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Gone is Gone Uses Echolocation

Gone is Gone‘s latest album, Echolocation, blends post-rock atmospheric textures with grinding heaviness to make a record that is all encompassing. Glittering and beautiful at points and sludgy and thick at others, Echolocation unfurls like the perfect blanket for the new year’s coldness. The album begins with “Sentient,” a track that introduces the album well. Soft textures […]

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Mothership, Hyborian, Custom Black, Orphans of Doom @ Riot Room

Tomorrow, Mothership will land at The Riot Room to unfurl its spacey metal. The band will be joined by local outfits: Hyborian, Custom Black, and Orphans of Doom for a night of smokey riffs and heavy percussion. If all enfolding doom is your jam, than The Riot Room on Monday will be the place to […]

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First Repressions: DJ Shadow

Yesterday, I wrote about blink 182′s recent reissues as the first part in this “First Repressions” series, which will look at a number of the brilliant reissues that have been coming out recently. Next on my list of reissues to check out is DJ Shadow‘s seminal album, Endtroducing…. The album is not only a break […]

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First Repressions: blink 182

With the vinyl resurgence comes a desire to have the records that came out in very limited quantities or not at all on wax. And if you ever wanted a record that came out when vinyl was not as popular, you know there are two ways: pay large sums for those titles or wait for […]

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Gnarly Davidson Keef Mountain and Sons of Mourning at Mills Record Company

2017 is wasting no time letting the world know it’s going to be a year of extreme heaviness. About a week after the new year, Gnarly Davidson will celebrate the release of their 7″ on Replay Records by playing a show at Mills Record Company with Sons of Mourning and Keef Mountain. The event will start […]

New Releases Scheduled for 2017

With 2016 in the past and 2017 freshly here, it’s time to ask the important questions, like what records will be on our want lists, which releases will be delayed, and when will that new Gorillaz album come out. Rather than review a record this week, I wanted to write about some fabled releases that […]

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Electronic New Years Eve

Yesterday, I wrote about where to be on New Years Eve if you like to rawk. Today, I want to talk about where to be if you want to get lost in electronic soundscapes. If you need to get in touch with your inner industrial/goth/all black all the time part of yourself, then Niche is […]

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New Years Eve Rocking Holy Cow Market

It’s that time of year–best of lists, holiday gifts exchanged, snow. Now, it’s time to usher out the burning tire heap that has been 2016 for 2017 with its fearsome political climate. But there is a reprieve from jumping from frying pan to fire: New Years Eve. This magical night is neither fully last year […]

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LKxRR — Heavyweight Edition @ Granada

If you can’t wait until the new year to get your heavy on, look no further than Friday’s LKxRR at The Granada. Featuring an army of the heaviest riff-makers in the Kansas City and Lawrence area (Keef Mountain, Amenaza, Young Bull, Altered Beast, Inner Altar, and SavageLand), LKxRR will be a smorgasbord of rock and […]

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Judy Mills’ Top Ten Albums of 2016

Solange: A Seat at the Table – Fierce and important and somehow dreamy. Nick Cave: Skeleton Tree — A document of time about grief and aging from a brilliant and talented mind. Abra: Princess — The Duchess of Darkwave writes songs on her computer then releases them on Periscope. And I’m okay with that. Physic Heat: […]

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Arrival Arrives

Johann Johannsson returns with another taut score for Arrival. Coming off his award winning score for Sicario, Johannsson orchestrates another stunning sonic landscape for Arrival. The soundtrack is a patchwork of percussion heavy, droning, atmospheric sketches. The combination of which strikes an odd balance between paranoia and ecstasy. Arrival‘s soundtrack is much quicker than Sicario‘s and perfect for fans of […]

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