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Record Store Day: And The Beat Goes On

So Record Store Day has come and left. In its wake, there are far fewer records in the racks at Mills Record Company and so many exclusive releases nest in milk crates across the Kansas City area. That said, at Mills Record Company, Record Store Day is more than a single day. The party continues […]

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Record Store Day Compilation

Record Store Day is just days away. This year is the tenth anniversary of the event, and both Record Store Day and Mills Record Company are doing it up. The former releasing some of the most bombastic exclusives in a minute; the latter augmented that new vinyl smell with freshly arrived wax, refreshments, live music, […]

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Record Store Day: Live Music and More

So Record Store Day is only a few days away. I’ve written about some of the amazing exclusive releases you’ll find at Mills Record Company (too many to list; just type “record store day” in the blog’s search bar), but I want to focus on something just as good as limited edition pressings: live music. […]

Get to Know Your Local Scene

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A Look In The Local Bin: Record Store Day Edition

Record Store Day is on the horizon, and I have been writing a lot about some of the sick releases that will be found at Mills Record Company on Saturday. That said, the day isn’t just about records. Yes, it’s also about live music, bringing vinylphiles together, shopping local, coffee and donuts, and, most importantly, […]

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A Look In The Local Bin: Arc Flash

Arc Flash‘s Carbon Copy is a debut that feels less like a debut than something that has always existed below the surface of this reality. The Lawrence duo makes music that hums at the weirder edges of indie pop–blending effect-grinded vocals, jittering guitar riffs, and unstoppable percussion with the ease of a much more mature band. Maybe […]

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Hyborian’s Release Party

The Company is killing it. Though young, the Kansas City record label is putting out some of the heaviest releases. From Gnarly Davidson‘s The Tape to Keef Mountain‘s self-titled debut, there seems to be no end to the punishing riffage coming from this label. And 2017 seems to promise more gold. Just a couple weeks after Curse […]

In-Store Events

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Free In-Store Show Alert – Shuttlecock Music Magazine Showcase #004

Shuttlecock Music Magazine is quickly becoming the best place to find news, reviews and musings on the Kansas City underground (and aboveground – sometimes) music scene. Shuttlecock’s 4th Showcase is yet another eclectic pairing of grooves, jams and slams. First up is Solomon, a KC-based rapper guaranteed to kick the show off with high energy. […]

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Party Time – One Year New Location Anniversary Jam!

Hey. On July 29th, we’re celebrating our one year anniversary at our current location in Westport! It’s been a year full of love, jams and awesome friends – so come celebrate all those things with us! We’ll have live beats and rhymes from Heartfelt Anarchy and some riffs and groove from The Sluts. Also did […]

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Friday Free Show: Westerners Album Release Shindig

Since you’ve already blown up everything in site on the 4th, come get your face blown off and/or in with a FREE show from KC’s own Westerners celebrating the release of their new album Reoccuring Dream Theme with a little help from Shortsweather. CD’s and cassettes of the brand spankin’ new album will be available, […]

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10/13 New Releases at Mills Record Company

4 Non Blondes — Bigger, Better, Faster, More! (25th Anniversary Edition) Ala.NI — You & I Alice Cooper — Pretties For You (Limited red vinyl / Rocktober Promo Poster Included) Alterage — Endinghent (Download Code Included) Barenaked Ladies — Gordon (180g Vinyl / 25th Anniversary) Beck — Colors (CD) Beck — Colors (Indie Exclusive Yellow Vinyl […]

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9/29 New Releases @ Mills Record Company

36crazyfists — Laterns Alborosie — Freedom in Dub Bette Smith — Jetlagger Black Country Communion — BCCIV (2xLP, download included) Blue Note All-Stars — Our Point Of View Concrete Blonde — Bloodletting Concrete Blonde — Free Concrete Blonde — Mexican Moon Concrete Blonde — S/T Concrete Blonde — Walking In London Depeche Mode — The […]

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Album Review: Metz – Strange Peace

