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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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A Look in The Local Bin: Jorge Arana Trio

What would Kansas City be without Jorge Arana Trio? Far less weird. The trio jams the best parts of jazz, math rock, noise, latin, metal, and any other genre you can think of together to make music that is truly beyond classification. Their latest release, Mammoth, has been pressed and is waiting to hit the shelves […]

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Aaron Alexander Redoes rAdiAnt

I came across Aaron Alexander at the first Shuttlecock Showcase. The young MC and his producer, BWILL, took the stage and without pretense unspooled some of the most developed Kansas City hip hop I’ve heard in a minute. With all the worldliness of groups like De La Soul and The Roots and all the visceral […]

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A Look in The Local Bin: The Conquerors’ Wyld Time

Every so often a band releases a record that perfectly blends melancholy and ecstasy. The Conquerors‘ High Dive Records debut, Wyld Time, is one of those records. From start to finish, its patchwork of fuzz-dusted psychedelic pop steps through time–bridging 60s’ and early aughts’ aesthetics to create something that transcends time-specific conventions. Wyld Time crackles and pops with […]

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Plutto Bars, Your New Favorite KC Rapper

Very seldom do I find new artists in a vacuum. Usually, people recommend music to check out or I catch a new band at a show. So I was very pleased when I found a burned CD left at a coffee shop in Westport with the name Plutto Bars on it. I had never heard […]

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Manor Fest 2 Sneak Peek 2

Last week, I wrote about a few of the acts that will be playing Manor Fest 2. From blues to hip hop, indie pop to unadulterated rock, the two day festival operating out of a house in Shawnee Mission will feature music that will couple perfectly with the laid back summer vibes. Manor Fest is […]

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A Look in The Local Bin: Psychic Heat

Psychic Heat’s debut LP, Sunshower, came out last month on High Dive Records. Since then, the record has barely left my turntable. Its fuzz-warmed guitars and concise yet meandering jams are inviting and filled with hooks. Its echoing vocals stay stuck in the mind for days. Just listening to Sunshower’s single, “Elixir,” makes me want […]

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Manor Fest 2 Sneak Peek

Summer is the official festival season. From Middle of The Map to Center of the City, from The Westport Roots festival to Porch Fest, Kansas City has more multiple day concert series than we collectively know what to do with. And in the coming weeks, we’ll have another. Manor Fest began last year and after […]

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A Look in The Local Bin: Convoker

It’s no secret that Kansas City and Lawrence have a pretty stellar metal scenes. From Sharp Weapons to Bummer, from Hossferatu to Gnarly Davidson, there’s no shortage on riffage in our Midwestern music diet. Adding its instrumental doom to the mix, Convoker proves the heavy isn’t over in the middle of the country. The band […]

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A Look in The Local Bin: 34

I first came across 34 on the Amplify KC compilation put out by Westend Recording Studios. The band’s track, “Brimstone Cowboy,” was definitely one of the heaviest on the compilation. Dissonance, break-downs, and cymbal-driven percussion gave “Brimstone Cowboy” an undeniable relentlessness that was surpassed only in its ability to craft catchy riff after catchy riff. […]

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A Recording Contest For Record Store Day

For Record Store Day (April 16th), Mills Record Company will be giving away two sets of 8 free hours with engineer at both Westend Recording Studios and Element Recording Studios–both locally owned and located here in Kansas City. Customers and fans will be able to vote the day of Record Store Day. Voting will commence […]

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