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The Phantastics and LIONMAKER @ Stockyard Brewery

Kansas City and its surrounding cities have a diverse and incredibly talented hip hop scene. And this Thursday, Stockyard Brewery will demonstrate as much. The show will feature LIONMAKER (LION and Barrel Maker) and The Phantastics for a concert that runs the gamut between experimental electronic beats and jazz influenced backing bands, between taut and […]

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The Final Night of Middle of the Map

Middle of the Map has come and gone. This year the line up was packed with some of the best musicians and artists. From Charles Bradley to Zhu, from Psychic Heat to Ebony Tusks, Middle of the Map 2016 proved that Kansas City’s on the come up. And night four was no different. Whether you […]

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BLK FLANL Plays Their Latest In Store

BLK FLANL is, without a doubt, one of the most exciting acts in Kansas City right now. Featuring Barrel Maker and Conductor Williams, the duo boasts some of the most intense flows and the lushiest beats I’ve heard in a minute. The first time I heard the duo was on The Record Machine’s compilation, How to […]

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Second Hand King Reigns In Latest Album

Jazz and hip hop have been interwoven since the 80s, but their mixture has become more prominent in the past couple years. Whether it’s national (Kendrick Lamar’s jazz odyssey To Pimp a Butterfly, Flying Lotus’ You’re Dead, Med, Blue & Madlib’s Bad Neighbor) or local (The Phantastics, iLLPHONics, or Second Hand King), the marriage between the two genres […]

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Top Ten Local Releases of 2015 [Brian Clifton's Picks]

It’s that time of the year: the winter holidays are beginning to commence, the weather is consistently cold, nostalgia for 2015 is slowly creeping over Facebook. That also means that it’s time for our Top Ten lists. To kick of the top ten season, I’m going to list my top picks for songs by local […]

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Steddy P With JLB Hood, Barrel Maker, and Scotty Wu @ recordBar

This Saturday, recordBar will host a star-studded cast of local rappers Featuring Barrel Maker, Scotty Wu, JL of B. Hood, and Steddy P, the show should make for one of the best hip hop showcases of the year. All the artists seem to revolve around Steddy P’s label Indyground Entertainment and Tech N9ne’s world famous […]

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Jobb (Stik Figa & D/Will) In Store Show

What happens when you mix one of Kansas City’s best MCs with one of the best beat makers? You get Jobb. The super-group (featuring Stik FIga and D/Will) makes hip hop reminiscent of Freddie Gibbs or Dilla Ghost Doom. And the duo will be playing an in store show this Friday with Sir Adams, Barrel […]

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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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Five In A Row: Middle Of The Map Fest Review 04/25/15

For the fifth year in a row, Kansas City has proven itself to be a new hotbed of live music with the Middle of the Map Festival. Growing from a couple nights of shows at a few venues to a 4-day festival encompassing all of Westport, inside and out, with hundreds of bands, Middle of […]