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Jazz

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CHEW, Small Joys Gang, HMPH! @ Californos

If you missed CHEW this summer at Mills Record Company, you have another opportunity to catch them play. This Friday at Californos, the Atlanta based band will take the stage with fellow experimentalists Small Joys Gang and HMPH!. Each band uses instrumental songs to create ever-shifting tapestries of sound. Moving from grungy post-rock to noisy […]

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Wides and Second Hand King @ Mills Record Company

It’s seldom that two bands that differ so much on the surface fit together as well as WIDES and Second Hand King. The latter prefers more controlled jazz-kissed hip hop, and the former is wild and noisy. That said, there’s some je ne sais quoi feeling that links the two acts. It could be their […]

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Tandem and Mangosteen In Store

This Friday Mills Record Company will turn the lights down low and let the smooth stylings of Mangosteen and Tandem. While each band occupies different aesthetic spheres, there is one continuity: a hint of jazz that is slinky enough to get the stiffest fan to groove along with their songs. Tandem will heat you up, […]

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Getting Funky on The Used Side With Grant Green

It’s TUSEDay, which means Mills Record Company is restocking the used sections with newly arrived vinyl, fresh for perusal. In addition to the all the late 90s/early 00s radio pop singles (think TLC, Britney Spears, Will Smith), there is also a copy of Grant Green’s His Majesty King Funk!. The album lands heavily on the jazz […]

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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 […]

Eddie Moore & The Outer Circle

We celebrate Eddie Moore & The Outer Circle’s new album by enjoying a listening party followed by a live set by the band! https://www.facebook.com/eddiemooreandtheoutercircle/?fref=ts 5PM start time, all ages!

photo by Jorden Durkee

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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The Phantastics and LIONMAKER @ Stockyard Brewery

Kansas City and its surrounding cities have a diverse and incredibly talented hip hop scene. And this Thursday, Stockyard Brewery will demonstrate as much. The show will feature LIONMAKER (LION and Barrel Maker) and The Phantastics for a concert that runs the gamut between experimental electronic beats and jazz influenced backing bands, between taut and […]

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Royalphonic, Fire Dog, and Ayllu @ The Brick

This Friday, The Brick will host local soul jazz wanders Royalphonic, St. Louis pop rockers Fire Dog, and Kansas City’s own Latino traditionalists Ayllu. While each band occupies a different aesthetic space, they all find the sweet spot of technical proficiency and sloppy passion. These two elements come together in all three acts to make […]

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Wrong Kata Trio, Eddie Moore & The Outer Circle, The Coyote @ Californo’s

This weekend is Mills Record Company’s first moving party. But it’s not the only party happening in Westport. On Friday (right after the moving celebration shuts down), Wrong Kata Trio, The Coyote, and Eddie Moore and The Outer Circle will fill Californos patio with jazz that reaches every end of the genre’s far-reaching spectrum. Whether […]

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Four Local Songs for The Fourth of July

The Fourth of July is here. Whether you celebrate today by watching Independence Day, grilling, blowing up everything in sight, or some combination of all those three, there’s always the question of what to listen to. Have no fear! I have four songs to bump between rocket reports that not only will make the party […]

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Snarky Puppy’s Culcha Vulcha Does More Than Scavenge

What happens when the taut soundscapes of Explosions in The Sky meets the truncated melodies of Tortoise? What happens when jazz moves from the lounge into the dive bar? The answer to both these questions is Snarky Puppy‘s latest release, Culcha Vulcha. From start to finish, the album balances its pop and jazz aesthetics for a […]