“Mess Of Wires” is the churning, hypnotic intro track on Metz’ third album “Strange Peace.” Within seconds, the Canadian noise rock trio reminds the world of its songwriting prowess and its ability to select the perfect tones. The song that follows, “Drained Lake,” is another feat that could only be pulled off by musicians as […]

Kansas City Spotlight

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10/6 New Releases @ Mills Record Company

Ace Frehley — Anomaly (Deluxe, 1st time on picture disc, 3 bonus tracks, poster, liner notes) Alex Lahey — I Love You Like a Brother (Opaque Yellow Vinyl / Download Code Included) Alice Cooper — Love it to Death (Limited black/white vinyl) Alice Cooper — Special Forces (Limited blue vinyl) Andrew Hung — Realisationship Angus […]

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9/22 New Releases @ Mills Record Company

Behind the Shadow Drops — Harmonic (Digital Download Code) Between The Buried & Me — Colors (10th anniversary first ever 180 gram pressing) Bing Crosby — Christmas Classics Blue October — Home (Ten Bands One Cause, pink vinyl out TUESDAY) Brant Bjork — Europe ‘16 Brian Wilson — The Anthology Burial — Rodent (10” single) […]

New Releases 9/1 @ Mills Record Company

Brian Eno — Here Come the Warm Jets (Half-Speed Master) Brian Eno — Taking Tiger Mountain (By Strategy) (Half-Speed Master) Brian Eno — Before and After Science (Half-Speed Master) Fifteen — Buzz (first ever vinyl reissue, maroon colored vinyl, limited to 1000) LCD Soundsystem — American Dream Leif Erikson — S/T Omnium Gatherum — The […]

Live Photos & Reviews

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Nefarious Orations: Inquisition live in Kansas City, MO 09/08/17

This Friday night, it seemed like most people are clinging on to summer as long as they can – Westport was jam-packed with people in t-shirts, shorts and flip-flops enjoying a street art fair. However, the Riot Room hosted four extreme metal bands who seemed anxious to usher in the harsh winter cold that came […]

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Submit to Self-Destruction: Shining live in Kansas City 05/12/2017

“This is Hail Darkness Hail. It’s dedicated to everyone here. Fuck you all.” Niklas Kvarforth, the driving force behind Sweden’s black metal outfit Shining, is an enigmatic figure – both on stage and off. His penchant for confrontational and sometimes abrasive live shows precedes him in such a way that when the band played the […]

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Middle of the Map 2017 – Friday Review

The good weather coupled with the weekend made Westport a hoppin’ place for Middle of the Map’s 2nd day. It’s hard to go anywhere in the district during the festival without bumping into a few awesome bands, and this year it was no different. Festivities kicked off, once again, at our lovely little record store […]

Live Tonight

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Show Preview: Unsane @ Riot Room 07/20/17

Noise forever. For nearly 30 years (maybe a break or two here and there), NYC’s Unsane have been anchoring the heavy noise rock underground with aplomb. With more of a footing in punk rock than their noisy New York contemporaries in Swans and a heavier, more grind-oriented approach than, say, Helmet, Unsane has slowly but […]

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Upcoming Show: Sorority Noise in Lawrence 05/09/17

Feeling a little emotional lately? Connecticut emo/indie/pop punk powerhouse Sorority Noise will bring their feel-good/feel-sad brand of catchy rock to the Jackpot in Lawrence tomorrow – May 9th. Their sound gets them lumped in with groups like Modern Baseball, Tigers Jaw and The Front Bottoms, but Sorority Noise choose to incorporate louder and heavier moments […]

Free Event Alert: Black metal documentary BLACKHEARTS screening

Ever since the mid-90s, Norway has been musically associated with black metal – the most controversial subgenre to emerge from heavy metal. Fraught with church burnings, murders and suicides and the ever-present Satan worship, it seems like the best place on Earth to start an evil rock and roll band, right? Blackhearts is a documentary […]