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A Look in The Local Bin: Wet Ones

Very few acts can balance making music that is as catchy as The Ramones and as noisy as The Locusts. Wet Ones are one of those bands. Mixing proto-pop punk irreverence and the visceral immediacy of a basement show, Wet Ones have put together an album that is as warm as it is distancing. Their […]

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Fullbloods’ New Release and Shows

Fullbloods are no strangers to creating taut surf-pop. The Kansas City quartet is a super-group of sorts–featuring members of The ACBs, Everyday/Everynight, Oriole Post, and other groups–and so know a thing or two about putting together music. And this knowledge comes through on their latest High Dive release, Mild West. Mild West mixes the surfy vibes […]

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I Heart Local Music Presents SXSW Bound

It’s that time of year again. SXSW is just around the corner, so all the bands we love around town are trying to get their finances in order so they can make a trip to the concert festival and show off the breadth and depth of the Kansas City music scene. It’s not easy–musicians have […]

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Westend Recording Presents: Amplify KC

We talk a lot about how vibrant Kansas City’s music scene, and it certainly is. As a city, our scenes are deep and varied. Between bars (and even between shows), you can hear hip hop metal, indie pop, punk, folk, country, jazz, and any off-shoot/hybrid genre you can think of. We have a number of […]

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A Look in The Local Bin: Your Friend & Organized Crimes

There’s something to be said about the depth, the space that reverb drenched vocals add to music. Sometimes, increasing the room a song takes up is the absolute wrong choice–it only magnifies every mistake within the track. But sometimes it makes the song come alive, turns it into an entity that’s larger than life. Your […]

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Thunderclaps Cook Up a Good Time

Admittedly, when I first came across Thunderclaps‘ online material, I shuddered. I could tell that under lo-fi noise there was something glittering, but that glittering always seemed to be a bit out of reach. Listening to them, for me, was like listening to early Leadbelly recordings–the grit almost out-shined the gold. And then I saw […]

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The Record Machine Keeps Dreaming

The Record Machine is a force. The Kansas City label has boasted some of the biggest bands to come from the area. Not only that, the label has always been committed to keeping their music styles diverse–from hip hop fusion, to alt-country, to pop rock, to electronica, and everything in between. In any estimation, The […]

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Riala’s Be Here Be There Is Fully Present

Riala is no stranger to angular riffs and brooding bass. The Kansas City trio blends together the shimmering beauty of lush sonic atmospheres, the absolutely crushing disjunctions of early aughts screamo, and the difficult math of dark jazz. And the band’s debut, Be Here Be There, shows their very best. Be Here Be There takes Riala’s already […]

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Shades of Jade Is That One

There’s something in the water, and whatever it is it’s giving rise to a smooth, neo-soul tinged jazz/R&B renaissance. D’Angelo led the charge nationwide with Black Messiah, and Kendrick Lamar took what was laid down and rearranged it in To Pimp a Butterfly. Likewise, locally, a few bands are picking up on this shift and […]

Train From Kansas City: Ghost Mice @ The Buffalo Room 6/3/15

When I heard Ghost Mice were playing The Wesport Flea Market, I assumed there was some sort of mix up, and were probably playing The Westport Saloon or some other Westport dive more commonly associated with DIY acoustic shows. Shame on me; The Buffalo Room is an all ages venue attached to the eastern most […]

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Stifle, Bad Dinner, and The Fog and The Jorge Arana Trio @ FOKL

This Monday (3/30), FOKL will host Stifle, a Chicago based noise punk band who makes some of the most compelling sonic experiments out there. Supporting acts will include the Kansas City based bands* Bad Dinner and The Fog–both of which span the continua of weird and hardcore. The night is sure to be filled with […]

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Two Singles From The Philistines

The Philistines hold nothing back in their two latest singles. The songs’ shrill, sixties psyche-tinged rock splits the difference between face-melting energy and danceable grooves. The band’s tube-warmed glow thickens their overall sound without turning into merely textural atmosphere. “Twitch of the Death Nerve” begins with swathes of nebulous sounds that give way to distorted […]

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