Features and artist profiles.

“Great Equator”- Zammuto

  Seeing the cover for former Books singer Nick Zammuto’s second LP Anchor and hearing lead single “Great Equator”, there isn’t much of a disparity. While cuts from his first LP Zammuto were fluorescent and full of vitality, “Great Equator” is drab and moves at a beautifully glacial pace. So much so that if the […]

Like A Dream – A Year In Retrospect For Sunbather

Within the realm of heavy metal, it’s almost impossible for a current band to release something that can be considered a “classic album.” There’s Reign In Blood from Slayer, De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas from Mayhem and pretty much every single Iron Maiden record, but where are the more recent releases that could fit in with […]

‘n***** on the moon’- Death Grips

“F*** it all I’m going down,” Death Grips “singer” MC Ride calmly intones over the skittering electronic bug that is “F*** Me Out”. Now four years deep into a career that’s been defined by label agitating and political firebreathing, it’s as close as the schizoid experimental rap trio has come to a modus operandi. Unlike […]

“Just One of the Guys”- Jenny Lewis (Prod. Beck)

  There are several ways to parse an echoed Jenny Lewis admitting “there’s only one difference between you and me, when I look at myself all I can see, I’m just another lady without a baby,” in her blithe new single “Just One of the Guys”. One dovetails with her reference to a perpetually ticking […]

“Six Degrees” ft. Danny Brown- Ghostface Killah & BADBADNOTGOOD

  Finding the common thread through “Six Degrees”, Ghostface Killah’s collaboration with Toronto jazz trio BADBADNOTGOOD and madcap MC Danny Brown, is near impossible. It’s akin to performing alchemy or decrypting James Joyce’s Finnegan’s Wake. Sure you can try, but your attempt is going to end in embarrassment. Ghost is arguably the greatest to ever […]

Finding the Key to Happiness: Kyle Kinane at the Record Bar

“I found the key to happiness,” comedian Kyle Kinane insists in a craggy, Chicago-heavy accent. Budweiser in one hand and a microphone in the other, he tells the sold-out crowd at Westport’s Record Bar, “you just need to loosen up your definition of what a miracle is.” Throughout the night, it’s a constant in his […]

Arcade Fire Live at the Starlight Theatre

One word that springs up whenever Arcade Fire is discussed is the word “communal”. A word hinging on the idea that their heartfelt, headstrong music provides a place for those on a similar wavelength to get together and feel safe. Each rallying chorus or pointed line doesn’t simply sound good; they throw a life-preserver out […]

“West Coast”- Lana Del Rey

  It’s almost too easy to describe Lana Del Rey’s music as sensual. Her smoky declaration “you fit me better than my favorite sweater” over the rippling guitars of “Blue Jeans” leaves skin-crawling and clothes flying off at record pace. The languishing piano and stereo-panning harp plucks found in “Video Games” continue to make the […]

Gregg Todt

Gregg Todt Discusses Kansas City Music Scene, Vinyl + More

When I was a kid, my mornings revolved around one thing and one thing only: The Johnny Dare Morning Show on 98.9 The Rock. I have many fond memories of listening to – and later working for – the show. I still crack up thinking about some of the things I heard and witnessed, and […]

Record Store Day - Mills Record Company

Record Store Day 2014 at Mills Record Company

Since its inception in 2007, Record Store Day has become a holiday for music fanatics around the globe. April 19, 2014 marks the 7th annual celebration, and the place to be in Kansas City for all things Record Store Day is Mills Record Company. Opening at 8am, Mills Record Company will be providing free coffee […]

In Memoriam: GWAR’s Dave Brockie (AKA Oderus Urungus) 1963-2014

GWAR frontman Dave Brockie (AKA Oderus Urungus) was found dead at his apartment in Richmond, VA on Sunday. He was 50 years old. If Alice Cooper invented the rock show, Dave Brockie and GWAR made the rock show infamous.  I’d like to think that in a world where Lady Gaga has a performance at SXSW covered […]

The Apache Relay - Czar Bar - Mills Record Company

The Apache Relay’s Brett Moore Talks Show At Czar Bar

On Friday March 7, Nashville’s The Apache Relay invade Kansas City as they unleash their stout Americana style live at Czar Bar. The guys are well-known for their live performances and with their latest self-titled album set for release in a little over the month, they’ll definitely be packing some big surprises Friday night. Fortunately […]

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