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William Carl Ferleman

William Carl Ferleman is a professional music journalist and scholar. He has attended more rock shows than Sir Mick Jagger. He has completed coursework for his Ph.D. in English Renaissance literature. His latest scholarly publication is entitled “What if Lady Macbeth Were Pregnant?: Amativeness, Procreation, and Future Dynasty in Maqbool” ( He appreciates Nietzsche’s maxim:  “Without music life would be a mistake.” He enjoys politics, debate, theatre, and Jameson Irish whiskey. He sleeps with his contrarian pussycat, Issa. He holds a B.A. and M.A. from The University of Kansas.


Tuesday, March 27 2007

Ave Anna: Anna Nicole Smith and Celebrity Culture

Lost in the media's sensationalizing of Anna Nicole Smith was any sense of the human being behind the myth.


Wednesday, December 3 2014

Chrissie Hynde: Kansas City - 16 November 2014

Chrissie Hynde’s stout-hearted, superb Kansas City show made a Sunday feel like a wild Saturday night. It’s no mystery as to why Chrissie Hynde still has skin in this rock and roll game.

Tuesday, July 29 2014

Paul McCartney: 16 July 2014 - Sprint Center, Kansas City, Missouri

Paul McCartney commanded the stage in Kansas City with an astonishing degree of seemingly effortless finesse. A most glorious concert.

Monday, July 14 2014

311: 3 July 2014 - Kansas City, MO (Photos)

311 most definitely underscored its cannabis-friendly, mellow, laid-back facet, as more intense tracks were largely set aside. Yet again, though, 311 put on a top-notch, electric live show that few bands could touch.

Thursday, November 29 2012

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band: 17 November 2012 - Kansas City, MO

Although Bruce Springsteen isn’t the king, he is The Boss. And the man can still sing.

Monday, November 26 2012

Aerosmith: 14 November 2012 - Kansas City, MO

Aerosmith was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001, but its members have absolutely no plan to rest on its laurels.

Nine Inch Nails [14.Sep.08]
Foo Fighters [4.Aug.08]
Rush [27.May.08]
Linkin Park [3.Apr.08]
Marilyn Manson [20.Sep.07]
Tool [31.May.06]
The Rolling Stones [21.Feb.06]


Thursday, May 1 2014

Bill Maher: 13 April 2014 - Kansas City, Missouri

Doubtless, Bill Maher’s stand-up concert was mordant, hard-hitting, and spectacular, and yes, subsequent to the dreadful -- but comic gold -- Bush years.

Friday, April 11 2014

Lorde: 21 March 2014 - The Midland, Kansas City, Missouri

Lorde crowns herself as a pop princess at riveting, polished Kansas City show.

Monday, July 8 2013

Alice Cooper + Marilyn Manson: 27 June 2013 - Bonner Springs, KS (Photos)

Though both artists brought the requisite theatrics, this show nonetheless suffered from truncated set times.

Wednesday, October 3 2012

Led Zeppelin's Reunion Concert in Theaters Soon

For those few fans who weren't able to attend Led Zeppelin's 2007 reunion show in London, there is indeed good news. Celebration Day, a film of the concert, will hit various cinemas soon. Check dates at your local theatre.

Wednesday, September 26 2012

Shakespeare's Globe Plays at Cinemas

Three noteworthy dramas will be shown in certain cinemas.

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Marilyn Manson Recites William Blake (Mixed Media) [10.Oct.11]
Kerli's Meteoric "Army of Love" Rise (Mixed Media) [27.Aug.11]
Toronto's Lindi Ortega Issues New LP (Mixed Media) [22.Jun.11]
Tea Party to Hold Music Festival (Mixed Media) [20.May.11]
On the Road with the Raveonettes (Mixed Media) [20.Apr.11]
Shakespeare Pens a Dirge in 2010 (Mixed Media) [7.Apr.11]
Richard Ashcroft Streams New Album (Mixed Media) [17.Mar.11]
Is Not "Cruel Summer" a Goth Song? (Mixed Media) [15.Feb.11]
Christopher Hitchens’ Taste in Music (Sound Affects) [27.Jan.11]
Amy Winehouse... Back in Brazil (Mixed Media) [11.Jan.11]
Two New Films Celebrate John Lennon (Mixed Media) [23.Sep.10]
The Dresden Dolls Announce Reunion (Mixed Media) [10.Sep.10]
Regime Change Via Music Video? (Mixed Media) [9.Aug.10]
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