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MidCoast Takeover 2017: Send ‘Em To Austin

It’s that time of year: the fog is burning off the horizon before noon, the ground is thinking about turning green again, and music festivals are starting to pop up in our Facebook feeds. One of those festivals should be The MidCoast Takeover. Sitting squarely in its seventh year, The MidCoast Takeover is a four-day […]

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Apocalipstick Now

Cherry Glazerr‘s latest release, Apocalipstick, has one of the best and most apt titles I have ever heard. From its first song to its final note, the album oscillates between upbeat and panic attack like a sunny stroll down chaos street in Endsville, USA. If you’re a fan of surf rock but want something darker, Apocalipstick is the […]

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Vipassi’s Instru-Metal Debut

Vipassi is a super group. The Australian four-piece features members from A Million Dead Birds Laughing, Hadal Maw, and Ne Obliviscaris, and their collective seasoning comes together perfectly on their Season of Mist debut, Sunyata. Featuring dark and brooding atmospheric metal interspersed between truly unrelenting blast beats and mathy riffs, Sunyata is the instrumental tech metal album […]

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Royal Teeth, Tristen, Rachel Mallin & The Wild Type @ Tank Room

This Friday is a night of wonderful concerts. Starting at 6, Mills Record Company will host Rock The Twat, a benefit for The Rose Brooks Center. And after that at the Tank Room, Royal Teeth, Rachel Mallin & The Wild Type, and Tristen will fill the venue with some slickly crafted indie pop. The three […]

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Rock The Twat @ Mills Record Company

This Friday, Mills Record Company will host a benefit for the Rose Brooks Center. Rock The Twat will help victims of domestic violence find refuge and escape the cycle of abuse. Sister Mary Rotten Crotch, Bohemian Cult Revival, and Katy Guillen and The Girls will put on a wonderful show while a $10 cash or […]

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The xx Sees You

Something is in the water, and that something is helping musicians makes some echo-ringing sad pop albums. James Blake, Bon Iver, and even Frank Ocean did it. Now, The xx joins their ranks with I See You. The trio’s latest album is a collection of mellow, glacial pop ballads that focus on the ins and outs of […]

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Flo Morrissey Doesn’t Cover Her Voice

The last time an album of cover songs was on my radar was when Xiu Xiu played the music of Twin Peaks. The experimental band did their best at reinvisioning Angelo Badalamenti’s brooding score–eking the most tension from every note. Flo Morrissey and Matthew E. White do much of the same in Gentlewoman, Ruby Man. Reengineering […]

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Lil Kim Gets Hardcore

There was a beautiful time in the mid- to late 90s when hip hop, RnB, and pop came together seamlessly. At the center of this was Lil Kim‘s debut album Hard Core. The Queen Bee’s album marries the hard edged aesthetic/persona that accompanies many rappers with the controlled and unabashed use of her sexuality. Like a […]

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Sound Machine: Abnorm, Illphonics, AZP, Lincoln Marshall, Smitty The Kid

Sound Machine 004 will be a hip hop feast. Featuring some of the best examples of rap and hip hop from Kansas City, St. Louis, Lincoln, and Lawrence, this Saturday concert at recordBar will prove that hip hop in the midwest extends beyond Tech N9ne, Lupe Fiasco, and Mac Lethal. Sound Machine 004 will showcase […]

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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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