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A Look In The Local Bin: Record Store Day Edition

Record Store Day is on the horizon, and I have been writing a lot about some of the sick releases that will be found at Mills Record Company on Saturday. That said, the day isn’t just about records. Yes, it’s also about live music, bringing vinylphiles together, shopping local, coffee and donuts, and, most importantly, […]

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A Look In The Local Bin: Arc Flash

Arc Flash‘s Carbon Copy is a debut that feels less like a debut than something that has always existed below the surface of this reality. The Lawrence duo makes music that hums at the weirder edges of indie pop–blending effect-grinded vocals, jittering guitar riffs, and unstoppable percussion with the ease of a much more mature band. Maybe […]

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Hyborian’s Release Party

The Company is killing it. Though young, the Kansas City record label is putting out some of the heaviest releases. From Gnarly Davidson‘s The Tape to Keef Mountain‘s self-titled debut, there seems to be no end to the punishing riffage coming from this label. And 2017 seems to promise more gold. Just a couple weeks after Curse […]

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A Look in The Local Bin: The Whiffs

Another super group has emerged. Featuring members from Nubiles, Wet Ones, and The Conquerors, The Whiffs make music that is pure fun. Melting together bits of The Ramones, The Kinks, and The Strokes, the Kansas City four piece’s debut cassette, Take A Whiff!, boils with lyrical and instrumental energy. Starting with “Baby Tonight,” the cassette quickly […]

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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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