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Record Store Day: The 7″

Last week, Record Store Day announced its 10th anniversary list. Full of chart-toppers, hard-rockers, and be-boppers, the list is one of the most diverse of recent years. Something Record Store Day does that no one else does better is exclusive 7″. Whether it’s their mystery 7″ series, their side by side series, their picture discs, […]

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Second Hand King to Reveal FRANKIE @ recordBAR

This Friday at recordBar, Second Hand King will debut cuts from his forthcoming album, FRANKIE. From what has been posted, FRANKIE will move in a different direction than Second Hand King’s second album, Almost Blue. Whereas Almost Blue brooded and coiled around its melancholy, this album bounces lighter and more upbeat (even when it focuses on the less savoury […]

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Big Jesus, Existem, LAZAR WOLF, & No Place @ Riot Room

Wednesdays can be the worst–the past weekend is a phantom memory and the next weekend is still very nebulous. But this Wednesday will not be one of those thanks to Big Jesus, Existem, LAZAR WOLF, and No Place. These four bands will take Riot Room’s stage for a show that will rock the mid-week into […]

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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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FREE 6LACK

If 6LACK‘s debut, FREE 6LACK, says anything it’s that 1) Atlanta is the new Motown and 2) once a sad RnB singer makes it, another comes up who is sadder and moodier. FREE 6LACK follows the same grimy RnB put forth by Abra but with a distinctively self-reflexive vibe. When Abra skews sensual, 6LACK focuses instead on […]

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Animals As Leaders Go Weightless

As far as progressive metal is concerned, Animals As Leaders are making some of the most interesting and brutal songs this side of Between The Buried and Me. The instrumental three piece’s discography is full of quick moving, angular leads and baffling time changes. Any time I put one of their records on, I find […]

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Thundercat’s Drunk

Though it’s been out digitally for almost a month, Thundercat‘s Drunk recently arrived in the physical world. Pressed on four red 10″, the bebop-heavy jazz/hip hop fusion album pays homage to the early Blue Note jazz series (featuring Kansas City’s own Charlie Parker) while connecting with the aesthetics of contemporary jazz releases (think Jazz Dispensary or Kamasi […]

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Hyborian’s Release Party

The Company is killing it. Though young, the Kansas City record label is putting out some of the heaviest releases. From Gnarly Davidson‘s The Tape to Keef Mountain‘s self-titled debut, there seems to be no end to the punishing riffage coming from this label. And 2017 seems to promise more gold. Just a couple weeks after Curse […]

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Get on Elektrac!

It’s been a great for jazz releases lately. Thundercat’s monsterous epic, Drunk, hit the shelves, Chris Hazelton’s Boogaloo 7′s Soul Jazz Fridays is holding down the local jazz game, and The Bad Plus is making pop jazzy again. But the jazz/funk/electronic hybrid record that caught my ear and would not let go is Shobaleader One‘s Elektrac. Finding […]

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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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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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Valley Hush, Erica Joy, Dylan Guthrie, Modern Friend @ recordBar

Tito’s Sound Machine is at it again. This Friday at recordBar, Valley Hush, Erica Joy, Dylan Guthrie, and Modern Friend will take the stage for a night of electronic (ish) pop and stunning performances–seriously, if you’ve seen any one of these bands play, then you know just what I mean. It’s basically spring, so let these […]