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Gov't Mule's soul shines

Group delivers in Liberty Hall concert

Gov't Mule might be a '60s-styled, jacked-up, blues-rock band or a hippie jam band. Or perhaps the Mule is a vehicle for Warren Haynes, the ultimate anachronism; a guitar hero. Friday night, in front of a packed Liberty Hall crowd, Gov't Mule played two sets and an encore that spanned more than three hours yet left fans, some traveling from as far as Denver or Chicago, hollering for more.

Gov't Mule's soul shines

Gov't Mule - Liberty Hall, Lawrence, Kan. - 10/18/2002

By Michael Newman Gov't Mule might be a '60s-styled, jacked-up, blues-rock band or a hippie jam band. Or perhaps the Mule is a vehicle for Warren Haynes, the ultimate anachronism; a guitar hero. Friday night, in front of a packed Liberty Hall crowd, Gov't Mule played two sets and an encore that spanned more than three hours yet left fans, some traveling from as far as Denver or Chicago, hollering for more.

Haynes gets behind the 'Mule'

The latest incarnation of Gov't Mule lets questions about the future wait.

By Michael Newman If Warren Haynes and his band Gov't Mule are unfamiliar to you, chances are that some of the guests on the group's recent release, "The Deep End Vol. 2," are not.

Elvis Costello can still 'Pump It Up' on road

Wednesday night at Kansas City's opulent Midland Theatre, Elvis Costello demonstrated there's still fire in his belly.

Costello can still 'Pump It Up'

Elvis Costello and the Imposters - Midland Theatre, Kansas City Mo. - 10/09/2002

By Michael Newman Though Elvis Costello long ago shook off the tired "angry young man" mantle, Wednesday night at Kansas City's opulent Midland Theatre, he demonstrated that there's still fire in his belly. Touring the country fronting a straight ahead rock band for the first time in a number of years, eschewing the saloon-singer balladry of recent tours, he demonstrated that he still can put his heart and soul into ripping rock and roll

Deadsy introduces 'undercore'

Deadsy - The Bottleneck, Lawrence, Kan. - 09/06/2002

By Michael Newman Though the sell-out crowd that turned the Bottleneck in downtown Lawrence into a steam bath Friday night mainly came to hear headliner Taproot, flavor-of-the-month rap-rockers, it was supporting act Deadsy that offered something interesting and who might still be doing so six months from now.

Victor Wooten/Blues Traveler bring the noise

Victor Wooten and Blues Traveler - Abe and Jakes Landing, Lawrence, Kan. - 08/27/2002

By Michael Newman Maybe it was the freshly back-to-college crowd, or maybe there's just something different about a show at Abe & Jake's Landing, but Tuesday night's Victor Wooten/Blues Traveler concert at the downtown venue was more kegger than concert.

Band a 'Calling' for female fans

Friday night's appearance by heartthrob rockers The Calling was meant to be the last of Pipeline Productions' shows at Lawrence's Granada Theatre, but it was moved to The Bottleneck, leaving the Granada without a swan song.

Falling for The Calling

The Calling - The BottleNeck, Lawrence, Kan. - 08/09/2002

By Michael Newman Friday night's appearance by heartthrob rockers The Calling was meant to be the last of Pipeline Productions' shows at Lawrence's Granada Theatre, but it was moved to The Bottleneck, leaving the Granada without a swan song.

Raising the Dead

Former Grateful Dead members gather the tribe in Wisconsin

By Michael Newman What happens when a community braces for a siege and all it gets is a festival?

Down on the family farm

Artist documents fading lifestyle in her works

By Michael Newman Everybody has a story to tell, and Lawrence artist Lora Jost is listening. "The Experience of Farmers," on display through Aug. 31 at the National Agricultural Center and Hall of Fame in Bonner Springs, is her most recent effort to collect stories of a common theme and to convey emotions and points of view through her art.

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Rush concert thrills die-hard fans

By Michael Newman Thursday evening at Bonner Springs' Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, Canadian prog-rock power trio Rush demonstrated that it can still draw and satisfy its throng of devoted fans.

Rush fans thrilled

Rush - Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, Bonner Springs, Kan., - 08/01/2002

By Michael Newman Thursday evening at Bonner Springs' Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, Canadian prog-rock power trio Rush demonstrated that it can still draw and still satisfy its throng of devoted fans.

Rain doesn't dampen Mellencamp fans' spirits

John Mellencamp - Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, Bonner Springs, Kan. - 07/28/2002

By Michael Newman Bonner Springs An act of nature took John Mellencamp's Sunday night performance at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in Bonner Springs from good to special.

