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Record Store Day: Girl Power

Record Store Day is fast approaching. Less than a week separates us from the waxy goodness of all those exclusive releases. In addition to all the great releases that the Record Store Day list promises will be gracing the bins on April 22nd, Mills Record Company will be turning out the day’s 10th anniversary with […]

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We’ve Got The Beats: Allen Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac

There’s a lot to unpack in regards to the Beat Poets. Jack Kerouac was a misogynist, classist, racist, and homophobic. Allen Ginsberg sat back and let his friends abuse women and apologized for them. That said, Ginsberg’s poetry, especially out loud, has a special place in my heart. While “Howl” catapulted the young poet to […]

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The Emperor of Sand is a Mastodon

Mastodon seems to be an anomaly. The metal four-piece, despite their more than 15 years of making music and their obvious skill, still manages to retain the rough hewn energy that carries a younger band through the first few albums. A lot has changed since their debut, Remission, to their latest, Emperor of Sand, but one thing […]

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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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The Heartless Pallbearer

Pallbearer is no stranger to heavy riffs and soaring vocals. Their third full length, Heartless, is more refined and meatier than their previous albums. Whereas most doom metal tends to be overwhelmingly minor, Pallbearer’s latest somehow manages to shift the standard melancholy tones of the genre into something uplifting and resilient. Heartless begins with the track “I […]

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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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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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Kid Koala & Emiliana Torrini Drawn Together

Kid Koala is sort of an enigma. The DJ has made music for Deltron 3030, Gorillaz, Handsome Boy Modeling School, has been featured in soundtracks like Scott Pilgrim vs. The World and The Great Gatsby, and has gone on solo tours with Radiohead and Bjork. The Canadian turntablist splits his aesthetic between more mainstream sounds […]

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Used and Improved: Gil Scott-Heron’s Pieces of A Man

Every Tuesday, Mills Record Company brings out a feast of used records, and in that feast are more than a few juicy morsels. When TUSEDay features some gems, I try to review them. In the past, I’ve written about Grant Green, Soundtracks, and the Lucifer Rising Suite. Now, I want to look at a record […]

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MidCoast Takeover 2017: Send ‘Em To Austin

It’s that time of year: the fog is burning off the horizon before noon, the ground is thinking about turning green again, and music festivals are starting to pop up in our Facebook feeds. One of those festivals should be The MidCoast Takeover. Sitting squarely in its seventh year, The MidCoast Takeover is a four-day […]

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Apocalipstick Now

Cherry Glazerr‘s latest release, Apocalipstick, has one of the best and most apt titles I have ever heard. From its first song to its final note, the album oscillates between upbeat and panic attack like a sunny stroll down chaos street in Endsville, USA. If you’re a fan of surf rock but want something darker, Apocalipstick is the […]

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Vipassi’s Instru-Metal Debut

Vipassi is a super group. The Australian four-piece features members from A Million Dead Birds Laughing, Hadal Maw, and Ne Obliviscaris, and their collective seasoning comes together perfectly on their Season of Mist debut, Sunyata. Featuring dark and brooding atmospheric metal interspersed between truly unrelenting blast beats and mathy riffs, Sunyata is the instrumental tech metal album […]