Author Archives: Josh Chaikin

Twisted X-Mas with Steel Panther and Aranda

December is that time of year when you feel love, and compassion, for your fellow man; a time for giving, a time for kinship. And if you’re in Kansas City, it’s time for 98.9 The Rock’s low-dough show. This year, Steel Panther came back for Twisted X-Mas, with Aranda opening the show. Though a support is not needed for Steel Panther ...

Read More »

Veteran Sister Rockers in Heart “Rock the Ribbon”

Having been born in the early 80’s, I’ve missed out on seeing a lot of classic acts in their prime. A lot still tour, but can never sound as good as they did some 30 – 40 years ago. Anyone who has seen Heart’s performance of Stairway to Heaven when the Kennedy Center honored Led Zeppelin a few years ago knows ...

Read More »

LAMB OF GOD Announces Additional U.S. Tour Support from DEAFHEAVEN and POWER TRIP + 2 New Dates

LAMB OF GOD recently announced their upcoming January/February 2016 U.S. headline tour featuring direct support from very special guests Anthrax. Today, the band is officially announcing the two opening guests on the tour, Deafheaven and Power Trip. The two bands, along with Anthrax will support during the entire run, which begins January 15th in Pittsburgh, PA. LAMB OF GOD added two ...

Read More »

September Mourning Volume I – EP Review

In May of this year, first brought coverage of an alternative/hard rock band to our audience. A cross-media band, whose story is so large and sweeping, it could not be contained to just a rock show. After a successful Kickstarter campaign, September Mourning raised over $20,000, more than double the amount they were seeking, to help produce a comic book which ...

Read More »

REO Speedwagon Celebrates Royals Victory with Kansas City

Celebrating over 40 years together, REO Speedwagon packed the Midland Theater, in Kansas City, with an audience of young and old. With a set coming in at close to 90 minutes, the band was able to get through all of their hits, celebrate the Royal’s World Series victory. and pay tribute to Gary Richrath. It was a lot of ground ...

Read More »

EUROPE “War of Kings” Review

War of Kings is the 10th studio album from 80’s hair metal icons, Europe. Reaching a new generation from their appearance in an insurance commercial, Europe is poised to to get a boost in sales from their appearance. Though their new record might lack the bombastic synthesizers they’re known for on their previous albums, War of Kings sounds like a ...

Read More »

KYLESA at St. Vitus Bar

 It may be a supremely difficult venue to reach if you’re coming from outside of Brooklyn, but St. Vitus Bar has earned its reputation as one of the best places to see a metal show in New York City. On Wednesday, October 21st, 2015, Savannah, Georgia’s own psychedelic sludge unit Kylesa became the latest headliner to further cement the St. Vitus experience as ...

Read More »

Rock Legends EUROPE Announce “War of Kings” Special Edition + Early 2016 U.S. Tour

EUROPE’s place as a legendary hard rock band was platinum-stamped early in their career. Having enjoyed an explosive period of worldwide success in the ‘80s  (under-pinned by their hit album and single “The Final Countdown”), 2015’s War of Kings has seen them take full advantage of the global groundwork EUROPE have keenly re-established over the last few years. Recently, it was decided that EUROPE’s ...

Read More »

Kraftwerk Brings their 3D Spectacle to Kansas City

In today’s day and age, technology plays a huge role in almost everyone’s everyday life. Most of us rely on technology to achieve simple everyday tasks. The evolution of technology has allowed us to get to this point, and it’s hard to imagine a world without our reliance on technology. The music industry has taken advantage of society’s advancement in ...

Read More »

Rocktober Continues with Seether, Saint Asonia, and Within Reason.

It was a nice evening in Kansas City on Wednesday, not too warm, not too cold, as a line snaked its way around the Midland Theater, two hours before showtime. An impressive early showing, for a mid-week show. Of course it was an impressive lineup; South African rockers, Seether, with support from Within Reason, and Saint Asonia. I’d previously seen ...

Read More »