Above: Writer, humorist and NPR contributor David Sedaris, who appeared at the Midland on Wednesday.
If you believe most of what he writes (and reads), then when the fire alarm went off in his hotel one day, David Sedaris was really hoping for an actual fire and the chance to rescue a fellow guest because the incident would give him some fresh, interesting memoirs.
Anyone who becomes the best or the most popular in something eventually figures out that once you get to the top you usually have to work even harder to stay there. That's especially true when you're primary audience is preteens and young adolescents, a demographic whose tastes can change as quickly as it grows up.
Photo by Rich Sugg/The Star. For a slide-show of photos from the Kings of Leon show,go here.
Not too many bands make the big, fast leap that the Kings of Leon made within the past nine months: from midtown to downtown. In late January, the Southern rock/blues band from Tennessee drew a sold-out crowd of 2,300 to the Uptown Theater. Tuesday night, they drew nearly 11,000 fans to the Sprint Center.
Eldar Djangirov's concert played out in reverse order Saturday at the Folly Theater. Jazz performances typically grow increasingly fiery as they progress. Djangirov's outing began with an aggressive explosion of inspiration and ended with a subdued whimper.
A thunderous battle between old and new was waged Wednesday at the Uptown Theater. A capacity audience of approximately 1,800 witnessed veteran band Brand New fight upstart act Manchester Orchestra to a draw.
Even with 3,000 or so people piled into the place, generating body heat, the air over Crossroads KC bore a sharp chill Tuesday night. Jeff Tweedy, the main man in Wilco, the evening's headliner, called the mood "autumnal" and melancholic so he prescribed some "squash-colored songs."
Somewhere in the middle of a show that lasted two and a half hours (intermission included) and comprised two dozen songs, David Crosby reminded his audience: This is our 40th year together. By "our" he meant Crosby, Stills and Nash. But the trio's career goes back farther than that and it includes membership in some of the more elite bands in rock history (the Byrds, Buffalo Springfield, the Hollies).
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