Music

by Torin Andersen | Thursday, June 12 | Posted in Music

Stadium Sports Bar will host a night of heavy riffage on Saturday, June 14.

Odds Against, a band influenced by all musical genres but honed particularly around a sound that would be included in the ranks of Sick of It All and Agnostic Front have been blasting sound under this name for the last three years. All members in Odds Against were friends prior to forming and some even played together in bands Noizome Groove, Indignity and Sluice to name a few.

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by Jorts McDude | Thursday, June 12 | Posted in Music

If you spend all your time complaining about Riverfest's music selection this year, you're probably an idiot.

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by Torin Andersen | Thursday, June 12 | Posted in Music

The hip-hop show "Tornado Alley" brought XV and eight supporting acts to a packed Rock Island Live on Wednesday, June 4. XV brought the storm front and each one of the other eight "cells" performing broke off and whipped the crowd into a frenzy.

DJ Nasty Navi started the night not with a frenzy but with a wall cloud mix of modern and old-school hip-hop. Performing an entire two-hour set, DJ Nasty Navi wasn't finished when the night's Master of Ceremonies, radio DJ Rolls Royce Stevenson, took the stage.

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Fisch Haus to host CD release shenanigans on Friday, May 30.

by Torin Andersen | Thursday, May 22 | Posted in Music

Starting with left to right panning classical guitar and soft vocals, "Breathing with a Butterfly" is the opening piece on WOW, the newest album from Wonder Revolution.

WOW, which will be released on Tuesday, May 27, is atmospheric and layered, featuring loads of unidentifiable sound akin to graffiti alongside the support wall of the songs' main instrument, which is often a classical guitar on this CD recorded at Air House and released on Air House Records.

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by Torin Andersen | Thursday, May 15 | Posted in Music

In Newton just before dusk on May 10, the crowd at the Newton Fox Theatre was ready to be wowed by John Scofield, a man who has performed with the likes of Miles Davis and Charles Mingus to name a few.

John Scofield ("Sco" to his fans) took the stage and found himself basked in outstanding and dynamic lighting as he started his set with a jazz standard. With the ability of an old-school jazz player, Sco brought guitar virtuosity to a consumable level and then took off from there.

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The late J Dilla is reexperienced in a traveling show.

by Torin Andersen | Thursday, May 15 | Posted in Music

Don't think you've heard of J Dilla? Think again. The Detroit hip hop producer known by many different monikers — MC Silk, John Doe, Jay Dee or most recognized, J Dilla — passed after complications from Lupus in 2006 at age 32. Leaving before his time, his death set in motion a desire for fans who want more of his product to come into contact with gear he produced and to get to hear some of his tracks live.

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by Torin Andersen | Thursday, May 1 | Posted in Music

Need a soundtrack for a trek out to your friend's ranch? I listened to the Vine Brothers second release and found it to be a nice complement to the cloudy, rolling Flint Hills bustling with a new batch of steers.

The Vine Brothers introduce their newest release by opening with the sound of thunder and following with tornado sirens. The Devil and the Deep Black Sky is the follow-up to their debut, Low Rent.

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Thursday, May 1 | Posted in Music

On Saturday, May 3, more than 120 alumni and 100 current students will descend on the Orpheum stage in a concert to celebrate performing artists during Wichita Collegiate School's 50th anniversary.

James Ockerman, a former teacher who taught music at the school for 33 years, said the concert is about showcasing the school's contribution to the arts but also bringing people who are passionate about performance back together.

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Thursday, May 1 | Posted in Music

The One Second at a Time Foundation will kick off its Jacob Jam on Saturday, May 3, to raise money and awareness for victims of a rare and often fatal nervous system tumor that usually affects children.

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Short stories featuring fungi, Polypores.

by Torin Andersen | Thursday, April 24 | Posted in Music

Sample based, predominantly electric guitar music, Francis Moss comes from the burgeoning, prolific mastermind behind Air House, Solagette and Wonder Revolution to name a few projects David Lord has been involved in starting.

Francis Moss' first release El Yunque, gave me a unique experience while driving. Without my noticing the car stopped moving but instead the road beneath me continued to run in circles the opposite direction — an experience I am not likely going to experience or welcome again but enjoyed at the time.

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The show nearly turned into a throw down on stage.

by Torin Andersen | Thursday, April 24 | Posted in Music

The Wu Tang Clan were represented with one of their own, Inspectah Deck, in Wichita last Saturday at Crown Uptown for the third annual 42° Below Blowout.

