Kansas City Spotlight

7/22 & 7/23 Weekend In-Stores and TICKET GIVEAWAYS

We’re capping off our three-week frenzy of grand opening happenings with two shows this weekend, July 22nd and 23rd. Friday we’ll have a gathering of heavy-hitters featuring locals Inner Altar and Altered Beast along with Peasant from Houston, Texas. Saturday will bring an eclectic mix of grooves from Rachel Mallin & the Wild Type, Drugs […]

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Four Local Songs for The Fourth of July

The Fourth of July is here. Whether you celebrate today by watching Independence Day, grilling, blowing up everything in sight, or some combination of all those three, there’s always the question of what to listen to. Have no fear! I have four songs to bump between rocket reports that not only will make the party […]

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New Releases 6/24 @ Mills Record Company

Adams – Glass – Reich — Minimalist Be’Lakor — Vessels (2xLP gatefold) Black Sunday — Original Soundtrack (2xLP gatefold) Blink 182 — Enema of the State (limited blue audiophile vinyl, gatefold) Broncho — Double Vanity Carter Burwell — Carol (OST, 10″) Combichrist — This is Where Death Begins (2xLP, gatefold) Coven — 1997 Original Soundtrack […]

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Celebrate Summer at The Crossroads Flock Party

Memorial Day has come and gone, which means it is officially summer. And with summer comes the annual Crossroads Flock Party–an evening of art, music, food, drinks, and fun. This year, the party will feature skate demonstrations, Pop-up Charlie, Oddities Prints, and Quixotic creating art before our eyes. And before our ears, there will be […]

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Can’t We All Get Along: Shuttlecock vs. Center of The City

I feel like a child listening to his parents argue in the next room. Shuttlecock Magazine‘s contributing editor-in-chief, Aaron Rhodes, caught some heat from Kansas City punks for criticizing The Center of the City Festival. Which makes me wonder if Kansas City needs to learn to take negative criticism better. It seems in all of […]

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New Releases 5/27 @ Mills Record Company

A Hundred Birds — Discovery Antwon — Double Ecstasy (limited edition red translucent vinyl) Architects — All Our Gods Have Abandoned Us Ash Koosha — AKA (gatefold) Beth Orton — Kid Sticks Big Thief — Masterpiece (gatefold, comes with poster) Boombox 1 — Early Independent Hip Hop, Electro & Disco Rap from 1979-82 (3xLP set) […]

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The Hit Television Series Hits Everything Non Television Related

Jerad Tomasino loves music. If you are unaware of Jerad Tomasino as a person, surely you are aware of his expansive work in the KC music community. Years ago you would find Tomasino playing the local clubs with his experimental indie act Everyday/Everynight. If he wasn’t busy performing, he worked behind the scenes at Golden […]

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Top Acts from Middle of The Map: Brian’s Choices

This weekend was one of the best weekends for music lovers. Middle of The Map absolutely crushed it. Every night of the four day festival was full of some of the best music locally and nationally. With so much talent, it was tempting to skate around the city, trying to get a bite of everything, […]

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The First Two Nights of Middle of The Map

So Middle of The Map has begun. Mills Record Company started the music portion of the multifaceted fest with Be/Non, Jorge Arana Trio, and Monta at Odds on Wednesday and kept the party going with Psychic Heat, The Conquerors, and Shy Boys last night.      But Middle of The Map spilled all through the […]

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Middle of The Map: Saturday

There’s nothing like opening day jitters. Today is the first day of the music portion of Middle of The Map. Moving from now until the 7th, Middle of The Map will have over 100 bands playing all over the city. I’ve written about some of them: here, here, here, here, and here. Now, on the […]

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More Local at Middle of The Map

Middle of The Map is gathering steam. Starting with the ideas of Fred Armisen, the yearly fest is off to a great start. And tomorrow, Middle of The Map’s music portion begins. I’ve written about national acts to check out–Gallant, Vince Staples–, and I’ve written about some local bands to catch (here and here). That […]

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Three Localish Acts to Catch at Middle of the Map

There are few times that are as exciting musically in Kansas City than late spring. Record Store Day just happened, and we are in the throes of Middle of The Map 2016. The festival is one of the best in the country, hands down. Middle of The Map brings together film, music, and ideas in […]

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