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Sahavannes, False Brother, Justinxshon, Dead Dads Club @ Mills Record Company

Shuttlecock Magazine‘s showcases are some of the best ways to catch new, up and coming musicians. And the first showcase of 2017 promises nothing different. Featuring Sahvannes, False Brother, Justinxshon, and Dead Dads Club, the in store will bring together pop, post-punk, beats, and rap for an eclectic night of great music. Dead Dads Club […]

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A Look in The Local Bin: Anal Magic & Rev. Dwight Frizzell

Originally recorded in the mid to late 70s, Anal Magic & Rev. Dwight Frizzell‘s Beyond The Black Crack still stands as a testament to the staying power of experimental music and soundscapes. Swerving between minimal clicks and whirling drones, Beyond The Black Crack is required listening for anyone wanting to enter the dizzying world of free jazz and […]

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Look in The Local Bin: Scabb

I first heard Scabb when listening to the Manor House playlist in anticipation for the weekend house show. The young MC quickly caught my ear with his ability to backflip through styles while keeping things smooth and even. His single “Almost” was a breath of fresh air in Kansas City’s hip hop scene (which, given […]

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Local Week: Merlin

Merlin make soundtracks for drug-fuelled cults. But if you’re not cool with the whole Mansion thing, their records still sound really awesome. Following 2014′s Christ Killer, Electric Children is a doomier, more realized metal-opera. The stony fuzz and unrelenting riffs that Merlin summons from the netherworld roil perfectly under the album’s unfolding narrative. Beginning with the […]

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Local Week: Chris Hazelton’s Boogaloo 7

Three things come to mind when thinking of Kansas City: barbeque, fountains, and jazz. This triangulation of the senses makes the city we call home precisely that, home. And Kansas City’s jazz tradition shows no sign of slowing down. Chris Hazelton’s Boogaloo 7 proves the jazz scene is alive and well with their live album, Soul […]

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Local Week: Keef Mountain

There is not a sound system big enough to contain the riff wizardry that is Keef Mountain. The Kansas City duo makes some of the hardest hitting, stony songs this side of the Mason-Dixon. Their self-titled debut on The Company is chock-full of riff worship, pummeling beats, and addled lyrics–the makings of a perfect stoner […]

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A Look in The Local Bin: Tongues

Tongues is messy. Tongues is dark and grimy. Tongues is perfect for fans of noise-laced experimentalism. The band’s debut release on Moniker Records is not only full of grinding sonic textures but also catchy hooks. Tongues brings together these two aesthetics to create a sound that is the aural equivalent of doing something witchy in […]

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A Look in The Local Bin: Valley Hush

Yeah, it’s Black Friday. If you’re not traipsing through the holiday shopping track (or helping those find the perfect gift for everyone on their list), then you’re probably relaxing at home, or, at least, that’s what I would be doing. In any case, if you’re trying to find the perfect album to listen to while […]

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A Look in The Local Bin: Myco

Myco‘s self-titled EP is part prog rock soundscape, part David Bowie hook worship, and entirely a trip down a psychedelic wormhole. The EP covers a lot of land despite its five songs–it bounces from lyrically driven psych pop to solo filled atmospherics, from funk inspired grooves to droning tones. That these styles can come together […]

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A Look in The Local(ish) Bin: The Life and Times

The Life and Times are one of those bands that feel bigger than their physical presence. Their albums are full of swelling guitars, plumbing bass, and roomy percussion. The Chicago trio throws vocals into the mix to shade their sound subtly–making for songs that are lush without feeling maximal or overwrought. The Life and Times […]

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A Look in The Local Bin: Replay Records

There’s something subversive and fun about Replay Records. The resurrected Lawrence label puts out some of the most beautiful 7″ I’ve seen, all while deliberately breaking genre continuity. Radkey coexists with Oils; Psychic Heat coexists with Hospital Ships. Without a single aesthetic to unite the label, Replay Records is free to experiment, to change, which […]

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A Look in The Local Bin: Various Blonde

Whether you caught 96.5 The Buzz streaming Various Blonde‘s latest effort, All Bases Covered, or saw the band play songs from the album live, you can tell there’s something otherworldly happening in its grooves. All Bases Covered eschews traditional instrumentation that has dominated the recent onslaught of great local releases for maximalist, electronic-tinged soundscapes and effect thickened […]

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