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Circa Survive Takes on 10 years

Anthony Green’s various projects (Saosin, The Sound of Animals Fighting, Circa Survive, etc.) were the soundtracks to my angsty teenage years. I remember seeing him with Saosin at The Beaumont Club. Between songs, the frontman began reciting a poem, slowly taking steps back. When Green had finished this recitation, he had backed up to the […]

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Thursday Every Day of The Week

Thursday doesn’t have the best vocals, the best hooks, or the best albums. But they do have some of the rawest, most emotive songs of any band ever. What they lack in polish, they make up in passion and drive. That said, I’m a bit biased–this band was the first band I was truly a […]

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Tiny Moving Parts, Prawn, and Free Throw at the Jackpot Music Hall 06/24/16

I’ll admit it – I only bought tickets to the Tiny Moving Parts show because a cute guy told me to. After hours spent in front of the mirror in order to impress this guy, I ended up coming home four hours later drenched in sweat. Pamona, an Overland Park-based band comprised of ambient progressive […]

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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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The Devil and God Are (Still) Raging Inside Me

Be still my teenage angst; Brand New’s The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me has been repressed and is in Mills Record Company as I type. The album sits comfortably between the band’s emotional break through Deja Entendu and their noisy, art-rock experiment Daisy. It’s an album of transition both conceptual and structurally. The […]

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1/15/2016 New Releases at Mills Record Company

All Them Witches — Lightning at The Door (limited edition, includes bonus 7″) Anthrax — Playing Cards (with download card) Baby Metal — BABYMETAL Beastmaker — You Must Sin 7″ Blue Man Group — Giacometti Cibo Matto — Viva! La Woman Cold Fronts – Forever Whateverw Daughter — Not To Disappear (180g Virgin Vinyl) Devo — […]

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Cloakroom, Bummer, the author & the illustrator, Youth Pool @ Davey’s Uptown

This Wednesday, Davey’s Uptown will host an eclectic show boasting some pretty exciting rock. Moving from Youth Pools‘ spacey indie rock (think The Smiths meet Wild Nothing) to BUMMER‘s neanderthalic and sludge-ridden onslaughts, from the author & the illustrator‘s disjunctive and brooding mathrock to Cloakroom‘s haze-core (think Nirvana covering Depeche Mode), the show will feature […]

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Local or Bust: Tandem & loosejaw

Wednesday evenings at Mills Record Company have now been dedicated to showing off the up-and-coming of Kansas City’s already burgeoning music scene. As I’ve written before, the event series, LOCAL OR BUST, will be a chance for new musicians to gain some traction before jetting off into the stratosphere or for offshoots of established bands […]

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New Releases and Local Interests

Since the International Council of Records (not real) decided to change vinyl releases to Fridays across the globe (very real), we’re still getting used to the schedule. That said, unlike hotcakes (which all of last week’s fantastic vinyl should be going like), records are still good for much longer than a week off the presses. […]

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Record Store Day Preview Part 5: Brand New

Brand New is a rare breed of mid-2000′s post-hardcore. While their contemporaries have shuffled their line-ups around over the years and continued to make the same record over and over, the New Jersey quartet has kept all its original members while reinventing its sound on every album. From their angsty debut, Your Favorite Weapon, to […]

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Stifle, Bad Dinner, and The Fog and The Jorge Arana Trio @ FOKL

This Monday (3/30), FOKL will host Stifle, a Chicago based noise punk band who makes some of the most compelling sonic experiments out there. Supporting acts will include the Kansas City based bands* Bad Dinner and The Fog–both of which span the continua of weird and hardcore. The night is sure to be filled with […]

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On 3/10, El Torreon Hosts Four Great Bands

In addition to booking their own wonderful shows, El Torreon is picking up the remaining concerts of the now defunct Art Closet. In a phrase, El Torreon is quickly reestablishing itself as a fantastic venue and feature of the Kansas City music scene. And tomorrow’s show will only continue the progression. The concert will feature […]