Friday, September 15th
Foo Fighters at the Sprint Center in KC
After Kurt Cobain killed himself, Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl wasted little time launching himself into an ambitious new project where he had complete artistic control. Indeed, on the Foo’s debut album Grohl played every instrument and sang every song. And for the most part, the album received acclaim for its raw sound and hard hitting heavy alternative vibe.
Next came 1997’s The Colour and the Shape, which showed some growth in Grohl’s songwriting and arrangement skills. For that album he loosened up a bit and let his band mates get their two cents in. Though in the end, he did scrap a lot of what they recorded, including all the drum tracks, and re-record a good bit of it himself.
The band toured heavily on the album, and I recall seeing them open at Sandstone for the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Too bad for the Peppers, though, because Grohl and his band blew the headliners out of the water with their energy and sweat.
In my opinion, that time period marked the end of the Foo Fighters’ days as a real "alternative" band, whatever that even means. From there on out, the Foo have continued pounding out modern rock singles at a staggering clip, but it’s just not the same, gritty, dirty rock that it used to be.
But that’s just fine with Grohl and his wallet. "I love being in a rock band, but I don’t know if I necessarily wanna be in an alternative rock band from the 1990s for the rest of my life," said Grohl. "It might be nice to broaden our range, open up the dynamic, so we can go out and just make music."
Sunday, September 17th
Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts Open House in KC
So, the Kauffman Center looks pretty bad ass. And it is finally ready to go, so the people in charge are hosting a FREE open house that starts at noon on Sunday and features "a diverse lineup of Kansas City performing artists." Seriously, though, follow the link below, there are a ton of artists playing, dancers dancing, and other artsy stuff going on.
Monday, September 19th
Okkervil River at the Granada in Lawrence
You know you’re doing something right when Lou Reed becomes a fan of your band, and then requests that you open up for him at a show in NYC. That’s something to slap on your resume, somewhere near the top. But it also begs the question, at least for me: Lou Reed listens to Americana and folk? I know, total mind blow, right?
Okkervil River has been doing their thing, somewhat under the radar, for about a decade now. They’re from Austin, so you know they know what they’re doing. Well, they’re not actually from there, but they moved there and started a band, so…
They just released their sixth album, I Am Very Far, a few months ago. Most critics saw it as a departure from their earlier sound which was more literate and folksy, but the album received consistently good reviews. Of the new sound, songwriter Will Sheff told Spin Magazine, "I found myself wanting to not be accessible and not be crowd pleasing and basically be self-pleasing and follow what I thought was really interesting."