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Build A Wall: Red Kate’s “Unamerican Activities” Will Be Yuge

With the American political scene turning more and more into a literal circus with every passing day, it seems like just the right time for Kansas City’s Red Kate to release their new album “Unamerican Activites.” It’s both an outpouring of pent-up political frustration and good old-fashioned punk rock that combine together for catchy-yet-unrelenting rock […]

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Top 10 Albums Of 2015: Jackson May’s Picks

HONORABLE MENTION #1 Baroness – Purple A big step up in overall quality from Green & Yellow and on the same level (maybe even a smidge better?) than the Blue Album. Purple is Baroness at their heaviest, yet most melodic. Opening track “Morningstar” and “Kerosene” sound like their best Mastodon impression, while “Try To Disappear” […]

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Top Ten Performances Of 2015: Jackson May’s Picks

  Honorable Mention #1 WAYFARER 05/31 – Riot Room in Kansas City, MO These guys are so awesome. A really great, young atmospheric black metal group – like Agalloch but way cooler. I saw them at the amazing KC Blackdeath Fest​ and knew I needed to see them again ASAP, and luckily they played on […]

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In Memoriam: Lemmy Kilmeister (1945 – 2015)

Lemmy Kilmister did not play rock and roll, Lemmy Kilmister is rock and roll. Motorhead and Lemmy defy logic. Motorhead is infamous for releasing album after album of basically the same songs in the same style for well over two decades now, yet they’re always a welcome relief – one of life’s reassurances like death […]

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Top Ten Albums of 2015 [Judy Mills' Picks]

10) Title Fight Hyperview–not the hardcore emo band you remember.  This record shows a more shoegaze version of the band that I keep going back to. 9) Joanna Newsom Divers–Will not convince you if you are not a Joanna fan.  But if you are, you’ll love “Divers” for being more concise but equally ethereal. 8) Low Ones and […]

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Top Ten Albums of 2015 [Jonathon Smith's Picks]

I’m not going to over-think my year-end list this year. I’m bound to regret several omissions as soon as I submit this, but I’m not going to overthink my choices. Nope. These are my favorites, albums to which I repeatedly return. Definitely not necessarily a self-proclaimed list of “best” albums. As if anyone could make […]

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Blue Note Reissues (part 4)

For my final post regarding the Blue Note 75th Anniversary Reissue Series, I want to discuss what is, quite possibly, my favorite jazz album. If not of all time, then certainly my favorite of this series. McCoy Tyner was most famous for playing piano in John Coltrane’s quartet in the early 1960s. After a series […]

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Blue Note Reissues (part 3)

With the exception of Medeski Martin & Wood’s Combustication, my previous posts regarding the Blue Note 75th Anniversary Reissue Series have focused on the label’s older records. (Not that Combustication is exactly new; it was released in 1998.) This week, I want to address a couple recent releases. While jazz may have become highbrow and […]

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Blue Note Reissues (part 2)

In my last post regarding the Blue Note 75th Anniversary Reissue Series, I suggested starting with Combustication by Medeski Martin & Wood and The Sidewinder by Lee Morgan. Once again, in the spirit of helpfulness, I’d like to suggest a few other albums for you, the discerning listener.  I feel that a couple other great, accessible […]

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Blue Note Reissues (part 1)

Jazz can be intimidating, what with players (and fans) geeking out on modes, tones, voicings, harmonic structures, time signatures and who played with whom.  But since when did intimidation stop anyone from diving into the discographies of prolific artists like Robert Pollard, Frank Zappa, Tom Waits, Elvis Costello or Bob Dylan? Perhaps the key to […]

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Thee Oh Sees’ Latest Reviewed: Mutilator Defeated at Last

For a band that releases at least one record a year, like Thee Oh Sees, it can be easy for those records to get overlooked. “Thee Oh Sees released another record? It probably sounds the same as the one that came out 8 months ago. I’m gonna go listen to that new Blur album because […]

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Record Store Day 2015: Caroline Roe’s Picks

The best holiday on the calendar is tomorrow, which means people all across the country, including myself, are overwhelmed with the gargantuan list of exclusive releases. To ease some of that anxiety, I’ve condensed the list into the five I’m excited about the most. Gram Parsons/Lemonheads Brass Buttons 7” A few years ago the label […]

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