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Show Preview: Red Kate/Domestica/Varma Cross in Lawrence, KS

You know Red Kate. You love Red Kate. You will go see Red Kate. For those out of the know, Red Kate is one of Kansas City’s best live bands. Blending punk and rock and roll (what more do you need?) with a swift dose of politically charged lyrics, Red Kate is like a kick […]

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Employee Picks: Best Of 2017

2017 has been a wild year for the world, which means it’s been a wild year for art and culture. There have been a ton of interesting and important albums released this year, and it was really hard for each of us to narrow down our favorites.  Here are our individual Top 3 picks of […]

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A Primer on: Weezer

Weezer’s eleventh studio album Pacific Daydream is out today. As a group that’s been around since 1992 with no real break from touring or recording, the band has been instrumental in the alternative boom of the early 90s and have a few landmark albums from that decade as well. But, as we all know, their style […]

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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 […]

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A Look in The Local Bin: The Whiffs

Another super group has emerged. Featuring members from Nubiles, Wet Ones, and The Conquerors, The Whiffs make music that is pure fun. Melting together bits of The Ramones, The Kinks, and The Strokes, the Kansas City four piece’s debut cassette, Take A Whiff!, boils with lyrical and instrumental energy. Starting with “Baby Tonight,” the cassette quickly […]

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Thanks for your patience, Kansas City.

Due to an Admin Mishap, there are currently authorship questions involving over a dozen previous contributors and nearly 1000 blog posts.  Currently those articles have been moved to a private setting pending authorship claims by past contributors. We fully expect to have all local articles back up by early 2018 pending authorship approval. So sorry […]

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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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8/17/18 New Releases at Mills Record Company

Alice Coltrane — Lord of Lords (First Time Vinyl Reissue / Originally Released in 1972) Bad Religion — The New America Beach Boys — With the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (2xLP / 180 Gram) Black Tusk — TCBT (Limited Edition Silver Vinyl / Limited to 300) Blodwyn Pig — Ahead Rings Out Bury Tomorrow — Black […]

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8/10/18 New Releases at Mills Record Company

Above & Beyond — Group Therapy Above & Beyond — Tri-State Above & Beyond — We Are All We Need Above & Beyond/OceanLab — Sirens of the Sea As It Is — The Great Depression (Red Smoke Vinyl / Digital Download Included) Bass Drum Of Death — Just Business Billy Raffoul — 1975 Clairo — […]

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8/3/18 New Releases at Mills Record Company

Amanda Shires — To The Sunset (180g Vinyl / Digital Download Included) Campdogzz — In Rounds (Digital Download Included) DJ Dodger Stadium — Big Wave More Fire Earth — The Bees Made Honey In The Lion’s Skull Elephant Micah — Genericana (Limited Edition Arctic White Vinyl) Get Out — Original Motion Picture Soundtrack by Michael […]

Kansas City Spotlight

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The List: Record Store Day 2018

9th Wonder- Zion II Aaliyah- Back & Forth 12″ Aaron Drake- The Godfathers of Hardcore Official Motion Picture Score AC/DC- Back In Black Adam Sandler- They’re All Gonna Laugh At You Air- Sexy Boy The Alarm- Where The Two Rivers Meet Albert Hammond Jr- Etchings From Francis Trouble The Allman Brothers Band- Live At The […]

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4/20/18 New Releases at Mills Record Company

Alexis Taylor — Beautiful Thing (180g 2xLP / Digital Download Included) A Perfect Circle — Eat The Elephant (CD) A Perfect Circle — Eat The Elephant (Indie Exclusive White Vinyl / Digital Download Included) Ashley Monroe — Sparrow Baby Driver — Vol. 2: The Score for a Score (Exclusive Tracks & Special Remixes / Unreleased […]

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1/12 New Releases at Mills Record Company

Adult — Detroit House Guests: The Remixes Amenra — Mass IIII Anderson East — Encore Avatar — Avatar Country (Limited edition picture disc vinyl, download included) Børns – Blue Madonna Dio — Holy Diver (Limited edition red vinyl, remastered) Dio — The Last in Line (Limited edition blue vinyl, remastered) Hundred Waters — Communicating Jack White […]

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Album Review: Aprilmist’s “Remembrance” EP

If you were lucky enough to catch Aprilmist alongside Young Bull and Vivid Zebra at our place around this time last year, you’re well aware of just how promising a group they were. Combining elements of atmospheric black metal with a more modern take on the sound incorporating elements of progressive metal, shoegaze and post-metal, […]

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Absolutego: Boris live in Lawrence, KS 10/19/17

Boris is a Japanese trio that has been making music since 1992 and in the 25 years of their existence, they’ve released just as many albums and have explored just as many genres. It’s nearly impossible to define a group that leapfrogs from drone and doom metal to stoner rock and pop music – along […]

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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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Show Preview: Inner Altar/Keef Mountain in Kansas City 01/06/17

Kansas City has their own Black Sabbath and they’re named Inner Altar. While Inner Altar has only existed as a band for a few years, the impact they’ve made on the local heavy metal scene is immeasurable. Combining the heaviness and psychedelic groove of early Saint Vitus and the aforementioned Black Sabbath with the riffs […]

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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 […]