Concert Review: American Aquarium’s BJ Barham is a Problem Solver

"I had a problem," American Aquarium's BJ Barham tells the crowd halfway through their sweat-drenched set at Knuckleheads Garage in Kansas City. "So I fixed it." The "problem" he's referring to is his battle with alcoholism (he's been sober since 2014), but as the alt-country band's lead vocalist, principal songwriter, and founding member, Barham has … Continue reading Concert Review: American Aquarium’s BJ Barham is a Problem Solver

CONCERT REVIEW: The Afghan Whigs Aren’t Too Cool for You

The Afghan Whigs – North Park Observatory, San Diego, CA – 5/9/2018 You're at an Afghan Whigs show inside the beautifully renovated North Park Observatory, right in the middle of San Diego's hipster epicenter. But you are not one of the hipsters. You're forty-one. You do not blend in.   But come to think of … Continue reading CONCERT REVIEW: The Afghan Whigs Aren’t Too Cool for You

Concert Review: P!nk 03/03/18—Intrust Bank Arena, Wichita KS

Not to brag, but I've been to an awful lot of concerts over the years. It'd be hard to put a number on it, but I'd estimate maybe in the 100-150 range. Sure, there are tons of people who have seen more, but 100 is certainly nothing to sneeze at. Over the years, since that … Continue reading Concert Review: P!nk 03/03/18—Intrust Bank Arena, Wichita KS

Concert Review: New Politics/DREAMERS/The Wrecks 02/24/18—The Truman, Kansas City, MO

Energy is an incredibly valuable commodity in live music. Virtually impossible to manufacture, it's either there or it's not, and generally speaking the crowd will gladly let you know which. Most often a crowd is won or lost depending on the energy the band exudes on stage, and Saturday's show at Kansas City's newest venue, … Continue reading Concert Review: New Politics/DREAMERS/The Wrecks 02/24/18—The Truman, Kansas City, MO

Concert Review: Avenged Sevenfold/Breaking Benjamin 02/06/18—Intrust Bank Arena, Wichita, KS

Over the course of their almost twenty year career, Avenged Sevenfold has enjoyed a virtual fairy tale existence. Formed in 1999 by high school chums, the band has enjoyed practically nonstop success, despite a near breakup following the death of their original drummer Jimmy "The Rev" Sullivan in 2010. Their massive world tour, promoting ambitious … Continue reading Concert Review: Avenged Sevenfold/Breaking Benjamin 02/06/18—Intrust Bank Arena, Wichita, KS

Concert Review: The Black Dahlia Murder 08/20/18—The Crown Uptown, Wichita, KS

I’ve been a Wichita resident for eleven years, and a metal fan for considerably longer. Until recently, those two things—being a metal fan and residing in Wichita—rarely intermingled, as live bands playing anything but country or classic rock were few and far between (Steve Miller Band, anyone?). There  was the occasional metal show here and … Continue reading Concert Review: The Black Dahlia Murder 08/20/18—The Crown Uptown, Wichita, KS

Concert Review: Reverend Horton Heat/Fishbone 09/30/17—The Cotillion Ballroom, Wichita, KS

You could make a lot of assumptions about the city of Wichita, KS. You could assume it’s a flyover state hellhole devoid of any culture or art, but you’d be (mostly) wrong. You could assume it’s a city full of hayseeds and rednecks who don’t take kindly to outsiders, but you’d be (mostly) wrong. You … Continue reading Concert Review: Reverend Horton Heat/Fishbone 09/30/17—The Cotillion Ballroom, Wichita, KS