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Record Store Day 2017 @ Mills Record Company

April 22nd we celebrate 10 years of Record Store Day and as you know, we do it big and with heart because you guys have supported us, loved us, taught us and made us better. So this is our day to give back–by offering a huge party of both new and used records, local music, […]

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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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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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Top Ten Labels of 2016

Last week, I posted my top ten songs by local musicians. And in that spirit, I’m continuing the top ten countdowns with a list of my favorite labels of 2016. Labels are sort of a short hand to finding the perfect record. I became aware of this when I pulled out the records I had […]

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Acts to Catch at Outer Reaches

Kansas City is lucky to have all the great festivals around the area. From Middle of The Map to Westport Roots Fest, from Porch Fest to Center of the City, there’s no shortage of great groupings of musicians, artists, and people. This Friday and Saturday, another great festival will be taking place. Outer Reaches (formerly […]

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Psychic Heat, CS Luxem, Momma’s Boy @ Mills Record Company

I can’t think of a more fun show than the one taking place at Mills Record Company this Friday. Fresh off the release of their Replay Records single, “Stranger / Starve,” Psychic Heat will be joined by CS Luxem and Momma’s Boy for a night fuzz-dusted riffs and catchy vocal melodies. Stretching the divide between […]

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Fullbloods, Beat Bums, Youth Pool @ The Brick

This Saturday, Fullbloods, Youth Pool, and Beat Bums will play The Brick. Each band strikes a different chord aesthetically, and together they represent a good smattering of indie rock. Fullbloods’ surfy pop is catchy and laid back; Youth Pool envelopes their listeners in waves of sound; Beat Bums collide sounds to create something totally unclassifiable. […]

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Lawrence Field Day Fest: Night Two

In any city you go to, the people of that city claim to have the best music scene in the country. So, when I first started going to shows in Lawrence, I was inevitably surrounded by LFK residents saying things like, “You’ll never find a music scene as wonderful as this one.” In one ear […]

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Rooftop Vigilantes, The Conquerors, Shy Boys, Toys That Kill @ Blind Tiger

This Friday, The Blind Tiger will host a show featuring some of the best garage rock and indie pop this side of the state line. The Conquerors, Shy Boys, and San Pedro’s Toys That Kill will support Rooftop Vigilantes for their first show in three years–a show that will double as the release for their […]

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Fullbloods, HMPH!, Campdogzz @ Tank Room

This Thursday, Tank Room will host some damn fine indie pop. The show will not only feature the not too funky (but still pretty funky) surf vibes of Fullbloods and the disjunctive mathrock of HMPH! but also ever-building indie pop of the Chicago based band Campdogzz. Each of these bands lands somewhere different along the […]

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Acts to Catch at Lawrence Field Day Fest: High Dive Edition

On the 11th, I previewed some super rad hip hop acts to catch at Lawrence Field Day Fest 5. Though these artists will definitely pack a punch at the weekend festival, there are plenty more musicians and artists to see. Some of those artists will play the Jackpot Saloon on Friday for the High Dive […]