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Read more from Jackson at Mandatory Metallica and follow him on Twitter at @Mankvill.
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Show Preview: Real Friends at Aftershock

Coming up on the one-year anniversary of release of their latest album The Home Inside My Head, Illinois-based pop punk group Real Friends are one of the few groups at the front of the current pop punk scene that has been steadily climbing in popularity over the past few years. Combining catchy pop-infused emo and […]

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April Showers bring May Listening Parties: Mac Demarco + Slowdive

Do we have a treat for you this week. We’ll be holding listening parties for two hotly anticipated new releases in our store! Come hang out with us, listen to some good tunes, enter to win some things and get a chance to pick up these awesome albums. First up on Friday the 5th at […]

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Live Tonight: Week of April 10th – April 16th – Happy Easter!

Don’t forget that we have a timetable for bands that are playing or store – for FREE – on Record Store Day AND the day after! Monday, April 10th Real Estate with Mary Lattimore at recordBar 8 PM $20 Apothesary with Bleed the Victim, Abjure at Riot Room (patio) 7:30 PM $10 The Scars Heal […]

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Where I End and You Begin: Radiohead live in Kansas City 04/05/17

Amidst a 2 1/2 hour set spanning nearly 3 decades of material, UK genre-defining and genre-defying megaliths Radiohead sang, danced and entertained a sold out crowd at the Sprint Center down in Kansas City on a cold and rainy Wednesday night. In a bit of a departure from their high-energy set openers from last year, […]

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Live Tonight: Week of April 3rd – April 9th: The King of Timbs

  Monday, April 3rd Archspire with Arkaik, Ahtme, Moonsick, Mercurial at Riot Room 7:30 PM $15 Kyle Dunnigan with John Busch at recordBar 8 PM $15 Tuesday, April 4th Oathbreaker with Jaye Jayle, Khemmis, Existem at Riot Room 8 PM $14 Oathbreaker combines elements of post-rock, black metal and hardcore for a unique take on […]

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Swing of the Axe: Power Trip live in Kansas City, MO 03/16/17

In the few months of 2017, one of the most talked-about releases in the world of extreme music has undoubtedly been Nightmare Logic, the 2nd full-length release from Dallas crossover thrashers Power Trip. Since their Southern Lord debut Manifest Decimation on the Southern Lord label, Power Trip has made a name for themselves with relentless […]

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Capable of Anything: Ben Folds & the KC Symphony live 03/11/17

Just sticking a symphony with a performer doesn’t always yield the best results. For every “The Wall: Live in Berlin” from Roger Waters and “Concerto for Group and Orchestra” by Deep Purple – albums that deeply incorporate symphonic elements without overpowering the original music – there’s “S&M” from Metallica or some god-awful Kiss symphonic mess […]

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Live Tonight: Week of January 30th – February 5th: Superb Owl Edition

  Monday, January 30th American Wrestlers with The UK’s, Cudo at recordBar 8 PM $12 TV Girl with Moppet at minibar 10 PM $10 Tuesday, January 31st Jason Boland & The Stragglers with Bri Bagwell at The Granada 9 PM $15 David Allen Ho at The Bottleneck 9 PM $6 Wednesday, February 1st Country Jam […]

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From Chaos They Came: Inquisition live in Kansas City 01/26/17

Extreme metal has always been a violent genre of music since its inception, but some bands take it to the limit. Two-piece occult black metallers Inquisition, on an off-date from their tour supporting the legendary Norwegian black metal group Mayhem, hopped on a diverse bill at the Riot Room on Thursday night and what followed […]

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Live Tonight: Week of January 23rd – 29th: Dawn of a New Day

  Monday, January 23rd Take a well deserved break <3 Tuesday, January 24th Deerhunter at The Granada 9 PM $20 The MGD’s with The Brody Buster Band at recordBar 9 PM $7 The Irieplaceables Ska Orchestra with Part One Tribe at Davey’s Uptown 8 PM $6 Wednesday, January 25th The Hottman Sisters with Heidi Gluck, […]

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Rise From Your Grave: Altered Beast Set To Unleash New Music

Unless you’ve been sleeping for the past three years, chances are you’ve heard the name Altered Beast when talking about the local KC/Lawrence hardcore and metal scene – and that’s for a good reason. They’ve opened for heavyweights like Napalm Death, Madball and just about every other group in-between. Their blend of old-school crossover with […]

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