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Record Store Day is A Month Away

In case you missed it, Record Store Day announced their official list yesterday, and it’s packed with exclusive releases, first time on wax presses, and special editions of some powerhouses. That’s to be expected. Entering its tenth year, Record Store Day is doing up their biannual (Black Friday counts too!) with some of the most […]

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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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Junius’ Latest Accrues Light

Junius‘ latest release, Eternal Rituals for The Accretion of Light, is a juggernaut. Collaging together metallic riffs, electronic textures, pummeling blast beats, and soaring vocals, the Boston based quartet has created a proggy masterpiece. Taking equally from Deafheaven’s Sunbather and Tool’s Aenima, Eternal Rituals for The Accretion of Light is a tour de force through the darkest reaches of […]

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Lhean Into WHY?

Fresh off a collaboration with Serengeti (and my favorite album of last year), Yoni Wolf and the other guys in WHY? are at it again. Their latest release, Moh Lhean, shows a more muted sensibility that still brings the heft and gravitas of Mumps etc. and Alopecia. Moh Lhean moves away from the avant stream of consciousness style […]

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There’s Always Money in The Flying Microtonal Banana Stand

King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard cannot sit still. Just 10 months after their last album, Nonagon Infinity, the Australian group has released another album, Flying Microtonal Banana (and word on the street is they have five more album slated for 2017). So while we were all doing frivolous things–like “eating” or “sleeping”–these guys were in the studio […]

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Shadow Band Loves The Wilderness

Shadow Band‘s first full length combines folk, psych, indie pop, and that certain sixties flair that makes their tones warm and their melodies full of hooks. Wilderness of Love is equal parts Comus, The Beatles, The Animals, and Temples–its melding of styles creates a listen that is as cohesive as it is surprising. Shadow Band […]

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Keep Westport Weird

One of the first concerts I went to was at The Beaumont Club–the snake pit of a venue now occupied by Char Bar. I remember standing in front of the stage as UnderOath‘s front man swung screaming from the rafters, as Thursday‘s dissonant riffs filled my then angsty body. Another early concert of mine was […]

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London O’Connor Circles the Triangle

There’s something rough and entirely genuine about London O’Connor‘s debut album, O∆ (pronounced Circle Triangle). The album is centered around uber-catchy bedroom pop with hip hop currents and ambient textures. In other words, O∆ is the perfect album for the exploratory feeling that hangs to springs emerging coattails. The album opens with “OATMEAL.” Feeling like undiscovered gem from […]

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Grails and Chalices

Grails is not so much a band as a force. The Portland based outfit has branded themselves not with a sound or formula but with an intensity that stretches the continuum of their expansive releases. Whether the five-piece is skating down Middle Eastern melisma or churning out some doomy metal riffs, Grails focuses their whole […]

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Temples In Mills Record Company

In case you haven’t heard, Temples is slated to play an intimate show at Mills Record Company next Saturday. For the price of their new album, Volcano, you can reserve your spot in the store to hear your favorite English rockers get down. While the album doesn’t come out until March 3rd, seeing Temples play […]

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Leggy, T-Rextasy, Westeners @ Replay Lounge

Tomorrow night, Replay Lounge will host three bands that collide pop, indie, punk, and garage to make music that absolutely rips. Leggy and T-Rextasy will be joined Lawrence’s own Westerners for what guarantees to be the best way to start the week. While all the bands use similar threads to create their music, the way […]