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Middle of the Map Fest @ Mills Record Company

Middle of the Map Fest hits KC! More info @¬†middleofthemapfest.com 5/4 Jake Wells 6 pm Eems 6:45 pm Erik Voeks 7:30 pm 5/5 Dylan Guthrie & The Good Time Guys 6 pm Momma’s Boy 7 pm Fullbloods 8 pm 5/6 Heidi Gluck 2 pm Chloe Jacobson 3 pm Scout Alexandria 4 pm La Guerre 5 […]


Middle of The Map 2017

In case you missed it, the line-up for Middle of The Map 2017 was announced last night. The three day festival features over 100 bands (national and local) in venues all over the city for an event that is THE music fest in not Kansas City but also the Midwest. And this year, Middle of […]


Acts To Catch at Lawrence Field Day Fest: Hip Hop Edition

Kansas City and Lawrence have some deep hip hop scenes. When I say deep, I don’t necessarily mean philosophic or introspective (though that’s in there too). I mean that the local hip hop scene has incredible talent from most celebrated to most underground. And this weekend, Lawrence Field Day Fest 5 will showcase some brilliant […]


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 […]


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 […]


Crossroads Music Fest: Green Lady Lounge

This Saturday, The Crossroads district will host one of the most expansive and eclectic festivals in the city. Featuring seven stages and acts ranging from country to jazz, from pop rock to psych, The Crossroads Music Fest is a tradition as wedded to Kansas City as barbeque. Entering its 11th year, the festival supports both […]


Fuzz & Fire Festival

As The Fuzz & Fire¬†Festival gears up for its third year, it is becoming increasingly obvious the Kansas City based mega-concert is one of the preeminent stoner and doom metal fests of the Midwest. Featuring an array of sludge-heavy bands coming from Topeka to Des Moines (as well as summoning the hardest local harbinger’s of […]


KC Psych Fest Turns Four

KC Psych Fest has become, in the past four years, not only a showcase for the best local psych acts but also one that draws national and international talent to the Kansas City area. With a schedule that has stayed strong year after year, KC Psych Fest is the woolier, more adventurous ancestor to some […]


Rexfest Approaches

Kansas City has been a-buzz with festivals: Center of the City, Middle of the Map, Roots Fest, Boulevardia, PorchFest, and others. All these events help make the city one of the most dynamic places in the country. And now there’s another: Rexfest. Rexfest is not necessarily new; it was started in 2011 and has been […]


Specters, Shapeshifters, & Saints @ The Westport Roots Fest

If my last preview of The Westport Roots Fest didn’t fully convince you that it will be a rocking weekend, then check out these three bands: The Spectramatics, Nicholas St. James, and Shawn James & The Shapeshifters. Whereas the three bands in my last preview tended to gravitate toward the harder, faster edge of the […]

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Middle of The Map’s Second Night in Photos

Continuing our photo recaps of Middle of the Map, Zach Bauman has another great set of photos of Iron & Wine, Madisen Ward & The Mama Bear, Sean Rowe, and Strand of Oaks.       If this isn’t enough to get you excited about Hembree, Atmosphere, Max Justus, Various Blonde, Illphonics, Four Fists, Atlas, […]

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OK Go Will Kick off Middle of The Map Well

Spring is in the air. Record Store Day has come and gone. And now, Middle of The Map fest is knocking, ready to bring us into the (scholastic) summer. From its inception, Middle of the Map has brought together the best national bands with the best area bands for a weekend to mark one’s musical […]