music

Maybe the most straight-ahead pop song on Bellafonte's No Coast, its newest EP release, "Junas" still hits a fork in the road around the two and a half minute mark and chooses the road less traveled. Bellafonte seems to like tropical sounding musical arrangements, and the latter part of this tune has a "shadows on a cooling moonlit beach" vibe. That's a vibe, right? It is for Bellafonte.

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The Elbow Room had plenty of elbow room, but that didn't stop Zsa Zsa Ketzner and Bellafonte from delivering.

by Torin Andersen | Thursday, November 13 | Posted in Music

Saturday, Aug. 2, while driving east on Pawnee toward the relatively new live music venue, the Elbow Room, I was told to look for the Pony's Club sign.

An old, unlit sign for a place that no longer exists may not be the best landmark to direct potential fans towards a venue, yet some still showed up.

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by Torin Andersen | Wednesday, July 30 | Posted in Music

With plenty of fuzzed out blues guitar played by singer Carley "Carazy" Wolf and slamming drums by her husband Jonathan "Little Hammer" Wolf, this rock duo, the Ghost Wolves, is taking blues a step closer to the crunchy side of the cross-roads and will bring their sometimes spontaneous and always fun-seeking act to Rock Island Live, Aug. 4.

In support of their debut release, Man, Woman, Beast, on Plowboy Records, Ghost Wolves will make the trek in their "Vanimal" up from Austin to hawk their wares while in town for the night.

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by Torin Andersen | Wednesday, July 30 | Posted in Music

Soleb Theory is a self-described speed-funk band that has been at it since 2010, but it didn't really pick up speed until 2012.

Soleb Theory's sound can be described as punk, reggae, grind, funk and groove metal. It has been influenced by everyone from Mr. Bungle to Los Tetas; still though, many may label it too simply with a term — ska — that has too much prejudice in Wichita.

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by Jorts McDude | Wednesday, July 30 | Posted in Music

The Nearly Deads, from Nashville, TN, by way of Tampa, FL, are set to play the Orpheum on Saturday, Aug. 2, as part of the Emerging Artist series sponsored by Scholfield Honda, 105.3FM, City Blue Print and (full disclosure) F5, in support of their most recent release, Invisible Tonight. If you haven't heard TND, imagine Kelly Clarkson fronting My Chemical Romance — solid alternative rock that is perfectly positioned to become your new favorite band to replace Paramore.

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by Torin Andersen | Thursday, July 17 | Posted in Music

Looking for some Wichita musical history makers to keep adding to the larger pantheon that is ICT music? Look no further than July 19 at Kirby's Beer Store (of course) which will be playing host to The John Eberly Band and the brand new Britt Rosencutter Combo.

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by Torin Andersen | Thursday, July 17 | Posted in Music

Wikipedia defines psychedelia as: a name given to the subculture of people who use psychedelic artwork and psychedelic music derived from the experience of altered consciousness that uses highly distorted and surreal visuals, sound effects and reverberation, and bright colors and full spectrums and animation (including cartoons) to evoke and convey to a viewer or listener the artist's experience. The term "psychedelic" is derived from the Ancient Greek words psuchē (ψυχή - psyche, "mind") and dēlōsē (δήλωση - "manifest"), translating to "mind-manifesting".

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by Torin Andersen | Thursday, July 10 | Posted in Music

Like psych-rock with enough pop to keep you hooked? L.A's (formerly Philadelphia's) Cheers Elephant has a name that ties those two elements together almost perfectly and has a sound to back it up.

Cheers Elephant's "Peoples," the opening song on their 2011 release Man is Nature, features the lyrics, "I wanna move when I wanna wanna move, yeah. I wanna groove when I wanna wanna groove, yeah." Listeners unfamiliar with the band can show up and easily sing along.

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by Torin Andersen | Thursday, July 10 | Posted in Music

Instrumental soloist and world-renowned guitarist Tommy Emmanuel's newest release, Live and Solo in Pensacola, Florida, is a CD/DVD box set that showcases Emmanuel's live chops.

Live performance is always the litmus test for musical legitimacy, and Emmanuel takes the opportunity to prove to audiences who have yet to see him live that he's got what it takes.

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by Torin Andersen | Thursday, July 10 | Posted in Music

Chet Atkins called Tommy Emmanuel, "one of the greatest guitar players I have ever seen." Little more should need to be said to encourage one to attend Emmanuel's performance Thursday, July 17 at the historic Orpheum Theatre.

If you haven't seen Emmanuel perform, he's a fingerstyle acoustic guitar player with a penchant for speed and technicality.

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by Torin Andersen | Thursday, July 10 | Posted in Music

Chet Atkins called Tommy Emmanuel, "one of the greatest guitar players I have ever seen." Little more should need to be said to encourage one to attend Emmanuel's performance Thursday, July 17 at the historic Orpheum Theatre.

If you haven't seen Emmanuel perform, he's a fingerstyle acoustic guitar player with a penchant for speed and technicality.

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by Torin Andersen | Thursday, July 10 | Posted in Music

Like psych-rock with enough pop to keep you hooked? L.A's (formerly Philadelphia's) Cheers Elephant has a name that ties those two elements together almost perfectly and has a sound to back it up.

Cheers Elephant's "Peoples," the opening song on their 2011 release Man is Nature, features the lyrics, "I wanna move when I wanna wanna move, yeah. I wanna groove when I wanna wanna groove, yeah." Listeners unfamiliar with the band can show up and easily sing along.

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by Torin Andersen | Thursday, July 10 | Posted in Music

Instrumental soloist and world-renowned guitarist Tommy Emmanuel's newest release, Live and Solo in Pensacola, Florida, is a CD/DVD box set that showcases Emmanuel's live chops.

Live performance is always the litmus test for musical legitimacy, and Emmanuel takes the opportunity to prove to audiences who have yet to see him live that he's got what it takes.

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by Jorts McDude | Thursday, July 3 | Posted in Music

Readers, if you've followed my column over the last year or so, you're no doubt aware that if there are two things in this world that I love, they are sports-themed hardcore and short, fast, pissed, punk rock. Named after MLB's most metal-sounding surname, Wichita's Hosmer is one of those bands that fits into all of the above criteria and might be my favorite local band right now.

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by Torin Andersen | Thursday, June 19 | Posted in Music

Friday the 13th was a surprisingly lucky night for the all-but-abandoned Wichita all-ages music scene. Rock Island Live, 101 N. Rock Island, agreed to let Travel Guide throw an all-ages show and benefited a surprisingly large group of young live music supporters out for a night of indie-rock.

Expecting the show to be outside on the patio stage, I was surprised that the bands were set up inside. Why not play outside? It's good free advertising, though uncomfortably shallow for a band to set up.

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by Michael Carmody | Thursday, June 19 | Posted in Music

Legendary Wichita guitar slinger Clif Major, after an eight-year battle with cancer, passed away on Friday the 13th. He was 65 years old.

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Stadium Sports Bar is a surprisingly good sounding room.

by Torin Andersen | Thursday, June 19 | Posted in Music

I arrived shortly after Gulch got its start and Stadium Sports Bar was about a third full. I was shocked by a lack of a cover charge and a very enthusiastic crowd.

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