Author Archives: Josh Chaikin

Black Knights Rising

Before taking the stage at The Scene in Independence, Missouri (just outside of Kansas City), Black Knights Rising was introduced as “the world’s greatest supergroup,” and it certainly was no exaggeration. With Tim “Ripper” Owens, most famous for his time in Judas Priest (and subject of the Mark Walhberg movie, “Rock Star”) on vocals, Craig Goldy, and Vinny Apprice from Dio, and Black ...

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Tesla electrifies Kansas City

Though the name is more recognized as an electric car today, it also belongs to one of the biggest metal bands of the 80’s: Tesla, and they brought nearly two hours of classic, and new music to the Midland Theater, in Kansas City, on Tuesday night. While the  hairspray stayed behind, the hits certainly did not. After an opening performance ...

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Seek Irony “Tech N’ Roll” Review

Seek Irony arose out of the burgeoning music scene of Tel Aviv, Israel. The founders of the band, brothers Kfir, and Rom Gov felt that it was time to take things to a whole new level, and move the band to the United States. The band had picked Austin, “The Live Music Capital of the World,” to be their new ...

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The Secrets of Concert Photography

The title of this article is a little misleading, because there really is no secret. The question people often ask is, “How do you get into concert photography?” In truth, it’s pretty simple. You ask, OK, there’s a little more to it than that, but it really comes down to two things: 1) Knowing who to ask, and, 2) proving ...

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Sidewise Interview

One of the hardest working bands in Kansas City, Sidewise has started to make a name for themselves on the national scene, thanks to a tour with Gemini Syndrome, and Sevendust. Sidewise will be appearing on Shiprocked next month. The band took a few minutes before their show at the Aftershock on Saturday night to talk with me. Audio of the ...

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Butcher Babies at The Midland

The Butcher Babies have been making a name for themselves over the past few years, and rolled into Kansas City on Wednesday night, playing a short, 40 minute set for a crowd that seemed mostly into the music. I say mostly because, halfway through the set, someone in the audience started flipping the band off. Heidi responded, in Justin Timberlake fashion, ...

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Black Label Society packs the Midland

When a band has been around for close to 20 years, they tend to rack up quite a following. Black Label Society, the first “low dough” show of the year (presented by 98.9 The Rock) was affordable enough to bring the entire family, and many people did. There were children as young as 5 in the crowd, and 12 year ...

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Rocklahoma 2015 Lineup

ROCKLAHOMA TO FEATURE PERFORMANCES FROM LINKIN PARK, TESLA, GODSMACK, SLAYER, VOLBEAT, BREAKING BENJAMIN, PAPA ROACH, HALESTORM, QUEENSRŸCHE AND MANY MORE FOR AMERICA’S BIGGEST MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND PARTY MAY 22-24 IN PRYOR, OKLAHOMA After a record-breaking 2014 with over 60,000 fans in attendance, Rocklahoma—presented by Bud Light—returns to “Catch the Fever” Festival Grounds in Pryor, OK for its ninth year May 22, ...

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El Monstero takes Kansas City by storm

What was once the best kept secret in St. Louis is now getting a name for itself through the Midwest. El Monstero, billed as the “Definitive Pink Floyd Tribute” played to a packed Uptown Theater in Kansas City, on Friday night. While many in attendance have seen the show before, and some in the double digits (hi Ralph), some were ...

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SCALE THE SUMMIT: New album due this summer

Progressive instrumentalists SCALE THE SUMMIT have begun recording their fifth album, expected to be released via Prosthetic Records this summer. The band will spend the next few weeks tracking new soundscapes of “thrilling, expansive, technical prog” (Prog Magazine) that will serve as the follow-up to their Billboard-charting, critically acclaimed 2013 release, “The Migration.” Further details will be revealed in the ...

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