Starting the night with local opener Timmy Tutone covering the first hour of music then transitioning to Medusa, fans got warmed up and dancing with each performer using their own take on mixing electronic dance music heavy on the dubstep drop.

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Wichita Jazz Festival focuses on percussion.

by Torin Andersen | Thursday, April 24 | Posted in Music

The last week of April is a hot one for Wichita jazz.

The Wichita Jazz Festival will already be underway by the time you read this.

On Wednesday, April 23, Abode hosted "Spontaneous Construction" a collaboration featuring the guest artists this year, Allison Miller and the Matt Wilson Quartet. Opening arms to Wichita's greater jazz community you had the chance to see your favorite local jazz performer construct spontaneous music with these visiting artists.

Thursday, April 24, the Wichita Art Museum will host the Matt Wilson Quartet with opener Driver.

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42° Below teams up with Naymlis Arts and K-Push Ent for a huge night at Crown Uptown.

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

Though beginning the night of April 19, this party will end on 4/20. Bring your dance shoes and prepare for a big bash celebrating international "tea time."

Wu Tang Clan member Inspectah Deck will be bringing his solo act (featuring Colt Seavers) to the stage at the Crown Uptown Theatre, 3207 E. Douglas, giving audiences an up-close and personal look at the second most featured performer on Enter the Wu Tang (36 Chambers).

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Waiting for a party bus, Future Horse, Dead Mock­ingbirds and Anchorage entertain.

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

Anxious for a rumored party bus, those in Kirby's Beer Store, 3227 E 17th St., on Saturday, April 12, were excited for an eclectic show contrasting all the different uses of an electric guitar.

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New York band fears the worst witnessing Kansas thunderheads

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

Wednesday, April 2, the heavens wept, drenching the city and enthusiasm of indie-pop spectators. Most of Wichita choosing to stay home or at least away from Lucky's Everyday, Ski Lodge played to just a couple dozen fans.

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

Crown Uptown had a line around the block for Naymlis' Saturday event. Of Montreal was the draw but many were curious about Ortolan, the night's opener.

Ortolan, three young sisters and one beefy drummer with a relaxed blonde afro, were sweet and soft spoken. Confident yet humble performers, Ortolan sang songs about insecurity and confusion penned by chief songwriter Stephanie Cottingham. Playing about 45 minutes Ortolan said goodbye to an audience eager to see headliners, Of Montreal.

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Ten years of Jazz at the Fisch Haus in March will be moved to April.

by Torin Andersen | Thursday, April 3 | Posted in Music

Seth Carrithers Quintet closed out the final night of the tenth year of Jazz Series at the Fisch Haus, Tuesday, March 25. Dee Starkey introduced the band after again dedicating this years' installment to the recently passed Bill Skillman (trombonist) Starkey also read a poem about the perils of getting ones favorite band back together again.

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Or is that "the Ken Barnes Trio"? Good vibes either way.

by Torin Andersen | Thursday, February 20 | Posted in Music

Meads Corner on a Saturday night includes all ages and a broad scope of reasons to take a seat not all necessarily including the coffee and gelato for sale behind the counter.

This night included jazz performed by the Ben Karnes Trio — which I mistakenly referred to as the Ken Barnes trio all week until Karnes clarified from the stage while announcing the other two members of the trio, Chris Reichmeier on drums and Jared Becker on bass.

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Recently reincarnated rapper returns.

by Torin Andersen | Thursday, February 20 | Posted in Music

Ever wonder what it might look like to see a steam powered tour bus from the outside? While smoke will be bellowing, it won't be steam you're seeing but a newly legalized crop in two states that Snoop Dogg — a.k.a. Snoop Lion — will be burning with his crew on their way to the Cotillion, 11120 W. Kellogg, on Sunday, Feb. 23.

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On its way south for SXSW, TGTB puts on a good show.

by Jedd Beaudoin | Thursday, March 14 | Posted in Music

The Giving Tree Band. Forget the beards, the weird hats and the acoustic instruments — this ain't no gentle music. Hailing from Yorkville, Illinois — close to the Windy City, closer to the sticks — the seven-piece unit prides itself in performing music that's a little bit removed from today, harkening back to the green, green grass upon which Crosby, Stills and Nash, Neil Young, and The Band first planted themselves upon.

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