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Record Store Day is A Month Away

In case you missed it, Record Store Day announced their official list yesterday, and it’s packed with exclusive releases, first time on wax presses, and special editions of some powerhouses. That’s to be expected. Entering its tenth year, Record Store Day is doing up their biannual (Black Friday counts too!) with some of the most […]

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Middle of The Map 2017

In case you missed it, the line-up for Middle of The Map 2017 was announced last night. The three day festival features over 100 bands (national and local) in venues all over the city for an event that is THE music fest in not Kansas City but also the Midwest. And this year, Middle of […]

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First Repressions: Lupe Fiasco’s Food & Liquor

Before Donald Glover was singing about zombies as Childish Gambino, Lupe Fiasco was riding the L with brains on his brains. Before Tyler The Creator was skating and combining hip hop and skate culture, Lupe Fiasco was kicking and pushing through the streets of Chicago. Near its 10 year anniversary, the Chicago rapper’s debut is […]

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First Repressions: Strange Geometry

We want to think our favorite artists get us, but maybe that’s only a projection. Maybe we just want to imagine, because we like a particular songwriter, that he/she can empathize and make us feel less alone. That’s certainly I how feel with Alasdair MacLean and his band, The Clientele. But maybe it’s not merely […]

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First Repressions: DJ Shadow

Yesterday, I wrote about blink 182′s recent reissues as the first part in this “First Repressions” series, which will look at a number of the brilliant reissues that have been coming out recently. Next on my list of reissues to check out is DJ Shadow‘s seminal album, Endtroducing…. The album is not only a break […]

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First Repressions: blink 182

With the vinyl resurgence comes a desire to have the records that came out in very limited quantities or not at all on wax. And if you ever wanted a record that came out when vinyl was not as popular, you know there are two ways: pay large sums for those titles or wait for […]

New Releases Scheduled for 2017

With 2016 in the past and 2017 freshly here, it’s time to ask the important questions, like what records will be on our want lists, which releases will be delayed, and when will that new Gorillaz album come out. Rather than review a record this week, I wanted to write about some fabled releases that […]

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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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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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Jackson May’s Top Ten Shows of 2016

  Kansas City and Lawrence only seem to grow in terms of how many quality shows a year we get, and 2016 was no exception. These are my picks for greatest shows/performances in the KC area for 2016. NOTE 1: I like mostly heavy music, so don’t go into this expecting to see 96.5 The […]

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