World Online Exclusive: Spinning the Web - How long is forever?

By Michael Newman Is the web permanent? Ones and zeros are a great way to archive massive amounts of data, but what's being saved and what's being left on the curb? And how long is permanent in an environment where one after another, advancing technologies replace obsolete ones?

Foreign country: Talent contest brings out the wannabes

By Michael Newman The call came in: My country needed me. Well, OK, not my country, but country music. OK, so it didn't need me, but it needed someone.

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Results in: 'Van Hagar' wins

Sammy Hagar and David Lee Roth - Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, Bonner Springs, Kan. - 07/26/2002

By Michael Newman Sammy Hagar and David Lee Roth, touring together yet separately, demonstrate the difference between playing and performing. Hagar is all about having a blast and being delighted that his audience is there to be part of it. Roth just wants you to look at him as though he's still the king of MTV. Hagar's out there rocking people's socks off. Roth's just trying to pull this off.

Coal Chamber sings new youth rebellion

By Michael Newman When Eddie Cochran recorded "Summertime Blues" in 1958, whining about "a-workin' all summer just to try to earn a dollar" could suffice for youthful rebellion.

'Chamber' of horrors

Coal Chamber with Lollipop Lustkill, Five Pointe O and Medication - Granada Theatre, Lawrence, Kan. - 07/17/2002

By Michael Newman When Eddie Cochran recorded "Summertime Blues" in 1958, whining about "a-workin' all summer just to try to earn a dollar" could suffice for youthful rebellion. In 2002, with a world looking infinitely more dangerous, confusing and vacant to young people, it's no surprise that there are flavors of rock 'n' roll that raise a much bigger fuss and a much louder holler.

Moby; the white wail

Moby - City Market, Kansas City, Kan. - 07/11/2002

By Michael Newman Nobody listens to techno anymore. Eminem says so. Heck, even Moby says so too. They could be right.

'Panic' welcomed at Starlight Theatre

Widespread Panic - Starlight Theatre, Kansas City, Mo. - 07/05/2002

By Michael Newman Kansas City, Mo. The latest in this summer's seemingly endless string of jam bands to pass through the area, Athens, Ga.'s Widespread Panic drew a throng of young tour followers, old hippies and college kids to Starlight Theatre in Kansas City's Swope Park on Friday night.

'Incident' under the stars

The String Cheese Incident - Starlight Theatre, Kansas City, Mo. - 06/29/2002

By Michael Newman With the growing list of post-Grateful Dead jam bands out on the road these days, Colorado's The String Cheese Incident has its work cut out for it, distinguishing itself from among its peers. Saturday night at Starlight Theatre in Kansas City, Mo., SCI threw down its eclectic gauntlet before a less than half-full house, though it was still its largest KC audience to date.

World Online Exclusive: Spinning the Web - Web holds a wealth of resources for film buffs

By Michael Newman I don't go to the movies. I don't know when exactly I gave it up, but I long ago found that so few first-run films really benefited from the big-screen experience in a significant way that I couldn't justify giving up the perks that come with watching films in the comfort of my home. I think "Lord of the Rings" was the last time I decided it would be worth the trouble.

Ben Folds goes solo

By Michael Newman Ben Folds, formerly of Ben Folds Five, performed Friday night at City Market in Kansas City, Mo. The near sell-out crowd put up with 90-degree temperatures to sing along with every word Folds sang.

Ben Folds One

Ben Folds at City Market, Kansas City Mo. 06/21/2002

By Michael Newman Ben Folds, formerly of Ben Folds Five and now accompanied only by his Baldwin grand piano, performed before a sea of adoring fans Friday night at City Market in Kansas City, Mo. The near sell-out crowd put up with 90-degree temperatures, portable lavatories and inadequate parking in order to press to the stage and sing along with every word Folds sang.

World Online Exclusive: Spinning the Web - Online privacy serious business; Part Two

By Michael Newman Well folks, in my last column I promised to report on my successes implementing some of the privacy and security tools I had mentioned in that opus and true to my word here's that report. It's not all roses.

World Online Exclusive: Spinning the Web - Online privacy serious business

By Michael Newman If you're online, your privacy is under attack and your activities are under the microscope. It's both worse than you know and every bit as bad as you fear. Yet, you're not helpless, defenseless or without allies. In this column I'm going to outline a few basic threats to your online privacy and point you toward some strategies for defending yourself.

KU band members spend their summer on the march.

By Michael Newman Two months, 44 shows in 14 states, countless hours on busses and a different high school gymnasium to call home every night. That's what four Kansas University band musicians have bargained for this summer as rookie members of the Lexington, Ky.-based Southwind Drum Corps.

