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[5 Jul 2010 | by Denise Grays | 14 Comments]
[eat] Where to Find Great Chicken Wings

Recently I decided to search for delicious local chicken wings and enlisted the help of friend, cook, and self-professed wing nut, Jeff.  Our first stop was Neighbors Restaurant & Bar (2150 N. Amidon) for buffalo wings.
Jeff and I ordered 12 wings for $5.99.  The sauce for the wings was right on for heat; it builds as you eat, with just enough bite and kick with a vinegar finish. The wings had a good amount of sauce on them but still had crispiness to the skin.  The meat was juicy.  Jeff asked for blue cheese …

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[11 Jun 2010 | by Denise Grays | 18 Comments]
[nest] Inside Innes Station

As a lifelong Wichitan, I’ve watched Old Town evolve and develop over the years. Time passes and formerly polluted ground becomes shops and clubs, and neglected warehouses become trendy loft living spaces. I was curious about what the living spaces were really like on the inside. Not just an empty model space a property manager would show you, but a home once someone moves in and breathes life into the place.
I met artist Kyle Kolkovich at a tweetup at Old Chicago in Old Town, where she mentioned she …

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[27 May 2010 | by Denise Grays | 45 Comments]
[listen] Erik Mallory

The singer-songwriter often is a man with a guitar with a tale to tell and of course a song to sing. It’s an intimate thing; one man on stage, nowhere to hide. The audience can look him in the eye and see inside. The music is gritty and raw. It ain’t always pretty, but it’s from the heart. Let me introduce Erik Mallory.
You started playing guitar in your mid-20s; what prompted you to want to learn?
I spent my early 20s more than a little …

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[19 Mar 2010 | by Denise Grays | One Comment]
[listen] Vehicles

Layers of sound that beg for repeated listening. Wall of guitars, yet the melody is not lost. Ethereal keys lift the music into space. This is Vehicles.
The band members are Cody Cloud (vocals/guitar), Kerry Bainum (drums), Daniel White (guitar/keyboard), Taylor Martin (guitar), and Blake Miles (bass). I met with Daniel and Kerry before their show at Rock Island Live this month to find out more about the band.
How did Vehicles form?
Kerry: Cody and I had been playing in bands for 12 years now. We had …

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[2 Mar 2010 | by Denise Grays | 133 Comments]
[do] Heavy Metal Karaoke

As Carly Holmes so eloquently stated in her post about karaoke in Wichita, it’s a guaranteed good time. At the places she listed, you’ll likely hear country faves and past & present pop hits energetically performed by tipsy patrons. But there is one karaoke night in Wichita that is a bit different, where you’ll hear “Run to the Hills” and “Talk Dirty to Me.” It’s HEAVY METAL KARAOKE!
Kirby’s Beer Store (3227 E. 17th St.) is the locale for this metal mayhem. I attended HMK on Friday, Feb. …