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ShuttleROCK! Battle of The Bands

Part of what makes blogging about Kansas City’s music scene is finding up and coming bands that completely blow my mind. Mostly these bands are new combinations of those people already playing the scene. Sometimes they’re new to the stage but have been a part of KC music for years. Rarely, are these new bands […]

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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 […]

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Top Acts from Middle of The Map: Brian’s Choices

This weekend was one of the best weekends for music lovers. Middle of The Map absolutely crushed it. Every night of the four day festival was full of some of the best music locally and nationally. With so much talent, it was tempting to skate around the city, trying to get a bite of everything, […]

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The Final Night of Middle of the Map

Middle of the Map has come and gone. This year the line up was packed with some of the best musicians and artists. From Charles Bradley to Zhu, from Psychic Heat to Ebony Tusks, Middle of the Map 2016 proved that Kansas City’s on the come up. And night four was no different. Whether you […]

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Middle of The Map: Friday at The Midland

  Last night at The Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland was spectacular. BLKFLANL kicked things off by setting the bar almost impossibly high. Between Barrel Makers’ taut lyrics and Conductor Williams’ beats (which he made exclusively from records he picked up at Mills Record Company), BLKFLANL proved this show had no warm-up, that it […]

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The First Two Nights of Middle of The Map

So Middle of The Map has begun. Mills Record Company started the music portion of the multifaceted fest with Be/Non, Jorge Arana Trio, and Monta at Odds on Wednesday and kept the party going with Psychic Heat, The Conquerors, and Shy Boys last night.      But Middle of The Map spilled all through the […]

Middle of the Map presents: High Dive Records @ Mills Records Company

Come out and spend the evening with Middle of the Map and High Dive Records. Show starts at 6 pm, more details on the Facebook event!

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Middle of The Map: Saturday

There’s nothing like opening day jitters. Today is the first day of the music portion of Middle of The Map. Moving from now until the 7th, Middle of The Map will have over 100 bands playing all over the city. I’ve written about some of them: here, here, here, here, and here. Now, on the […]

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More Local at Middle of The Map

Middle of The Map is gathering steam. Starting with the ideas of Fred Armisen, the yearly fest is off to a great start. And tomorrow, Middle of The Map’s music portion begins. I’ve written about national acts to check out–Gallant, Vince Staples–, and I’ve written about some local bands to catch (here and here). That […]

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Gallant’s Ology is Something to Ogle

Part of the perks of writing reviews is the recommendations people give you. A few weeks ago, Barrel Maker, of BLKFLANL, recommended I check out Gallant. And since then, I can’t get his music out of my head. Gallant, who will be performing at Middle of the Map, has all the shimmering falsetto beauty of […]

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Middle of The Map: Vince Staples

There’s a certain confidence that comes with youth. For me, that confidence never came with insight. Vince Staples, on the other hand, has the ability to cut through the post-modern complex with one-liners that ring true in all their layered meanings. The first line of Summertime ’06 is “Hey I’m just a n****, until I fill […]

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The Republic Tigers and Ishi @ The Riot Room

Tomorrow, The Riot Room will host local legends, The Republic Tigers, and Dallas-based Ishi for a patio show that will be as nice as the weather. The two bands, while occupying different realms of pop, make music that is impossible not to feel pulsing through one’s body. In other words, The Republic Tigers and Ishi […]