World Online Exclusive: Spinning the Web - You can run but you can't hide

By Michael Newman Generally speaking, I'm of the opinion that privacy is pretty good and that anonymity is pretty lousy when it comes to the Internet. That is to say that who I am, where I am, what I read and where I surf is nobody's business but mine. But what I can do under a cloak of secrecy, that affects other people, is and should be, limited.

Medeski, Martin and Wood concert a study in aimlessness

Medeski, Martin and Wood - Liberty Hall, Lawrence KS - 05/14/2002

By Michael Newman Tuesday night at Lawrence's Liberty Hall, in front of a near sell-out crowd, the space/jazz/funk trio Medeski, Martin and Wood spent nearly three hours searching in vain for one or two musical ideas that could stand up for more than a minute or two at a time.

Alack, alas, Alanis

Alanis Morissette - Starlight Theatre, Kansas City, Mo. - 05/13/2002

By Michael Newman The only thing ironic about Alanis Morissette and the show she presented Monday night at Kansas City's Starlight Theatre is that she didn't perform "Ironic."

Rufus Wainwright show is family affair

By Michael Newman Rufus Wainwright, in an appearance Thursday night at Lawrence's Liberty Hall, demonstrated the talent and personality that guarantee his continued cult status and may give rise to an even wider audience.

Rufus Wainwright concert a family affair

Rufus Wainwright - Liberty Hall - Lawrence, KS - 05/09/2002

By Michael Newman During Rufus Wainwright's Thursday night appearance at Lawrence's Liberty Hall he demonstrated all the elements of both his talent and his personality that guarantee that even if he never rises above cult status, that status is likely to last and last.

World Online Exclusive: Spinning the Web - Jury's in: E-mail good

By Michael Newman Singer Barry White, in a recent Arby's commercial, asks: "So why are you eating that clown food?" And a frustrating exercise in futility reveals that e-mailing Mr. White in order to answer his rhetorical question would be likely prove far easier than firing off an electronic missive to explain your preference directly to Ronald McDonald or anyone associated with him. You see, McDonald's doesn't do e-mail.

Bob Mould's mold broken

Bob Mould's Carnival of Light and Sound - Granada Theatre, Lawrence KS - 05/05/2002

By Michael Newman You might think that Bob Mould, founder and front man for legendary, 1980s, band Husker Dü, a band that Spin Magazine recently included in its list of the 50 greatest bands from the '60s forward, could draw more than a few dozen of the faithful out to Lawrence's Granada Theatre, even on a Sunday night.

Ex-Squeeze vocalist still fresh and fun

By Michael Newman While Glen Tilbrook is not exactly a household name, you couldn't tell that from the sing-along, request-shouting fans who filled Kansas City's Grand Emporium on Tuesday night for his solo act.

Former Squeeze vocalist still fresh and fun

Glen Tilbrook at Grand Emporium - Kansas City Mo. 04/30/2002

By Michael Newman While Glen Tilbrook is not exactly a household name, you couldn't tell that from the sing-along, request-shouting fans that filled Kansas City's Grand Emporium Tuesday night for his solo acoustic show.

Lawrence poet uses words to still and bridge water

On a warm and breezy April afternoon, poet Serina Allison Hearn pauses on her central Lawrence porch to talk about poetry but the swirl of activity that is her world doesn't miss a beat. There are home-schooled daughters competing for her attention. There are friends and neighbors, spouses and former spouses coming and going. There are strangers under her roof.

Band outlasts fans

By Michael Newman Before his death, the Grateful Dead's Jerry Garcia described Steve Kimock as his "favorite unknown guitar player." Wednesday evening's Liberty Hall performance by the Steve Kimock Band struck a blow against that unknown status.

Steve Kimock Band rocks hard and long

Steve Kimock Band - Liberty Hall - Lawrence, Kan. 04/24/2002

Shortly before his death, the Grateful Dead's Jerry Garcia described Steve Kimock as his "favorite unknown guitar player." Wednesday evening's Liberty Hall performance by the Steve Kimock Band struck a modest blow toward freeing Kimock from that unknown status.

World Online Exclusive: Spinning the Web - Yahoo! stumbles

Online giant struggles to balance user and investor interests

In the relatively brief commercial history of the World Wide Web, few institutions can better be described as venerable nor are more influential than the multitentacled beast known as Yahoo!. As such, its successes and misfortunes are regarded with great interest not only by its millions of users but by anyone else struggling with the still largely unsolved mystery of how to turn a buck online.

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