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RnB

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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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Shaun Crowley’s Top Ten Albums of 2016

10. WOODS—CITY SUN EATER IN THE RIVER OF LIGHT 9.CHARLES BRADLEY—CHANGES 8.FRANKIE COSMOS—NEXT THING 7.DEATON CHRIS ANTHONY—BB 6.HINDS—LEAVE ME ALONE 5.PSYCHIC HEAT—SUNSHOWER 4.FRANK OCEAN—BLONDE 3.BIG THIEF—MASTERPIECE 2.TWIN PEAKS—DOWN IN HEAVEN 1.WHITNEY—LIGHT UPON THE LAKE

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Election Day Playlist

Whether this is your first election or fifteenth, being able to participate in the democratic process is something to celebrate. So today, I’m going to give you a list of some songs I think would go perfectly with the political charge of Election Day. First and foremost would have to be “Hood Politics” by Kendrick […]

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Studio Seshen

There’s much to complain about in 2016–elections, institutionalized bias, the climate, etc. But the current 80s revival is not one of them. Seemingly brought to a fever pitch by Survive and the Stranger Things soundtrack (though even It Follows had a wonderfully 80s themed score), the sound has reached its peak abstraction in The Seshen‘s latest […]

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A Look in The Local Bin: Deaton Chris Anthony

Deaton Chris Anthony seems to be remaking RnB. His silky voice bounces over spacey instrumentals to create the aural equivalent of lounging on bear skin rug in front of a fireplace. Simultaneously ironic and vulnerable, the artist constantly negotiates the balance between the personal and the persona. Every track on BB, his latest cassette, bends the […]

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A Look in The Local Bin: Various Blonde

Whether you caught 96.5 The Buzz streaming Various Blonde‘s latest effort, All Bases Covered, or saw the band play songs from the album live, you can tell there’s something otherworldly happening in its grooves. All Bases Covered eschews traditional instrumentation that has dominated the recent onslaught of great local releases for maximalist, electronic-tinged soundscapes and effect thickened […]

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Abra Is a Dark Wave Princess

There are few records that hook me as hard as Abra‘s latest EP. The six song 12″ is a bedroom odyssey of fragmented loves, wavy beats, and meandering vocal melodies. From start to finish, Princess shows the duchess of dark wave at a new level of skill both in terms of creating beats and collaging lyrics. […]

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The Record Machine Showcase @ Crossroads Music Fest

2016 has been a great year for Kansas City music. With phenomenal releases from Haymaker, High Dive, The Company, and Record Machine, there has been no shortage of great wax from artists residing in the Mid-best city. And the aesthetics represented in these releases run the gamut from the 60s influenced psych pop of The […]

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Shuttlecock Presents: Samurai, J-Tone, Izzy, Plu$+, and Antonio Williams @ Mills Record Company

Shuttlecock Magazine is one of the best places to find new and upcoming, especially when it comes to hip hop and rap. In every one of the magazines events, there was at least one artist whose beats and flow were as hard as they were infectious–and usually these artists were under 21. This Friday is […]

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Move in Party @ Mills Record Company: Night Two

Punk and hip hop make unlikely bedfellows–unlikely but not entirely out of the question. Both genres take stark political stances, both have been claimed to be dead, revived, dead again, revived again. In any case, night two of Mills Record Company’s Month Long Moving Celebration will feature some fine examples of both and more. This […]

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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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Record Store Day Exclusives Part I

I’ve been writing a lot about the bands you’ll see this Record Store Day at Mills Record Company and for good reason. This year over 20 bands will help break in the newer, larger space Mills Record Company will be moving to. But Record Store Day is more than live music. It’s a celebration of all […]