Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Concert Review: He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named at the Sprint Center
What kind of jerk spends $50 to see an artist he dislikes? Me, that's who. I can't even mention the name of the headliner at the Sprint Center on Saturday. Google sends me a takedown notice every time I publish his name. But that's not why he bugs me. I just don't enjoy his raps.
Yet there's no denying that he's changed the game. And I've always relished seeing popular musicians at the peak of their fame. That's why I bought the cheapest available ticket to see the Canadian. Jeneé Osterheldt and Natalie Gallagher convey the excitement of the evening in their reviews.
Unlike them I was disappointed in Miguel's opening set. It was my first time seeing Miguel, and I'd hoped that I'd finally understand why so many people I respect have been raving about him. Maybe it was the lousy mix, but I remain unconvinced.
I am certain, however, that I spent my $50 wisely. He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named may become even more popular, but he had his "moment" in Kansas City in 2013. And I was there to hate it.
Chick Willis has died. I spent a few nights dancing to his performances at area clubs and at festivals on both sides of the state line. (Via BGO.)
Jim Hall has died.
I like the lineup of the Big Ears 2014 festival so much- Steve Reich! John Cale! Television! Marc Ribot!- that I looked at airfare between Kansas City and Knoxville. It's not gonna work.
Dessa's Tiny Desk Concert is RIYL: Ani DiFranco, talent, Doomtree.
I finally made it all the way through (the official) Black Flag's new album What the…. It's not very good. I liked it anyway. RIYL: Greg Ginn, impotent rage, SST Records.
Albums discovered via 2013 year-end album lists (continued):
#9- Chucho Valdes' Border Free, RIYL: Gonzalo Rubalcaba, 1952 Havana, piano heroics.
#10 Sadao Watanabe's Outra Vez, RIYL: Stan Getz, octogenarians, Clare Fischer.
#11 SimakDialog's The 6th Story, RIYL: Soft Machine, wanky instrumentals, Tom Coster.
Kansas City Click: My official picks are published here.
(Original image by There Stands the Glass.)