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Psychic Heat and Arc Flash Kick off Summer

It’s graduation season, which also means it’s the beginning of summer for many. And summer is the perfect time for tube-warmed, garage psych vibes. Who better to fill this need than Psychic Heat and Arc Flash? Psychic Heat will be celebrating their latest High Dive release, Sunshower. Both of these bands make music that has […]

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Middle of The Map: Friday at The Midland

  Last night at The Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland was spectacular. BLKFLANL kicked things off by setting the bar almost impossibly high. Between Barrel Makers’ taut lyrics and Conductor Williams’ beats (which he made exclusively from records he picked up at Mills Record Company), BLKFLANL proved this show had no warm-up, that it […]

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Beastmaker Has Arrived

Beastmaker‘s debut, Lusus Naturae, has finally arrived on wax. The collection of heavy, Black Sabbath-worshipping, hazed-over riffage was due back in March but pressing issues delayed it until now. As promised by the Fresno based trio’s single, Lusus Naturae is collage of 70s-tinged metal. The whole album focuses on groove over grind for a feel that is dark without […]

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Sex Snobs, Bummer, and Powers & Light @ Mills Record Company

This Saturday, Mills Record Company will have three bands running the gamut between alt, spacey punk, and heavy. Featuring two local bands (Bummer and Powers & Light) and Oklahoma City’s Sex Snobs, the show will be the perfect way to begin Saturday night. Powers & Light is the perfect mixture of fun and danger. The […]

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Record Store Day Cometh Part VI

Record Store Day is looming. The annual event is, for vinyl-philes, prom, Independence Day, graduation, and retirement wrapped into a single day each year. But we already knew that. Mills Record Company is going to light off some aural fireworks with all the Record Store Day exclusives packed in the current location and a metric […]

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Record Store Day Cometh Part II

Last week, I started a series that will highlight the bands who will be playing in Mills Record Company’s new space on Record Store Day (4/16). The musicians in that post were on the lighter end of the sonic spectrum. But heavy fans need not worry–there will be enough distortion-fueled guitar riffs and pummeling drum […]

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Davie Allan & Joel Grind Split The Surf

There’s something magical that happens with surfy rolls intersect with fuzzed over heaviness. We heard it done when The Wytches released Annabell Dream Reader, and now we’re hearing it when Davie Allan (of Davie Allan & The Arrows) and Joel Grind (of Toxic Holocaust) teamed up to record a split EP. The 10″ packs a punch–veering […]

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3/11/2016 New Releases @ Mills Record Company

The Band — The Band Born of Osiris — Soul Sphere Brian Fallon — Painkillers (debut solo album from the frontman of The Gaslight Anthem) Church of Misery — and then there were none… Davie Allen & Joel Grind — Split EP (fuzz guitar legend & Toxic Holocaust mastermind 10″) Death Index — Death Index […]

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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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J Dilla Week at Mills Record Company

J Dilla was one of the most influential hip hop artists ever. I know this is a heavy-handed way to start a post, but it’s true. The beat-maker, producer, and rapper made some of the most iconic stand alone beats and daring instrumental tracks during his short life, and his influence can be felt from […]

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Pink Royal, Dreamgirl, Via Luna, Jessica Paige @ Riot

January has been one great month for shows. From local to national acts, there have been multiple concerts a night for the entire month. And that roll keeps going this Friday at The Riot Room. The show will feature talent that moves from acoustic, singer songwriter ballads to instrumental math-rock journeys, from distortion-tinged indie rock […]

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New Year’s Eve Concerts Part III

I’ve been chronicling my top New Year’s Eve Concerts (here and here). The third (and final) concert that is causing me to make some tough decisions is happening in Lawrence. The show features rock n roll wizards Gnarly Davidson, punk weirdos The Fog, experimental cyborgs Arc Flash, and spacey funk-master Approach. In short, The Replay […]