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Haymaker Records: Where Thrill-Seekers Congregate


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Above image: Jorge Arana Trio, one of 16 acts on the “Fairgrounds Vol. 2” compilation. Photo submitted by artist. There can be beauty in art that isn’t completely familiar to people. So believes Brenton Cook, who is imploring you to look… [Read More]


Watch Sylvan Esso Bring Bass And Twists To NPR Music’s SXSW Showcase


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“We’re gonna play a whole bunch of new songs for you,” said Amelia Meath as she introduced her electro-pop duo Sylvan Esso, adding, “because we’re tired of playing the old ones.” The phrase “we’re gonna play new songs” often elicits… [Read More]


Art Appreciation: Bryan Ferry and Adrian Belew descend on Kansas City (and Farewell, Chuck Berry)


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When it comes to music, Kansas City’s reputation is pretty meat and potatoes. We like our blues and country to be traditional. We like our rock and roll to be hard and direct. We’ve always been more prose than poetry.… [Read More]


Middle of the Map 2017 – Deeper Dive


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This time around we take a deeper dive into the lineup for Middle of the Map Fest 2017.  Hear BRAND NEW music from The Sluts (it’s so good) and also music from a newer KC band named Mess. There will be… [Read More]


Bittersweet Little Rock And Roller


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Chuck Berry's life story includes serious mistreatment of women, but fully reckoning with his legacy means also acknowledging the women and girls who made his groundbreaking rock and roll possible. [Read More]


Presale: Michael McDonald and Boz Scaggs at the Kauffman Center


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  Both Michael McDonald and Boz Scaggs have enjoyed remarkable careers as members of legendary rock groups, not to mention their notable solo careers. The two will share the stage at Muriel Kauffman Theatre on Saturday, June 17! From ’70s… [Read More]


Presale: Mary Chapin Carpenter & Sarah Jarosz at Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts


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A five-time Grammy Award winner and inductee in the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, Mary Chapin Carpenter will be coming to the Kauffman Center this summer! The beloved singer-songwriter is touring on her 14th and latest album release, “The Things That We… [Read More]


U2 On ‘The Joshua Tree,’ A Lasting Ode To A Divided America


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Bono and The Edge explain why, 30 years later, the biggest-selling album of their career feels disquietingly resonant. [Read More]