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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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Gift Ideas Round 2: Soul, Psych, and Metal

A couple days ago, I posted a few gift ideas for the vinylphiles in your life. But there are more genres than jazz, indie pop, and hip hop. What about those looking for deep soul? For mind bending psych? For the heaviest riffs? Look no further! What is below are some great examples of music […]

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Gift Ideas Round 1: Jazz, Indie Pop, Hip Hop

The holidays are creeping up. There’s less than a week before Hanukkah and Christmas will be here. If you’re like me, then you wait until the last minute before buying gifts for those in your life. And with waiting comes the mind-numbing anxiety of not knowing what to get. To help you, and also to […]

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Top Ten Albums of 2016

Honorable Mention: Summertime 06 by Vince Staples. The only reason this record is an honorable mention is because it didn’t hit wax until the day before my list last year was made. Vince Staples might single-handedly save hip-hop, and he’s only warming up with Summertime ’06. 10 Princess by Abra. Technically an EP, Princess by ABRA is dark […]

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The Flatbush Zombies Take Us on a Laced Odyssey

The Flatbush Zombies spit a fine line. One the one hand, the trio’s music is disjunctive, dark, and all around strange. On the other, it unwinds incredibly smooth, laced with points of light and references to other hip hop acts. It’s hard to neatly classify their latest, 3001: A Laced Odyssey. I can say that the […]

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Top Ten Labels of 2016

Last week, I posted my top ten songs by local musicians. And in that spirit, I’m continuing the top ten countdowns with a list of my favorite labels of 2016. Labels are sort of a short hand to finding the perfect record. I became aware of this when I pulled out the records I had […]

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Look in The Local Bin: Scabb

I first heard Scabb when listening to the Manor House playlist in anticipation for the weekend house show. The young MC quickly caught my ear with his ability to backflip through styles while keeping things smooth and even. His single “Almost” was a breath of fresh air in Kansas City’s hip hop scene (which, given […]

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